Did Jesus Lie? (John 7:8) – Mondays with Mounce 275

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One of the basic rules in textual criticism is to choose the “more difficult” reading. Another way to say this is to ask what reading would most likely give rise to the other reading, and to prefer the former.

In John 7:8, Jesus’ brothers are taunting him, telling him he should go to Jerusalem for the festival of Tabernacles. Jesus responds, “You go up to the festival yourselves; I am not going up to this festival (ἐγὼ οὐκ ἀναβαίνω εἰς τὴν ἑορτὴν ταύτην), for my time has not yet fully come.”

The problem of course is that he does go to Jerusalem (v 10). So was Jesus being honest?

This is certainly what gave rise to the alternate…

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Calling a Tax Collector and Eating with Sinners – An Excerpt from A Theology of Mark’s Gospel

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a theology of marks gospelA Theology of Mark’s Gospel is the fourth volume in the BTNT series. This landmark textbook, written by leading New Testament scholar David E. Garland, both covers major Markan themes and also provides readers with an in-depth and holistic grasp of Markan theology in the larger context of the Bible.

James reminds us to “keep oneself unstained from the world”; yet God placed us in the world on mission to the people around us. In an age where the Church is trying to walk the line between condoning sin around us and appearing judgmental of others, we must be reminded of Christ’s example from this text, and who he spent time with.

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Locating Atonement in Dogmatic Theology with Aquinas and von Balthasar

Jeremy Bouma on 6 days ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

locating atonementThe doctrine of atonement has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. In this modern Quest for the Historic Atonement, some have called on the church to embrace a community of atonement theories; others have questioned whether God killing Jesus on the cross is “cosmic child abuse.”

A new edited volume by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders, Locating Atonement, transcends these discussions about typology and combinations. Taking the conversation in a fresh, innovative direction, it asks:

How does the redemptive work of Christ relate to other load-bearing structures in dogmatic theology? (14)

The trajectory of this book is synthetic, in that it examines the relationship between this doctrine and other spheres of dogmatic theology. Two of the twelve essays engaging this question exemplify…

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Love “for” the Father – Mondays with Mounce 274

Bill Mounce on 1 week ago. Tagged under ,,.

Is “of” clear enough?

Here is a simple illustration of a subjective/objective genitive distinction, and also an illustration of translation philosophy in action.

Remember: if a noun is a subjective genitive, it is doing the action implicit in the head noun. If it is an objective genitive, it is receiving the action.

John the Apostle says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father (ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ πατρὸς) is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Is πατρὸς doing the action in ἀγάπη or receiving it? Is the Father doing the loving, or is the Father receiving (our) love? There is little question contextually or theologically that it is objective, that it is our love for God.

But then the question is, do you make this explicit or…

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Proverbs’ Purpose Phrases – An Excerpt from Devotions on the Hebrew Bible

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devotions on the hebrew bible

Many of you have put countless hours into studying Biblical languages. We are excited to offer a resource that encourages professors, students, and pastors to continue to use their Hebrew Bibles beyond their seminary years. Devotions on the Hebrew Bible can be used as weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester. The main point each devotion offers comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Hebrew Bible, not from the English Bible, and closes with a practical application.

In today’s excerpt, Tremper Longman opens Proverbs to explore its purpose. Join us as we discover why God gave us this book of wisdom.


The book of Proverbs

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[Common Places] New Studies in Dogmatics: Kickoff Reception at ETS Today (11/19/15)

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Karl Barth

Are you at ETS? This very morning, meet some of the team behind the New Studies in Dogmatics series at our coffee reception:

WHEN: November 19 (2015), 10:00 – 11:00 am WHERE: Zondervan Academic’s booth (#14)

Join us to celebrate the launch of the new NSD series. The first volume, now available for you, is Christopher R. J. Holmes’s The Holy Spirit.

Can’t make it to the reception? We’ll miss you. But here are some articles from our Common Places blog series that you will likely enjoy:

Barth’s Pneumatology in Christopher Holmes’ “The Holy Spirit” by Ben Rhodes

The Holy Spirit: An Interview with Christopher R. J. Holmes by Michael Allen and Scott Swain

Why I Wrote “The Holy Spirit” by Christopher R. J. Holmes

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What is the Holy Spirit? Augustine and Barth Help Us Understand

Jeremy Bouma on 1 week ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

The Holy Spirit by Christopher HolmesWhat is the Holy Spirit?

Is it akin to George Lucas’s pantheistic vision of The Force? Is “it” even the proper pronoun, an affront to the Third Person of the Trinity that bleeds him of his personhood?

Christopher Holmes’s accessible, rich resource, The Holy Spirit (New Studies in Dogmatics), answers this question and more via three historical interlocutors: Augustine, Aquinas, and Barth. His work fills a crucial gap in evangelical dogmatic scholarship by providing concrete answers about the Holy Spirit’s identity, origin, and acts.

In the post below, we excavate a narrow slice of Holmes’s work using our friends Augustine and Barth to shed new light on how we understand what/who the Holy Spirit is. They answer this question in similar, yet complementary ways, helping us think…

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Academic eBook SALE 2015: Discounts on New and Classic Texts

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Academic eBook Sale 2015

The Zondervan Academic eBook Sale is now live. You’ll find deals on over a dozen new releases:

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These include discounts on:

The Holy Spirit by Christopher R. J. Holmes Faith Alone by Thomas Schreiner Locating Atonement edited by Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders A Reader’s Greek New Testament, 3rd Edition, Richard Goodrich and Albert Lukaszewski Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan Advances in the Study of Greek by Constantine Campbell Much more

Zondervan Academic eBook Sale

You’ll also find discounts on some classic texts, such as Wayne Grudem’s Bible Doctrine and Christopher J. H. Wright’s The Mission of God’s People.

Don’t delay, because this sale disappears Nov. 24, 2015.

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Software Sale on NIDNTTE! (New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis)

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NIDNTTE Software Sale

For a limited time, the software edition of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (Revised Edition) is 20% off.

Hurry, because this sale ends November 24, 2015.

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About the NIDNTTE

A standard reference work for nearly 40 years, this thoroughly revised and updated edition of the NIDNTTE offers a wealth of information on the meaning of New Testament Greek words—as well as related usage in classical Greek sources, the Septuagint, Jewish literature, and more. Learn more.

How does the Revised NIDNTTE compare to the original? Refer to the chart below.


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My Good Pleasure? – Mondays with Mounce 273

Bill Mounce on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,.

Paul tells the Philippians that “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work on behalf of his good pleasure (ὑπὲρ τῆς εὐδοκίας)” (v 13).

My wife Robin came home the other day dumbfounded, having heard the lyrics of a song that says God is working for “your good pleasure.”

True, there is no explicit pronoun present, neither αὐτοῦ or σου, so where does the “his” come from? The τῆς. ὁ is way more than the definite article, and one of its other functions is to perform the work of a possessive.

But what kind of narcissistic theology would think that God works for our pleasure? My goodness, someone needs to take a class in theology or worship, or just read the Bible.

God works for his good pleasure – as every translation says…

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Top 10 Biblical Studies Books Your SBL, ETS Book Bag Will Crave

Jeremy Bouma on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,,,,,,,.

Yes, the marathons of presentations, plenary sessions, lectures, meetings, and receptions known as AAR/SBL and ETS are upon us. But don’t fret. We’re here to help make your time as enjoyably and productive as possible by charting a course for your book-buying adventure. After all, that is the main attraction, isn’t it?

Below are the top biblical studies resources your book bag will crave this season, and for which your carry-on will probably resent you. They represent the latest, cutting edge research and scholarship in Greek and Hebrew, books of the Bible, and biblical theology—including the celebrated landmark NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

Do yourself—and your trusty book bag friend—a favor: print this list, take it with you, and stock up to your heart’s content!

Ruth (ZECOT)

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Top 10 Theology Books Your SBL, ETS Book Bag Will Crave

Jeremy Bouma on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,,,,,,,,.

Yes, it’s that time of year again: the gauntlet of AAR/SBL and ETS plenary sessions, lectures, meetings, and receptions.

We know it can be an overwhelming and stressful season. On top of adding that final polish and flair to your presentation, you’ve got to pack your suitcase “just so,” so that you have room for the bounty of books you know you won’t be able to resist. So we thought we’d lend a helping hand by charting a course for your book-buying adventure.

Below are the top theology resources your book bag will crave this season, and for which your carry-on will probably resent you.

They represent the latest, cutting edge research and scholarship in Reformation studies, biblical theology, dogmatic theology, and historical theology.

So print this list and take it with you. Your book…

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