An Armchair Theologian’s Guide to Paul & Second Temple Judaism

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

reading romans in contextFive years ago I witnessed one of the most significant shifts in Pauline studies coming to roost at the heart of evangelical theological engagement, the Evangelical Theological Society’s 2010 annual meeting on “The New Perspective on Paul.”

At the time I was finishing my MDiv. Though I appreciated the conference, I got a bit lost in the technical jargon surrounding Paul and Second Temple Judaism. I remember wishing for a nontechnical resource to assist in connecting Paul to his Jewish contemporaries. The new Reading Romans in Context is the book I was waiting for.

Ministry practitioners, students, and armchair theologians alike will find this illuminating, approachable guide useful in exploring Pauline theology’s relationship to Second Temple Judaism. Essays pair a Romans passage with its thematically related…

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Paul’s “Cutting” Remarks – Spotlight on WBC: Galatians, $9.99 for a Limited Time

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Paul’s “Cutting” Remarks – From WBC: Galatians by Richard N. Longenecker

5:7 “you were running well. Who cut in on you to be keeping you from obeying the truth?” While the first half of this section on “Holding Fast to Freedom” is, as Betz notes, a “highly condensed section,”…

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WBC Software Super Sale: Just $9.99 for Each Word Biblical Commentary Volume

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Right now, each Word Biblical Commentary is just $9.99!

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Paul Has 5 Things to Say to Rich Christians

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

Paul and MoneyOdds are you are among the richest 1% in the world, probably close to the top 25% in America.

Paul has a message for you.

This message comes to us through Keith Krell’s and the late Verlyn Verbrugge’s new book Paul and Money—a biblical and theological analysis of Paul’s teachings and practices on how financial matters intersect with our lives.

One of those matters addresses the question, “Did Paul have an independent message…for Christians who had wealth? The answer to this question is a resounding yes.” (242)

They reveal 5 important things about this message, which have great bearing on the financial lives of most Christians

1) Money-Love Roots Evil

We’ve all heard one of Paul’s more pointed instructions:…

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Grasping the Mind of St. John

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This selection from A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters by Andreas J. Köstenberger introduces the Johannine worldview, preparing the way for a closer and more robust investigation of the Gospel of John.

A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters is 25% off at Logos Bible Software from August 18 until August 25, 2015.

  Worldview, Cosmology, and the “Johannine Dualism”

In this postmodern age, worldview has been recognized as critical in interpretation. Not only does every interpreter approach a given document with a set of presuppositions, every document itself reflects a worldview that underlies its message. For this reason it is important, as a prolegomenon to the exploration of major Johannine theological themes below, to discuss the Johannine “way of seeing things” (John’s Weltanschauung). This topic has variously been called John’s “cosmology” (his view of the…

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Exegetical, Theological, & Practical Insights on Paul and Money

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

Paul and MoneyIn a world of mawing economic disparity, industry and vocational disruption, financial collapse, and nation-state economic anxiety, where can Christians turn for exegetical, theological, and practical insights on money and finances?

Keith Krell and the late Verlyn Verbrugge have given the Church a sturdy guide in their new book Paul and Money. More than a book on fiduciary legal tender, it’s a biblical and theological analysis of the apostle’s teachings and practices on how the world of finances intersects with our lives.

“Our goal is not to simply exegete certain statements in Paul’s writings about how Christians should use their money. There are many more issues that surface as one examines how financial matters intersect in Paul’s letters.” (26)

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Significant Linguistic Theories for Aiding Greek Studies

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

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 10.58.45 PMLuther was right: “Insofar as we love the gospel, to that same extent let us study the ancient tongues.”

So also contends in Constantine Campbell in his new book Advances in the Study of Greek. Yet studying the “ancient tongues” can be a daunting task, particularly keeping abreast of cutting-edge shifts that impact how we think about and teach the text. Campbell’s book ameliorates such a task.

Blending academic acumen with practical resourcement, Campbell’s book offers an introduction to modern advances in the study of New Testament Greek with intelligible accessibility.

In particular, his work sheds significant light on linguistics and its bearing on modern Greek studies, a vital vein of study for any exegete.


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Flash Sale: “A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible” and “Raised?” eBooks Just $1.99

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Until July 3, 2015, these two eBooks are just $1.99 apiece:

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“A wonderful tour guide through the high points [of the Bible], dealing directly with the questions people have while explaining the gist of what is going on in Scripture. It is a tour well worth taking because it is led by such a competent guide.” –Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary


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Zondervan Mourns the Death of Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Editor, Writer, Pastor, and New Testament Scholar

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Verlyn Verbrugge

Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, teaching pastor, author, and New Testament scholar, died on June 21, 2015 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

His death serves as a deep loss to family, friends, and publishing colleagues; the academic community, especially those working in the areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek; and the Christian church at large, including the numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives and Bible knowledge he shaped.

Since June 1986, Verlyn (or V2 as colleagues fondly called him) has served as one of Zondervan’s principal production editors for Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies. His versatility, however, extended far beyond the academic publishing arena. Verlyn effortlessly traversed between scholarly and popular landscapes, serving as a trusted editor for both church/ministry resources and popular…

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5 Steps to Understanding Any Biblical Text: The Interpretive Journey from “Grasping God’s Word”

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How can we know what the Bible means?

This extract from Grasping God’s Word may serve as a quick guide to “the interpretive journey.” This is a journey we must take — across the barriers of time, culture, language, and other differences — if we are to rightly understand the Bible. Read on as authors J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays sketch the interpretive journey before us.

For a limited time, Grasping God’s Word is 33% off at Logos Bible Software when you use source code GRASPING. Act fast because the deal ends on June 17, 2015.

Many of us want to be able to dig deeper into [God’s] Word. We want to see more and to understand more of the biblical text. We also want to know that we understand…

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8 Reasons Why Every Exegete Needs “An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek”

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

An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek

Lately I’ve had biblical exegesis on the brain, because I’ve been involved in a lengthy translation project. Recently, an issue arose with the contextual meaning of the preposition πρός linking two clauses, whether it should be translated “to” or “into.”

I wish I would have had the fabulous new exegetical resource An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek. It would have made the past eight months of my life a little easier, because it’s goal is to bring relief to the exegete by taking much of the legwork out of analyzing important connecting words, particles, and other markers.

After perusing this guide, it is clear there are at least eight reasons by every exegete needs An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek:

1) It helps discern logical relationships between propositions.

“[The] New…

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Take the 100 Page Challenge for the Classic of Classics

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

A Doubter's Guide to the Bible(Can’t see the video? Watch it here)

A few years ago author John Dickson was challenged to read A Tale of Two Cities.

And he hated it. He hated the sentence length and rhythm, the historical background was too complicated.

But a hundred pages in something happened: he began to enjoy the rhythm of the sentences, the historical background came alive.

This is why he’s issued a “100 Pages Challenge” for the Classic of classics, the Bible. In the video above he explains why you should take it and how it will benefit you.

To enhance your reading and make the most of this challenge, grab his book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible—a snapshot of the worldview and main themes of the Bible.

“If you give…

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