Is the Bible “Patriarchal”? Yes and No – An Excerpt from Gender Roles and the People of God
Patriarchy—literally, “the rule of the father,” from the Greek patriarkhēs—is any systemic structure in which men or the eldest male hold the power, particularly over women, typically within a household but also in broader society. It has been with us almost since the dawn of humanity.
But is it biblical?
Alice Mathews asks this question and more of this important topic in her new book Gender Roles and the People of God:
How are we to think about the role or place of a woman in a patriarchal system? What is this woman, created as the man’s helper, according to Genesis 2:18? Is she…merely “a loyal and suitable assistant” to a man? Is this what God intended us to learn from that text?…
Something to Brag About: Jeremiah 9:22-23 (Part 2: Adjectives, Gender, and Number) – Hebrew and You with Lee M. Fields
This month’s post continues from last month. Please see the June 2017 post for an explanation of versification. As mentioned there, this post will follow Hebrew numbering with Hebrew texts and English numbering with English texts.
The Hebrew of 22b–d contains three adjectives, “wise … strong … rich” and three corresponding nouns, “wisdom … strength … riches.” The adjectives are functioning as nouns and refer to people identified by each quality. The nouns are impersonal and are things possessed by the people.
The careful reader of English versions notices some differences between the NIV and NASB in v. 23b–d: the NIV has “the wise … the strong … the rich” while the NASB reads “a wise man … the mighty man … a rich man.” The reader who is…
Five Intriguing Insights About Grace and the Old Testament
The language of grace so permeates the Bible and all traditions of Christian theology that to claim that salvation is by grace alone is, in itself, to claim very little at all (17).
So begins Grace Alone, Carl Trueman’s tour de force examining the doctrine of salvation as a gift of God.
He examines the development of this theme in the early church, through the Reformation, to the Protestant confessions that still shape the church in the present day. Trueman also explores the biblical means of receiving God’s grace—with a highly informative engagement of grace in the Old Testament.
Below we’ve highlighted some of his material to help you better understand what the Old Testament says about this doctrine, in order to help the church recover it in the face…
How to Apply the Bible to Your Life in Four Steps
One hallmark of biblical interpretation is the meant-means distinction: we need to determine what the Bible meant (to the original author and audience, in their context and culture) before understanding what it means (to us in our context and culture).
Authors William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard echo this hermeneutical rule in Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Third Edition, a fully updated resource to help students unravel the mysteries of interpreting Scripture.
One of those mysteries is the means side of the equation: how to apply the Bible. The authors explain that “all applications must be consistent with the meaning of passages arrived at by means of…sound hermeneutical principles” (609). But how can one make the connection between what a passage meant, as determined…
Software Sale: Word Biblical Commentary Set — Save at Least $800 on WBC
Right now, the Word Biblical Commentary set is on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch software retailers.
If you act now, you will save at least $800. This is a very steep discount—you pay an average of just $6.56 per volume!
Don’t wait, because this sale ends May 22, 2017! Here are the deals:
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How will the Word Biblical Commentary help you?
The WBC series will help you build deeper theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. Gain a thorough understanding of the Bible through historical, textual, linguistic, structural, and theological discoveries collected within the series—equipping you with balanced insight into the meaning of the biblical text.
Hermeneutics 101: Reasons, Challenges, and Benefits of Biblical Interpretation
Almost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div. program. Thanks to their sturdy textbook resource I got a goodly introduction to the important practice of biblical interpretation. Which is why I’m thrilled they’ve updated and revised it!
Now in its third edition, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation offers concise, logical, and practical guidelines for discovering the truth in God’s Word. With updates and revisions throughout that keep pace with current scholarship, this guide offers the best, most up-to-date information needed to interpret Scripture.
But how are we to learn what the Bible says? How do we…
Olive Tree Bible Software Sale: These Exegetical Commentaries Are for You, If…
Right now the Zondervan Exegetical Commentaries on the New Testament and Old Testament are steeply discounted (50% off) at Olive Tree Bible Software.
If you identify with one or more of these statements, this commentary series is for you:
you would like help interpreting the words of Scripture without getting bogged down in scholarly issues that seem irrelevant to the life of the church. you would like to see a visual representation (a graphical display) of the flow of thought in each passage. you would like expert guidance from solid evangelical scholars who set out to explain the meaning of the original text in the clearest way possible and to help you navigate through the main interpretive issues. you have taken Greek and would like a commentary that helps you apply what you have learned without assuming you are…
Four Principles from Daniel for Sustaining Faith in Today’s World
A teenager and his friends, to say nothing of an entire nation, had to navigate this question themselves. Thankfully their wisdom has been preserved for us.
In his new book Hearing the Message of Daniel, Christopher Wright explores the perennial problem of living in but not of the world by exploring the book of Daniel—beginning with the young Jewish mens’ surprising response to Babylon’s program of indoctrination.
Though most sermons focus on their courage to say “no,” Wright explains why it is important that they said “yes” three times—giving us four principles…
How You Can Preach the Purpose and Theology of the Book of Daniel
With so much global uncertainty and unease, it’s easy to forget what the book of Daniel reminds us: God is the King of kings!
Old Testament scholar Wendy L. Widder explores this crucial anthem in her new Daniel commentary (Story of God Bible Commentary series). While Christians have been obsessed with how Daniel reveals end-times events, she argues we’ve often missed its pivotal message—one we need now more than ever:
God is in control, no matter how things look, and his kingdom will one day fill the earth. (14)
Widder explains that this message grows out of the book’s primary theme: the kingdom of God. “The book reveals why God is the king of all kings, and it offers perspective on how citizens of his kingdom should live while they…
eBook Flash Sale: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
Academic eBooks at Low Prices! Theology, Philosophy, Sex and Gender, and More
We hand-picked a few thoughtful works that are worth your attention, and put them in our brief Academic eBook Sale (November 14-20, 2016).
These eBooks cover a breadth of biblical and theological topics, but don’t miss the small selection of works about sex, gender, and the church.
The deals include:
Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse by Ruth A. Tucker is 60% off Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style by David T. Lamb is 60% off Four Views on Hell (Second Edition with all new contributors) edited by Preston Sprinkle is 68% off Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse is 39% off Five Views on the Church and Politics edited by Amy E. Black is 68% off God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of…
12 Must-See Books on Biblical Studies (ETS, AAR, SBL Checklist Part 2)
The 2016 annual conferences ETS and AAR/SBL are near! We rounded up a short list of Zondervan’s must-see books on biblical studies. (Also see our must-see books on theology.) Here’s the list in no particular order, including news on special deals and a few comments from readers.
Drop by the Zondervan booth at the conferences in San Antonio and get these books 50% off! (And don’t miss the special Counterpoints deal below.)
1. No God but One: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi
Find out why…