It is not an easy task reviewing a Jewish oriented Bible, as our Western culture has influenced our view of Jewish culture. But we never must forget the Bible was shaped, written and composed in a Jewish background. For this reason, the main purpose of The Complete Jewish Bible is “Illuminating the Jewishness of God’s Word”, following the principle that the Bible was a Jewish book, primarily about Jews and for Jews and Gentiles.
Hendrickson Bibles and Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources bring a Bible focused in Jewish aspects that “will open [our] eyes to the Bible as never before”.
It is that kind of Bible you will enjoy for many reasons:
Its outer design
Three presentations: hardcover, imitation leather dark blue, original calfskin. You can read the detailed review for the hardcover one at www.biblebuyingguide.com. As you can see in the pictures, the imitation leather one brings a double golden…
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John Frame. The Doctrine of God. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 1st, 2002. 864 pp.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This book is a great resource on a theology of God. Those who have read other works by the author John Frame will find him on top of his game here as well. This is a work that pastors and teachers would turn to as reference even after completing it. I enjoyed reading this book in two separate instances: once when I was in seminary as something I had to read through rather quickly and the second instance being after seminary at a slower pace as part of my morning routine of devotional-theological readings. I would recommend the second approach as the best way to read this volume.
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In 2003, David Gushee and Glen Stassen published the first edition of Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (originally with IVP). This year the second edition was released (now with Eerdmans). A lot has happened in the last decade or so, not least in the area of New Testament ethics. In 2014 Stassen passed away, which means Gushee did the majority of work on the second edition with aid from students of his and Stassen’s (see preface).
This second edition is a bona fide “new” edition, with some significant changes, re-arranging, and fine-tuning. The heart of the book – drawing from a theology and ethic of Jesus bringing the reign and kingdom of God (and emphasizing virtues such as peace, justice, healing, inclusion in community, joy, God’s presence) – is the same, but there has been quite a lot of updating (beyond just adding bibliography entries). For its time (in…
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Uno de los principios fundamentales de la exégesis es el enunciado por Jesús mismo:
“Comenzando desde Moisés, y siguiendo por todos los profetas, les explicó en todas las Escrituras las cosas referentes a Él mismo” (Lc. 24.27, BTX III Ed.)
Aplicarlo nos librará de más de un dolor de cabeza; ignorarlo será dar rienda suelta a nuestra imaginación para decir cosas que nunca tuvieron esa intención.
La consideración del “contexto del propósito de Dios” (p. 21) es esencial para entender la Escritura, a la que—lamentablemente—hemos seccionado, compartimentalizado e ignorado en su conjunto. Hemos leído la historia desde el final, sin pararnos a considerar cómo empezó todo (“el pacto de redención” p. 27). Pero podemos caer en el error de ver alegorías por cada rincón del Antiguo Pacto, cuando en realidad es tipología, que Clowney explica como “el lenguaje [que] se basa en el simbolismo” (p. 35), para enseñarnos a “descubrir…
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Welcome once again to Eerdmans All Over, an end-of-week selection of Eerdmans-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content. New Releases The Apostle Paul Stanley E. Porter 1 & 2 Thessalonians (THNTC) Andy Johnson News from Eerdmans . . . This week our chairman of the board Bill Eerdmans celebrated his 93rd birthday. Many happy returns to the…
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Hays, J. Daniel. The Temple and the Tabernacle. A Study of God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2016. 208 pp. Pb; $19.99. Link to Baker.
In this richly illustrated book Daniel Hays presents a biblical theology of the Temple. The book is written at the popular level and will serve as an excellent introduction for the layman or pastor seeking a deeper understanding of how the Temple functions throughout the Bible. More importantly, Hays avoids allegorical excesses which tend to find too much in the symbolism of the Tabernacle and the Temple.
The first chapter sets the agenda for the book by introducing the reader to the vocabulary used for temples in the ancient world. Although many of these terms refer to specific buildings, Hays points out this vocabulary often refers to a heavenly tabernacle or temple. In Hebrews 8-9, for example, there is…
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In this work Dickson demonstrates the dependence of much of Western thought on the Ten Commandments and their development in the teaching of Christ. Dickson ably interacts with contemporary authors and trends demonstrating how vital the contribution the Ten Commandments makes really is. The book first addresses the unique nature of the commandments and their ethical value over and against other ancient and modern sources. Then it addresses the underlying reason for moral behavior. Finally the book addresses each of the commandments and addresses their original purpose and draws out implications and applications for contemporary society.
In a day like ours where ethical norms are quickly being abandoned works like this are vitally important in defending the faith. Many atheists make ridiculous claims about the values…
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A quienes seguimos la producción literaria de Samuel Pérez Millos nos ha satisfecho la edición del comentario al Evangelio de Juan, entre otras cosas porque deseábamos saber el tratamiento que haría en el campo de la Cristología. Y, como era de esperar, no saldríamos defraudados ni en este tema ni en otros que aparecen en el Evangelio de Juan.
1850 páginas dan para mucha tinta y muchos pensamientos, o quizás no. Me atrevería a afirmar que al autor se le han quedado palabras en el tintero. Sin embargo, lo escrito es suficiente como para satisfacer el deseo del estudiante que se acerca al texto griego del Nuevo Testamento. El planteamiento general de la obra se mantiene una vez más con la estructura de texto en castellano-texto griego interlineado con el castellano-notas y análisis del texto griego-exégesis del texto sobre el griego-comentario. Y esta estructura no es tediosa ni para el…
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The number of Study Bibles available on the market today is breathtaking. There seems to be a Study Bible themed for almost any occasion or reason one could imagine. In recent years, several major Study Bible projects surfaced and released with mixed reception. One of the latest additions to this Study Bible market, and one that promises a wealth of useful insight into the Scriptures is the newly published The Complete Jewish Study Bible (CJSB).
The CJSB is a unique Study Bible experience that seeks to submerge the reader into the Jewishness of both Testaments through fresh and relevant study notes and articles selected to accomplish this mission. The CJSB is based on the widely used Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) by David A. Stern. Those familiar with the CJB will know what to expect. Stern has translated the Bible with a particular sensitivity to the Jewish tradition and thus has…
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Mathewson, David L. Revelation: A Handbook on the Greek Text. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. 337 pp.
The book of Revelation is one of the most intriguing books in the Bible and the one that arises more curiosity among Christians. Many exegetical commentaries have been written on this book varying from technical to application commentaries. The book we have in front of us today is not a commentary but rather a handbook. Revelation: A Handbook on the Greek Text is a detailed study of the grammar and “problematic issues” (Mathewson, 2016, p. 11) the book of revelation presents. This volume is part of the Baylor Handbook on the New Testament Greek (BHNTG), an initiative promoted by Baylor University Press.
The first thing readers will find inside this book is an introduction to the BHNTG series and the approach adopted in this series, which is deponency. Then the author introduces readers to the book of Revelation by addressing basic issues such as literary genre and style of Revelation, the language and Semitic influence, verbal aspects, and participles. Readers will not find discussions on authorship, audience, date of writing and other elements that are commonly found in commentaries. Mathewson stated, “I have tried as much as possible to avoid commentary on this or that verse or issue” (p. 11). This book does not offer eschatological interpretations on the book of Revelation since that is not the purpose of the book.
The main body of the book offers the text translated into modern English as the result of the analysis and exegesis of the Greek text. The English translation is divided into sections, as if they were pericopes. After the English translation, the author proceeds to disseminate the Greek text by verses in a word-by-word approach. Mathewson does not spend too much time in presenting personal or secondary interpretations on the text. Instead he presents a grammatical and syntactical exposition of the Greek text. That requires readers to have a basic knowledge of Greek and grammar.
Many scholars argue against the study of the Bible in a word-by-word basis. They claim that studying words by isolating them leads interpreters and students to decontextualize the passage. That is totally true. However, the word-by-word approach is justifiable in this work since the nature of this handbook on the Greek text is to help students and interpreters in their personal interpretation. It must be said that neither the editor not the author advocate in favor of this method as if it should be used as the general rule in studying the Bible.
In this handbook, Mathewson demonstrates his knowledge as a seminary professor at Denver Seminary and as an author of many volumes on the book of Revelation. He barely gives his voice so readers can feel they are reading and disseminating the Greek text by themselves. It can be said Mathewson accomplishes the goal as a writer of a handbook on the Greek text; to disseminate the text and inform the reader the place of each word within the text.
Conclusion: This volume is an invaluable resource for Bible students and interpreters as it offers insights on textual problems and their different interpretations. Students who are initiating their journey in the study of the Greek New Testament will find this book an excellent companion, as will do seasoned scholars. Pastors may benefit from this volume as well as expository sermons require a careful study of the biblical text and the interpretation of the passage. This book will help preachers to carefully present the text to their audience, as this handbook will help them understand the role words play within the verse, and the role verses play within the chapter. Highly recommended for the public mentioned above.I anticipate this book will be in the hands of scholars and students for many decades.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Book Review: David A. Lamb, Text, Context, and the Johannine Community. LNTS 477; London: T&T Clark, 2014
Lamb, David A. Text, Context, and the Johannine Community. LNTS 477; London: T&T Clark, 2014. 232pp. Hb; $110.00; Pb. $39.95 (2013), PDF eBook $27.95. Link to Bloomsbury
In this revision of his 2012 doctoral thesis at the University of Manchester, David Lamb evaluates Raymond Brown’s Johannine Community using recent insights from sociolinguistics, primarily genre and register. Few scholars have had an impact on a field within biblical studies like Raymond Brown, and although many of the details of his Johannine Community model have been challenged and abandoned, it is impossible to study the Gospel of John without taking into consideration his ideas.
The first two chapters of Lamb’s book are a necessary overview of the “rise and fall” of the Johannine Community in scholarship. He begins his literature with Martyn, Culpepper and Cullman as precursors to Brown as well several scholars who developed the theory after Brown’s initial…
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