Deuteronomy (Interpretation) by Miller

The Reagan Review

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This commentary is one of the best we have today on Deuteronomy from a critical perspective. Just as the Interpretation Bible Commentary series is known for, Mr. Miller scours Deuteronomy for all kinds of helpful theology. Though I could not agree with several of the critical views represented here, I found in this book many thoughtful, well-written insights.

The Introduction begins with the meaning of the name Deuteronomy. If you are like me, you may not enjoy the source criticism found in the section “how did Deuteronomy come to be?”, nor the section on authorship. When Mr. Miller turns to discussing the literary setting of Deuteronomy and explaining what Deuteronomy is about, he becomes much more helpful in my opinion. He covers material about structure in a helpful way. The final short section explaining why we should read Deuteronomy gives eight fine reasons why we should. I agree with all…

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Review: Book explores a Christian vision of human sexuality

Jake Raabe reviews Beauty, Order, and Mystery: A Christian Vision of Human Sexuality

Origen: Review: Book explores a Christian vision of human sexuality

Biblical Studies Carnival, July 2017

doraGreetings to all the bloggers out there. I hope you are having a wonderful summer time so far.  As always, there are very interesting things bloggers have been doing lately. I hope you will enjoy reading the post I am sharing here. So here we go.

Phil Long has been sharing an outstanding series on Testamental Literature. You will not regret reading it. Here is a chronological collection of his series:


Bob MacDonald has written a series of text translation from the Old Testament. Feel free to navigate thought his blog and enjoy it.

Jennifer Guo reviewed a book on the righteousness of God. You won’t miss her review

Another interesting review from Crux Sola; “Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity.” Do not miss it.

Pastor Jimmy Reagan has been pretty active reviewing very interesting commentaries. Here is the last one on the book of Acts, but feel free to read the reviews he has written previous to this one.

Phil Long has also had time to write very noteworthy reviews 

Biblia Textual IV (Spanish Textual Bible, 4th edition) is now available. Here is a review from a crazy guy from Spain.

This link has to do with the translation of the book “Integrating Exegesis and Exposition” that I translated into Spanish.

Here is a post you may want to read if you are in ministry (even if you are not). The post was originally published by The Gospel Coalition and it deals with biblical languages and ministers. Not bad at all.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your summer


Upcoming Biblical Studies Carnivals:
August 2017 (Due September 1) – Jason Gardner, eis doxan 
September 2017 (Due October 1) – Open

October 2017 (November 1) – Doug Chaplin, @dougchaplin
November 2017 (December 1) – Jim West, Zwingli Redivivus @drjewest



The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Rev. Ed.)–Volume 6: Proverbs-Isaiah

The Reagan Review

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The quality revision of the beloved Expositor’s Bible Commentary succeeds again here in volume 6 covering Proverbs through Isaiah. For the record, I’m glad Ross and Grogan were retained to revise Proverbs and Isaiah respectively, as I always enjoyed them in the old set. This revision ensures another generation of pastors will use EBC as a primary resource.

In Proverbs, the Introduction and outline are little changed and the exceptional topical index was retained. The commentary is simply one of the best on Proverbs today. Frankly, I always check what Ross has to say when working in Proverbs.

In Ecclesiastes J. Stanford Wright is replaced by Jerry Shepherd. Though the scholarship is improved, and the writing clear, his interpretation follows the currently popular pessimistic approach. Though I couldn’t agree with that approach, the work is helpful.

George Schwab replaces Dennis Kinlaw in an improved effort for the Song of Songs…

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Job (NAC) by Robert Alden

The Reagan Review

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Here’s one of the most conservative, pastor friendly commentaries available on the book of Job today. It’s in the economical New American Commentary (NAC) series. It’s wonderful to read a commentary that approaches the text in such a reverent, believing way. That’s exactly the way Robert Alden discusses the Book of Job here.

He provides a thoughtful Introduction much more geared toward the pastor than the scholar. He begins by discussing structure and explains how the scholarly world is in more agreement than is usual in the area of structure with most biblical books. He surveys the issues that help decide the dating of the book of Job and arrives at a conservative, older dating. In discussing authorship, he boldly speaks for the full inspiration of Scripture (believe it or not, that is rather rare today). Next, he tackles geography and culture followed by canonicity. He ends his Introduction with…

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The Letters to Timothy and Titus (NICNT) by Towner

The Reagan Review

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This book by Philip Towner is an impressive entry in the venerated New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series. Towner had already published on the Pastorals before this major work, and was known for assisting Howard Marshall on his earlier ICC work. It’s clearly a top-5 work on the Pastorals today and is the favorite of many. Even though, I couldn’t agree with his egalitarian viewpoint, I can’t deny the quality of his scholarship and the skill of writing in this work.

He provides a huge Introduction running through page 90 with a substantial bibliography preceding it. Though he’s not too keen on the label “Pastoral Epistles”, he sees value in addressing the three letters together and takes that approach in this Introduction. After addressing a few preliminary issues, he jumps into the major division in scholarly discussion on these letters–did Paul write them, or did even the…

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Presentación en sociedad de la BTX IV Edición

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Dice el refrán que una imagen vale más que mil palabras… Te dejo con la presentación en sociedad de la Biblia Textual IV Edición (edición piel de becerro). Yo estoy sin palabras. Más adelante te diré algo con detalle. Ahora, mira y disfruta, y dale la gloria a Dios.

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Integrando Exégesis y Exposición: Comunicación Bíblica Para un Aprendizaje Transformador

Integrating-Spanish-Front-CoverMe complace anunciar el lanzamiento del libro Integrando Exégesis y Exposición: Comunicación Bíblica Para un Mensaje Transformador.escrito originalmente en inglés por el Dr. Christopher Cone y traducido al español por un servidor. Este libro supone mi primera obra de traducción del idioma de Shakespeare al idioma de Cervantes. Gracias al Dr. Christopher Cone por confiarme dicha tarea y concederme la oportunidad de traducir este libro tan útil para que el pueblo de habla hispana se pueda ver beneficiado por su publicación. Soli Deo gloria.
Pueden adquirir este libro en el siguiente link. A ver si entre todos lo convertimos en superventas del mes de Julio. ://

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1, 2 & 3 John (ZECNT) by Jobes

The Reagan Review

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Mark this down as another outstanding entry in an exceptional series. Jobes has provided a thoughtful, scholarly, and easy to read volume here in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (ZECNT) series. My appreciation for the layout of this series grows with every volume I peruse.

Jobes begins her Introduction to all three Epistles of John by describing their significance. She throws down the gauntlet of a strong Christology in our pluralistic world. She concludes that the writer of these letters matches the Gospel that also carries John’s name. She reasons that the author had to be John or a close associate. As with most commentaries addressing John, she writes about the gnostic issue that has obsessed scholars. She seems to feel that scholars have overthought the issue. John has written against “some serious misunderstanding and distortion of the gospel”. In discussing the similarities of John’s Gospel with his Epistles, she provides…

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Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament: An Essential Reference Resource for Exegesis

Douglas Estes. Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament: An Essential Reference Resource for Exegesis . Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, 2017. 400 pp. $49.99.

While there are almost 1,000 questions in the GNT (making up about 15% of the sentences), most students of the NT have never really thought about the questions, focusing instead on the statements. Questions are similarly neglected in commentaries, grammars, and other literature. Convinced that it is as much the questions in the NT as the statements that make such a great impact on readers (16), Douglas Estes has written Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament (hereafter Questions and Rhetoric) to help the exegete of the GNT understand and interpret the questions of the GNT, questions that not only influence the theology of the text but also the life of the reader. “[T]he purpose of this book isto help interpreters understand the logic of…

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3 Ways to Fail at Expository Teaching

If you have never tried the expository approach to preaching and teaching before, but want to try it, numbered here are some ways you can do it poorly. When constructing and delivering an expositor…

Origen: 3 Ways to Fail at Expository Teaching

Galatians (ZECNT) by Thomas Schreiner

The Reagan Review

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Chalk this book up as another outstanding volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (ZECNT) series that has turned out a remarkably consistent set of commentaries. This time respected scholar Thomas Schreiner does the spade work that uses the ZECNT design that helps pastors and students alike and presents Galatians in a clear and helpful way.

Schreiner doesn’t leave us guessing as in the first few paragraphs of the Introduction  his approach (a belief that the Reformers got it right, but not a defense of the Reformation itself)is laid out. I love how he dispensed with authorship in 3 sentences as there is no credible reason to doubt Paul. In his discussion of the recipients of the letter, he succinctly and fairly explains the both the North and South Galatian theories that divides scholars. He explains that it all rides on how Galatians correlates with Acts before he goes through all…

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Book Review: Andy Johnson, 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Two Horizons New Testament Commentary

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Johnson, Andy. 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Two Horizons New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2016. 349 pp. Pb; $25. Link to Eerdmans

Andy Johnson’s new contribution in the Two Horizons series from Eerdmans on the two letters to the Thessalonians represents a theological interpretation of Scripture which is intentionally missional. As Johnson explains in his introduction, his goal in the commentary is to focus on elements of the text “most useful for facilitating the continuing formation of the church in its proper identity as a missional community” (2).

Thessalonians, Commentary, EerdmansThe second goal of this commentary is to read the Thessalonian correspondence as part of the canon of Scripture. This means placing these letters into the overall story of the whole Bible and the mission of God to undo humanity’s rebellion. Although he does not use the phrase, his overview in the introduction is the familiar “drama of redemption” which…

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Review: NIV Faith & Work Bible

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Crafting Effective Homework: The Rationale (Part 2)

Pastor Dave Online

Last week I explored several key reasons that Biblical Counselors give homework. I focused particularly on the benefits it provides to counselors as they seek to be the most help that they can be to their counselees. But homework very obviously helps counseless too, and turning our attention now to the benefits to them will further support the practice of assigning homework. There are seven benefits of regular homework for the counselee.

First, homework teaches submission to the Word of God – Often our problems stem from living outside of God’s will or being dissatisfied with God’s will. Homework that forces a counselee to engage with God’s Word is teaching them to submit to God’s will. It teaches them to reshape their desires and agendas according to His desires and agendas. This is crucial for making real progress in transformation. Submission to my own will is what most frequently gets me…

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How to use secondary literature in NT research

Crafting Effective Homework: The Rationale (Part 1)

Pastor Dave Online

Counseling is not, to quote Jay Adams, the “magic hour.” That is to say, one hour a week, meeting with a counselor, does not resolve problems. Real transformation happens as individuals seek to apply what the learn in counseling in between sessions, as they do hard work, as they follow-up and build on discussions in session. It’s for this reason that Biblical Counselors ought to give good homework to their counselees. In this series I am going to look at how we craft effective homework, but to start the topic off we should carefully consider why we give homework. There are two important rationales for giving homework.

Believe it or not, homework actually benefits the counselor. Homework is most obviously about helping the counselee understand themselves, understand their problem, and understand God’s provisions – and then helping them to live in light of those truths. But it also has implications…

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KJV Expressions Bible deluxe hardcover

9781619708983oJournaling bibles have become popular in recent years, which is a good new for those who love journaling. The KJV Expressions Bible deluxe hardcover (Hendrickson, 2017) is one of the most recent journaling bibles published and available in the market.

The outer: The hardcover in this Bible combines imitation leather in brown tone and soft vinyl. Both material feel strong, well crafted, and very elegant. The size (6 ½ x 7 ¼ inches) makes this Bible manageable and ideal for its purpose: journaling. The spine is well attached and glued to the book, ant it transmits the sensation that this Bible is ideal for traveling, camping, and be used outside the office as well.

The inside: The version used in this Bible is the KJV. The type used is 8 point, which is a decent type. The text is placed in single column, allowing a space of 2+ inches for margin, a generous space for notetaking and journaling. Hendrickson claims the paper in this Bible is high-quality paper. My first impression is that this is correct as paper feels strong and perfect for writing.

This bible is highly recommendable for journaling and notetaking lovers both experienced and inciated note takers.

You can buy this beautiful Bible here 

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