Book Review: Paul N. Jackson, Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two

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Jackson, Paul N. Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2017. 189 pp. Pb; $18.99.  Link to Zondervan

This new volume of devotionals from the Greek New Testament follows the first volume edited by J. Scott Duvall and Verlyn Verbrugge (Zondervan, 2012). The idea of Greek devotionals rose out of the Exegetical Insights in Bill Mounce’s popular Basics of Biblical Greek. Each chapter of this introductory grammar began with a short illustration of why the grammatical lesson of the chapter plays out in Greek exegesis.

9780310529354The fifty-two devotionals in this small book are drawn from every New Testament book and focus on the details of a particular Greek text. After the title of the devotion and reference, the Greek text is provided. Occasionally the author provides a syntactical display (Paul Jackson on Mark 9:42-50; Dean Pinter on 1 Timothy 1:15-16). The author then…

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Paul’s Mission to Spain

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From the book of Acts we know Paul wrote Romans after a long and bitter controversies in both Galatia and Corinth. As a result of these conflicts, Romans “constitutes a ‘manifesto’ setting forth his deepest convictions on central issues” (Kruse, Romans, 9). This manifesto was written and published to gain the widest publicity. It is possible the core of the letter was sent to other Pauline churches, although there is no manuscript evidence for this.

Paul also wrote Romans just prior to his trip to Jerusalem to deliver the collection to the poor saints in Jerusalem. The book of Romans may have been intended to gain the favor of the Roman church as he approached the contentious Jerusalem church. Romans 15:30-33 specifically asks the Roman church to pray for Paul because he is not sure what reception he will receive when he arrives in Jerusalem.

paul-statue-romeThat he calls his…

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Logos Free (and almost free) Books of the Month – Three Anchor Bible Commentaries (Romans, Galatians and Habakkuk)

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The Logos Bible Software “Free book of the Month” for October is their best offer ever. During the month of October, you can add The Anchor Yale Bible commentary on Romans by Joseph A. Fitzmyer for free, and Francis I. Andersen’s Anchor Bible Commentary on Habakkuk for only $1.99, and J. Louis Martyn’s Galatians commentary for only $2.99. All three of these are excellent contributions to scholarship. Any work on Romans engages with Fitzmyer, and Martyn commentary on Galatians is one of the best available. The three books are about $150.00 retail, and you can get Logos 7 Basic Edition for free. So no excuses!

The Anchor Bible format begins with a fresh translation followed by a comment on the text and then a “notes” section for exegetical detail. All Greek is transliterated and all citations are in-text. All three commentaries interact with both ancient and modern scholarship and seek to explain the…

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5 Beneficios de leer libros completos de la Biblia de una sola sentada


Remembering Haddon Robinson

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by David A. Currie, author of The Big Idea of Biblical Worship

Last night (9/7/17) I sat in a packed chapel at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, joined by thousands online (, for a memorial service for Haddon Robinson. Since Haddon’s death, I’ve been reflecting upon his life and ministry and how they came to influence me.


I first “met” Haddon through the first edition of his seminal book, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. As a recent seminary graduate, I had learned a lot about exegesis and a bit about preaching, but I was struggling to connect these two in my early sermons.  A faculty mentor, Richard Lovelace, had given me a copy of Haddon’s book, but since it wasn’t required for any of my courses, I hadn’t read it.  In my desperation to connect the people of God with the…

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Review: Jeremiah (BST)


The Bible Speaks Today (BST) series has a threefold ideal:

  • to expound the biblical text with accuracy
  • to relate it to contemporary life, and
  • to be readable.

While it is not exactly a “commentary,” this is not a sermon series either (a la Preaching the Word). In his volume, Wright writes specifically to pastors and preachers, those called to fill God’s people with his word and a solid, biblical knowledge of him. Wright is an ideal person to write on Jeremiah. He is an OT theologian who has been writing on the OT, OT ethics, and OT commentaries for years (e.g., Deuteronomy, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel). Having written so much about the OT, Wright is able to keeps the entire story and canon of the Bible in mind as he fills in the details about the suffering prophet.

The weeping prophet, who weeps God’s tears…

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Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders (Books on the Ministry #19)

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There’s good books and there’s books you simply must have. While every Christian can glean so much spiritual help from this fine book, it would almost be a crime for a pastor to not own and carefully read this book by J. Oswald Sanders. Originally written in the late 1960s, this million-seller finds a new life in this stunning paperback edition by Moody. I’m not sure how to describe the material the cover was made from, but it’s the best paperback cover I’ve ever seen.

I don’t think this classic became so popular through a savvy marketing campaign, but simply by the fact that it is so captivating. It covers leadership as the title suggests, and though there is some overlap with the modern subject of leadership that floods the book market, you also see that spiritual leadership is worlds apart from modern leadership. The book is true to the…

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Book Review: Michael F. Bird, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans

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Bird, Michael F. An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2017. xii + 322 pages; Pb. $28.   Link to Eerdmans

This new collection of essays from Michael Bird includes three chapters previously published and two lengthy chapters written for this volume. A lengthy thirty-page introduction explains what Bird means by “an anomalous Jew” (aside from the play on John Meier’s work on the Historical Jesus, A Marginal Jew or Daniel Boyarin’s Paul: A Radical Jew). Although it is commonplace in contemporary scholarship to acknowledge Paul’s Jewish roots, Bird points out Paul says things that no other Torah-affirming Jew would say and he was opposed violently by Torah-affirming Jews. Paul’s view of what God is doing in the present age through Jesus Christ led to his “decentering of the Torah” (7). So if Paul is a Jewish thinker, how should he be situated…

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Bible review: The New King James Study Bible.

9780718079154.jpg_5.1489947789Something I always recommend to new believers is to get a Bible for them to read on a daily basis. I do not recommend a regular Bible but a study Bible, so they can read notes and understand the context of the passage they are reading. Most of the study bible also include graphics and tables that help the reader to go deeper into the context.

The King James Study Bible (a classic published by Thomas Nelson) fulfills all the aforementioned features. This Bible is the full-color edition, and is full of notes and graphics and is perfect for daily Bible study and devotion.

Readers will find a very complete Bible from covert to covert. Even those who never owned a study Bible before will find this Bible a great fit for their spiritual lives. The “How to Use” section will facilitate its usage and will make it easier for initiated readers to navigate through this Bible.

The two columns text design is divided by a column with cross-references, a very helpful feature for Bible study. The font (in both the Bible text and notes) is big enough to make its reading extremely fluent.

Every book is preceded by an introduction and an outline, which constitute this Bible a perfect tool for pastors and church ministers. The doctrinal notes make this Bible a very solid tool in terms of doctrine and theology.

This Bible also provides tables with different topics such as Christ and the Gospels, Parables of Christ, Miracles of Christ, Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Christ, Topical Index to Paul and His Letters, and many other tables. The concordance comes with word studies, another outstanding feature.

Summarizing, this Bible is an excellent resource for pastors, Bible students, new believers, and Christians in general. The variety of features and doctrinal resources it contains will satisfy the needs of those who are considering buying a study Bible.

This Bible is available in both hard cover and leather. If you want to obtain this Bible, click 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

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Rev. Ed.)-Volume 4: Chronicles-Job

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Volume 4 of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary EBC) series continues the winning record this revision has had of the popular, much beloved original EBC series. In the revised set, volume 4 covers from Chronicles to Job. In this case, we have two new authors (on Chronicles and Esther) creating completely new works along with two authors (on Ezra and Nehemiah and Job) doing a revision.

The new work on Chronicles was handled by Frederick Mabie. By all accounts this is a thorough, conservative improvement over the older series. He provides a succinct, interesting Introduction to First and Second Chronicles. In addition to great text, he provides a few charts and graphs that greatly enhance the work. He deviates from the usual synoptic approach to Chronicles with Samuel and Kings. That makes this a stronger commentary on the Chronicles itself. I’m particularly glad to have this work.

Edwin Yamauchi revises his…

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Book Review: J. David Pleins, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories

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Pleins, J. David  and Jonathan Homrighausen. Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2017. 176 pp.; Pb.; $17.99.   Link to Zondervan

The goal of this new book by J. David Pleins is to assist students to acquire a more fluid and intuitive grasp of Hebrew vocabulary. Word frequency lists are common, but after memorizing the most common words it is perhaps not as profitable to memorize words which appear rarely in the Hebrew Bible. Reading the Hebrew Bible becomes “tedious page-flipping exercises through lexicons” (16). By collecting Hebrew vocabulary into logical categories, Pleins hopes to provide a user-friendly method for becoming familiar with words via conceptual categories. The authors hope this book will “open the promised land of a more satisfying experience of reading the Hebrew Bible” (21).

There are over 175 word grouping categories…

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Esther (OTL) by Levenson

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Jon Levenson has written in the Old Testament Library (OTL) series one of the very best commentaries available from the critical camp on the exciting Book of Esther. As a conservative reviewer, any critical commentary on Esther grates on my nerves more than usual because of critical scholar’s disdain for Esther’s history, but if you are like me and want at least one of the better critical commentaries in your library on every book of the Bible, you should probably consider this one.

There’s no doubt that Mr. Levenson writes with skill. When he says in the first paragraph, “it is also a tale of the ascent of an orphan in exile to the rank of the most powerful woman – and perhaps even the most powerful person – in the Empire and, arguably, the world”, his writing prowess becomes clear.

He begins his discussion in the Introduction on the…

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Review: The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing

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30259200Jonathan T. Pennington is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pennington received a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Along with numerous articles, Pennington is the author of Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew and Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction, and works on both Greek and Hebrew vocabulary. Most recently, Pennington has written a theological commentary that provides a fresh approach to the Sermon on the Mount that is both contextually informed and practically concerned with application in the Christian life.

The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentaryis strategically divided into three major parts: (1) Orientation, (2) Commentary, and (3) Theological Reflection. In the introduction, Pennington surveys the history of interpretation and positions the reader to better recognize the overall strategy of his approach…

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Having Mental Health Issues Doesn’t Mean You’re a Bad Christian

Herramientas tecnológicas para pastores

Deuteronomy (Interpretation) by Miller

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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

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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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