Web of Interest 1026

Aristotle often evaluated a thing with respect to its “telos” – its purpose, end, or goal. The telos of a knife is to cut. The telos of a physician is health or healing. What is the telos of university?The harvardmost obvious answer is “truth” –- the word appears on so many university crests. But increasingly, […]

Galatians: A Handbook on the Greek Text

The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament series “offers an accessible and
comprehensive, though not exhaustive, treatment of the Greek New Testament” (p. ix) in which a growing number of volumes is now available. David deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, has provided this volume covering […]

Judges 9: A Kingdom of Tribalism

After giving notice that Abimelech has risen to be the “king of Israel,” in verse 22, the narrator of Judges immediately moves to the rebellion of Shechem. The text begins with the reason for the rebellion, giving the reader a behind-the-scenes look, much like Job, of the disaster, appearing like a small cloud far out […]

Web of Interest 1019

Last week, in an extraordinarily deft, gracious, and thorough 20-page paper titled, “A Theological Summary of Human Sexuality,” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship affirmed its historic commitment to the Bible’s teaching on human sexual behavior. “Marriage (in the Bible) is defined as a distinctive union between one man and one woman, as husband and wife, in which […]

Review: Deuteronomy and the Meaning of Monotheism

The volume before us is one of several that I will be reviewing over the next few months on the book of Deuteronomy, which is the book where I am doing my PhD research. This present volume is also close to home for me as it is the second edition of the published version of […]

Judges 9: Untangling the Kingship of Abimelech

Abimelech ruled over Israel three years. —Judges 9:22

With this short sentence, the reader enters a rather perplexing section of the book of Judges. How is it becoming king of Shechem results in Abimelech becoming king of Israel? Why, immediately after becoming king of Shechem, does Abimelech seem to go to war with the city? […]