On justification, Martin Luther writes:
But then God is justified in his words, when we consider and accept his word as just and truthful, which occurs through faith in his speaking (WA 56:212,26-28).
Dr. Dan Wallace recently gave a lecture at Liberty University on Tischendorf and the discovery of Codex Sinaiticus. It is around an hour long but worthy of your time.
H/T: Dr. Alan Bandy
Emanuel Tov’s Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible is now in its third edition and remains the standard work in its field.
Oxford University Press has posted on their blog an interview with Emmanuel Tov.
From the blog:
In this interview (audio below) conducted for Oxford Biblical Studies Online (OBSO), Professor Marc Brettler (Brandeis University) discusses with Professor Tov his early days as a scholar of Biblical studies, his research into the Qumran scrolls, and the legacy of his work — most notably his landmark book Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd ed., revised and expanded; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012), which continues to set the standard for his field.
You can listen to the full audio interview here.
I am late to the game concerning the issues with Dynamic Equivalence. Bart Barber has just released a well-written post concerning this same topic on SBC Voices called “The Sinful Nature in Dynamic Equivalence Translations.” This has become a recent issue that I am currently wrestling over. This post seeks to demonstrate just one of the hesitancies that I have with certain forms of Dynamic Equivalence. I am no scholar at the English, Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic language, but I, as should all, do have some standards when it comes to translating the languages of the Bible.
Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple
Open the door and see all the people.
This popular church finger rhyme promotes a prominent yet false theology among many believers. In other words, the rhyme illustrates the belief that “church” indicates the building you go to on Sunday or Wednesday. Scripture, however, contradicts this rhyme and teaches that the “Church” is the people of God rather than a building. While this teaching may not surprise many, our language about Church does not accurately communicate this truth concerning who the Church is according to Scripture. Often I hear (and have said before) phrases such as, “Did you go to church sunday?” or “I’m going to church. . .” or “What street is your church on?” All of these phrases promote a theology that the building, not the people, is the church.
The following is an excerpt from an essay I wrote on Jonathan Edwards’ works on revival. This is the concluding section which deals with the relevance of Edwards’ insights for the modern church.
Edwards’ Relevance for the Contemporary Church
Given the general overview of Edwards’ primary works on revival, the question may now be raised: “What significance does Edwards’ teaching on revival offer the church today?” Though the magnitude of his work could offer dozens of answers to such an inquiry, the present discussion will focus on four keen insights that the modern church can glean and hopefully apply to its understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in revival.