How often do we let the “secret things” of this world steal our joy and peace? Gerhard Von Rad’s commentary on Deut 29:29 in his 80 page Moses is helpful for reminding us that God, through his revealed Word, is our joy and peace. Continue reading
There is a new standard work on Definite Atonement. From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective is a serious treatment on the doctrine from some of the brightest theologians in modern evangelicalism.
When I think of Definite Atonement, one passage that immediately jumps to my mind is John 6 and the Bread of Life Discourse. Matthew Harmon provides a helpful exposition of the discourse. Continue reading
In his book, The Verbal System of Biblical Aramaic: A Distributional Approach, Dr. Michael Shepherd (professor of Hebrew and OT) explains text linguistics. He recounts the development of modern linguistics starting with the milestone contributions of Ferdinand de Saussure. Continue reading
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Brevard Childs on the New Testament canon from The Church’s Guide for Reading Paul:
The concept of a New Testament canon derives ultimately from its Christology. The Christian church confessed the uniqueness of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, who entered fully into human time and space and thus rendered that historical activity unique and eternal in its salvific effect. God became human in order to redeem his creation. The incarnation was not a noble idea, a pedagogical example, or a recurring mythical typology, but a divine act of grace that embraced and sanctified this historical entrance forever in all its human frailty and time-conditionality. The four Gospels do not attempt to explain its meaning, but in different and various ways bear witness to its eternal truth. The church, which developed its understanding of canon over many centuries, derived it as a response to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The apostolic witnesses to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ in human time and space gained their privileged status to perform their function of bearing testimony to the gospel that had been promised in the Scriptures of Israel (Mark 1:1-3). Continue reading
In 1845 Moses Stuart, professor of sacred literature in Andover, Massachusetts, set out to provide a defense of the Old Testament (OT) as canonical Christian Scripture. His work, Critical History and Defence of the Old Testament Canon, addresses this issue from the perspective of a faith commitment to Christ and the apostles. Continue reading