It’s tempting to begin this review by repeating my introduction to David Mitchell’s Messiah Ben Joseph review. The details of Middle Ages Jewish messianic hope are surprising and fascinating. One particularly influential text of the time is Sefer Zerubbabel (“the book of Zerubbabel”), and so Martha Himmelfarb has devoted an entire book—Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire—to it.
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My wife (Tasha) has just completed her third book: Maia of the Forest. This time it’s an adult coloring book that was inspired by her season of depression and anxiety. It’s a retelling of Thumbelina as an allegory of depression. This is by far her best project yet. The art and story are both amazing. I’m so proud of her.
If the Psalms are indeed prophetic, How do we “Do the math” to get from Psalms to Christ? In this episode: Two ways of getting it right.
It seems like the Lord is opening the door for me to finally attend seminary. This is a dream come true. I’ve applied and just need to raise the funds for this summer semester. If you would like to help make this dream come true, please visit my GoFundMe page.
It’s sadly all too common to see the women of the Bible given a bad rap in sermons and popular Christian books. Often, the women of Jesus’ genealogy are portrayed as “bad girls” who are included as examples of God’s scandalous grace towards sinners. But are these assumptions correct? Do our modern Western assumptions lead us to misunderstand the Biblical texts? Do we owe these women an apology? VVindicating the Vixens attempts to reexamine the often misunderstood women of the Bible. To achieve this end, Sandra Glahn has gathered a diverse range of female and male scholars from different nationalities, ethnicities, traditions, and even perspectives on women in ministry, who all nonetheless agree we must “revisit what the Scriptures say about some Bible women we have sexualized, vilified, and/or marginalized” (p16).
Regular readers may remember my review of Matthew Bates’ Salvation by Allegiance Alone. After a conversation with the author and some reflection, I realized that some factors in my life affected my review of the book and a few of my critiques were unfounded. I think this book deserves a deeper re-reading but in the meantime I have made some small adjustments to make my review more accurate. The review can be found here.