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Psalmcast #03: Jesus’ Bible

Context is king; so too for the Psalter. How is Jesus’ Bible different to our Old Testaments today, and what does this mean for the Psalter?

Psalmcast #02: The Psalter’s Intelligent Design

The Psalter is not simply Israel’s greatest hits on shuffle, it’s more like the first concept album. Here are 10 evidences of its intelligent design.

Psalmcast #01: Psalms vs. Psalter

What’s in a name? When it comes to the Psalms, a lot! How we think about the Psalms impacts the way in which we read.

Review: Text and Canon edited by Robert Cole and Paul Kissling

John Sailhamer did not produce many books, but I’m gradually recognizing the impact that he has made. I’m regularly bumping up against ideas and emphases that were entrenched in his vocabulary; ideas such as composition, intertextuality, Text vs. Event, and Pentateuch 2.0. Considering Sailhamer’s impact and his passing this year, it’s fitting that editors Robert Cole and Paul Kissling would produce a festschrift in Sailhamer’s honor. Those familiar with Sailhamer will recognize the significance of its title: Text and Canon.

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Review: 1, 2 & 3 John by Constantine Campbell (Story of God)

As the latest entries for the Story of God series, the  1, 2 & John volumes face an ironic problem. Constantine Campbell recognizes that the Johannines “seem more detached from the biblical narrative than most other parts of the New Testament” (p1). There are many odd features about these letters, but trying to read them in light of the grand story is a challenge. Fortunately for the reader, Campbell has to face this challenge head on.

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Review: Salvation by Allegiance Alone by Matthew Bates

[Update: 14/03/18. After some reflection and a conversation with the author, I softened my critique a little to reflect my current perspective.] Western Christians exist in a sub-culture of “prepackaged…definitions of belief, faith, works, salvation, heaven, and the gospel that in various ways truncate and distort the full message of the good news about Jesus the Messiah that is proclaimed in the Bible” (p2-3). With this opening volley of Salvation by Allegiance Alone, Matthew Bates is on the offense, and Christianity-lite is in his crosshairs.

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