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Review: Ruth (ZECOT) by Daniel Block

ruth1Though widely admired, Ruth is often misunderstood. Too often have I seen Ruth lumped in with Esther (and maybe Proverbs 31) as the “books for women” since these are apparently the few sections of Scripture about women and for women. Such an attitude is a disservice to everyone involved, as all Scripture is for women, these books are for men too, and the purpose of the books themselves is overlooked. Though its beauty as a love story cannot be ignored, Ruth was not preserved in Scripture as a sanctified romance novel. Don’t get me started. Thankfully, Daniel Block avoids such marginalisation and sentimentality in his recent Ruth commentary.

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Is Hell Terminal Punishment? John Stackhouse Affirms

Hell 2nd EditionAs I mentioned in my previous post, I am working through two chapters of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell: Eternal Conscious Torment (Denny Burk) and Terminal Punishment (John Stackhouse). See my previous post on Burk’s chapter.

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Is Hell Eternal Conscious Torment? Denny Burk Affirms

Hell 2nd EditionHell is a sobering topic to say the least, but it must be studied if we want to understand God and represent His word. The time is ripe to reevaluate Scriptures’ teaching on hell since Zondervan just updated its “Views on Hell” volume. This is welcome, as the original book had a few quirks: separate chapters defending “literal” and “metaphorical” views of hell (that looked suspiciously alike), along with a Roman Catholic defense of purgatory in a book aimed for Evangelicals, and a highly-charged emotion-driven defense of Annihilationism that was more heat than light. More crucially, it had become quite dated and the discussion has moved forward significantly, with Annihilationism (aka. Conditionalism) gaining popularity and credibility, and evangelical Universalism even being on the table.

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Giveaway: A Theology of Mark’s Gospel by David Garland

Garland Theology Mark's GospelAs I mentioned in my review yesterday, A Theology of Mark’s Gospel comes highly recommended for students and especially teachers/pastors.

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Giveaway & Review of A Theology of Mark’s Gospel by David Garland

Garland Theology Mark's GospelCheck back tomorrow to win a copy!

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Review: Obadiah by Daniel I. Block (Hearing the Message of Scripture)

Daniel Block ObadiahThe little book of Obadiah is much like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone: destined to be forgotten, being the most minor of the minors (prophets, that is)! In fact, Obadiah is the least read book of the Bible. This is why I was so glad to read and review a commentary on it! Maybe I’m a sucker for the underdog, but if you hold to a high view of Scripture then surely the least popular book of the Bible will also be one of the most underestimated and one that rewards close study.

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