SALE on The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible

ZondervanTrust me y’all!!  This is a really really really good deal!  You get unlimited access to the whole set for a one time fee of $6.99 a volume!  That’s just $34.95 as compared to $240 on Logos!  (Sale goes through April 13th!) 🙂

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Reading the through Greek New Testament

For those interested and or brave or disciplined enough to give it a shot – Dan Wallace has a blog post offering a graded approach to reading through the Greek New Testament.

You can check it out here: Reading through the Greek New Testament

He recommends a good resource to help the process along too: A New Reader’s Lexicon of the Greek New Testament


On John 20:19-23 and Acts 2

One of my NT professors from AGTS, Ben Aker has written what I would say is a tremendous article on the Biblical distinction between Regeneration and Spirit Baptism in reference to John 20:19-23 and Acts 2. Trust me, its really good!

Dr. Aker writes:

There are two Biblical texts that scholars often discuss, frequently misinterpret, and thus confuse regarding regeneration and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. They are John 20:19-23 and Acts 2. In the first of these references the word “breathed” occurs. This study then will focus on the meaning and use of the word in John 20:22. I propose that “breathed” refers to regeneration and concerns an actual, supernatural event in which Jesus imparts eternal life to the first disciples through the Spirit. This paper will discuss“ breathed” under two main headings: its lexical and conceptual meanings and uses and the contribution of John’s theology to its meaning and use.

Well, it blessed me and I hope it will bless you too!

my weirdest post ever

could be this one…  sorry if it weirded people out…. 🙂

I mean have you heard of anything weirder than that?

what is wrong with a Christ-centered focus??!!

Is not nearly the whole of Scripture Christ centered?!

As one person (a fellow AG pastor and Pentecostal) objected on Facebook:

Christo-monistic? Does that mean “Jesus only”? The entirety of the NT is Christ-centered. Jesus’ promises of the Paraclete in Jn 14-16 describe the Spirit as pointing to Christ and his will. Over & over, the NT talks in terms of the world being made by and for Christ.  That is not at all Monistic. The Holy Spirit points to Christ, and Christ points to the Father. The Father puts “all things” into Christ’s hands and under his feet. All are “one.”

Yeah… so uh, how about we all just move on?  🙂


Never heard of it before?  Neither have I.  Consider this from Donald G. Bloesch’s The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory (IVP).  After discussing Premillennialism, Dispensationalism, Amillennialism, Postmillennialsim, Idealist-symbolic views and Moltmann, in his usual style, he lets us know what he thinks at the end where he summaries and presents a section called ‘Toward a new understanding of the millennium” where he says in part:  (stick with me):

I propose a realizing or unfolding millennium.  The millennium is the kingdom of Christ that is now hidden in the crises and turmoils of history.  It is a kingdom that is ever advancing but always meeting with renewed opposition by the principalities and powers that still wreak havoc in the world….

The millennium belongs to both history and superhistory.  Its goal is a transfigured earth, an earth transformed by the light of the Word of God.  The fulfillment of the millennium will be realized in the second coming of Christ.  Its inauguration has already occurred at his first coming.  Now we have the millennium in its preliminary phase; then we shall see it in its manifest or consummate stage… the millennial kingdom is not yet the eternal kingdom… then… it will become the kingdom of God in its fulfillment….

After sharing what he appreciates about dispys and premills (that they are futuristic though opposing a strictly futurist view and the promise of a transformed world), he then says the following:

What I am presenting might be labeled a historical-symbolic view.  It must not be confounded with the idealistic position.  The symbols of apocalyptic eschatology refer not to timeless truths but to the penetration of the kingdom of God within history.  This view can also be described as transmillennial, for the millennium points beyond itself to the new heaven and the new earth, which constitutes the fulfillment of the millennium.

I say the way he presents it is quite an interesting way to put it.  I am wondering what others might think of this view as presented by Bloesch?

The Bible and the Missio Dei

doing a series of posts from the past.  this was posted early January 2006 after a class one night on the mission of God:

Missio Dei:

MAJOR Social Concerns of the Covenant (i.e., The Bible):

1.   Personhood – Everone’s person is to be secure.

2.   False accusation –  Everyone’s to be secure against slander and false accusation.

3.   Women – No woman is to be taken advantage of within her subordinate status in society.

4.   Punishment – Punishment for wrongdoing shall not be excessive so that the culprit is dehumanized.

5.   Dignity – Every [person’s] dignity and right to be God’s freedman and servant are to be honored and safegaurded.

6.    Inheritence – Every [person’s] inheritence in the promised land is to be secure.

7.    Property – Everyone’s property is to be secure.

8.   Fruit of Labor – Everyone is to receive the fruit of his labors.

9.   Fruit of the Ground – Everyone is to share the fruit of the ground.

10.   Rest on the Sabbath – Everyone, down to the humblest servant and the resident alien, is to share the weekly rest of God’s Sabbath.

11.   Marriage – The marriage relationship is to be kept inviolate.

12.   Exploitation – No one, however disabled, impoverished or powerless, is to be oppressed or exploited.

13.     Fair Trial – Everyone is to have free access to the courts and is to be afforded a fair trial.

14.   Social Order – Every person’s God-given place in the social order is to be honored.

15.   Law – No one shall be above the law, not even the King.

16 – Animals – Concern for the welfare of other creatures is to be extended to the animal world.

For specific verses please see page 271 in The NIV Study Bible!

more on exegesis and translation

from Steve Runge’s book Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis (Hendrickson, 2010). In talking about the role of “de” and “ouv”as development markers, Runge writes:

So far, we have looked at how English uses adverbials such as “then” and “now” to mark new developments. Greek uses its rich set of connectives to mark development, resulting in a mismatch between the function of some conunctions in Greek and that of their English counterparts. The most commonly used development markers in the Greek NT are “de” and “ouv.”

Not only do the particles “de” and “ouv” serve as conjunctions, but also they serve as development markers in the discourse in ways comparable to temporal adverbs in English. This raises the question of how to best translate them. Should we translate “ouv” as “therefore,” “then,” or “now”? This quandary illustrates the problem of needing to express all grammatical information in translation. There may not be an easy translation solution. This is where exegesis and exposition come in. Even if we cannot capture everything in a single English word, we can still understand the function of the Greek word. We can understand what it signals in the discourse and find other ways of capturing or communicating its function.

I very much appreciate this comment and feel this is why it is really important everyone pick up this book and read it along with Wallace’s GGBB. It also highlights the importance of why second year Greek is needed. My second year Grrek prof Ben Aker told us about how in first year Greek one is a form chaser whereas in second year Greek one becomes a function chaser.

Words have more than meaning, they also have function and place within a given text. Knowing the function of words, phrases, and clauses, helps get at what is going on in the text under study. Good exegesis leads to better exposition and application of the text and good exegesis requires a working knowledge of these kinds of issues.

BibleWorks 9 is officially out!

From the website:

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CBD Sale: NA27 Wide Margin Edition!

soon as I can I want to get it.  it’s on sale for $20 at CBD – given I had to throw away my really nice cloth bound NA 27 – this could be a great alternative….

562002: Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27), Wide-Margin Edition Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27), Wide-Margin Edition
By E. Nestle, B. & K. Aland, eds. / Hendrickson Publishers

The leading edition of the original text of the New Testament, this scholarly edition is designed for extensive research, textual criticism, and other academic studies.

In keeping with the goals of serious and advanced New Testament scholars, the revised critical apparatus shows a nearly exhaustive list of variants but includes only the most significant witnesses for each variant. The Greek text has paragraph and section breaks. Cross-references in the margins are extensive and include synoptic parallels. Five appendices offer in-depth information for further understanding of passages.

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