Category Archives: Biblical Studies

Douglas Moo on Romans 8:31-39

(I added a couple of structural edits for better online reading.) We may view this beautiful, hymn-like celebration of our security in Christ as a response to what Paul has just said (28–30, or 18–30 or even 1–30), but it … Continue reading

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“Grace to you and peace” – F. F. Bruce on Galatians 1:3

(Italics are mine)  χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη. The normal word of salutation at the beginning of a Greek letter was χαίρειν (‘rejoice’); the normal word of salutation at the beginning of a Jewish letter was šālôm, είρήνη (‘peace’). The amplified … Continue reading

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Brill Publishers to Launch Reference Work ‘Textual History of the Bible’

From their press release: Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has launched a groundbreaking Major Reference Work for the study of textual history of the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament: Textual History of the Bible. It aims to bring together … Continue reading

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Report on International Conference for the New Testament Textual Criticism

Here is a report on the International Conference for the New Testament Textual Criticism which was apparently the first of its kind to be held in Greece. The theme was New Testament Textual Criticism: Its Significance for Scholarship, Culture and Church. Here … Continue reading

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BHD: Sepphoris Inscriptions Reference Rabbis

From Bible History Daily: Sepphoris Inscriptions Reference Rabbis The Aramaic inscriptions refer to two rabbis, whose names have not yet been translated, who were buried in the cemetery. Even though the Kinneret Institute scholars cannot be sure what exact role rabbis … Continue reading

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The Anti-Imperial Message of the Cross

Neil Elliott, in an essay in Richard Horsley’s Paul and Empire entitled “The Anti-Imperial Message of the Cross,”[1] suggests that Jesus’ death on the cross was a message of the impending defeat of all earthly empires through Christ’s exaltation and … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright Interview About the Importance of Knowing the Biblical Languages

If you’re going to be a competent minister of God’s Word you really should familiarize yourself with the biblical languages. As Wright says in this interview, “Trying to study the Bible without knowing the original languages is like trying to … Continue reading

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