Book Review: The Biblical World edited by John Barton

John Barton, ed. The Biblical World. 2 vols. New York, NY.: Routledge, 2002. (1064 pages)

The Biblical World (henceforth BW) is a two volume reference work that is filled with diverse articles related to the Bible and its academic study.  This work is divided into eight categories (The Bible[1], Genres, Documents[2], History, Institutions, Biblical Figures, Religious [...]

Book Review: Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation

Stanley Porter, ed. Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation. New York, NY. Routledge, 2009. (406 pages)

I’d like to thank Routledge for sending me a handful of books to review.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to post those reviews.

Of all of the books that Routledge was kind enough to send me to review, I [...]

Book Review: Wisdom Texts from Qumran by Daniel J. Harrington S.J.

Daniel J. Harrington S.J.  Wisdom Texts from Qumran. New York, NY.: Routledge, 1996. [1]

A few years ago, I had to pleasure to take a Wisdom Literature survey course with Dan Harrington at Boston College.  The portion of the course dealing with the sapiential literature from Qumran was a personal highlight for me.  I remember [...]

Book Review: A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew

Book Review

Garrett, Duane A., and Jason S. DeRouchie. A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Nashville, TN.: B&H Academic, 2009.

At the beginning of the summer, I received a review copy of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew from the kind folks at Broadman & Holman (just wanted to say thanks to B&H for an opportunity [...]

Most Influential Books

I was tagged by Daniel and Tonya over at the Hebrew and Greek Reader to complete a book meme.  The originator of this meme is Ken Brown.  The idea is that you have to either share your top five most influential books or the top five scholars that had the most immediate and lasting influence [...]

Book Review: Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Psalms & Wisdom Literature

Several months ago, I wrote a small book review on Derek Kidner’s introduction to the Wisdom Literature, The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes: An Introduction to Wisdom Literature. Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity Press, 1985. There were a few short comings with this text, but it was one of the few intro books that [...]

Vednesdays with Westermann, Veek II.

In the Introduction of Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples, Westermann lays out his basic assumptions as well as the trajectory of the book.

Basic Assumptions from Part I of the Introduction1:

“Wisdom is a capacity that is inherent in human beings as persons. It is a human trait, an element [...]

Vednesdays with Westermann Veek I

I haven’t been able to find the time to put something of worth on my blog lately. My class load this semester has been a bit heavy at times, but I am planning on blogging through Claus Westermann’s book Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples. This was a book [...]

Review:The Hebrew Old Testament and the Ministry Today: An Exegetical Study of Leviticus 19:18b

David Noel Freedman, in a small article in his collected writings,[1] discusses the wide breadth of knowledge that should  be possessed by those in ministry, while also illustrating the benefits of being knowledgeable in various related interdisciplinary fields (i.e. archaeology, linguistics, theology, philosophy, and history) by exegeting Leviticus 19:18b.  However, archaeology and history never [...]

Book Review: Derek Kidner. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, & Ecclesiastes

Derek Kidner. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, & Ecclesiastes. Downers Grove, Il.: InterVarsity Press. 1985.

In this book, Derek Kidner provides a popular level introduction to the Wisdom Literature written from an Evangelical perspective. This may be the best introduction written at a popular level that I have [...]