The Use of the OT by the NT: Transformed Organic Development

Debates over the way in which the NT cites and interprets the OT are not new. While some have argued for too simplistic of an identification between the OT texts and their NT interpretation, others have gone to the opposite extreme, asserting that the NT writers used completely non-contextual interpretive methods. G.K. Beale has been… Continue reading The Use of the OT by the NT: Transformed Organic Development

G.K. Beale’s Newest – A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New

I just got G.K. Beale's A New Testament Biblical Theology in the mail and began doing some skimming.  I won't be able to delve in until late December, but I was thrilled to spend a few minutes spot-reading. So far I'm quite pleased.  I was anxious as I awaited this book since I've been so… Continue reading G.K. Beale’s Newest – A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New

Water from Jesus’ “belly/womb?” – John 7.38

John 7.38 is one of those passages in Scripture over which scholars go back and forth; for example both Craig Keener and D.A. Carson write that it is "difficult" and end up coming down on different "sides."  Do the waters of life flow from the believer's "belly" ("heart" in NIV, ESV, etc) or Jesus' "belly?"  Where… Continue reading Water from Jesus’ “belly/womb?” – John 7.38

Yahweh, the Stormy Sea and Its End

G. K. Beale and Sean McDonough have some helpful notes on Revelation 21.1-4, specifically verse 4. After discussing some clear parallels between Rev. 21 and Isaiah, they focus on some of the imagery of the new heaven and new earth.  In Isaiah (25.8, 35.10, and 51.11) the prophet predicts "that 'pain and grief and groaning' will… Continue reading Yahweh, the Stormy Sea and Its End

On the NT use of the OT

In the intro to the long awaited commentary of the NT use of the OT by our favorites, Beale and Carson, they list six questions they've asked the contributing scholars to answer while commenting on the NT books.  While all six are very good hermeneutical/exegetical questions to ask, I thought #2 was brilliant and most helpful… Continue reading On the NT use of the OT