The Psalter as Living and Dynamic

I've posted a few times on the Psalter in the last week or so, noting how the psalms were written and slowly collected somewhere between the period 1400 and 400 BCE, give or take.  This might be sort of a new concept for many Christians, but rather than detract from our view of Scripture it… Continue reading The Psalter as Living and Dynamic

More Machen

The church today is facing something similar to what Machen faced less than 100 years ago: Jesus divorced from Scripture, history, and the church.  We saw it a few days back in Deepak Chopra's "third Jesus."  Deepak's jesus used scented lotions and came so we could realize our inner potential, so we might find self-actualization… Continue reading More Machen

Frei on Precritical Biblical Interpretation

I've been reading Hans Frei, The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative (New York: Yale, 1974) for the past few weeks.  This book is quite deep and thick and rich - I know for sure I'm only tracking with the main points that Frei is making.  I enjoy it, but it's going to take one or two… Continue reading Frei on Precritical Biblical Interpretation

Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues

Some OT scholars make hay with the seeming discrepancies between Exodus 14 (the exodus narrative proper) and Exodus 15 (the poetic or hymnic reflection on the exodus).  For example, they discuss the history, authorship, and date of the two chapters.  It is true: on close reading of the two texts, one can see some differences… Continue reading Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues

Puritans, Reformed Scholasticism, and Text Criticism

Puritan and Reformed Scholasticism was "built on" an intense, scholarly, detailed, and humble study of the Scriptures - including original languages and semitic studies. The Reformed scholastics were not opposed to early textual criticism - what we may call "lower" criticism as opposed to "higher" criticism. Actually, the scholastics did massive textual and critical work.… Continue reading Puritans, Reformed Scholasticism, and Text Criticism