Grace, Gentiles, and the OT (Davis)

 God's plan of salvation always included both Jews and Gentiles.  Including the Gentiles as recipients of grace was not God's plan B, but part of his original plan.  This is clearly seen already in the Old Testament.  Dale Ralph Davis has a helpful commentary on 1 Kings 17:8-12 that talks about God's grace shown to… Continue reading Grace, Gentiles, and the OT (Davis)

The Gospel in the OT

If you're interested in learning how the gospel is proclaimed in the OT, you need to check out this series: The Gospel According to the Old Testament.  I just saw that WTS books is having a great sale on these books: the set is $71.44 (plus $1 shipping).  Another option: if you get 3 of them, there… Continue reading The Gospel in the OT

Naboth’s Vineyard (1 Ki 21) and Methods of Interpretation

Jerome T. Walsh, OT scholar and professor, has done some fine work in the area of OT narrative, language, and structure. While studying the life/ministry of Elijah, I ran across a helpful article by Walsh in the Journal of Biblical Literature 111.2 (1992): 193-211, called "Methods and Meanings: Multiple Studies of 1 Kings 21." One… Continue reading Naboth’s Vineyard (1 Ki 21) and Methods of Interpretation

Elijah: “The Prophetic Hinge”

Ronald B. Allen wrote a nice article ("Elijah the Broken Prophet" Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 22.3 [1979], 193-202) on Elijah's life and ministry. Though I do not fully agree with each point Allen makes, the essay is helpful. I'll put the best part of the essay here: "...It is not just in miraculous… Continue reading Elijah: “The Prophetic Hinge”

Elijah and Elijah: Polemics against Baal

In her outstanding comparison of the canonical Elijah/Elisha texts and the ANE Baal texts, Leah Bronner makes the point that the Elijah/Elisha stories are polemics against Baal and his minions.  Here is a summary in her own words. "The writer of these episodes about the lives of these prophets wrote them as deliberate polemics against Canaanite mythology, as we… Continue reading Elijah and Elijah: Polemics against Baal