Eric Metaxas, History Writing, and Martin Luther

Earlier, in my critical review of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, I noted that there were a few significant historical and theological inaccuracies in the book.  Later this week, having read Eberhard Bethge's biography of Bonhoeffer, I hope to interact a bit more with Metaxas' biography.  For now, I want to point out Metaxas' inaccurate portrait… Continue reading Eric Metaxas, History Writing, and Martin Luther

A Great Resource on Acts

 A friend of mine recommended this book for studying the historical situation of Acts: Colin J. Hemer's The Book of Acts in the Setting of Helenistic History (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1990).  Hemer had just finished the manuscript of this book before he died in 1987; thankfully Conrad Gempf and others edited it and made sure it was published.  In case you… Continue reading A Great Resource on Acts

Butchering History?

 I'm sure some of our readers know what an exegetical fallacy is - word study fallacies, grammatical fallacies, etc.  It is also important for us to realize that we can make errors when interpreting history or historical texts.  We've all made some historical fallacies at one time or another.  For example, if we read only a few chapters from… Continue reading Butchering History?

History, WWII, and the Christian Faith

One thing that has contributed to the watering down of Christianity in American churches is a loss of knowledge about and respect for history.  Not that we should idolize history, but it sure is helpful to know the past for a whole host of reasons.  It's good to know how our Christian forefathers wrestled through… Continue reading History, WWII, and the Christian Faith

OT Israel History and Literature

 "...The purpose of Israel's literature is theological.  It is selective, as all historical writing must be, and it has an agenda.  It is not interested in preserving events for history's sake.  Its purpose is to document Yahweh's action in history and his control of the flow of events.  In these documents the nation is more important… Continue reading OT Israel History and Literature