In the story of David's rise in Israel there seems to be a discrepancy in 1 Samuel 16-17. In chapter 16 the narrative tells us about one of king Saul's servants recommending David (Jesse's son) to play music for the purpose of combating Saul's evil/bad spirit/mood. However, after David defeats the Philistine Goliath, Saul asks… Continue reading Saul, David, and Errors in 1 Samuel 16-17?
After a cursory reading of two texts that seemingly contradict each other, many New Testament critics simply say the Bible has errors. Their logic usually goes like this: "Mark said one thing, Matthew said another. Both can't be right. Therefore, the Bible has errors and you're foolish to trust it." But it's not that simple. … Continue reading Giving the Text the Benefit of the Doubt (Blomberg)
This one is just out: Don Carson's Collected Writings on Scripture (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010). It looks just as promising as most of his other writings. The first 190 pages or so are essays of Carson's that discuss the Bible: historiography, literary aspects, hermeneutics, criticism, authority, theology, and other such themes. The second half of the… Continue reading Two (and a Half) New Don Carson Titles
A few weeks back I finished this historical biography on Anne Bradstreet (1612-1642) by Faith Cook: Anne Bradstreet Pilgrim and Poet (Carlisle: EP Books, 2010). This is a great introduction to an amazing Puritan woman's life, times, and writings. Anne came to America with some of the first Puritan refugees in the 1630s and faced… Continue reading Two Good Reads