Richard Hays’ book, The Conversation of the Imagination, is a helpful resource for insight into how the apostle Paul viewed the Old Testament Scriptures. This book is a collection of essays that Hays wrote and published elsewhere; it’s nice to have it in one volume. There are ten chapters that cover topics like the role… Continue reading How Paul Read and Interpreted Isaiah (Hays)
Many of us have probably heard or read God's great call to come to him for salvation in Isaiah 45:22: Turn to me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! (NET). It's a great text to think about for evangelism. But sometimes we might forget about the context. Right before… Continue reading Turn to Me and Be Saved!
After studying and working through Isaiah 9:2-7, I appreciate how Gary Smith summarizes these verses in the "theological implications" section of his commentary. FYI these verses in Isaiah 9 talk about a "shadow-of-death" kind of darkness that God shines his light into, which brings joy, victory, and peace. This prophecy also speaks about a… Continue reading Light, Peace, Hope, and a King! (Smith)
Calvin's commentaries, as many of our readers know, have stood the test of time because of their insight, clarity, faithfulness to the teachings of Scripture, and because they are applicable for the Christain life. These commentaries are for sure some of my favorites in their category! I was recently reminded of this when I read… Continue reading They’ll Hammer Their Swords into Plowtips (Calvin)
Though Christopher Seitz's work isn't always the easiest reading, it is often worth the effort. Here's a section on his essay that deals with the biblical phrase found in the Nicene Creed: "Maker of heaven and earth." "To be sure, among the many, many gods Paul was sickened by seeing at Athens, one was likely… Continue reading Paul, Athens, and Isaiah 45