Principles for Productive Word Study (Walton)

 Word studies are a helpful tool in the exegetical toolbox.  There is a lot more to studying Scripture than doing word studies, to be sure, but word studies are helpful in determining the meaning of a text or texts.  Now there are wrong ways to do word studies.  There are exegetical fallacies that are quite… Continue reading Principles for Productive Word Study (Walton)

OT/ANE Background Studies: Five Theses

Sometimes when Christians study the OT they are apprehensive about allowing ancient Near Eastern background studies to aid in interpretation.  Or, to state this apprehension in a question: “What do ANE studies have to do with OT interpretation?”  For some reason most Christians are more comfortable with NT background studies than OT ones.  I appreciate… Continue reading OT/ANE Background Studies: Five Theses

Young Earth?

As I noted earlier, I've been reading through John Walton's book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate.  It is certainly worth reading; Walton makes a good case that we should read Genesis 1 as a text that is all about the functions of the created order.  There's a lot… Continue reading Young Earth?

Ancient Cosmology

   I've got a few flights and a short vacation in front of me, so one of the books I plan on reading is this 2009 IVP book by John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One.  Andrew said I'd appreciate it, and based on the first few paragraphs of chapter one, I think I will. … Continue reading Ancient Cosmology

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