Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with… Continue reading Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament (A Brief Review)

Last fall I had my eye on this resource: The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament by Gary Schnittjer. I finally broke down and purchased it a month ago. Since then I've had time to read parts of it and look through it in some detail - all 1000+ pages. Below are my brief… Continue reading The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament (A Brief Review)

Scripture Says, God Says (Warfield)

One thing that has been in my mind lately is how the NT authors and Christians in the early church viewed the OT. Suffice it to say that since they learned from Jesus, the NT authors and early Christians had a deep and profound respect for the Scripture (the OT). They viewed it as God's… Continue reading Scripture Says, God Says (Warfield)

The Translation of the Hebrew Bible: A Very Brief Overview

 The two prefaces to the JPS (Jewish Publication Society) Hebrew-English Tanakh are helpful sources of information concerning the text of the Hebrew Old Testament.  In these prefaces, one can read about the history of the Hebrew text, the accuracy of the Hebrew text, and information about the newer JPS translation of the Hebrew text, among… Continue reading The Translation of the Hebrew Bible: A Very Brief Overview

The Brute Historical Facts of the OT?(Provan)

 Iain Provan's essay, "Hearing the HIstorical Books" in Hearing the Old Testament is an excellent, helpful, and thought-provoking read.  I really appreciate it and I highly recommend it. One of the main points Provan makes in this article is that the OT is not just a depository of historical facts.  Typically we think of history as… Continue reading The Brute Historical Facts of the OT?(Provan)