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)

The Last Book of the Hebrew Bible: Chronicles?!

 I've enjoyed making my way through this 2012 Eerdmans publication: Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God's Address. This morning I read chapter seven by Stephen Dempster: "Canon and Old Testament Interpretation."  Overall it's a helpful chapter, but I really liked the following paragraph about the Hebrew Bible ending with Chronicles (the last book of the… Continue reading The Last Book of the Hebrew Bible: Chronicles?!

The Red Heifer Law: What? Why?

There are some obscure and difficult sections of the Old Testament.  One example is Numbers 18-19, where we are given quite a few details about the duties of the priests and the Levites who served the priests.  In those chapters we also read about a purification law concerning the defilement that a dead body brings:… Continue reading The Red Heifer Law: What? Why?

The “Forward Tilt” of the Bible (Ortlund)

As Christians who follow in the steps of Christ and his apostles, we view the Old Testament as God's Scripture that portrays Christ by way of promise, prophecy, foreshadow, type, and so on.  Raymond Ortlund calls this the "forward tilt" of the Bible.  After examining and explaining a handful of OT texts that speak of… Continue reading The “Forward Tilt” of the Bible (Ortlund)

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