There is a plethora of material on how the New Testament uses the Old Testament (OT) but there is very, very little material on what are the most cited or referenced OT passages in the OT. There was so very little information on this that when I googled it I found nothing. Continue reading “The OT’s Favourite Verses”
Noted literary critic and Bible scholar Robert Alter, as part of the conclusion to his seminal book The Art of Reading Biblical Narrative, offers below some very important remarks on what it takes to read the Bible: Continue reading “Alter on the Art of Reading Scripture”
A while ago I wrote an article on N.T. Wright’s approach to the Bible. In that piece I identified the four main disciplines that he draws on for his project as a Christian New Testament scholar over his four decade long career. They were history, theology, literary criticism and philosophy. Seeing how productive these fields were in Wright and other scholars’ work, I have since paid attention to the important insights those disciplines provide for interpreting the Scriptures as accurately as possible. Even without formal education the internet makes it possible to keep up with where each discipline is generally at as it relates to the Bible.
In the video below Dr Tim Mackie, a Bible scholar and co-founder of The Bible Project, a crowd funded Christian animation studio whose wonderful videos I feature quite regularly, explores how biblical poetry can powerfully inform and motivate the work of Christian creatives.
I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time and it is finally here. The folks over at The Bible Project have begun their series on biblical poetry. In the first video below the introduce the nature of biblical poetry and some of its typical forms.
I have repeatedly emphasized paying attention to scripture as literature among other things. As such I have talked about various literary devices and techniques that are employed by the writers of holy scripture, how we can discern them and also apply those methods in our reading of scripture. The best example of this which has appeared extensively on this platform is “figural reading” (seeing the Old Testament containing types that are fulfilled in the New Testament) championed in the work of Richard B. Hays, a leading New Testament scholar. There are places where typological readings are not sufficient and we need to use another interpretive method. Rising New Testament scholar Matthew Bates, whose work has come up a lot in recent months on this platform, has identified a new but old interpretive technique called “prosopological exegesis.” The following series from Early Christian Archives breaks down this simple but dauntingly named reading method and why it is important that readers of the New Testament ought to know it.
What is it? And, more importantly, why should anyone care? Well, for one thing, it just might explain how and why Paul uses the OT in the way that he does.
Prosopological exegesis (PE) is a technique of interpreting Scripture common in the early church. As Matthew W. Bates describes it, PE “explains a text by suggesting that the author of the text identified various persons or characters (prosopa) as speakers or addressees in a pre-text, even though it is not clear from the pre-text itself that such persons are in view” (The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation, 183). By “text,” Bates refers to “any specific instance in which a NT author, such as Paul, directly cites the scriptures” (53), while a “pre-text” means “a specific textual source that the NT author utilized” (54). Thus, when Paul cites Hab 2:4b LXX in Rom 1:17, Rom 1:17…
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Is it really just a metaphor? The question of metaphorical versus literal has been touched upon before on this blog but in this interview it is taken to a whole new level. New Testament scholar, Dr. Erin Heim discusses the concept of metaphor and then applies it to the question of what Paul meant by adoption. This the subject of her latest book Adoption in Galatians and Romans: Contemporary Metaphor Theories and the Pauline Huiothesia Metaphors. Now the stuff to do with modern metaphor theory is a bit challenging but it is well worth paying close attention to.