Septuagint Sunday: I Heart Maccabees

I’d give away half a bookshelf worth of books to see Mark Wahlberg or Matt Damon star in a film adaptation of 1 Maccabees. Judas Maccabeus (“Hammer” will be his nom de film) and his Hasmonean family drive out imperial powers and call the Jewish people back to faithful observance of the Torah. They do … Continue reading Septuagint Sunday: I Heart Maccabees

Outside the Bible (JPS): 3,000+ Pages in Accordance

I’ve made no secret of my love of Jewish Publication Society’s works. The JPS Torah Commentaries have greatly enhanced my reading of the first five books of the Bible. I have particularly appreciated the seamless blend of critical scholarship and devotional posture that series offers. In 2013 JPS published a massive, three-volume set, Outside the … Continue reading Outside the Bible (JPS): 3,000+ Pages in Accordance

The Best Bible Atlas Ever? Yes. A Review of The Sacred Bridge

Is The Sacred Bridge the best Bible atlas ever? To be fair, people consult atlases for different purposes. But for the one–academic or otherwise–who wants to dig deeply into the historical geography of the biblical world, what’s the best resource available? I believe the reviewer should evaluate a work according to its merits in relation … Continue reading The Best Bible Atlas Ever? Yes. A Review of The Sacred Bridge

Gentlemen (and Gentlewomen), THIS Is a Study Bible

On the top of my bookshelf at home sits an old, falling-apart, heavily marked-up edition of The New Oxford Annotated Bible. So it has been with anticipation and appreciation that I’ve been able to use the The New Oxford Annotated Bible in its most current, 4th edition. What the Annotated Bible Is The Bible text in The New Oxford Annotated … Continue reading Gentlemen (and Gentlewomen), THIS Is a Study Bible

Of Paul, James, Mattathias, and Phinehas: Works and Reckoned Righteousness

Welcome to today’s stop of the book blog tour of Craig A. Evans’s From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation. I’m covering chapter 4, “Phinehan Zeal and Works of the Law: What Paul and James Are Really Saying.” Brian at Near Emmaus introduces the book here, and quotes from the introduction, which is worth repeating: … Continue reading Of Paul, James, Mattathias, and Phinehas: Works and Reckoned Righteousness

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

Carl G. Rasmussen has recently released a Revised Edition of Zondervan Atlas of the Bible. Below I offer a description of its contents with some evaluative remarks. What’s in the Atlas After the Preface and Introduction the atlas consists of a Geographical Section and a Historical Section, followed by Appendices. The Geographical Section is first, because: … Continue reading Zondervan Atlas of the Bible