1 Samuel · Society for Pentecostal Studies

Worship, the Arts, and the Spirit

I just submitted my proposal for the Society for Pentecostal Studies 2016 meeting in San Dimas, California (most excellent, dudes!) which is broadly themed “Worship, the Arts, and the Spirit”. I am hoping my proposal gets accepted as in most previous years. I’ve titled my paper (which will end up as a part of my… Continue reading Worship, the Arts, and the Spirit

History · Judges · Theology · Uncategorized

Judging Judges: The Cutting of the Concubine

I was just asked how one should deal with the story of the Levite cutting up his gang-raped concubine in Judges 19. Here is my short answer. The ending chapters of Judges function at several levels:1) historical context for the audience who received these stories in this form (the accounts refer to some time 1200-1100… Continue reading Judging Judges: The Cutting of the Concubine

Book Review · Hermeneutics · Interpretation

The Future of Biblical Interpretation: A Book Review

Thanks to IVP Academic for providing a review copy of Porter, Stanley E. and Matthew R. Malcolm, eds., The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013), 176pp. I offer the following review of this volume: The Bible encompasses a plurality of voices, not only in genre but… Continue reading The Future of Biblical Interpretation: A Book Review

Hebrew Poetry · Lamentations · Literary Reading

Lamenting Lamentations: A Literary-Theology

In teaching the book of Lamentations, I was (once again) struck by the structure of this little book in its Hebrew form. It seems by its very structure to shape the Hebrew reader/hearer. Of course, any reading of the text that simply notes structural issues and not the text proper would fall short, but I’m… Continue reading Lamenting Lamentations: A Literary-Theology

Biblical Studies · Book Giveaway · Hermeneutics

Biblical Interpretation Book Giveaway!

I have managed to acquire an extra copy of Andreas J. K√∂stenberger and Richard D. Patterson’s, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature, and Theology (Kregel Academic, 2011). This volume approaches the text via the historical/literary/theological method where these three aspects must be considered carefully in order to move toward a… Continue reading Biblical Interpretation Book Giveaway!

Ethics · Interpretation · Literary Reading · Theology

Literature for Ethics and Theology

“Literature is important for ethics because literature is as complicated as life itself, and cannot be decoded or boiled down. Ethical insight comes from reading it–first sequentially and then reflectively–not from trying to extract a ‘message’ from it.”* This is one of the primary problems I have witnessed in folks reading and preaching from the… Continue reading Literature for Ethics and Theology