Monday, March 31, 2008

April Giveaway - 3 Issues of Tyndale Bulletin

This month's giveaway consists of 3 issues of Tyndale Bulletin:

46.1 (1995)
46.2 (1995)
47.2 (1996)

You will find a table of contents for these issues here.

To enter leave a comment below saying which issue you would like (one per person please). I will pick the winners at random and post their names sometime in the week of the 7th April. Remember to check my blog entries or subscribe to my site feed so you don't miss the announcement.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

F.F. Bruce on Daniel's First Verse

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Daniel's First Verse," The Bible Student ns 21.2 (April 1950): 70-78.

The material in this article has been repeated in other sources many times since it was written, but it remains a good treatment of Daniel 1:1 from a conservative viewpoint.

Monday, March 24, 2008

F.F. Bruce on the Christian Approach to the Old Testament

The following booklet is now available on-line:

F.F. Bruce, The Christian Approach to the Old Testament. London: The Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1955. pp.20.

Many Christians have a great problem with the Old Testament. F.F. Bruce has some positive suggestions.

F.F. Bruce on the Period Between the Testaments

The following articles are now on-line:

F.F. Bruce, "The Period Between The Testaments: I, Political Development," The Bible Student ns 20.1 (Jan. 1949): 9-15.

F.F. Bruce, "The Period Between The Testaments: II, Religious Development," The Bible Student ns 20.2 (April 1949): 59-64.

Quotable quote (from pp.61-62):
While Greek-speaking Jews were the first and direct beneficiaries of the Septuagint, others profited by it as well. It performed a sort of missionary function, for by its means Gentiles were able to read the Old Testament Scriptures in their own tongue. In this way the Septuagint helped to pave the way for the preaching of the Gospel to the Gentile world. For the Septuagint was the Bible which the earliest Christian missionaries took in their hands as they went on their journeys through the provinces of the Roman Empire, in the earliest decades of Church history when as yet there was no New Testament. The Septuagint provided the form in which most of the New Testament writers quote Old Testament Scripture, and it also provided them with a theological vocabulary. The New Testament writers did not have to invent a Greek theological vocabulary; the words they required to express the great concepts of divine revelation such as righteousness, mercy and truth, sin and atonement, and the [p.62] like, lay ready to their hand in the Greek translation of the Old Testament. When we meet such terms in the New Testament, we must remember that their background is not to be looked for in the senses which they bore in pagan Greek speech, but in the senses which they bear in the Septuagint as the equivalents of the corresponding Hebrew terms.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What is the "Wizard of Oz" of Biblical Studies Articles?

It is a little known fact - at least it was to me - that The Wizard of Oz (1939) is the most quoted and alluded to movie of all time. Think of how many times you hear lines like "Well Toto, we're not in Kansas any more!", "There's no place like home", "I'll get you my pretty..." and "I'm melting!"

If we applied the same criteria to articles in the field of biblical studies, which article would be the most cited? Well, my suggestion is this article by Samual Sandmel:

Samuel Sandmel, "Parallelomania," Journal of Biblical Literature 81 (1962): 1-13.

Not only have I seen it cited many times but it deserves credit for adding a new word to the English theological dictionary.

Sandmel writes:
We might for our purposes define parallelomania as that extravagance among scholars which first overdoes the supposed similarity in passages and then proceeds to describe source and derivation as if implying literary connection flowing in an inevitable or predetermined direction.
Surely the exhortation to avoid the error of parallomania is as valid today as it was in 1962?
Perhaps you have a nomination for the title - I'd love to hear it.
Many thanks the Society of Biblical Literature for their kind permission to reproduce this article.

Friday, March 14, 2008

F.F. Bruce on Bible Translations

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "New Bible Translations: A Short Survey," Inter-Varsity (Autumn 1953): 15-19.

Although the translations dealt with can hardly be thought of as 'new' today, the principles dealt with are certainly still valid.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

F.F. Bruce on the Canon of Scripture

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "The Canon of Scripture," Inter-Varsity (Autumn 1954): 19-22.

FFB outlines the history of both formation of both the Old and New Testament canon of Scripture in an article originally writer for undergraduate students.

Some vouchers that might be of use to you

I'm having to buy new glasses this month and was searching on-line for a good deal. I didn't find a discount voucher for glasses, but did find this:

CouponDeal offer a range of vouchers redeemable at on-line stores, including £5.00 off books at and free delivery from Waterstones. Well worth looking at before you place an order.

Tyndale House Toolbar Available

Dr. David Instone-Brewer announces in his latest Tyndale Tech mailing that Tyndale House have developed a browser toolbar for Bible students. He writes:

The Tyndale Toolbar is freely available to any Bible student. It has been designed specifically for members of the Tyndale Fellowship and others who use the resources of Tyndale House. Adding News, Events and Opportunities to the notices is restricted to members of Tyndale Fellowship and Tyndale House, but everything else (including reading those notices) is unrestricted. Please feel free to share this with colleagues or students who might find it useful.

The toolbar features translation, bibliography, Bible look-up tools, plus useful links and news updates. It appears well worth trying out to see if it would be of help to you.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Results of March Giveaway

I have picked three winners from those who left comments indicating that they would like a copy of Vox Evangelica. They are:

Vol. 7: mwh
Vol. 9: p-ray
Vo.18: mike

Would the winners please e-mail their postal addressed to me at rob(a)

I will have another giveaway next month. Thanks for entering.

14/3/08 update. I have not heard from p-ray or mike and have no way of contacting them. I will wait until the end of the month and then offer them to others who wanted them.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Breaking News: Jim Packer Suspended by his Bishop

The breaking news from Vancouver Canada is that Professor James I. Packer and David Short, rector of St John's, Shaughnessy are facing what is being widely reported as 'suspension' from ministry. Please read the full article here. The article refers to several clips of Dr Packer on You Tube, which I have located and posted below. A line has been drawn in the sand tonight.











Monday, March 03, 2008

March Giveaway - 3 issues of Vox Evangelica

I have three issues of Vox Evangelica to give away. Vol. 7 (1971), 9 (1975) and 18 (1988). If you would like a copy just leave a comment below saying which issue you would like. I will pick 3 winners at random on Sunday 9th March and post them out on Monday 10th. To see which articles they contain click here.