Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Westminster Theological Journal Table of Contents Now Complete

I have just completed the Table of Contents for Westminster Theological Journal and linked to all on-line articles that I am aware of. My thanks to Westminster Theological College and Tyndale House Library for this assistance.

Theology on the Web group launched on Facebook

I have created a new group on Facebook called Theology on the Web. I am hoping that it will serve both to raise the profile of my websites and provide a forum for visitors to provide feedback on current and future projects. Feel free to sign up.

Monday, April 28, 2008

F.F. Bruce on When is a Gospel Not a Gospel?

The following article is now available in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "When is a Gospel not a Gospel?" Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 45 (1963): 319-39.

Here is Bruce's conclusion:
To sum up, then, we may say that, according to the general consensus of New Testament teaching, a gospel is not a gospel when—

1. it is detached from the Jesus of history;

2. it gives little or no place to the passion;

3. it exalts human achievement in place of the grace of God;

4. it adds other conditions to the one which God has declared acceptable (even if those additions be things good and desir­able in themselves); or

5. it treats righteousness and purity as things which the truly spiritual man has outstripped.

On the other hand, a gospel is a gospel when—

1. it maintains contact with the Jesus of history, affirming that “this same Jesus “who came in the flesh and died is the vindicated and exalted Lord;

2. it embraces and proclaims “the stumbling-block of the cross”;

3. it extends the grace of God to men for their acceptance by faith;

4. it relies upon the power of the Spirit to make it effective in those who hear it; and

5. it issues in a life of righteousness and purity which is sustained and directed by the love of God.

F.F. Bruce on Christianity Under Claudius

The following article is now online in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Christianity Under Claudius," Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 44.1 (March 1962): 309-26.

F.F. Bruce summarises the facts and theories surrounding the Emperor Claudius' relationship with the early church.

Friday, April 25, 2008

F.F. Bruce on Trends in New Testament Interpretation

The following article is now available in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Trends in New Testament Interpretation," Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute 87 (1955): 37-48.

F.F. Bruce gives us a snapshot of New Testament interpretation as it stood in the mid-1950's. Many of the books he comments on are still "required reading" today.

BBC Researcher Seeks Aramaic Translator

I have been contacted by a researcher for BBC Television who needs someone to translate a small amount of English text into Aramaic for her. If anyone can help, please email me at rob(at)biblicalstudies.org.uk and I will send her contact address. Many thanks.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

F.F. Bruce on the Sure Mercies of David

The following lecture is now online in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, The Sure Mercies of David. The Annual Lecture of the Evangelical Library, 1954. London: The Evangelical Library, 1954. pp.23.

This lecture examines how the prophecies given about King David and his posterity were fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ. My thanks to the Trustees of London's Evangelical Library for their kind permission to republish this material on-line.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

F.F. Bruce's Reappraisal of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

The following article is now on-line on PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "A Reappraisal of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature," Review and Expositor 72 (1975): 305-315.

If you interested in apocalyptic then you should also read:

Leon Morris, Apocalyptic, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans / Leicester: IVP, 1973. Pbk. ISBN: 0851113125. pp.128.

F.F. Bruce on the Use of the Book of Zechariah in the Passion Narrative

The following article is now online in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "The Book of Zechariah and the Passion Narrative," Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 43 (March 1961): 336-353.

Quotatle quote (I love the characteristic understatement here):
Even so, one may well hesitate to go so far as to find an echo of Zechariah ix-xiv in his statement that the high priest’s slave whom Peter wounded at Jesus’ arrest was called Malchus (John xviii. 10). It has been suggested in one of the most important studies of the Fourth Gospel to appear in recent years that John called the slave Malchus to show that the narrative of the arrest fulfilled Zechariah xi. 6, “I will cause men to fall each into the hand of his neighbour, and each into the hand of his king (malk├┤)”. But there is a basic appropriateness about John’s other allusions to Zechariah ix-xiv which is lacking here; no one fell into Malchus’ hand, and why, of all the people present, should the high priest’s slave be chosen to fulfil the prophecy about a “king”? It is more likely that the Evangelist tells us that the slave’s name was Malchus because he happened to know that Malchus, in fact, was his name.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Vox Evangelica Volume 14 (1984) now on-line

The following articles are now available on-line in PDF:

Donald English, "'Tell it as it is': Some Reflections on Evangelism Today (Laing Lecture for 1983)," Vox Evangelica 14 (1984): 7-16.

Leslie C. Allen, "Structure and Meaning in Psalm 50," Vox Evangelica 14 (1984): 17-38.

Donald Guthrie, "Transformation and the Parousia: Reflections on the Resurrection Body (Drew Lecture on Immortality for 1983)," Vox Evangelica 14 (1984): 39-52.

Alan. P.F. Sell, "Theology and the Philosophical Climate: Case-Studies From the Second Century AD (Part 2),Vox Evangelica 14 (1984): 53-64.

Richard L. Sturch, "Fantasy and Apologetics," Vox Evangelica 14 (1984): 65-84.

Derek J. Tidball, "'A Work so Rich in Promise': the 1901 Simultaneous Mission and the Failure of Co-operative Evangelism," Vox Evangelica 14 (1984): 85-102.

Donald E. Cook on the Gospel Portrait of the Pharisees

The following article is now available in PDF:

Donald E. Cook, "A Gospel Portrait of the Pharisees," Review & Expositor 84.2 (Spring 1987): 221-233.

The Pharisees were an important group in Jewish society in the time of Jesus with whom both He and the early church interacted. It is interesting to read how the different Gospel writers each had their own take on them.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Winners of April Giveaway

Here are the winners of this month's giveaway of Tyndale Bulletin:

46.1 - Milton Stanley
46.2 - Doug Ward
47.2 - Eric Rowe

I have Doug's address, so if Milton and Eric can e-mail me at rob(at)biblicalstudies.org.uk I will get them off ASAP.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Look out for another giveaway (suitable material permitting) in May.

William Lane on Milestones in Markan Scholarship

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

William L. Lane, "From Historian to Theologian: Milestones in Markan Scholarship," Review & Expositor 75.4 (Fall 1978): 601-617.

William Lane (author of the Commentary on Mark in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series) provides a brief but helpful summary of the history of Markan interpretation.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Edwin M. Yamauchi on Qumran and Colosse

The following article is now available in PDF:

Edwin M. Yamauchi, "Qumran and Colosse," Bibliotheca Sacra 121 (April-June 1964): 141-152.

In one of his earliest published articles Professor Yamauchi examines the nature of the Colossian heresy.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Wayne Grudem on "Does kephale ("Head") Mean "Source" Or "Authority Over" in Greek Literature? A Survey of 2,336 Examples"

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

Wayne Grudem, "Does Kephale ("Head") Mean "Source" or "Authority Over" in Greek Literature? A Survey of 2,336 Examples," Trinity Journal ns 6.1 (Spring 1985): 38-59.

This is an important article for those interested in the role relationships of men and women because it fatally undermines the oft-repeated and unfounded argument that kephale means 'source' and not 'head' in the NT. Grudem's later article on this subject is also available on-line:

Wayne Grudem, "The Meaning Of kephale ('Head': 'An Evaluation Of New Evidence, Real And Alleged," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44.1 (2001): 25-65.

I have recently added another article that addresses the issue from a complimentarian position that is worth a read:

The New Testament Teaching on the Ministry of Women (P.G. Nelson)