Friday, September 30, 2011

David Searle on the Cross of Christ

The following articles are now available on-line in PDF. Visit the latest additions page for the link.


David Searle, "The Cross of Christ. 1. Why Did Christ Die? Romans 3:9-20. 2. The Righteousness of God. Romans 3:21-22," European Journal of Theology 8.1 (1999): 3-22.

David Searle, "The Cross of Christ. 3. Justified and Redeemed. Romans 3:24," European Journal of Theology 8.2 (1999): 115-132.

My thanks to Revd. Searle for his kind permission.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Theology on the Web featured in The Baptist Times

On 5th August The Baptist Times featured an article by Professor John Briggs on Theology on the Web. You can read the article in full here.

John W. Wenham on the Identification of Luke

The following article is now available on-line. Visit the latest additions page for the link.

John W. Wenham, "The Identification of Luke," The Evangelical Quarterly 63.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1991): 3-44.

My thanks to the Wenham family for their kind permission.


John W. Wenham on the Relatives of Jesus

The following article is now available on-line in PDF. Visit the latest additions page for the link.

John W. Wenham, "The Relatives of Jesus," The Evangelical Quarterly 47.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1975): 6-15.

My thanks to the Wenham family for their kind permission.

Two articles by Roger Beckwith: "The Day... in Biblical Thought " and "The OT Canon"

The following articles are now available on-line in PDF. Visit the latest additions page for the link.

Roger T. Beckwith, "The Day, Its Divisions and Its Limits, in Biblical Thought," Evangelical Quarterly 43.4 (Oct.-Dec. 1971): 218-228.

Roger Beckwith, “The Old Testament Canon Today,” Evangel 4:1 (1986): 12.

Dr Beckwith writes: "Though I wrote these articles rather a long time ago, I am not aware that I have changed my views since, and I am happy for you to reproduce them on your website."

Baptist Times article features Theology on the Web

I am pleased to be able to republish here the Baptist Times article published on 5th August 2011 that featured my websites.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gary S. Shogren on the 'Wretched Man' of Romans 7:14-25 as Reductio ad absurdum

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Gary S. Shogren, "The 'Wretched Man' of Romans 7:14-25 as Reductio ad absurdum," The Evangelical Quarterly 72.2 (Apr.-June 2000): 119-134.

Gary S. Shogren on Will God Heal Us? A Re-Examination of James 5:14-16a

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Gary S. Shogren, "Will God Heal Us - A Re-Examination of James 5:14-16a," The Evangelical Quarterly 61.2 (Apr.-June 1989): 99-108.

My thanks to Dr Shogren for his kind permission.

Review: Romans: The Divine Marriage. A Biblical Theological Commentary by Tom Holland

I was delighted when Tom Holland contacted me and offered a pdf copy of his new commentary to review. I have to say that, having read only part of it, that I can add little to the extensive endorsements that the work has already received. The commentary offers a fresh understanding of the letter that will no doubt prove extremely influential, and I for one will be adding a printed copy to my Christmas list this year. Here is a sample in the form of an excursus on the use of the term "flesh" in Romans. You can order a copy here.

H.L. Ellison's book on the Old Testament Prophets now on-line

The following book is now available on-line in PDF. Visit the latest additions page for the link.

H.L. Ellison, Men Spake from God, 2nd edn.. Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1958. Pbk. ISBN: 0853640165. pp.160.

My thanks to Paternoster Press for their kind permission to place this and three more books by H.L. Ellison on the Old Testament, on-line.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Keith Warrington on the Significance of Elijah in James 5:13-18

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Keith Warrington, "The Significance of Elijah in James 5:13-18," The Evangelical Quarterly 66.3 (July-Sept. 1994): 217-227.

My thanks to Dr Warrington for his kind permission.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Max Turner on Atonement and the Death of Jesus in John: Some Questions to Bultmann and Forestell

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Max Turner, "Atonement and the Death of Jesus in John: Some Questions to Bultmann and Forestell," The Evangelical Quarterly 62.2 (Apr.-June 1990): 99-122.

My thanks to Dr Turner for his kind permission.

Jamie Grant on Wisdom and Covenant: Revisiting Zimmerli

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Jamie Grant, "Wisdom and Covenant: Revisiting Zimmerli," European Journal of Theology 12.2 (2003): 103-114.

My thanks to Dr Grant for his kind permission.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ronald Cassidy on Paul’s Attitude to Death in II Corinthians 5:1-10

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Ronald Cassidy, "Paul’s Attitude to Death in II Corinthians 5:1-10," Evangelical Quarterly 43.4 (Oct.-Dec. 1971): 210-217.

My thanks to Dr. Cassidy for his kind permission.

Cornelis Bennema on the Giving of the Spirit in John's Gospel - A New Proposal?

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Cornelis Bennema, "The Giving of the Spirit in John's Gospel - A New Proposal?" The Evangelical Quarterly 74.3 (July-Sept. 2002): 195-213.

My thanks to Dr. Bennema for his kind permission.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

J. Andrew Kirk on the Messianic Role of Jesus and the Temptation Narrative

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J. Andrew Kirk, "The Messianic Role of Jesus and the Temptation Narrative: A Contemporary Perspective," Evangelical Quarterly 44.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1972): 11-29.

J. Andrew Kirk, "The Messianic Role of Jesus and the Temptation Narrative: A Contemporary Perspective (concluded)," Evangelical Quarterly 44.2 (April-June 1972): 91-102.

My thanks to Rev Dr. Kirk for his kind permission.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Michael W. Holmes on the text of the Matthean divorce passages

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Michael W. Holmes, “The text of the Matthean divorce passages: a comment on the appeal to harmonization in textual decisions,” Journal of Biblical Literature 109.4 (Winter 1990): 651-664.

My thanks to Professor Holmes for his kind permission.

Andrew T. Lincoln on The promise and the failure: Mark 16:7,8

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Andrew T. Lincoln, “The promise and the failure: Mark 16:7,8,” Journal of Biblical Literature 108.2 (Summer 1989): 283-300.

My thanks to Professor Lincoln for his kind permission.

David J.A. Clines on the Evidence for an autumnal new year in pre-exilic Israel reconsidered

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David J.A. Clines, “Evidence for an autumnal new year in pre-exilic Israel reconsidered,” Journal of Biblical Literature 93.1 (March 1974): 22-40.

My thanks to Professor Clines for his kind permission.

Andrew E. Steinmann on the order of Amos’s oracles against the nations: 1:3-2:16

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Andrew E. Steinmann, “The order of Amos’s oracles against the nations: 1:3-2:16,” Journal of Biblical Literature 111.4 (Winter 1992): 683-689.

My thanks to Professor Steinmann for his kind permission.

Ralph W. Klein on Jeroboam’s rise to power

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Ralph W. Klein, “Jeroboam’s rise to power,” Journal of Biblical Literature 89.2 (June 1970): 217-218.

My thanks to Professor Klein for his kind permission.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gordon J. Wenham on the Deuteronomic theology of the book of Joshua

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Gordon J. Wenham, “Deuteronomic theology of the book of Joshua,” Journal of Biblical Literature 90.2 (June 1971): 140-148.

My thanks to Professor Wenham for his kind permission.

Bible Translators Debate Slavery in the Bible

Here is a clip from a BBC program featuring the translation committee for the ESV at one of its meetings at Tyndale House in Cambridge. Those present include Peter J. Williams, Gordon Wenham, Wayne Grudem and the remarkably spry-looking Jim Packer. A very interesting debate. I have replaced the original video with a YouTube version that should have no viewing restrictions. HT: Peter Williams.


Three articles by David J. Hawkin on the Gospels

The following three articles by David J. Hawkin are now available on-line in PDF. Visit the latest additions page for the links.


David J. Hawkin, "Orthodoxy and Heresy in John 10: 1-27," Evangelical Quarterly 47.4 (Oct.-Dec. 1975): 208-213.

David J. Hawkin, "The Symbolism and Structure of the Marcan Redaction," Evangelical Quarterly 49.2 (April-June 1977): 98-110.

David J. Hawkin, "The Johannine Concept of Truth and its Implications for a Technological Society," The Evangelical Quarterly 59.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1987): 3-13.

My thanks to Professor Hawkin for his kind permission.

Monday, September 19, 2011

David E. Aune on Jesus' Messianic Consciousness and 11Q Melchizadek

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David E. Aune, "A Note of Jesus' Messianic Consciousness and 11Q Melchizadek," Evangelical Quarterly 45.3 (July-Sept. 1973): 161-165.

My thanks to Professor Aune for his kind permission.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kenneth M. Campbell on Covenant or Testament? Heb. 9: 16, 17 Reconsidered

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Kenneth M. Campbell, "Covenant or Testament? Heb. 9: 16, 17 Reconsidered," Evangelical Quarterly 44.2 (April-June 1972): 107-111.

My thanks to the author for his kind permission.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Allan M. Harman on Missions in the Thought of Jesus

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Allan M. Harman, "Missions in the Thought of Jesus," The Evangelical Quarterly 41.3 (July-Sept. 1969): 131-142.

My thanks to Professor Harman for his kind permission.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

John E. Hartley on the Textual Affinities of Papyrus Bodmer XIV (P75)

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John E. Hartley, "Textual Affinities of Papyrus Bodmer XIV (P75)," The Evangelical Quarterly 40.2 (April-June 1968): 97-102.

My thanks to Professor Hartley for his kind permission.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

John Keir Howard on 'Christ our Passover': A Study of the Passover-Exodus Theme in I Corinthians

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John Keir Howard, "'Christ our Passover': A Study of the Passover-Exodus Theme in I Corinthians," The Evangelical Quarterly 41.2 (April-May 1969): 97-108

My thanks to the author for his kind permission to republish his article.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Solomon as the New Adam in 1 Kings 1-11

As I was working on updating the table of contents for the Westminster Theological Journal, I came across an article that demonstrated that Yong Ho Jeon's article on the Exodus motif in 1 Kings 1-11 in no way exhausts all that can be said about the passage. John A. Davies ["'Discerning Between Good and Evil? Solomon as a New Adam in 1 Kings," Westminster Theological Journal 73.1 (Spring 2011): 39-57] argues that the author contrasts Solomon with a number of biblical characters, notable Adam. Here is his conclusion in part from page 56:

Many of the observations made above are subtle (and that is a feature of the literary artistry of the Kings narrative) and points of comparison could be made, of course, between Adam and many other biblical characters, particularly its kings, any of whom could aspire to represent the promised royal seed of Gen 3:15. However, the cumulative effect seems unmistakable: Solomon, like Adam, had everything going for him—unprecedented (and unrepeated) dominion, lavish resources, personal divine revelation and instruction, and the prospect of life to the full lived in obedient dependence on God's wisdom. As with Adam, a lot rested on his shoulders. His obedience or disobedience affected not just himself but was to have far-reaching implications for the people of God. With Solomon on the throne, the exodus could be perceived to be complete and the promised rest for God's people ushered in. A restored humanity in all their created dignity could be discerned in the figure of Solomon. We look for him to exercise his God-given privileges and functions and to mediate these to the people through his wisdom-inspired rule. His direct access to God's revelation and his role in facilitating the restoration and access of others through the restored Eden of the temple all point to the glory of what it is to be the image of God. The writer wants us at one level to be impressed, as were Solomon's contemporaries. In his combination of the creational roles of prophet, priest, and king in a way not observed before or after in the OT, Solomon was greater than all who were before him or who came after him in the estimation of the writer of Kings (1 Kgs 3:12). We perceive Solomon as the nearest we come to an ideal ruler and mediator conceived in human terms. Solomon's greatness, and that of his kingdom, outstrips that of his illustrious father in most respects.
But if Solomon is the new Adam, then he has followed the primal man in his failure to live as those invited to share God's space must live. He has set his own appetites and his autonomous wisdom above God's revealed purposes for him and his people. I have not argued that Solomon experiences a "Fall" at a specific moment, though the organization of the material warrants us in seeing a gathering pace of the negative evaluation as the account spirals down to its nadir. Rather, through much of the account, the paradise ideal (and it always is an unrealized ideal) of his reign and the sober reality are held in tension. Solomon's is a tragically marred greatness, lacking precisely the attribute of covenant faithfulness seen in his father, David, of which the writer of Kings constantly reminds us—his unswerving devotion to Yahweh (1 Kgs 3:6,14; 9:4; 11:4, 6, 33, 34, 38).
This fascinating article would repay reading in full.