An Interview with the Editors of A Reader's Hebrew Bible | Part 2

Last time, we heard from Dr. A. Philip Brown, editor of A Reader’s Hebrew Bible (Zondervan, 2008). Now we hear from Dr. Bryan W. Smith, a close friend and collaborator with Phil Brown on this project.

As I mentioned last time, I had the privilege of studying biblical Greek under both of these men. While in Greenville, I was able to keep in touch with Bryan and occasionally run him down for a bit of help with my Greek. One of the things he encouraged me and the rest of my classmates to do was to keep up with our language skills by frequently reading and using our Greek New Testaments. This was laborious work for those of us who struggled with the grammar and still had a long way to go memorizing the vocab. I’ve not been as consistent as I should have been, but I have tried to keep up with it.

Since then Zondervan has published two Reader’s Greek New Testaments; and just last year, Hendrickson published The UBS Greek New Testament: Reader’s Edition (see here for a comparison of the three). Now Zondervan has published A Reader’s Hebrew Bible (RHB), so I have no excuse for not keeping up with and/or improving my knowledge of the biblical languages.
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Book Review: Pierced for Our Transgressions

Jeffery, Steve, Michael Ovey & Andrew Sach. Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution. Forward by John Piper. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007. Trade Paperback, 373 pages. $25.00.

(Review copies courtesy of Crossway Books.)
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ISBNs: 1433501082 / 9781433501081

Special Features: Bibliography (pp. 337-351), Index of Names, and Index of Biblical References

Table of Contents

Excerpts (includes ten pages of Endorsements, Forward by John Piper, Acknowledgments, and Chapter 1: Introduction)

Subjects: Theology, Soteriology, Atonement
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Investing in SharperIron

Piggy BankSI is now just over three years old. During our first month, we had about 7,500 different visitors to the site; and this past month, we had 38,500! The site continues to be a blessing to many and a pain in the neck for some others. :) I like stats, and this one kind of blew me away—since we opened, 35,429,657 pages have been viewed on the site! It takes a good amount of work and funds to keep the site running the way it does. Thanks to all of the moderators and the staff for the work they do.

The costs of running the site are now around $750 a month. This year, advertising has not covered the costs like it did last year. I have asked for donations only once in the three years that SI has been in existence. However, I’m behind on the bills, and this is not a time when I can really afford to supplement the site. So if you’d like to donate to the cause, I would appreciate it if you would consider us. Read more about Investing in SharperIron

Shall We Keep Sabbath?

In The Nick of Time
Dispensationalists often dismiss the fourth commandment as an aspect of that Law from which Christians have been set free, reasoning that believers during the church age need not concern themselves with Sabbath observance. Even if they acknowledge that the other nine commandments ought to be observed today, these dispensationalists are quick to note that the Sabbath commandment is never repeated for church saints. For many, that argument is sufficient to settle the matter.

Exodus 20:8, however, must be understood in its context, and its context includes the overall storyline of the Pentateuch. The Sabbath was not simply fabricated at Sinai. Rather, it was inaugurated as an aspect of creation week, and creation is when God first blessed and sanctified it (Gen. 2:1-4). In the giving of the Law, God specifically linked Sabbath observance to the natural order of creation (Ex. 20:9-10). Indeed, Israel had already been keeping Sabbath even before the Decalogue was revealed (16:26-30).

Most Sabbatarians (Sabbath-keepers) are of two sorts: strict or modified. Both sorts of Sabbatarians wish to maintain Sabbath as a day of worship and rest. In some instances, they are even willing to enact legislation to enforce rest during the Sabbath by requiring that businesses be closed.
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An Interview with the Editors of A Reader's Hebrew Bible | Part 1

In March of 2008, Zondervan released its publication of A Reader’s Hebrew Bible. This book has been in the works for a number of years and is patterned after Zondervan’s A Reader’s Greek New Testament (now in its second edition). The editors of this biblical languages tool are Dr. A. Philip Brown (Ph.D., Bob Jones University) and Dr. Bryan W. Smith (Ph.D., Bob Jones University).

I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to study the biblical Greek under the instruction of both of these men. I am now benefiting from their labors in the Hebrew language.

Prior to the release of this biblical languages tool, I contacted both Phil Brown and Bryan Smith to congratulate them on the completion of this project. I also sent a series of questions, asking them to describe this project to me. They both responded to my questions and gave me permission to share them with you. I would like to present their responses in two parts. Part 1 is the Q&A with Phil Brown. Part 2 will be the Q&A with Bryan Smith.
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The Spectrum of Sanctification in Youth Ministry, Part 4

I ended the last article with a discouraging note about the futility of the steps we often employ to guard against the flesh. Steps like being accountable and placing barriers of activity between ourselves and our temptation actually have “no value miller_rules.jpgin stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (Col. 2:23, ESV). These steps are not worthless, but they have no effect on our true heart’s desire.

Although man-made rules are of no value, something else has power in “stopping the indulgence of the flesh” or “restraining sensual indulgence” (Col. 2:23, NIV). This issue is the spectrum of this paper: What causes sanctification? Rules of men or holding fast to Christ?

These rules of men are tempting. Paul says they have the “appearance of wisdom” in promoting religion. The Pharisees (Matt. 23:23-24), the Colossians, and those in Timothy’s future (1 Tim. 4:1-5) all succumbed to this mistake. The rules men set up can provide external, visible, apparent victory in our teens. But those minor victories are short-lived. Read more about The Spectrum of Sanctification in Youth Ministry, Part 4