Bibliology

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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Book Review: Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics

Goldsworthy, Graeme. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007. Jacketed Hardcover, 341 pp. $29.00.

(Review copy courtesy of InterVarsity Press.)

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Indices: Name and Scripture.

ISBNs: 0830828397 / 9780830828395

Table of Contents

Excerpts:

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Book Review—The Bible and Contemporary Culture

Theissen, Gerd. The Bible and Contemporary Culture. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. Paperback, 176 pages. $16.00

(Review copy courtesy of Fortress Press)
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Publisher’s press release.

Special Features: Endnotes; Index of Ancient Texts [Scripture]; & Index of Names and Subjects

ISBNs: 0800638638 / 9780800638634

LCCN: BS511.3.T46 2007>

DCN: 220.6

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Book Review—Solving the Romans Debate

Solving the Romans Debate by A. Andrew Das. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. 324 pages. $24.00/Paperback.

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Special Features: Bibliography, Author Index, Subject Index, Primary Source Index.

ISBNs: 9780800638603 / 080063803

LCCN: BS2665.6.J4D37

DCN: 227’.106—dc22

Subject(s): Audience of Romans, Purpose of Romans

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The Use of Scripture in Theology

In The Nick of TimeAll good theology is based upon exegesis. It grows out of the careful handling of Scripture. Doctrinal propositions are merely human opinions until they are grounded firmly in the text of the Bible.

Most Christian theologians recognize the importance of Scripture for theology, and most aim to be biblical. Yet they disagree with each other frequently, sometimes about important questions. If all agree that good theology grows from the Scriptures, then how can they disagree so conspicuously?

One explanation is human finiteness. Each theologian approaches the text of Scripture with certain prejudices already in place. Given the smallness of human understanding (not to mention the influence of human depravity), each has a tendency to read the Scriptures so as to justify these preconceptions.

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