Constructing Landscapes of Interiority in Second Temple Judaism

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending day two of the 2019 Payton Lectures at Fuller Seminary. The speaker was Carol Newsom, from Emory. Her topic for the lecture series was senses of the self in ancient Judaism. Below are my notes from yesterday’s lecture. Q:How strange and different were the ancient Israelites? Questions aboutContinue reading “Constructing Landscapes of Interiority in Second Temple Judaism”

Fear & Loathing In… God?

Today, if you hear his voice, 8     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,     as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers put me to the test     and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation     and said, “They are aContinue reading “Fear & Loathing In… God?”

Enough is Enough – Thoughts on Justice, Compassion, and Eric Garner

I held off on blogging about Ferguson, it was a matter too weighty to deal with merely a blog post. Aside from shaking my head at the entire situation, I didn’t have any words to express my feelings, so I didn’t even try. But enough is enough, now that the Eric Garner case has madeContinue reading “Enough is Enough – Thoughts on Justice, Compassion, and Eric Garner”

Book Review – A Commentary on the Psalms, Vol. 2 by Allen Ross

I have really grown to like the Kregel Exegetical Library commentaries on the Old Testament. A while back ago I reviewed a commentary on Judges from the same series, I really enjoyed it and found it useful, so I had pretty high expectations for this commentary on the Psalms from the same series. Let meContinue reading “Book Review – A Commentary on the Psalms, Vol. 2 by Allen Ross”

Tuning our Hearts to the Gospel Through the Psalms

Christians throughout history have always read the Psalms as containing hints and clues about Jesus Christ. This however usually boils down to a series of “proof texts” i.e. Psalm 2, Psalm 22, Psalm 72, etc. N.T. Wright agrees about the fact that the Psalms do in fact point to Jesus. Everything written about me inContinue reading “Tuning our Hearts to the Gospel Through the Psalms”

N.T. Wright on Reading the Psalms Through a Kingdom Lens

Last time we saw that N.T. Wright challenges us to read the Psalms Pneumatologically. Wright also challenges us to read the Psalms in light of the Kingdom that Jesus began to establish in the gospels. Go back to Psalm 72 and see how those worldwide promises about David’s coming kingdom are fulfilled in the NewContinue reading “N.T. Wright on Reading the Psalms Through a Kingdom Lens”

N.T. Wright on Reading the Psalms Pneumatologically

Last time we saw that N.T. Wright challenges us to read the Psalms Christologically. Wright builds upon this theme and challenges us to read those same temple psalms Pneumatologically: Sing them also pneumatologically, that is reflect as you sing, on the New Testament’s vision of the church as the new Temple, indwelt by the SpiritContinue reading “N.T. Wright on Reading the Psalms Pneumatologically”

N.T. Wright on Reading the Psalms Christologically

N.T. Wright recently came out with a book titled, “The Case for the Psalms.” In it he argues that the church needs to recover the practice of using the Psalms in our worship. In order to show the relevance of the Psalms to the life of the Christian he teaches us to read the PsalmsContinue reading “N.T. Wright on Reading the Psalms Christologically”