Biblical Theology, Book Review, New Testament Studies

“Jesus, the Word, According to John the Sectarian” by Robert Gundry – A Book Review

Gundry, Robert H. Jesus the Word according to John the Sectarian: A Paleofundamentalist Manifesto for Contemporary Evangelicalism, especially Its Elites, in North America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. xvii + 137 pp. In Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian, Gundry argues that North Americans must return to the fundamentalism based on John’s sectarian portrayal… Continue reading “Jesus, the Word, According to John the Sectarian” by Robert Gundry – A Book Review

Biblical Theology, Exegesis, Hermeneutics

“The Semantics of Biblical Language” by James Barr – A Book Review

James Barr. The Semantics of Biblical Language. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1961. iv + 313 pp. James Barr, an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, taught at Edinburgh (his alma mater), Manchester, Oxford, Princeton, and at Vanderbilt. Some of his mentors include F.F. Bruce and Donald Guthrie. His most well-known student who continued… Continue reading “The Semantics of Biblical Language” by James Barr – A Book Review

Book Review, Hermeneutics

“The Hermeneutical Spiral” by Grant Osborne: A Book Review

In The Hermeneutical Spiral, Osborne argues that biblical interpretation entails a “spiral” from text to context, from original meaning to significance for today’s church (p. 22). As one wrestles with biblical interpretation, he is spiraling nearer and nearer to the text’s intended meaning for contemporary significance. For Osborne, the hermeneutical enterprise has three levels: 1)… Continue reading “The Hermeneutical Spiral” by Grant Osborne: A Book Review

Biblical Theology, Book Review

Book Review: “God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible” by Vaughan Roberts

The Bible, though a diverse collection of writings, is one book. It is not a collection of individual books placed together; it is one book with one story. Vaughan Roberts in God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible attempts to trace that unified storyline of the Bible. Roberts presents the concept of “The Kingdom… Continue reading Book Review: “God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible” by Vaughan Roberts