Online presentation on the Septuagint

Clifford Kvidahl:

David deSilva on the LXX.

Originally posted on Apocryphal Writings:

I’ve moved to Florida with my family and will continue teaching for Ashland Theological Seminary almost entirely online.  I need to use YouTube as a host for my lectures, so I’ll be making a good number of these public.  Perhaps they will be useful to others as well.  Here’s an introductory presentation on the Septuagint, the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek for the use of Greek-speaking Jews which came to be the primary version of the Old Testament used by the early church:


Hopefully I’ll cultivate a better “radio voice” as this process unfolds for me. :)

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In the (E)Mail: Logos Bible Software Edition

the-book-of-acts-in-its-first-century-settingThe folks at Logos Bible Software sent along a review copy of the Book of Acts in its First Century Setting. For anyone doing serious work in Acts, this set is a valuable tool. It covers the literary, social, geographical, and historical context of the Book  of Acts. The five volumes in this series are:

The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vol. 1: Ancient Literary Setting
The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vol. 2: Graeco-Roman Setting
The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vol. 3: Paul in Roman Custody
The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vol. 4: Palestinian Setting
The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vol. 5: Diaspora Setting

A curious omission is volume six in the series, Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts—though there is some debate to whether this is volume six of the series or not.

At any rate, look for future posts on this excellent series.

Bultmann on Interpreting the New Testament

Since the New Testament is a document of history, specifically of the history of religion, the interpretation of it requires the labor of historical investigation. The method of this kind of inquiry has been worked out from the time of the Enlightenment onward and has been made fruitful for the investigation of primitive Christianity and the interpretation of the New Testament. Now such labor may be guided by either one of two interests, that of reconstruction or that of interpretation—that is, reconstruction of past history or interpretation of New Testament writings. Neither exists, of course, without the other, and they stand constantly in a reciprocal relation to each other. But the question is: which of the two stands in the service to the other? Either the writings of the New Testament can be interrogated as the “sources” which the historian interprets in order to reconstruct a picture of primitive Christianity as a phenomenon of the historical past, or the reconstruction stands in the service of the interpretation of the New Testament writings under the presupposition that they have something to sat to the present.
Theology of the New Testament, 2.251.

Bultmann concludes this paragraph by indicating that in his NT Theology, the historical task is at the service of interpretation.

Let’s Talk Hebrews! My Podcast with George Guthrie

artworks-000087314519-hghfyq-t500x500A few weeks back I had the real honor to sit down with Dr. George Guthrie and talk about the greatest book in the canon of Scripture: the letter to the Hebrews.

NB: If you haven’t checked out the Mobile Ed podcast, where we sit down with our guest speakers, do subscribe now!