Review: Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

“It is a consistent challenge to bring fresh insights to the study of the biblical text without drifting away from orthodoxy. I thought these articles a good example of scholarship that flourished within that tension.”

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Essential Writings of Meredith G Kline

Essential Writings of Meredith G. KlineMeredith D. Kline (Foreword, Tremper Longman II; Biography, Meredith M. Kline; Introduction, Jonathan G. Kline). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017.

Summary: A collection of articles by Meredith Kline spanning Genesis to Revelation, and the author’s academic career characterized by biblical insight and theological integrity within a Reformed perspective. 

Meredith G. Kline (1922-2007) was a professor of Old Testament perhaps best known for one of his early works, Treaty of the Great King (1963). Drawing on discoveries in Hittite treaty forms, he contended that the structure of Deuteronomy reflects the structure of treaty covenants of the Second Millennium BC, lending support for traditional dating as opposed to a late date at the time of Josiah’s kingship.  He was also author of The Structure of Biblical Authority (1975), an important contribution to the discussion of the doctrine of scripture.

This new collection of articles…

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Getting to Know God Through Science: 10 Questions about Faith across the Multiverse for Andy Walsh

Science is often presented as a set of propositions to affirm. On those terms, the existence of God becomes yet another such proposition, and all science can offer is a yes or a no. Andy Walsh thinks science offers more. In Faith across the Multiverse, Walsh writes, Telescopes made it possible to explore the profoundly … Continue reading Getting to Know God Through Science: 10 Questions about Faith across the Multiverse for Andy Walsh

How Did We Go About Handling the LXX Double-Texts?

Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition

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As is well known in the field of Septuagint studies, certain books developed over time into distinct textual forms. That is, in some cases there are what look like two different Greek versions of the same book in the Septuagint corpus. In such cases, the manuscript evidence preserves two textual traditions that are substantially different enough that Rahlfs decided to differentiate them in his edition of the Septuagint.* Since we decided to use Rahlfs-Hanhart as a base text, when it came to producing the Reader’s Edition we had to ask ourselves how we would handle these “double texts,” as they are often called.

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Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day

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Kline, Jonathan G., Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017. 384 pp.; Hb. $39.95. Link to Hendrickson

Talk to anyone who studied Biblical languages during their education and I guarantee they will attest to the difficulty of retention post-schooling. Whether at Bible College or Seminary, past or present, it is nigh-impossible to maintain the fundamentals and vocabulary without daily engagement. This becomes more difficult as time grows in scarcity, feeling like you have to relearn the language all over again. What is even more difficult is when one is just getting their bearings with a new language entirely. This is where I’m at with Biblical Aramaic. In all the volumes of the Two Minutes a Day series from Hendrickson, Kline clearly emphasizes that this is not meant to replace a grammar, but supplement it. Because I am not taking Aramaic until the…

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A Message from John Calvin on his 454th Birthday!

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director In honor of John Calvin’s birthday on July 10, I thought I would share his July 10 entry from Day by Day with John Calvin: 365 Selected Readings for Daily Reflection. Calvin was born in 1509 in Noyon, France, and died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1564 (the same year that … Continue reading A Message from John Calvin on his 454th Birthday!

The Gift of Conflict: 3 Insights into How Conflict Is Valuable from Culture of Peace

By Jocelyn Lee, Editorial/Marketing Intern “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6). Culture of Peace is a book that acknowledges that … Continue reading The Gift of Conflict: 3 Insights into How Conflict Is Valuable from Culture of Peace

Review: The Bible and Archaeology by Richelle

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Here’s the perfect book for either pastors or Bible students to get a clear overview of the connection between Bible and archaeology. This book succeeds because it strikes the perfect balance between archaeological detail and basic understanding. In other words, you will not drown in the minutia of archaeology, but you will have an informed grasp of both the value and limitations of archaeology in your Bible studies.

Matthieu Richelle, a respected professor of Old Testament, has a nice list of credentials to be able to produce this work on archaeology. I appreciated his respect of the Bible, his academic integrity, and his civility toward other archaeologists with whom he might disagree. In the same vein, while I might disagree with him on a few points myself, I respect greatly what he has produced here. To take something as complex as archaeological methodology and make it accessible to a popular…

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10 Ways to Avoid Stress and Renew Mental Health from Take Care of Yourself

By Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor Dr. Pablo Martinez’s Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry is a petite book packed with comprehensive self-care advice. It’s geared specifically toward people in ministry, but much of Martinez’s advice is applicable to everyone. Here are ten self-care suggestions I gleaned from Take Care of Yourself: … Continue reading 10 Ways to Avoid Stress and Renew Mental Health from Take Care of Yourself

10 Best Prayer Quotes by Charles Spurgeon

“The prayers that come leaping out of the soul—the gust of strong emotion, fervent desire, lively faith—these are the truly spiritual; and no prayers but spiritual prayers will God accept.” Charles Spurgeon dedicated much time and effort to dissecting the best ways to pray and what to ask or say in prayers in many of … Continue reading 10 Best Prayer Quotes by Charles Spurgeon

What Vocab is Provided? An Explanation and Sample Text

Check out this post written by Will Ross and Greg Lanier about the vocab in the LXX Reader’s Edition, as well as a sample text from Exodus!

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Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition

Probably the most obvious question to ask about a reader’s edition is “What vocabulary do you provide?” After all, that is the basic function of this kind of book—to supply the reader with guidance on the form and meaning of difficult vocabulary.

So obviously that’s what we did.

But how did we define “difficult vocabulary” for Septuaginta? It was actually a pretty tricky issue to address. Let me explain.

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