Biblical Genealogies: Begetting a Devotional Reading

What do you do when you come to the book of 1 Chronicles in your Bible reading?

  • Skip?–Jump over genealogies without reading.
  • Skim?–Read the inserted headings, but not the text.
  • Scavenge?–Read only the narrative inserts, like the one about Jabez.
  • Squirm?–Read with distinct discomfort.
  • Scowl?–Complain, but plow on through the reading.
  • Skew?–Just declare in your mind that it must have something to do with Messiah.
  • Skid?–Stop reading the Bible–it just got too difficult.

Why did God include over thirty genealogies in the Bible (including them in both Old and New Testaments)? Are all of them Messiah related? What can we learn from them. This blog post is the first of a two-part series on reading the biblical genealogies devotionally. It is posted on ParkingSpace23 (click for link).

My Recommendations: Book of the Week, March 6

Satellite Bible Atlas: Historical Geography of the Bible provides a very handy guide for any Bible land tour of Israel. Bill Schlegel lives in Israel and has led tours for several decades. The atlas combines modern satellite imagery with a conservative handling of the biblical text. This 8-1/2 x 12 inch volume comes in either hardback or paperback. This recommendation arises out of knowing Bill Schlegel personally, having been on a tour with him as one of the leaders, and having led a tour myself with this atlas as one of the guidebooks we asked all participants to possess and use. You don’t need to take a tour to Israel to appreciate this atlas; you only need to have it available as you read the Bible. Geographical awareness enhances Bible reading and Bible study.

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Just Published: Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray

Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray: Finding Our Way Back to Biblical Truth, ed. Nathan Busenitz (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2017) was unveiled at this year’s Shepherds’ Conference hosted by Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary. The volume contains the following chapters:

  • “When the Church Goes Astray” by Nathan Busenitz
  • “Rock-Star Religion” by Tom Patton
  • “The Crescent and the Cross” by William D. Barrick
  • “When Truth Meets Love” by Alex Montoya
  • “Is This Jesus Calling?” by Jesse Johnson
  • “Who’s In Charge of Your Church?” by Michael Mahoney
  • “Nothing But the Truth” by Abner Chou
  • “The Hallmarks of Heresy” by Michael Riccardi
  • “The Charismatic Question” by Nathan Busenitz
  • “Things That Should Not Be Forgotten” by Nathan Busenitz
  • “To the Ends of the Earth” by Irv Busenitz
  • “Compassion Without Compromise” by Jesse Johnson
  • “Fit for the Master’s Use” by Carl Hargrove”
  • “Global Risk Assessment” by Mark Tatlock
  • “To the Praise of His Glory” by James Mook

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, February 27

Dr. Eugene Merrill’s Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament presents the most dependable and readable theology of the Old Testament available today. The stance that Dr. Merrill takes consistently espouses a conservative, evangelical viewpoint. Organized by sections of the Old Testament, this volume consists of a biblical, rather than systematic, theology. To make it more usable, the book concludes with a set of three indexes–something that some major publishers have begun to omit. I recommend this volume highly because I know its author personally and have grown to love and respect him highly. Strengthen your grasp on a solid biblical theology of the Old Testament by reading and repeatedly referring back to this wonderful book.

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Creation Summit, The Master’s University

The Master’s University hosted the Creation Summit 2017 on February 24-25. Dr. Abner Chou opened the summit with his TMU Chapel message on Friday, February 24. On Saturday, February 25, Dr. Todd Wood, myself, and Dr. John MacArthur spoke in the day’s three sessions. The sessions were well attended for the topic, “God’s First Man.” The sessions looked at the historicity of the biblical Adam from the viewpoint of biblical narrative, paleontology, genetics, history, and theology. The links below provide PowerPoint presentation (in pdf format) and the link to my chapter in Searching for Adam.

PowerPoint pdf (38MB)

Searching for Adam, Chapter 1, by William D. Barrick

Hebrew Whiteboard Update

Now we come to Psalm 4:6-7 (Hebrew verse numbering) as we continue to analyze this psalm. After one imperative in verse 4 and four imperatives in verse 5, verse 6 adds two more, for a total of seven. In verse 7 we behold what Motyer calls “an arrow prayer,” similar to those that Nehemiah often prayed–instantaneous, extemporaneous prayers to God. Psalm 4 is one of David’s many prayers. We should learn to pray as he did.

Click on Hebrew Whiteboard to download Psalm 4:1-7 or any of the previous studies of Psalms 1-3 and 120-122.

New Book Endorsement

“For nearly a century, only a handful of scholars have published manuals for the exegesis of the Hebrew Bible. How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament surpasses all previous works with its biblical-theological orientation, purposeful organization, depth of analytical guidance, clarity of explanation, illustrative examples, and direction regarding interpretive implications. DeRouchie walks the aspiring exegete and expositor through the steps of a text-focused, genre-aware, and context-sensitive methodology. No matter what one’s theological views might be on any particular text, this volume gives users superb guidance for interpreting the Old Testament. I commend it to every teacher and student of Hebrew exegesis as the best textbook available.” — My published endorsement inside the book

  • Available March 31, 2017
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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, February 20

Are you looking for the best reference work for obtaining book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter Bible background information for history, geography, archaeology, and culture? I highly recommend Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (5-volume set) for the Old Testament edited by John H. Walton. Top-notch Old Testament scholars who contributed to this set include:

  • Numbers, R. Dennis Cole
  • Deuteronomy, Eugene E. Carpenter
  • Joshua, Richard S. Hess
  • Judges, Daniel I. Block
  • 1 & 2 Samuel, V. Philips Long
  • 2 Chronicles, Frederick J. Mabie
  • Ezra and Nehemiah, Edwin M. Yamauchi
  • Esther, Anthony Tomasino
  • Isaiah, David W. Baker
  • Joel and Zephaniah, Mark W. Chavalas
  • Obadiah and Nahum, Alan R. Millard
  • Habakkuk, Victor H. Matthews
  • Malachi, Andrew E. Hill
  • Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, Duane Garrett

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Kindle Edition of Searching for Adam Now Available

Searching for Adam, ed. by Terry Mortenson (Master Books, 2016) now available on Kindle (save an additional 60% off the price–and no shipping–instant acquisition–click on the book’s image at the left). The first printing (hard copy, paperback) sold out in less than eight weeks after coming out in early November. A new run is in the press. The first chapter, “Old Testament Evidence for a Literal, Historical Adam and Eve” (pp. 17-52), is mine. To read the full description, see my earlier post about the hard copy.

Keep on praying that God allows this book to be used in a mighty way in the current debate on the historicity of the biblical Adam and Eve.

Hebrew Whiteboard Update

Psalm 4:5 brings us to the second occurrence of “Selah” in this psalm and it gives the verse added emphasis. The verse also leads us to study the Septuagint (LXX) translation, since Paul cited the first half of the verse from the LXX in Ephesians 4:26. As we continue our analysis of Psalm 4, the structure exposed in vv. 2-5 will provide us with information necessary for both an accurate interpretation of the psalm and appropriate application of its theological implications.

Follow this link for Hebrew Whiteboard to download Psalm 4:1-5 or any of the previous studies of Psalms 1-3 and 120-122.

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