Articles

Here are some recent articles on biblical structure and biblical interpretation:

General Articles

1) Amos

Amos5.StructuralAnalysis

The above is a revised version of an article on the structure of Amos 5:1-17 (focussing on verses 4-15) which I posted previously. I think this is an improvement and I hope you will find it interesting and helpful!

2) Book Review

WrightLiving as the People of God.3

This is a “sort of” review of two books, both by Christopher J. H. Wright. The books are “Living as the People of God” and “Old Testament Ethics”. The article is really more of a discussion about the biblical basis for some of the arguments put forward for the “paradigmic” method developed by Christopher Wright for applying  Old Testament Ethics today. As will be clear from the article, I currently have reservations about the validity of some of the arguments put forward by C. Wright, whilst at the same time recognising the potential value of the method. I suggest that the justification for (and cautions regarding) the method should be based more on the method’s undoubted usefulness seen from an empirical perspective.

Famous Fox Publications

I’m also starting to augment this section  with some  “Famous Fox” publications.

Biblical Chiasms in the Interpretation of Scripture – an Introductory Reader

This book give some “worked examples” of chiastic structures. Chapter 1 looks at the famous verse in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus tells the disciples not to cast their pearls before swine. Chapter 2 is a chiastic analysis of the first four verses of Romans Ch. 8  starting with Paul’s glorious words, “Therefore there is now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus . . .” Chapter 3 in an inter-textual analysis of the intriguing connections between the  miraculous draught of 153 fishes recorded near the end of John’s Gospel and Solomon’s Temple in the Old Testament.  Chapter 4 looks at Paul’s well-known injunction to the Thessalonians, “If a man will not work, let him not eat!”. Chapter 5 proposes a chiastic link in Mark’s Gospel between the three parables preceding Jesus’ stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and the three healing miracles that follow.

Chapter 1:   PearlsBeforeSwine

Chapter 2:  Romans8.1-4.3

Chapter 3: OneHundredandFiftyThreeFishes

Chapter 4: IfAManWillNotwork

Chapter 5: PeaceBeStill.2

Chapter 6: Hegivethhisbelovedsleep

The North Galatian Hypothesis Volumes 1 and 2

Here is my 2 volume defence of the North Galatian Hypothesis – please feel free to download!

(The “opening pages” sections contain maps and sometimes take some time to download, but I think all other chapters will download more quickly! The page numbers in these downloads are the ones in the printed volumes – so there will be occasional “gaps”  in the page numbering corresponding to the blank pages at the ends of some of the chapters).

NorthGalatianHypothesisVol1OpeningPages

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter1

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter2

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter3

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter4

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter5

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter6

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter7

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter8

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter9

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter10

NorthGalatianHypothesisVol2OpeningPages

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter11

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter12

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter13

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter14

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter15

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter16

NorthGalatianHypothesisChapter17

NorthGalatianHypothesisBibliographyAppendicesandIndexes

NorthGalatianHypothesisMap

The Righteousness of God in 2 Corinthians 5:21

This is a chiastic analysis of 2 Cor. 5:21 and surrounding verses. The analysis supports N. T. Wright’s (controversial!) interpretation of this verse. The book also contains a brief discussion of the views of John Piper and N. T. Wright regarding the New Perspective on Paul with particular reference to this important verse.

RighteousnessofGodOpeningPages

RighteousnessofGodIntroduction

RighteousnessofGodChapter1

RighteousnessofGodChapter2

RighteousnessofGodChapter3

RighteousnessofGodChapter4

RighteousnessofGodChapter5

RighteousnessofGodChapter6

RighteousnessofGodChapter7

RighteousnessofGodChapter8

RighteousnessofGodConclusion

RighteousnessofGodAppendices

 

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