Here are some recent articles on biblical structure and biblical interpretation:
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
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).
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.
The Restoration of All Things in Acts 3:21: a Structural Analysis of Peter’s Sermon in Acts 3:11-26
This two volume work is a structural analysis of Peter’s second sermon recorded in Acts 3:11-26. The book shows how structural analysis can play an important, and sometimes decisive, role in interpretation and exegesis. An important focus of attention in the book is the expression “the times of the restoration of all things” in Acts 3:21. The view expressed in the book is that, rather than referring exclusively to eschatological events at the end of history, these times are actually occurring at the time Peter is speaking, and include the period from Pentecost to the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in AD 70 as well as, more generally, the entire Church Age.
The chapters in the book can be downloaded using the links below: