Monday Minute: The Psalms, Language for All Seasons of the Soul @MoodyPublishers

4405_ThePsalms_Bookcover_Final8-12.inddThis collection of essays on the Psalms by distinguished Old Testament
scholars is a snapshot of the most current scholarly work on the Psalter. The
book is divided into five sections that:

1) give an overview of Psalms studies in the 21st century;

2) discuss psalms of praise;

3) explore psalms of lament;

4) look at the big picture of the Psalter as a book; and

5) present sermons on the Psalms that are models of evangelical engagement with the text.

A Select Bibliography for Psalms Study is included at the end of the book.

Language for All Seasons of the Soul brings together essays from eighteen Old Testament scholars discussing the latest in Psalms scholarship and applying exegetical insights to the life of faith.These essays explore the full range of emotion expressed in thePsalms—from elation to distress—while weaving together observations from biblical scholarship and theology. The reader will gain valuable insights into how the Psalms speak to his or her soul.

Andrew J Schmutzer (Editor), David M. Howard Jr (Editor), Robert L. Cole (Contributor), David A Ridder (Contributor), Willem A VanGemeren (Contributor), Bruce K. Waltke (Contributor), C. Hassell Bullock (Contributor), Francis Kimmitt (Contributor), Robert B Chisholm Jr. (Contributor), Michael Ernest Travers (Contributor), Walter C Kaiser Jr. (Contributor), Allen P. Ross (Contributor), Daniel J. Estes (Contributor), Randall X. Gauthier (Contributor),Michael K. Snearly (Contributor), Tremper Longman III (Contributor), Mark D. Futato (Contributor), John Piper (Contributor)

Featured: Images in Scripture: An illustrative approach to prayer [#Kindle edition]

Images in Scripture an illustrative approach to prayer is a book written for those of you who have an interest in the visual creative arts. It is written for those who wish to learn how to get closer to God through illustration, painting and drawing, photography and any other visual creative means you can think of. The book is divided into themes and encourages you to prayer fully explore your own visual interpretation of key scriptural verses. This book is designed to accommodate readers who wish to explore prayer through a creative means. You do not have to be an artist or be able to paint or draw to enjoy this book. The key emphasis is for you the reader to have a go and have fun creating beautiful works of art in whatever form you feel led through prayer-fully moving closer to the Lord your God through visual representation.

With your Prime membership, you can borrow this book for free on your Kindle device.



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Review: Levison’s Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith @nearemmaus @eerdmansbooks

Looks to me like a text worth picking up – do you have any thoughts after reading this snippet from the review?

John R. (Jack) Levison is no stranger to writing about the holy spirit. He has written articles, essays, and influential books such as The Spirit in First-Century Judaism (1997) and Filled with the Spirit (2009). In 2012 he ventured in writing for a popular audience with Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life. In that book he said of himself, “I am one of those Christians, you see, who has one foot in the mainline Protestant church and one in Pentecostalism, more or less (p. 3).” Levison is a Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University, an institution associated with the United Methodist Church, yet he often talks of the holy spirit like a charismatic or a Pentecostal. Likewise, Levison has one foot in the academy where most of his research has led him to ask what people thought of spirit in ancient Israelite, Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian contexts and another foot in the Church where he has applied pastoral sensitivity when speaking to people about the reality of the holy spirit in our every day lives. There are few people as qualified as Levison to write a book that aims to bridge the gap between the holy spirit as a charismatic endowment and the holy spirit as a cultivated reality resident within us all (if this language seems strange consider the Christian Doctrine of the imago Dei which we might say is recognized most fully in Christ, is being restored and renewed in Christians, yet resides within each and every human being). Can ecstatic, emotional experiences of spirit be reconciled with discipline, learning, and ethics? Levison says “yes” and goes to work making his case from a variety of angles. […]

“Collaboration on Canon” by Robert W. Wall and David R. Nienhuis (Part 1 of 3)

Epistle scholars (which should be most all of us), please enjoy this text from Eerdmann’s.

My study of the canonization of the Pauline corpus observed that the three Pastoral Epistles were added to complete the Pauline canon within the emerging New Testament by the end of the second century. But why? It is my conclusion that these letters were included to give instructions to the custodians of Paul’s apostolic witness, now received as Scripture, and to provide both an extraordinary biography of Paul and neat theological formulae that sum up his gospel. These materials, along with the biography of a canonical Paul in Acts, provide guideposts for the church’s use of Paul’s letters in forming the wisdom necessary for salvation and the moral maturity to engage in God’s good works (cf. 2 Tim 3:15-17).[…]

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