By Reed Lessing Comments on the Text: The sermon’s focus is on 1 Timothy 2:1–6, thus the comments only pertain to these verses. Verse 1: The apostle’s repeated use of πάντων, “all,” begins here. “First of all … for all people” (1 Tm 2:1) … “on behalf of all … so that we may live ..
By Reed Lessing Historical Context Early in his rule Jeroboam ben Joash (793–753 BC) changed the political map of Israel. Through military conquests the territories east of the Jordan were recovered and annexed (Am 6:13), the northern border was extended to Lebo-Hamath, and the southern border was enlarged all the way to the Dead Sea ..
THE CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW. By Brian Webster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 349 pages + CD-Rom. Paper. $39.99. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. My first impression of this resource is niphlat, that’s Hebrew for “wonderful.” Brian Webster, who teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary, combines his linguistic and computer skills ..
OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: Israel’s Life (Volume 3). By John Goldingay. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. 875 pages. Hardback. $49.95. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for ..
ETHICAL DIMENSION OF CULT IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH. By Bohdan Hrobon. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2010. xiv + 256 pages. Hardcover. $135.00. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. This is a revision of Hrobon’s Oxford dissertation done under the supervision of Hugh G.M. Williamson. In it, he critiques the widely held ..
THE ‘WAY OF THE LORD’ IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies). By Bo H. Lim. London/New York: Clark, 2010. x + 201 pages. Hardcover. $110.00. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. This study is a revision of Lim’s 2006 PhD dissertation done under the supervision of Willem ..
by Reed Lessing “The Fowlest Sermon” Historical Context At one time, during the Davidic/Solomonic era, Israel had been on top of the ancient Near Eastern world. The nation appeared to have everything (see Romans 9:4–5). The ironic twist about Israel’s history, however, is that the oppressed in Egypt became oppressors of one another in the promised ..
By R. Reed Lessing “The Fly-Over Lands of our Lives” John’s Use of Water Our Lord’s turning water into wine at the Cana wedding (Jn 2:1–11) makes Jesus the focal point of water symbolism in John’s Gospel. Speaking to Nicodemus, Christ links water and the Spirit (Jn 3:5), while “living water” (Jn 4:7–15) is symbolic of ..
By Reed Lessing Introduction “Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them….” This familiar Collect for the Word is an apt theme for Jeremiah 1:4—10, as this pericope is all about Yahweh’s Word. This ..
By Reed Lessing “He Only Has Eyes For You!” Overview of the text The verb יצר creates an inclusio around Isaiah 43:1-7, as it appears in 43:1b and 7b. In the middle is Yahweh’s love for his people: “Because you are precious in my eyes, (and) valuable and I, I love you” (43:4). In order to ..