The past year has been a particularly fruitful year in biblical studies, including scholarship on the Gospels, Paul, NT Greek, and other topics. Listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, here are the Biblical Foundations™ awards for 10 best books in Biblical Studies for 2016. Following this list, I have taken the liberty to provide a list of my own books published in 2016.
Craig L. Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Countering the Challenges to Evangelical Christian Beliefs (B&H). The culmination of decades of work on the historical reliability of... Read More
“Best of” book lists have certainly continued to proliferate since Biblical Foundations first started to compile these lists close to a decade ago. However, quite a few of these lists are compiled by individuals whose specialty is primarily in historical or systematic theology rather than biblical studies, biblical theology, or hermeneutics, which is our primary focus at Biblical Foundations.
That said, here’s our list of the best resources in biblical studies for 2015. The volumes are listed in no particular order. All of them exhibit a very high level of scholarship, and the... Read More
For many decades, feminists have characterized the Old Testament’s teaching on gender roles in terms of patriarchy, the control and domination of the father in exercising an authoritative, if not oppressive or even abusive, rule over his wife and family. What is more, feminists have often alleged that the Bible is laced with a patriarchal bias that they must “uncover” by a hermeneutic of suspicion and correct with a sort of “affirmative action” through which women’s rightful place in Christianity and in the world is reclaimed, restored, and recast. But is the underlying premise of... Read More
When it comes to gender, we live in confusing times. For many, gender has become merely a subjective reality. We are male or female because we perceive ourselves as such. As a result, we can alter our gender identity at will, because our perception of ourselves may change over time. In addition, gender is often viewed as socially constructed. We are male or female because we were raised as boys and girls according to certain stereotypes of what it means to be a boy or girl. But again, these stereotypes are changing, and so may our gender identity.
Where do we turn in this age of rapidly... Read More
We believe that most labels are of limited value in describing any given topic or position, including the biblical terminology surrounding manhood and womanhood. Labels typically limit the description of a subject to a certain oversimplified caricature. The debates surrounding gender roles are no exception in that the discussion has been burdened with a simplistic kind of partisan, polemical, and politicized verbiage. As we’ve sought to elaborate in a recent post, the label “patriarchal,” for example, carries with it mostly negative baggage in our culture because of a heavy feminist... Read More