Biblical Studies - New Testament
This was written to explain in more depth the principles behind Louw and Nida’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains (United Bible Societies, 1988, 1989). This book is a little dated now, but is still a helpful practical guide for how to do a word study, replete with numerous examples and exercises illustrating various principles of lexicography. The two chapters that are the heart of this book are Chapter 3: “Analyzing the Different Meanings of the Same Lexeme,” and Chapter 4: “Analyzing the Related Meanings of Different Lexemes” (i.e., comparing different words in the same semantic domain). If you are interested in doing word studies of biblical Greek, this book would repay careful study. Many of the underlying theoretical principles can also be applied to the study of biblical Hebrew.
One of my top three favorite commentaries on Romans (the other two being Cranfield and Moo). Hodge is weak on Chapters 6-8 (he doesn’t get the already/not-yet), so for that section you definitely need Moo to provide balance. But he is masterful on Chapters 1-5, especially 5 on the federal headship of the two Adams. This is because he wrote this commentary as a response to Moses Stuart’s commentary on Romans in which Stuart redefined if not denied the imputation of Adam’s sin.
This is a collection of essays covering most of the major issues of interpretation of Romans. The book seems geared to an undergraduate audience, so it is not very technical. The essays were hit and miss, and those more on the “miss” side for me were the following, not that they were poorly written, but that I think they misread Romans in rather fundamental ways:
Mark D. Nanos, “To the Churches within the Synagogues of Rome”
Sylvia C. Keesmaat, “Reading Romans in the Capital of the Empire”
A. Katherine Grieb, “The Righteousness of God in Romans”
Joel B. Green, “Atonement Images in Romans”
Caroline Johnson Hodge, “‘A Light to the Nations’: The Role of Israel in Romans 9–11”
But the following were helpful; in fact, good enough to make the purchase worthwhile:
A. Andrew Das, “The Gentile-Encoded Audience of Romans”
Francis Watson, “The Law in Romans”
Rodrigo J. Morales, “The Role of Scripture in the Letter to the Romans”
James D. G. Dunn, “Adam and Christ” (Rom 1:18-32; 3:23; 5:12-21; 7:7-13; 8:20-21)
L. Ann Jervis, “The Spirit Brings Christ’s Life to Life” (Rom 8) (my favorite essay in the book)
E. Elizabeth Johnson, “God’s Covenant Faithfulness to Israel” (Rom 9–11)
Victor Paul Furnish, “Living to God, Walking in Love: Theology and Ethics in Romans” (Rom 12–15)
I read this book because the issue of “mercy ministry” to the poor seems to be coming back as a hot topic among those involved in the “missional movement.” This book is basically an exegesis of one verse (Gal 2:10) along with a lot of other interesting information on the socioeconomic profile of the Greco-Roman world and of the early church. Although he only devotes a few pages to the issue, I was mainly interested in hearing an argument from a respected NT scholar for the position that Paul thought the church has an obligation to provide economic aid to the poor everywhere and not just to care for the poor of the household of the faith. I was not convinced by his arguments on that point.