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Book Review: James (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Dan G. McCartney

This commentary, by Prof. Dan McCartney of Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, furthers the high standards of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series. In my view, some of the commentaries in this series are somewhat lacking but this effort by McCartney joins the front rank of BECNT works (along with Schreiner on Romans, Bock on Luke, Garland on 1 Corinthians). Read more »

HCSB Study Bible Available Free Online

One of our students has drawn my attention to the availability of the HCSB Study Bible online at the following website. It seems to be in beta only, but appears to be in good working order. There are some useful resources thrown in as well, especially the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Also present are some Holman New Testament Commentaries which are a little basic but have good, sound content.

Andy Cheung teaches at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, a distance education Bible College and Seminary in the UK.

Wycliffe Bible Translators – UK 50th Anniversary

I’m delighted to read the following press release from Wycliffe Bible Translators. Praise God for 50 years of faithful, Christ-exalting service. Do take the time to visit their website at
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The Seed Company Issues ‘The Blank Bible Challenge’ to U.S. Pastors

The following is a press release from The Seed Company, an offshoot of Wycliffe Bible Translators US, concerning a challenge to open the Bible. For those who have never heard of The Seed Company, it was launched in 1993 with a mandate to accelerate Bible translation efforts. It has now reached 600 language groups and much support is needed to continue their efforts. You can read their mission statement here. The Seed Company is based in America; for British readers of this blog, check out the efforts of Wycliffe UK at (A great place for useful information is their blog) Read more »

Linguistics for Biblical Studies Students

I sometimes think it’s a shame that Linguistics isn’t taught more widely and this is especially true with Biblical Studies where it can be a valuable subject when taught in association with Greek/Hebrew and Hermeneutics/Exegesis. A number of seminaries run Master’s degrees in Linguistics and Biblical Exegesis but for those interested in small-scale personal study, there are a couple of books worth reading. A student recently asked me for some book recommendations on the subject and I suggested the following:
Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek by David Alan Black. (There’s a full review available here)
Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation by Peter Cotterell and Max Turner.

Dr Black’s book is highly recommended: readable, scholarly and useful. (One of my professors once told me that usefulness is a much forgotten factor in academic books!) Later this summer, we will have an interview with Dr Black on our Talks With Scholars page.

For accredited, online and distance learning courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the King’s Evangelical Divinity School website.

Free book online: J. I. Packer, Truth & Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life

J. I. Packer, Truth & Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life, Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, IL: 1996.

A friend once asked me where my interest in Bible translation originates and my answer was that it stems from the doctrine of Scripture. A great place to understand the place of the Bible is Packer’s excellent little book, which is now available for free online at
Here is the blurb on the back cover:

In the face of theological upheavals and trendy philosophies, J.I. Packer boldly challenges the church to keep the Bible and keep to the Bible. Through centuries of use, abuse and disuse, the Bible remains the foundational document of the Christian faith.

In this book the author offers a masterful overview of the doctrine of Scripture. Beginning with the authority of the Bible, he then considers how it has been challenged through church history. In addition he examines the unity of the Bible, methods of interpreting it and the role the Bible must play in preaching. Through all of this Packer demonstrates how the Bible offers each Christian the spiritual essentials of life, health and peace.

Here is a careful and colorful restatement of the grand truths about God’s Word and the church.

Dr Packer is Professor of Theology at Regents College in Vancouver, British Columbia.