10 thoughts on “Open Query #73

  • January 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Psalms— comfort and praise. there’s absolutely nothing like praying God’s Word back to Him. “He who would be holy, let him read the Psalms.” —Matthew Henry
    Isaiah— promises and affirmation
    Colossians— Christ’s supremacy
    Ephesians— believer’s identity

  • January 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    That’s a great line up!

    For some reason, I’ve really shied away from the major prophets. I guess I just haven’t had good teaching on those books. Not yet, anyway.

    I think once you’ve really studied the OT, the NT is a piece of cake. But going the other direction is a real pain (the sheer volume alone is pretty intimidating). I think it takes a lot of prayer and a lot of dedication.

    But I agree with Eph/Col. I’m taking my students through Ephesians right now. I’m really looking forward to that study.

    Have you been through Spurgeon’s Psalm commentaries?

  • January 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Psalms, Jeremiah, Romans, John, 1 John, and James. (Close runner ups, Genesis, Ephesians, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Hosea, Matthew, Galatians…)

  • January 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    @Jon I love 1 John and James. No kidding, that’s powerful stuff. Granted, it’s weird to read a lot of Galatians and then head over to that end of the NT, but I enjoy adjustment.

    Have you spent time in Philippians recently?

  • January 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I agree with you on OT/NT. I grew up absolutely fascinated by OT— stories, histories, etc. It took me a long time to grasp the NT. Reading through both Old and New in a year helped a lot with a general understanding of all of it.

    No, haven’t been through Spurgeon’s Psalm commentaries, but they’re on my list. I’ve read through Colossians nearly every day for the past 6 months or so, and I just can’t seem to get enough of it. I’m trying to move on to 1 John next month. I want to spend more time studying Christlike love.

  • January 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Psalms, because they’re easy to read short chunks. And John and 1 John. It’s because John uses different vocab than Paul or the other apostles, so I’m trying to see where his idea of the full gospel meets their idea of the full gospel. Also, John is both practical in his goals for writing, and abstract and dualist in what he writes. Both of those features are in tension with each other and with the postmodern mindset I find myself in. So I want to find my way into his head, and by extension, into Jesus’ head as he was doing and teaching the things John remembers. I just got Kostenberger’s theology of John’s gospel and letters, so I’ll be working through that.

  • January 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    @Sarah: Yeah, I started in the NT, so forging into the OT has been a struggle, but I’m working on it.

    A friend of mine started through Spurgeon and was just blown away by it. I havn’t used it myself. It’s on a list somehwere (with everything else)

    I did some work through Col. 1 a few months back. It really is a stellar book.

    Have you Francis Schaeffer’s The Mark of a Christian? That book really turned my heart towards understanding love in the life of a Christian.

    @Nathan; Nathan! I miss you! Your 1 John project sounds awesome. I love John’s writing (and not just because it’s easy Greek :-)).

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the stunning differences in his writing. Since almost all of my interpretive work as been in Pauline lit., I find John to be a bit difficult to follow. But that’s only because I’m so use to Paul blow-by-blow prose.

    Kostenberger looks amazing. Where did you hear about him?

  • January 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Miss you too, and glad to hear from you again. I first saw Kostenberger’s name as one of the endorsers on the back of Piper’s “What Jesus Demands of the World”. Then this year, I started on the 1 John project with Colin Kruse’s commentary on John’s letters, on the recommendation of http://bestcommentaries.com. Later, I was looking for something on John’s gospel from that site and saw Kostenberger had one of the top commentaries. On further poking around, I saw that he published the Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters last year, so I got that instead. Highlights so far include a list of John’s ironic quotes, a survey of John’s vocabulary, and a comparison of his theology with Paul’s and Peter’s. Both Kruse and Kostenberger have done a lot to clear up the historical background why the Letters and Gospel were written.

    What first drew you to Ephesians?

  • January 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    @Nathan: That sounds awesome! I’ll have to check it.

    I honestly don’t know how I ended up in Ephesians. It’s just book that’s always been a point of intense focus for my studies. I really don’t know how or when. Which, now that I think about it, is really weird.

  • January 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    No, I haven’t read “The Mark of a Christian”! Sounds awesome, though! I’ll add it to my list.

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