Bibles

Story of God Commentary Video

What is the new Story of God Bible Commentary series?  I’m glad you asked.

To answer your questions about the SGBC, Zondervan has prepared a short video (2 minutes, 40 seconds).  Click here or below.  Contributors for the Old Testament include some big names (e.g., Tremper Longman III on Genesis, Chris Wright on Exodus) and some small names (e.g., David T. Lamb on 1, 2 Kings).

The first two volumes come out very soon:

Scot McKnight’s Sermon on the Mount commentary.
Lynn Cohick’s Philippians commentary.

For free E-Book excerpts of these two commentaries, click here.

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Something is missing

When you’re looking at a book on Amazon, there’s a blue tab that says, “Look inside” to allow you to magically look at some content, a free sample like you get at Costco.

I looked inside a few days ago to peruse the list of contributors for the new Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  I had written twelve articles, so I guess I was being a bit narcissistic (see my post on the dictionary and the twelve articles here).

There was something missing between Brian Labosier and Bernon Lee.  An author was left out.

I think my narcissism was duly punished.  Ouch.

Some Bible Dictionaries include the name of the author after each article.  Unfortunately, this one doesn’t do that.

I emailed my contacts to inform them of the oversight.  I then received several apologetic emails.  I was told the problem would be fixed in the next printing.

When I told my wife she said, “That sounds like plagiarism, using someone’s work and not giving them credit.”  Yes, but there were thousands of articles and scores of contributors.  It’s a reasonable mistake.  (But why not leave someone else’s name out instead of mine?)

They are sending me a free copy of the dictionary (without my name).

My favorites were the articles on Jacob, Lot, Jephthah, Hosea the book and Hosea the person.

I’ll get over the blow to my pride.  But my inner narcissist thought I should blog about it.

How do you feel when you don’t get credit for something you’ve done.  

How much is your Bible worth?

So Einstein’s Bible was just sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57591466/bible-signed-by-einstein-fetches-$68500-in-nyc-auction/

How much is your Bible worth?

Einstein’s inscription says (translated from the German) that “this book is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently.”

I agree.

A few years ago I had my old Bible re-covered because it was looking worn.

About 20 years ago, I drove past a church that had a sign out front that said,

“A Bible that’s falling apart, belongs to someone who isn’t.”

My Bible was falling apart, and while I’m not sure it’s appropriate to say I’m not falling apart, things would have been worse.

One Big Thing and Three Small Things

Jesus CrossThe big thing today is Easter.  Jesus rose from the dead.  Everything is small in comparison.

Last night at dinner, my son Nate said, “Hey, the last episode of ‘The Bible (on The History Channel) will focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection and it’s being shown on Easter Sunday.  Do you think that’s a coincidence?”  (He was joking.)  We’ll be watching tonight.

My brief assessment of “The Bible”: each week I’m disappointed about one aspect (e.g., too much violence), and elated about one aspect.  Last week (session 4), Jesus’ call of Matthew while telling the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector moved me to tears.  But even for the parts that are disappointing, it’s always helpful to see the stories enacted.  I’ve pre-ordered it (Amazon releases it on April 2, $29.96).

Have you been watching?  What have you thought about The Bible?  

Three minor announcements (these are the small things):

1) God Behaving Badly on Kindle for only $2.99 expires today.  I doubt this deal will be resurrected.

2) I can’t seem to watch “The Bible and You“, the Canadian documentary that includes interviews with famous people and less famous people (Shannon and myself).  Any suggestions?  The four preview clips work.  I have them listed on this blog.  Each 10 minute clip includes two 2-3 minute clips of the documentary, and 4-5 minutes of the 2 hosts talking about it.

3) Wheaton Old Testament professor John Walton is giving a lecture at Cairn University (used to be Philadelphia Biblical University) on Tues, April 2 at 7:00 at Holmes Hall on Genesis 1, 2, subject of his book, The Lost World of Genesis One.  I’m planning on going.  If you live local, you should go.  It’ll be good.  (Thanks to Gary Schnittjer for telling me about it last night at church.)

He is risen. Indeed.