Pericopal Theology

Another New Commentary!

May 11th, 2015| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 4

Another <em>New</em> Commentary!

This is a rehash of an old post, to announce my new commentary that’s just come out: Ephesians: A Theological Commentary for Preachers.

I’m frequently asked by my students about commentaries I employ in my preaching prep.

The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.…   Read more →

A New Commentary!

April 1st, 2014| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 0

A <em>New</em> Commentary!

This is a rehash of an old post, to announce my new commentary that’s just come out: Genesis: A Theological Commentary for Preachers.

I’m frequently asked by my students about commentaries I employ in my preaching prep.

The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But…   Read more →

Texts and Stained Glass

December 4th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 2

Texts and Stained Glass

Biblical authors’ literary products are agenda-driven and discoursed for a purpose, not merely created to convey information. They carefully selected and shaped their material to convey their respective theological agendas (pericopal theology). Think of what authors can do to just one facet of life, time; it is the authors’ prerogative to tweak it any which way they wish: flash forwards, flash backs, summaries, ellipses (gaps in the story), pauses (for explanatory…   Read more →

Pericopal Theology Distinguished

November 9th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 2

Pericopal Theology Distinguished

I have, in previous posts, discussed the entity I label “pericopal theology,” the theology specific to a particular pericope, representing a segment of the plenary world in front of the canonical text that portrays God and his relationship to his people. Pericopal theology is, in my conception, the crucial intermediary in the sermonic move from text to application.

Pericopal theology differs from systematic or biblical theology (at least as they are commonly defined).…   Read more →

The Aqedah (Genesis 22)

October 15th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 2

The <em>Aqedah</em> (Genesis 22)

The Aqedah is the term given to the account of the “sacrifice” of Isaac by Abraham. The word is derived from the Hebrew verb ‘qd which means “to bind”—thus referring to the binding of Isaac at the altar of his sacrifice.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him;
and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood,
and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
Genesis 22:9

The account of Abraham’s trial in Genesis…   Read more →

Pericopal Theology

October 4th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 2

Pericopal Theology

A couple of months ago, I had written about the importance of the pericope in preaching. (By “pericope” I mean the manageable chunk of the biblical text employed in a sermon—i.e., a preaching text.)

And several weeks ago, I had talked about the world in front of the text, God’s ideal world, segments of which are portrayed by individual…   Read more →

Growing, Pericope by Pericope

September 12th, 2012| Topic: aBeLOG, Pericopal Theology | 2

Growing, Pericope by Pericope

It is not often that one gets to see the fruit of one’s ministry labors. But by God’s grace, I got to taste a delicious specimen the other day, in the form of an email from one of my former students, Michael. He always kept pestering me about when my Mark commentary would be done. When it came on the market, Michael was one of the first to buy a copy, and he promptly began teaching through it in his SS class for Young Marrieds at a local church.

Here’s his email (slightly…   Read more →

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