James McGrath ends (kinda, sorta) our blog tour of T. Michael Law’s When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible with his review of Chapter 13 (The Man with the Burning Hand versus the Man with the Honey Sword) and Chapter 14 (A Postscript). Chapter 13 is a brief narrative of the conflict between Jerome and Augustine over the place of the Greek Old Testament (Septuagint) in the Christian Church. This is a story that anyone who want to “think theologically” about the Septuagint should know. It puts flesh-and-bone on the Church’s transition to Latin in the west. Chapter 13 opens the door for further exploration, as does McGrath, as he ends his review not with a statement but instead with several questions, questions we should all ponder.
To read his full review go here.
Early next week I will post a full review of the book. Also, I want to share Law’s challenge on the last page with readers of this blog, because (1) I think his challenge may peak your interest in the book as a whole and (2) because I think it is a challenge that confessing Christians ought to consider with seriousness. You can see that post tomorrow morning.
In case you missed previous entries…
JOEL WATTS (Sunday, July 21st, http://unsettledchristianity.com/)
1 Why this Book?
2 When the World Became Greek
ANDREW KING (Tuesday, July 23rd, http://blogofthetwelve.wordpress.com/)
3 Was There a Bible before the Bible?
4 The First Bible Translators
KRISTA DALTON (Thursday, July 25th, http://kristadalton.com/blog/)
5 Gog and his Not-so-Merry Grasshoppers
6 Bird Droppings, Stoned Elephants, and Exploding Dragons
ABRAM K-J (Saturday, July 27th, http://abramkj.com/)
7 E Pluribus Unum
8 The Septuagint behind the New Testament
JESSICA PARKS (Monday, July 29th, http://facingthejabberwock.wordpress.com/)
9 The Septuagint in the New Testament
10 The New Old Testament
AMANDA MacINNIS (Wednesday, July 31st, http://cheesewearingtheology.com/)
11 God’s Word for the Church
12 The Man of Steel and the Man who Worshipped the Sun
JAMES McGRATH (Friday, August 2nd, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/)
13 The Man with the Burning Hand vs. the Man with the Honeyed Sword
14 A Postscript
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