Taking a break from the blogosphere

I don’t know if you have noticed yet but I have missed a couple of days of posts. I will actually be taking a brief hiatus from blogging. With the wedding coming up and the transition back to Louisville Jess and I have been and will continue to be relatively busy. I also want to spend as much time as I can in communion with the Lord before the big day away from the internet. The temptation to post can be overwhelming sometimes. 🙂 On a side note I do plan to post pictures of our wedding as well as write about my experience that day.

A huge thanks to all you faithful visitors! It encourages me greatly that you are utilizing the resources I have linked. I will be back soon with updates to the blog as well as some new resources so please stay tuned.

Blessings,
Jonathan

Johnny Hunt elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention

Johnny Hunt has won the SBC presidency by a relatively large percentage winning 52.95 percent over the other five candidates in Indianapolis.  Johnny Hunt is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA.  Please pray for wisdom and discernment for Johnny Hunt as he begins to lead the SBC.

  • Johnny Hunt: 3,100 votes (52.94%)
  • Frank Cox: 1,286 votes (21.96%)
  • Avery Willis: 962 votes (16.43%)
  • Bill Wagner: 255 votes (4.35%)
  • Les Puryear: 188 votes (3.21%)
  • Wiley Drake: 45 votes (0.77%)

Baptist Press: Hunt elected president on first ballot

Christianity Today: Johnny Hunt Wins SBC Presidency

Peter Gentry on the Septuagint

Justin Taylor interviewed Dr. Peter Gentry of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on the Septuagint.  Dr. Gentry is an unusually gifted scholar when it comes to ancient languages and writings.  Click here for the interview.

Should it bother evangelicals who believe in the inerrancy of Scripture that the NT writers sometimes quote the LXX where it differs from the Masoretic text?

The NT writers sometimes took the Septuagint wording and applied it to a new circumstance (e.g., Acts 14:11 borrowed words from Ps. 118:22; 2 Cor. 6:18a borrowed words from 2 Sam. 7:14 and other texts). At other times the NT writers corrected the Septuagint reading in order to bring it into greater conformity to the Hebrew texts (e.g., see the use of Isa. 28:11–12 in 1 Cor. 14:21, or the use of Isa. 63:10 in Eph. 4:30). The use of the Septuagint doesn’t imply that the NT writers thought that the original Hebrew was mistaken; rather, it means that they affirmed the truthfulness of that which they were quoting or adapting in their own writing.

Why is it important to study the Septuagint?

Several reasons make study of the Septuagint important: (1) It provides extremely early textual testimony to the Hebrew Scriptures; (2) it provides us with an extremely early understanding of Hebrew grammar and word meanings otherwise unknown to us; (3) it essentially provides for us the earliest commentary on the Hebrew text (since all translation involves interpretation); (4) it serves as a key witness to the thought and worldview of Second Temple Judaism (c. 450 b.c.–a.d.70), since it was produced in the intertestamental period; (5) it is the key to understanding the Greek of the NT, since it was used so often by the apostles and by the early church; (6) it can shed light on translation debates today.