Bible Translators Debate Slavery in the Bible

Here is a clip from a BBC program featuring the translation committee for the ESV at one of its meetings at Tyndale House in Cambridge. Those present include Peter J. Williams, Gordon Wenham, Wayne Grudem and the remarkably spry-looking Jim Packer. A very interesting debate. I have replaced the original video with a YouTube version that should have no viewing restrictions. HT: Peter Williams.

F.F. Bruce: A Life – A Book Review


There has long been a need for a full biography of the F.F. Bruce, a scholar whose work proved deeply influential on the development of the Evangelical church in the 20th Century. For that reason I was delighted when Paternoster sent me a review copy of Tim Grass’s F.F Bruce: A Life

Having spent a considerable time interviewing friends and colleagues of Bruce around the globe, Tim Grass offers a thorough and at times humourous account of FFB’s life. This is combined with a judicious analysis of both his writings and the development of his thought on a wide range of theological subjects. With such an influential figure it will, I am sure, prove tempting for some to tick-off those subjects on which one agreed or disagreed with Bruce. However, the author attempts to identify how Bruce’s background and upbringing influenced his theology in a number of ways and so will perhaps help readers to recognise their own presuppositions more clearly. The author discusses both Bruce’s strengths and weaknesses and so presents a well-balanced picture of Bruce as a deeply committed Christian and a professional scholar. It is difficult not to be impressed by someone who proofread the entire text of the English translation of Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament whilst travelling on the train to work each day!
The final chapter provides an evaluation of Bruce’s profound influence under three headings: His impact on the Brethren; on evangelicalism generally and, finally, on the world of academic biblical studies. An extensive bibliography of FFB’s works rounds off the volume.
FFB is an inspiration by his example as a biblical scholar seeking to be true to the message of Scripture and I highly commend this book to anyone who, like myself, has benefitted from his works.

Blog Interview with Rev Dr David Instone-Brewer

I am very pleased to be able interview Dr David Instone-Brewer about Tyndale House’s S.T.E.P. Project – an initiative that I have been indirectly involved with for several years. In the video below David introduces the Project:

Interview

Thanks David for agreeing to be interviewed about the STEP Project. First of all, can you tell me what S.T.E.P. stands for.

Scripture Tools for Every Person. Actually we toyed with the idea of being for “….Every Pastor” but then we realised that everyone else wanted these tools too.

Does the change in the project’s name indicate a development its scope? [Pastor —> Person]

We are making tools which busy pastors can use, interested untrained people, and also well-informed scholars. So “Every Person” is more accurate.  We also wondered about making it “… for every Platform” because part of the idea is that anyone can use them on anything from a phone to a beefy server, but we thought that was too geeky.

Will you need an Internet connection for the software to work properly?

We want to especially help those guys who don’t have reliable internet connections, so we are aiming to make almost everything installable from an SD card or downloadable.

At what stage are you at now?

Some things are working, some things are at prototype, and lots of things are being developed. This is an exciting time.

How can people be involved -­ what do you need help with?

Mostly we need people with good English who can work meticulously and who love the Bible. There are all kinds of projects that need help with all kinds of skills, language work and programming skills to good English editing skills. Have a look at www.TyndaleHouse.com/STEP to explore the different modules,
and click on “we welcome offers of help” to see the variety of skills we are looking for.

How many copies of the software do you plan to distribute and how will this be done?

We have arrangements in place with missionary organisations to distribute tens of thousands to named individuals, but these will just be seeds. All copies can be freely copied and distributed by any means – internet, attachments, SD cards, memory sticks – whatever. And all our data modules will be free for use in other free software.

This means that any work done on this project will benefit the whole church worldwide.

Thank you David for taking the time to share this project with us.

Visitors can find out more about STEP here.