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Joel and Obadiah by Busenitz

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I wish more commentaries of the Bible were like this one: plenty of exegetical insights into the Hebrew texts with vast lexical notes and some grammatical and syntactical observations. I appreciated how the author’s insightful is useful for those studying the Hebrew text for expository preaching while at the same time it’s not so technical that it cease being beneficial for a knowledgeable lay reader. The bulk of the commentary is on the book of Joel rather than Obadiah. I appreciated the introductory materials on Joel here, especially since there’s so much scholarly debate about the book and how Joel has so little internal evidence in regards to authorship, dates, etc. Dr. Busenitz does a good job in the commentary of surveying different positions concerning introductory and background matter, and offer reasons for the conclusions he lands on (rare in commentaries these days). There’s been many occasion as I read the text from Joel I was wondering what was going on, and Busenitz’s commentary has been helpful. I definitely recommend this whether you need a commentary to read along with your devotional or if you need a commentary that touches on the Hebrew text for your exposition.

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George Zemek scholar

Readers to our blog will be familiar with the name George Zemek, a Calvinistic Dispensationalist engaged in Presuppositional apologetics that we have interviewed HERE and documented the table of content of his doctoral dissertation HERE.  His dissertation was on the exegetical and theological foundation for Presuppositional apologetics, with the title (you guessed it) of Exegetical and Theological Bases For a Consistently Presuppositional Approach to Apologetics.

I believe that it is a one of the best kept secret of exegetical support for Presuppositionalism that most Van Tillians aren’t familiar with due to Zemek’s Dispensationalism.   It ought to be better known beyond the immediate circle of Calvinistic Dispensationalists, especially with our current revival of Presuppositional apologetics and growing interests in Presuppositionalism’s exegetical and Scriptural basis.

Yesterday Fred Butler of Grace To You informs us in his personal blog that he took the time to scan Dr. Zemek’s dissertation and made it into a PDF!  That must have been some work since Zemek’s dissertation is big.

You can download the dissertation in PDF format if you click: Exegetical and Theological Bases For a Consistently Presuppositional Approach to Apologetics.

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