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Welcome to Tool Talk from Exegetical Tools, where we discuss sound practices and superlative resources to help you rightly divide the Word of Truth. We sit down (or ring up) pastors, scholars, and more to ask them about tools they're using to study the Bible, exegetical and theological issues they're currently engaging, and Scriptures that are ministering to their hearts.Check out the "Podcast" section of our website for links to featured resources on each episode: more great content, check out the website or follow us on social media @exegeticaltools!
40 Episodes
How is so-called "devotional" reading of the Bible different from so-called "academic" reading of the Bible? Why must the serious student of Scripture make time for both? How can the methodical and inquisitive reader make Scripture reading a time of worship? In this episode of Tool Talk, Travis asks these questions and more of John Linebarger, a "collector of degrees," bivocational minister, and author of Meeting God in the Bible: How to Read Scripture Devotionally (Fontes Press, 2019).Follow along: @exegeticaltoolsFeatured resources:
Matthew’s use of the Old Testament portrays Jesus as the ultimate fulfillment of the Old Testament story. But Matthew doesn’t do this with just citations and quotations of specific OT texts. In this episode of Tool Talk, Travis chats with Patrick Schreiner (Assistant Professor of NT Language and Literature, Director of the ThM Program, Western Seminary) about Matthew’s narrative allusions and Schreiner’s new book, Matthew, Disciple and Scribe: The First Gospel and Its Portrait of Jesus (Baker Academic). Learn more at, and follow ET on social media @exegeticaltools.
What does the book of Jonah want readers to think and do? Beyond the history and apologetics involved, many readers are unaware of the important literary cues in Jonah. Sam Bierig, Dean of Spurgeon College at Midwestern Seminary, has been studying, writing, and preaching Jonah and wants Christians to hear the cues and see the book as it is. What's more, he wants college students to focus on souls and Scripture as they learn and train for the Kingdom.Find featured resources at and follow ET at @exegeticaltoolsLearn more about Spurgeon College at
Dispensationalism: It's not just about the end times; it's also about exegesis. As Cory Marsh, Associate Professor of New Testament at the College at Southern California Seminary, points out, it's largely about hermeneutics. In this episode of Tool Talk, Travis chats with Cory about the exegetical commitments of dispensational thought. A member of the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics and a founding member of the Center for Dispensational Thought, Marsh has contributed to the conversation in presentations, articles, and books, including Forged from Reformation: How Dispensational Thought Advances the Reformed Legacy (Contributor, SCS Press, 2017) and a forthcoming historical theology of dispensationalism.View this episode on for more resources, and follow ET on social media @exegeticaltools
Throughout Scripture, one author will recall the words or themes of an earlier author, whether through a quotation, allusion, or echo. How do exegetes identify these cases of intertextuality? What is their importance? On this episode of Tool Talk, Travis talks with Brian Koning, an adjunct professor of theology at Grand Canyon University researching Habakkuk’s allusions to Job. Travis and Brian also discuss the role of an adjunct professor and how that responsibility meshes with doctoral studies. Listen in at for links to featured resources, and follow ET at @exegeticaltools. 
It is more and more feasible for a lifelong missionary to contribute substantially to scholarship. David Clark is one such missionary scholar, leveraging his decades of Bible translation work to provide helpful insights to the fields of biblical studies and corpus linguistics. On this episode, Todd Scacewater (Founder of Exegetical Tools, Co-Founder of Fontes Press) talks about  Clark’s legacy, as seen through his memoirs (including “Of Islands and Highlands,” Fontes Press) and his academic work (including “Analyzing & Translating New Testament Discourse,” Fontes Press). Check out this episode on for links to featured resources, and follow ET on social media for updates (@exegeticaltools).
It’s easy to simply refer to varying philosophies of Bible translation as either “formal” or “functional,” but are these valid categories? What are the values and setbacks of these different translations of Scripture? How does contemporary linguistics help us think through this? On this episode of Tool Talk, Travis chats with Todd Scacewater (Exegetical Tools, Fontes Press, Wycliffe Bible Translators) about linguistics and Bible translation. Don’t forget to check out this episode’s featured resources – Immerse: The Reading Bible and Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience – at Follow us: @exegeticaltools
The advent of English “reader’s Bibles” and audio Bibles is upon us. What should we make of it? With poor statistics on Bible literacy in the West, how can pastors and church members encourage more and better Bible reading in their churches and small groups? On this episode, Travis chats with Glenn Paauw, Senior Director of Content at the Institute for Bible Reading. Much like Exegetical Tools, the Institute for Bible Reading is committed to helping people read and understand the Bible. Travis and Glenn talk about Bible literacy in the West today, the advantage of reader’s Bibles and audio Bibles, the need for reading in community, Larry Hurtado, and more!Don’t forget to check out this episode’s featured resources – Immerse: The Reading Bible and Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience – at Follow us: @exegeticaltools
“I’ve sought to devote my life to being a believing biblical scholar” – Peter J. Williams (PhD, Cambridge University). Dr. Williams leads one of the leading institutions for biblical studies in the world as the Principal of Tyndale House Cambridge, yet he’s recently authored a book for laypeople and pastors, titled “Can We Trust the Gospels?” (Crossway, 2018). As a confessing evangelical, his answer is a firm “yes,” but this hasn’t shortchanged his study. Actually, it’s enhanced it. In this episode, Dr. Williams explains how faith benefits diligent scholarship, reflects on his work, and offers advice for aspiring (and growing) academics.View this episode online at Social media: @exegeticaltools
Have you ever stopped to consider whether your lexicon of choice was trustworthy? The erudite exegete might recognize the limitations of lexicons, but what are we supposed to do with them? In his groundbreaking "A History of New Testament Lexicography," John A. L. Lee (Macquarie University) gently but incisively shows the faulty methodology that plagues NT lexicography and proposes a future for NT lexicography in light of the digital
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Kristine Mole

This is a great podcast for this einterested in the nuts and bolts of Bible study. And it's got a great variety of topics.

Feb 10th
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