Top Ten of 2018

Most Viewed Articles

This was the second year we have been posting articles to G&G, and though we took a long break to attend to other matters, many were still viewing the material here. The following list shows the top ten most-viewed articles of 2018.

Top Ten of 2018

1. “Biblical Themes: 25 Evident Themes in the Bible

While we can trace various themes throughout the Bible, some themes pop out, or are easier to identify than others. In this rather short biblical theology article, I list 25 evident themes in the Bible as presented in the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

2. “Salvation and Judgment through Water: The Judgment of Sheol and the Promises of Land

Water is a prominent theme throughout Scripture. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, water is present in creation, functions in judgment, and ultimately appears as an image of salvation for God's people. In this biblical theology article, Ian Pitkanen traces this theme throughout Scripture.

3. “Eden as Temple and Template (Part II): Seven Similarities

This biblical theology article is the second of three in the series called: “Eden as Temple and Template.” In it, I cover seven similarities between the Garden of Eden and the subsequent temples. It also covers some texts of early Judaism to show that Eden was explicitly considered as a temple.

4. “Biblical Theology: What and How?

Biblical theology seeks to understand how the whole Bible coheres, progresses, and culminates in Christ. It focuses on redemptive history and all its patterns and promises in the biblical narrative and sees how they are fulfilled and accomplished in Christ. It considers and confesses the Bible to be organic and unified. In this biblical theology article, I try to explain what the disciplines of theology are, and how we “do” biblical theology.

5. “On Curiosity and Studiousness

In this article, I explain and summarize John Webster’s short essay on “Curiosity.” While curiosity and studiousness are similar, they are incredibly different. One is a vice, the other a virtue, which one are you?

6. “For the Joy Set before Him: The Twofold Reality of Hebrews 12:2

According to Hebrews 12:2, did Jesus only seek his joy by enduring the cross? Is this what “for the joy that was set before him” means? Yes, but there’s more. The author of Hebrews carefully crafted this prepositional phrase to convey the precious twofold reality of Jesus’ death for believers. In this article of biblical interpretation, Colton Moore explains this well known verse.

7. “Is Romans 9 about Corporate or Individual Election?

Does Romans 9 talk about corporate or individual election? Must we choose between the two? In this short article, Daniel Kleven offers a proposal on how to think about Romans 9.

8. “‘Out of Egypt I Called My Son’: A Whole-Bible Reading of Matthew 2:15

Jesus’ exodus out of Egypt signals the new exodus in which he was not only the God-sent deliverer, but also God’s Son, the True Israel. In this short article, I try to explain how Matthew uses Hosea 11:1.

9. “Calvin on the Public Rites of Confession and Absolution

In the third book of his Institutes, John Calvin argues that the church’s worship should begin with a pastoral prayer of confession and assurance of pardon. In this short article of historical theology, Clayton Hutchins offers a number of observations of Calvin’s thoughts in this vein.

10. “Discipleship: What It Is and How to Do It

In this short article on practical theology, Wil Anderson shows that discipleship is teaching and modeling for another how to live for Christ. 

Honorable Mention

One of the all-time top-viewed articles that didn’t make this year’s list includes:

– “The Four Living Creatures and the Sovereignty of God: Blessing Found in Revelation 4

In Revelation 4, John recounts his vision of the throne room of heaven. One specific symbol in John’s account is the four living creatures. The four living creatures in Revelation 4, as described by John, are creaturely in appearance and are involved in the specific activity of ceaselessly giving glory to and worshiping God (Rev 4:6–8). In this article, Jacob Smith shows how we should understand one of the most puzzling images in Scripture.