I have mentioned on the Dividing Line the work of a great Christian scholar here in the States, Don Hartley. I mentioned an article he did recently in an apologetics journal on 2 Cor. 4:4 and the “God of this age” in that text (a view I’m leaning more toward myself these days, but haven’t had as much time as I would like to complete any in-depth study). Dr. Hartley was so very kind to send me a copy of his new book, The Wisdom Background and Parabolic Implications of Isaiah 6:9-10 in the Synoptics from Peter Lang Publishers. This is a tremendously in-depth work which, unless I’ve misread the text, was his doctoral dissertation. In any case, it is the kind of thing I would spend all my time reading if I were not preparing for debates on a wide variety of topics and doing research in such widely divergent areas as Islam, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Oneness teachings, and the general defense of the Reformed faith. Like Calvin, I would like to live in a library and learn from such sources. But alas, I will have to grab snippets of it while waiting for my order at a restaurant or, as I was today, sitting at Discount Tire (that very flat, deflated sound you hear is my wallet, actually, thank you). But if you would like a tremendously in-depth study of this aspect of the use of Isaiah 6:9-10 (given space limitations, it doesn’t go into John’s use, which would have tremendous implications), Dr. Hartley’s work will fill that space. Of course, it is an academic work. Prepare for sticker shock. Maybe a paper-back version will come out later!

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