Tool Talk

Tool Talk
Welcome to Tool Talk from Exegetical Tools, where we discuss sound practices and solid resources for students of the Scriptures. Host Travis Montgomery sits down (or rings up) pastors, scholars, and students to ask them about tools they’re using to stu?

Visual Outline Charts of the New Testament | Scott Bashoor
Jun 24 • 32 min
Can the importance of context be visualized? A unique and innovative resource, Visual Charts of the New Testament (SCS Press, 2020) introduces, surveys, and outlines every book of the NT in single-page charts, breaking them into discourse units and…
Interpreting Scripture Like It’s Inspired | Matthew Barrett
Mar 22 • 50 min
The Gospels don’t have a ‘lower’ Christology than Paul, so why has this claim gained ground? To answer this question, Matthew Barrett considers the nature of Scripture, the definition of biblical theology, and the role of systematics in exegesis….
The Task of a Biblical Scholar | Andreas Köstenberger
Jan 6 • 52 min
Travis interviews Andreas Köstenberger about the task of a biblical scholar and his own career.
How Does the New Testament Use the Old Testament?
Nov 19, 2019 • 49 min
Travis and co-host Taylor discuss the NT use of the OT, especially through allusions.
Paul and Plato? Two Errors with Pagan Parallels | Joseph Dodson
Oct 20, 2019 • 36 min
Travis interviews Joseph Dodson on Paul in comparison with Greco-Roman philosophers and how to examine extrabiblical parallels.
Meeting God in the Bible: Devotions and Academics | John Linebarger
Oct 1, 2019 • 45 min
Travis interviews John Linebarger about devotional practices, including lectio divina.
More than Citation: Matthew’s Use of the OT | Patrick Schreiner
Sep 2, 2019 • 46 min
Travis interviews Patrick Schreiner about Matthew’s use of the Old Testament.
Jonah as Literature | Sam Bierig
Jul 30, 2019 • 49 min
Travis interviews Sam Bierig (Dean of Spurgeon College at Midwestern Seminary) about literary cues in Jonah and Spurgeon College at Midwestern Seminary.
Dispensational Hermeneutics | Cory Marsh
Jul 9, 2019 • 40 min
Travis interviews Cory Marsh on dispensational hermeneutics.
Intertextuality: What and When? | Brian Koning
Jun 2, 2019 • 43 min
Brian Koning helps listeners discern instances of intertextuality and notes the importance of authorial intent.
A Life of Missionary Scholarship | Todd Scacewater
May 13, 2019 • 39 min
Travis interview Todd Scacewater about the work of David Clark, a Bible translator and corpus linguistics scholar.
Bible Translation and Linguistics: Formal vs. Functional? | Todd Scacewater
Apr 8, 2019 • 33 min
Todd Scacewater discusses philosophies of Bible translations and relates them to linguistics.
The State of Bible Reading (and Reader’s Bibles) | Glenn Pauuw
Mar 25, 2019 • 32 min
Travis interviews Glenn Pauuw of the Institute for Bible Reading about the state of Bible reading, the advent of reader’s Bibles, and Immerse: The Reader’s Bible.
Faith & Scholarship: A Conversation with Peter J. Williams
Mar 11, 2019 • 34 min
Travis interviews Peter J. Williams, Principal of Tyndale House Cambridge, about evangelical scholarship, the Greek New Testament, the reliability of the Gospels, and more!
Limited Lexicons: Our Flawed Friends and Their Future
Feb 25, 2019 • 38 min
Travis discusses John Lee’s History of New Testament Lexicography and the future of lexicons.
How to Read the Revelation Rightly | Jason Kees
Feb 4, 2019 • 37 min
Travis interviews Jason Kees about the ideal reader of the Revelation and a canonical approach to biblical interpretation.
Pursuing a PhD in the Pastorate | Jason Kees
Jan 21, 2019 • 31 min
Travis interview Jason Kees about pursuing a PhD while pastoring a church.
A New Take on Jude: The Zealot Hypothesis | Herbert W. Bateman IV
Jan 7, 2019 • 37 min
Travis interview Herb Bateman for his take on Jude, which includes Jewish zealots and highlights the importance of historical backgrounds.
Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension | Karl Kutz and Rebekah Josberger
Dec 9, 2018 • 40 min
Travis interview Karl Kutz and Rebekah Josberger of Multnomah about their new grammar, Learning Biblical Hebrew (Lexham Press).
The Theological Exegesis of Jonathan Edwards | Owen Strachan
Nov 25, 2018 • 36 min
Travis interviews Owen Strachan of MBTS about the exegesis of Jonathan Edwards.
Reading the Septuagint | Greg Lanier and Will Ross
Nov 18, 2018 • 40 min
Travis interviews Greg Lanier and Will Ross of Reformed Theological Seminary about the new Reader’s Edition Septuagint.
Biblical Greek Made Simple: A New Grammar | Danny Zacharias
Nov 11, 2018 • 47 min
Year after year, students take Greek, pass Greek, and forget Greek. Maybe you were one of those students. Maybe you’re the one teaching them. How can we make the most of the tools available to us in Bible software, the most of our students’ time, and…
Preaching and Teaching the Gospel(s) | Todd Chipman
Oct 14, 2018 • 32 min
Todd Chipman discusses how the Gospel accounts ground classic doctrines in the historical events of Jesus’ life and ministry.
How Did the Patristics Interpret Scripture? | Matt Emerson
Sep 24, 2018 • 37 min
Matt Emerson discusses how the Patristics interpreted the Bible canonically, and why good exegetes should learn from them.
If Scripture is Inerrant, then Scholarship is Necessary | Dan Brown
Jul 12, 2018 • 45 min
Dan Brown talks about the role of Roman litigation in Acts 17.
Why Your Exegesis Needs Discourse Analysis | Todd Scacewater
Jun 4, 2018 • 34 min
Todd Scacewater provides a primer on discourse analysis and explains why it’s important for exegesis.
Sarcasm in Paul’s Letters? Never. | David Dickenson
Apr 30, 2018 • 30 min
MBTS adjunct professor David Dickenson explains Paul’s use of irony and sarcasm, especially in 1 Corinthians.
Believing the Bible About the Supernatural | Michael Heiser
Apr 8, 2018 • 35 min
Michael Heiser of Faithlife and Logos talks about the supernatural worldview of the Scriptures, especially in the Ancient Near East.
Doing Biblical Theology with Geerhardus Vos | Todd Scacewater
Mar 20, 2018 • 33 min
Todd Scacewater explains Geerhardus Vos and his biblical theology of the Kingdom of God.
Lies Pastors Believe About Their Preaching | Dayton Hartman
Feb 26, 2018 • 33 min
Dayton Hartman exposes some lies pastors believe about their preaching and suggests practical tips toward better preaching.
A Vernacular Bible and the KJV-Only Crowd | Mark Ward
Jan 22, 2018 • 36 min
Dr. Mark Ward of Logos and Faithlife talks about his new book from Lexham Press, “Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible,” which Don Carson calls, “Highly recommended.”
How (Not) to Use Your Lexicon in Bible Translation | Todd Price
Jan 1, 2018 • 26 min
Dr. Todd Price (Bible Translator for Pioneers and Author with Gorgias Press) discusses being a missionary-scholar and how appropriate lexicology aids exegesis.
Was Charles Spurgeon an Expositor? | Christian George
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Dr. Christian George of Midwestern Seminary discusses whether Charles Spurgeon was an expository preacher.
The Greek Text of James | William Varner
Nov 27, 2017 • 33 min
Dr. William Varner of the Master’s University discusses the Greek text of James.
Ad Fontes: A Review of the New Tyndale House Greek New Testament | Todd Scacewater
Nov 15, 2017 • 28 min
Todd Scacewater reviews the new Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) from Crossway.
Sola Scriptura — How Much Does Doctrine Inform Exegesis? | Matthew Barrett
Oct 31, 2017 • 38 min
Dr. Matthew Barrett of Midwestern Seminary explains why doctrine must inform Bible study.
Interrogative Exegesis #1: Three Questions to Evaluate Historical Backgrounds
Oct 17, 2017 • 13 min
Travis shares three question to help students of Scripture better evaluate the relevance of potential historical backgrounds.
Literary Context and Statistical Probability | Mark Giacobbe
Oct 3, 2017 • 27 min
Statistics and probability are an uncommon — but helpful — tool for discerning the literary context of a passage of Scripture.
Expectations vs. Reality for New Pastors | Kevin Moore
Sep 19, 2017 • 27 min
Travis and Pastor Kevin Moore talk about how to study efficiently in a busy pastorate.
No Quick Fix: Analyzing Experiences Through Exegesis | Andy Naselli
Sep 12, 2017 • 30 min
Travis chats with Andy Naselli (@andynaselli), author of “No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It’s Harmful,” available now from Lexham Press. This new book about “Keswick theology” is a great case study of thoroughly…
What Does a Pastor-Scholar Actually Do? | Todd Chipman
Sep 6, 2017 • 34 min
The concept of the “pastor-scholar” has been en vogue in recent years, but what does it actually mean to be one? To answer that question, Travis sat down with Todd Chipman (@ToddRChipman), a real-life pastor-scholar. Dr. Chipman has been pastoring The…
Creeds in Real Life and the Descent of Christ to Hell | Todd A. Scacewater
Aug 30, 2017 • 24 min
Travis sat down with Todd Scacewater, founder of Exegetical Tools, to discuss a thorny issue with the Apostles’ Creed: did Christ really “descend into Hell?” What does that mean? Is it Biblical? Todd and Travis also discuss why and how pastors might…
Efficient Exegesis with BibleWorks | Jim Barr
Aug 22, 2017 • 28 min
Jim Barr has been working with BibleWorks software for the past sixteen years. Travis and Jim talk about how students, pastors, and scholars can use BibleWorks to get into the text of any Scripture passage quickly and effectively. Jim explains some of…
Mere Devotion and Lifelong Learning | Mike Ackerman
Aug 17, 2017 • 37 min
Mike Ackerman is a Professor of New Testament and Church Planting at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO and a self-proclaimed autodidact. Travis and Mike discuss the importance of being “the dean of one’s own lifelong learning,” the necessity and…
Two Common Errors in Bible Study | Todd Scacewater
Aug 8, 2017 • 28 min
For this inaugural episode, Travis sat down with Todd Scacewater, the founder of Exegetical Tools. Travis and Todd talked about the purpose of and two common (and opposite) errors in Bible study. Check out for…