"All translations of great works are of course no more than approximations of the original, in some places happy ones, in some necessarily imperfect. But respecting the sheer physicality of the Bible’s language together with a stylistic decorum appropriate to the Hebrew diction can help readers sense something of the world quite different from ours... Continue Reading →

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Michael D. Coogan: The Significance of the Rainbow in Genesis

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 69. The sign of the covenant between God and Noah and every living creature is "the bow in the clouds" (Gen 9.13). This refers to the rainbow, which will remind God of his promise. But the bow... Continue Reading →

Weekly Roundup – 9.7.18

Here are a few good articles, blog posts, and podcasts I've been enjoying this week. Twitter user and blogger @bibhistctxt continues his series on ancient Israelite origins with "Israelite Origins: putting away childish things." In this post, he shows that the various towns that were purportedly destroyed by the invading Israelite armies led by Joshua were not done in... Continue Reading →

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