Bibhistctxt: The “Surprising Twist” in the Dating of the Song of Deborah

Biblical Historical Context, "Israelite Origins: The Song of Deborah" (8.10.20), biblicalhistoricalcontext.com. In a surprising twist, the consensus view of modern scholars dates the song to an earlier period than traditional views would. As we’ve seen, modern scholarship dates the written form of the song to the 12th/11th centuries BCE, but the Talmud, in Baba Batra 14b, explains that “Samuel wrote the... Continue Reading →

Bibhistctxt: Biblical Hebrew Isn’t Uniform

Biblical Historical Context, "Israelite Origins: The Song of Deborah" (8.10.20), biblicalhistoricalcontext.com. Using English translations of the Bible it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the uniform English we read represents a uniform Hebrew beneath it. What’s actually the case is that different phases of the development of the Hebrew language are represented... Continue Reading →

How I (Try to) Keep Up My Greek And Hebrew

“When one returns to the Greek it is like going into a garden of lilies out of some narrow and dark house.” – Oscar Wilde, De Profundis[1] Yours truly beginning his sophomore year at PCC I was fortunate enough to take both Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew while at Pensacola Christian College. But as anyone who... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 10.18.19

I am finally getting caught up with episodes of the New Testament Review, enjoying episode 23 on Richard Bauckham's work on the hypothesis of Gospel communities and episode 24 on Judith Perkins' The Suffering Self: Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era. This is great work by the intrepid team of Laura Robinson,... Continue Reading →

I was finally able to listen to part 2 of "Pete ruins Exodus" over at the podcast The Bible for Normal People. As usual, great material looking at the beginning stages of Moses' call to Egypt, including that bizarre scene in Exodus 4:24-26. The next installment of Koine Greek's reading of the Gospel of Mark... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 6.28.19

"Aren’t mistakes, contradictions, myth, etc exactly what you would expect from a non-divine book?"- @AlchemistNon @AlchemistNon has a new post over at his blog on why he left Christianity. Our stories have a lot of similarities: a fervency for evangelism, continuous reading of the Bible, and more. But he wrestled with many of the problems... Continue Reading →

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