Category: Biblical Languages

The First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians – Amateur Exegete Version

A post containing my translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians that was used throughout season 2 of the podcast.

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

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… Continue Reading “Bibhistctxt: Biblical Hebrew Isn’t Uniform”

The Song of Deborah and Israelite Origins: The Latest Post from @bibhistctxt

Over on his blog, blogger @bibhistctxt has posted the latest in his series on the origins of ancient Israel, this time covering the Song of Deborah found in Judges 5. There is a general consensus among scholars that the Song of Deborah is old, perhaps even one… Continue Reading “The Song of Deborah and Israelite Origins: The Latest Post from @bibhistctxt”

Benjamin Noonan on Non-Semitic Loanwords in the Hebrew Bible

Over at ANE Today, Benjamin Noonan (PhD, Hebrew Union College) offers readers a preview of his book Non-Semitic Loanwords in the Hebrew Bible: A Lexicon of Language Contact (Eisenbrauns, 2019). Like most languages, classical Hebrew was a hodgepodge of linguistic sources, especially Semitic. Noonan’s… Continue Reading “Benjamin Noonan on Non-Semitic Loanwords in the Hebrew Bible”

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] I was fortunate enough to take both Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew while at Pensacola Christian College. But… Continue Reading “How I (Try to) Keep Up My Greek And Hebrew”

Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #7 – The Original Language of the Gospel of Matthew

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.… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.18.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 7.5.19

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… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 7.5.19”

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… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.28.19”