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 →

"When Jesus calls Herod Antipas a 'fox' (Luke 13:32), most modern European readers will automatically think this means he considered Herod to be particularly clever or craft....The same association would naturally have occurred to a Greek reader in the 1st century. In Greek literature, the fox is proverbially a crafty animal. In Jewish literature, however,... Continue Reading →

In this post you will find two things: a paper and a presentation. The paper is entitled "The 'Conservative Bible Project': The Interplay of Ideology and Translation. Here is the abstract I wrote for it: Those of a more socially, politically, and theologically conservative persuasion have long lamented what they have perceived as “liberal” ideology... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 11.2.18

Check these out, comrades! Twitter user @bibhistctxt continues his series over at his blog on ancient Israelite origins in "Israelite Origins: Late Date Exodus." The "late date" for the Exodus is sometime during the 13th century BCE, before 1207 and after 1270 or so. I briefly addressed some of the issues involved last year in... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 10.19.18

The Weekly Roundup, ladies and gents! Bernard Lamborelle posted a response to @MiraScriptura's "Bernard Lamborelle vs. Mirror Reading" entitled "Facing cognitive dissonance." The humility exhibited in Lamborelle's piece is exemplary and it is refreshing to see two people with opposing views respond to one another's work without resorting to name-calling or strawmen. I would love... Continue Reading →

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