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Bible Hebrew

Echoes of Cain in the Prophecy of Isaiah

When I read Isaiah 1, I can’t help but hear echoes of the story of Cain. I’m sure this has everything to do with the fact that I have been thinking and posting about Genesis 3-4 lately. Hear me out, and let me know what you think. First the text, and then an explanation. Doing […]

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Bible Greek

The Earliest Manuscript of the Gospel of Mark?

Brian LePort relays some exciting news from Dan Wallace. The Brill publication that is supposed to give the full scoop on this material will be most eagerly anticipated. This all sounds too good to be true.

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Bible Greek Hebrew

Why Wasn’t Cain Accepted?

This is the question that arises in my mind as I read Genesis 4:1-16. Both Cain and Abel made an offering to Yahweh, but Cain wasn’t accepted. Here’s the text of Genesis 4:1-5: והאדם ידע את חוה אשׁתו ותהר ותלד את קין ותאמר קניתי אישׁ את יהוה ותסף ללדת את אחיו את הבל ויהי הבל […]

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Bible

Insights from My Wife on Intertextuality

I walked into the room and said to her, “I’m gonna take a shower.” She responded, “What you do, do quickly.” I stopped dead in my tracks, turned, and stared at her for a moment with squinted eyes. “Did you just call me Judas?” She giggled and said, “Nooo. I just used Jesus’ words to […]

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Bible Hebrew

Charles Halton on How to Use ANE Material

Charles Halton has some helpful tips on how to use ancient Near East material in biblical scholarship. He mentioned that he might put together a short ANE bibliography “that can serve as an entry point for biblical scholars.” I would really like to see this. One significant take-away from the post: the Context of Scripture […]

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Aramaic Bible

The Neglected Biblical Language

That is how Miles Van Pelt describes Aramaic. He continues, It does not enjoy the status of a classical language like Greek, nor can it boast of being the language of approximately 75 percent of the Christian Bible, as Hebrew does. But we must not allow either status or statistics to preclude our commitment to […]

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Bible Hebrew

Literary Ties Between Genesis 3 and 4

Genesis 4 is essentially a reenactment of Genesis 3. There are plenty of significant differences between the two chapters, but here are the literary similarities, as I see it. As is well noted, the only occurrences of the the word translated “desire” (תשׁוקה) are in these two chapters (3:16/4:7). Eve’s desire will be for her […]

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Bible Hebrew

Genesis 3-4 and the Double-Love Command

In Matthew 22, when an expert in the Mosaic Law approached Jesus and asked which commandment is the greatest, Jesus summed up the the Law and the Prophets with the double-love command: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is […]

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Bible Greek Hebrew

On Pursuing Wisdom East of Eden

Everyone wants to be wise. The problem is that pursuing wisdom apart from God can lead to disaster. That is part of what went wrong in the garden. Genesis 3:6 says, ותרא האשׁה כי … נחמד העץ להשׂכל … ויאכל When the woman saw that eating from the tree was (among other things) able to […]

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Aramaic Bible

To the One Who Knows the Hidden Things

I have an exam this week on Aramaic morphology, so it was encouraging to read these words today: הוא גלא עמיקתא ומסתרתא ידע מה בחשׁוֹכא He is the one who reveals the deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness. Daniel 2:22 The hidden things I need revealed are the specifics of […]