Paul Loved People

Over the past couple years, I’ve struggled to connect with Paul (the apostle). I realize that part of this has to do with the fact that I’ve not recently spent much time in his letters, but it is also because, when I think of Paul and his letters, I still think of “Paul the logistician.”…

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Critical Editions Online

The German Bible Society has a really nice website where you can access their critical editions. See here: BHS, LXX, NA27, UBS4, Vulgate and more One cool way to use the site is to link to specific passages in blog posts or tweets. For instance, here, you can check out the story where Paul preaches…

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Graduate Research Seminar

Step 1 for every ThM and PhD student @SBTS is Graduate Research Seminar (GRS), though “seminar” is a bit of a misnomer. It is a very helpful three-day class that introduces students to delightful things such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), elements of proper writing style, the seminary style manual, the vast electronic…

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Prophetic Literature and Persecution

I’ve said a few times that if Christians in America ever experience more explicit, intense persecution, we will rediscover the true meaning and purpose of the biblical prophetic literature. It was interesting to read a similar thought from Jennifer Dines concerning the “prophetic gap.” If the Pentateuch was translated in the mid-second century B.C.E. and…

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Why not Greek “Targums”?

There is a general consensus among scholars that the first first few books of the Septuagint were translated in the early- to mid-third century B.C.E in Alexandria. In her concise little Introduction to the Septuagint, Jennifer Dines ponders, Why were written Scriptures needed, or permitted, in Greek at a time when they were not, apparently,…

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Shouting(!) in the Apparatus

Many people don’t realize that an exclamation point in print is equivalent to shouting. I’m sure Y. A. P. Goldman, editor of the Qoheleth portion of BHQ’s Megilloth fascile, is not one of those people. So, when I read the exclamatory statement below, I smiled. Concerning ומי־אהב בהמון in Ecclesiastes 5:9, he says, The preposition…

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Hebrew Bible for Kindle

Charles Halton has posted an interview with the creators of the Hebrew Bible for Kindle. This is a very affordable ($10!) and well produced resource, especially considering the programming limitations of the Kindle. It even includes a Hebrew and Aramaic glossary. Happy to hear a little of the backstory from those who put it together,…

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