Monthly Archives: March 2008

Concept of Exile in Ancient Israel & its Contexts Workshop

The University of Alberta and Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, are hosting a workshop on the Concept of “Exile” in Ancient Israel. The workshop will primarily focus on (but not exclusively) prophetic literature, including the social and historical setting against which it … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Associations, Announcements, Conferences, History of Ancient Israel | 3 Comments

Hobbins’s Helpful Hebrew Verbal System

Just a short note to follow up on my previous post, How to Teach Introductory Classical Hebrew, which highlighted some recent discussions of how to teach Biblical Hebrew with reference to the verbal system. It appears that John Hobbins over … Continue reading

Posted in Hebrew Grammar, Hebrew Resources | 1 Comment

The Mysterious Appearance of “Satan” in English Translations of the Book of Job

The appearance of “Satan” in virtually all English translations of the book of Job befuddles me since it is very clear that Satan was never in the book of Job to begin with! While almost every English translation of the … Continue reading

Posted in Old Testament, The Book of Job, Translation Theory, Wisdom | 23 Comments

Nominate Posts and Volunteer to Host a Biblical Studies Carnival

This is just a friendly reminder to nominate some blog posts for the next Biblical Studies Carnival. Chris Weimer (and perhaps some of his blogging team?) will be putting together Biblical Studies Carnival XXVIII over at Thoughts on Antiquity in … Continue reading

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Defending Thomas

Rarely an Easter season comes and goes without a sermon on — or at least some sort of reference to — “Doubting Thomas.” I think, quite frankly, that Thomas has got a bum-wrap for his nickname as it suggests that … Continue reading

Posted in Easter, Gospel of John, New Testament | 1 Comment

Faith and Film Critics Circle: Top Films of 2007

The Faith and Film Critics Circle has posted its film awards for 2007. The list includes many of the same titles from the Oscars and other top film lists, with perhaps one notable exception (Into Great Silence). Here are the … Continue reading

Posted in Faith & Film, Film, Popular Culture | 1 Comment

Father, The Sleeper has Awakened!

Variety just announced today that Peter Berg has been picked as the director for a new theatrical release adaptation of Frank Herbert’s totally awesome classic science-fiction novel Dune for Paramount Pictures. Here’s an excerpt from the Variety story: Herbert’s 1965 … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, Film, Popular Culture | 4 Comments

How to Understand Proverbs (and Avoid Twisting Scripture)

How do we read and understand individual proverbs found in the book of Proverbs? Do we take them as universal truths? Do we read them as promises from God to be claimed? Either way of reading proverbs, I maintain, is … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Old Testament, Proverbs, Wisdom | 4 Comments

How to Teach Introductory Classical Hebrew

How should professors teach introductory Classical Hebrew? That is the question that two recent online articles attempt to answer or at least discuss — and they approach the question from quite different perspectives. The first article by Rahel Halabe is … Continue reading

Posted in Hebrew, Hebrew Grammar, Pedagogy, Teaching & Learning | 5 Comments

Unicode Hebrew Problem FIXED

UPDATE: The unicode problem is fixed, though it looks like I will have to redo the Unicode Hebrew in old posts if I want them to show up right. The issue was when I installed WordPress at my new host, … Continue reading

Posted in Blog Maintenance, Hebrew | 8 Comments