Monthly Archives: February 2011

Religious Studies and Theology: Living in Both Worlds

[This post was originally published 08/2009] Chris Heard over at Higgaion posted an interesting discussion of Kurt Noll’s article, “The Ethics of Being a Theologian,” over at the Chronicle of Higher Education web site. While I agree with Chris that … Continue reading

Posted in Faith & Scholarship, Religious Studies, Theology | 9 Comments

Saul: The King Who Should Have Never Been (The Kings of Chronicles)

[Chronicles is another one of my research areas. This post was originally uploaded 10/2009] King Saul is a tragic figure in the biblical narrative. According to the Deuteronomistic History (his reign is recorded in 1Samuel 9-31), it seems as soon … Continue reading

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Yahweh – a Moral Monster?

[One day I will like to explore this issue more. Last year I taught a course on the Bible and violence and I know I raised more questions for the students than provided solutions! Originally posted 07/2008] One of the … Continue reading

Posted in Deuteronomy, Exodus, Joshua, Old Testament, Theodicy, Theology, Yahweh War | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

Jesus Junk and Christian Kitsch, Volume 4 – What is Kitsch? (Best of Codex)

[I have an abiding interest in kitsch and this post provides some theoretical background into kitsch. Originally posted 20th October 2005] I’ve been asked by some readers “What is ‘Kitsch’?” In this post I will attempt to define it, or … Continue reading

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What Was Wrong with Cain’s Offering? A Possible Hint from Hebrew Grammar

[I post a lot about Old Testament/Hebrew Bible on this blog. This post explores one of the perennial problem passages in the early chapters of Genesis.  Originally posted 03/2009] One of the many crux interpretums in the early chapters of … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical Teaching, Genesis, Hebrew, Hebrew Grammar, Old Testament | 5 Comments

The Septuagint and Textual Criticism: Retroverting the Text

[One of my main areas of research is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint. This post talks about how the Greek text can be used to help us understand the Hebrew original. It was originally published 08/2009] … Continue reading

Posted in Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalm 151 in the Biblical Tradition, Septuagint, Text Criticism, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible | 2 Comments

Essential Films for Theologians: The “Director’s Cut”? (Best of Codex)

[With the Oscars quickly approaching, I figured I could highlight some of my previous reflections on film. This was originally Posted 15th February 2006. As far as this year is concerned, I would give top honours to The King’s Speech, … Continue reading

Posted in Best of Codex, Faith & Film | 6 Comments

Hebrew Tattoos: Buyers Beware! (Best of Codex)

[Originally posted 8th March 2006; While this post is not necessarily the “best” of Codex, it certainly is one of the most popular — at least if Google searches count for anything. This post (and others on Hebrew tattoos) generates … Continue reading

Posted in Best of Codex, Hebrew, Tattoos | 10 Comments

Reading Week Hiatus

Just when I decided to get back to blogging regularly Reading Week comes and as it turns out I will be offline,  unplugged, and out of country. You will have to wait until I am back in country to find … Continue reading

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The Problematic Portrayal of God in the Prologue to Job

One of the reasons I am reluctant to translate or even understand (as a later theological move) “the Adversary” (‏השׂטן) in the prologue to the Book of Job as “Satan,” rather than as a prosecuting attorney figure (if you do … Continue reading

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