Category Archives: Bible

Job as the “Poster Boy” for Retribution Theology

“Once upon a time there was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job” is the way I would translate the opening of the biblical book of Job. “There was a man…” (‏אישׁ היה) is a parabolic … Continue reading

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Adam’s Premature Ejection

One of the challenges we face with interpreting some biblical stories is the problem of familiarity. We don’t really read the text carefully because we already know what it means. This is the case for many of us when we … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Creation, Genesis | 2 Comments

How Not to Preach from Genesis 1

Robert Cargil has an excellent discussion and critique of Mark Driscoll’s exegesis of Genesis 1, especially Driscoll’s appeal to Targum Neofiti to show some Jews before the time of Christ held Trinitarian views. Here is Robert’s intro: Apparently, as a … Continue reading

Posted in Aramaic Targums, Bible, Genesis, Hebrew, Hermeneutics, Old Testament | 4 Comments

R.I.P. John William Wevers

World class Septuagintal scholar John William Wevers passed away last week. Here is a notice that was sent to the members of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies: On July 23, Professor Emeritus John William Wevers, of the University of … Continue reading

Posted in CSBS, IOSCS, Scholars, Septuagint, Text Criticism | 1 Comment

A Form-Critical Classification of the Psalms according to Hermann Gunkel

In honour of Gunkel’s birthday… “Genre research in Psalms is nonnegotiable, not something one can execute or ignore according to preference.  Rather it is the foundational work with which there can be no certainty in the remainder. It is the … Continue reading

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2010 Ancient Historiography Seminar: Chronicles and Early Second Temple Historiography

As chair of the CSBS Ancient Historiography Seminar / Groupe de Travail sur l’Historiographie Ancienne, I am pleased to present the schedule for this year’s meeting. The theme for the 2010 Ancient Historiography Seminar is “The Book of Chronicles and … Continue reading

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Disturbing Divine Behaviour

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to put a plug in for a recently published book that also explores the difficult issue of the violent portrayal of God in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament — a book … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Teaching, Joshua, Old Testament, Theodicy | 7 Comments

My Ways Are Not Your Ways: The Violent Portrayal of God in the Hebrew Bible

There was a fascinating conference sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion at the beginning of September. The title of the conference was, “My Ways Are Not Your Ways: The Character of the God of … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Saul and His Regnal Formula

Claude Mariottini caught me in an inadvertent historical “error” (or is it an error? it is accurate according to the MT) when he noticed my reference to King Saul’s “two year” reign in my post, “Saul: The King Who Should … Continue reading

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The Success and Failure of Kings

The DVD of the first — and last — season of NBC’s biblical drama, Kings, was released yesterday (Michael Green, 2009; IMDb; Buy from Amazon.ca | Amazon.com). The thirteen episode series is a modernized and very creative retelling of the … Continue reading

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