Category Archives: Hebrew

Jonah 1:6

Since I haven’t shared anything on Jonah or the Septuagint lately, I thought I might post a bit of what I have been working on in LXX Jonah. Jonah 1:6fg אוּלַ֞י יִתְעַשֵּׁ֧ת הָאֱלֹהִ֛ים לָ֖נוּ וְלֹ֥א נֹאבֵֽד ὅπως διασώσῃ ὁ θεὸς … Continue reading

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Youngblood’s Commentary on Jonah: Initial Impressions

Yesterday, my pre-ordered copy of Youngblood’s commentary on Jonah arrived. I couldn’t help but start reading it immediately. I’m already through the introduction, and I can honestly say that Youngblood does not disappoint. Here are some of my thoughts so … Continue reading

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Phyllis Trible’s “Two Women in a Man’s World”: A Brief Summary

Trible observes that after the deaths of Elimelech, Mahlon, and Chilion, Ruth and Naomi take their futures into their own hands. They each have a choice to make. Ruth chooses to live out her days in Bethlehem. Orpah eventually, on … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Validity of Many Texts (LXX and MT)

Here is an excerpt I found from Augustine’s City of God that pertains to the church’s use of the Greek Old Testament and the Hebrew Old Testament. For many modern Christians, the discussion between these texts is an either or proposition. … Continue reading

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Nahum, Jonah, and Exodus

Connections between Nahum and Jonah are unavoidable. The first question the reader of Jonah asks is, “Why is God concerned with Nineveh? What have they done to merit his wrath?” Nahum provides an explanation the author of Jonah chose to … Continue reading

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Why I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with the Book of Jonah

Those of you that read this blog on a regular basis know that I post a lot about the book of Jonah. I thought it might be helpful if I explain why. First, my Master of Theology thesis topic is … Continue reading

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Mountains as a Motif in Micah

This Sunday I will be leading our Sunday School class through the book of Micah. Leading is a rather relative term as I’m sure some of the people in the class will have studied the book more extensively than myself. … Continue reading

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Why Jonah Fled: Steven Bob’s Assessment

Having translated and explained the commentaries of Rashi, Abraham Ibn Ezra, David Kimchi, Isaac Abarbanel, and Malbim, Steven Bob offers his own commentary on the text. As has been characteristic of the rest of this ad hoc series on Go to … Continue reading

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Why Jonah Fled: Thoughts from Malbim

Malbim, short for Meir Leibush ben Yechiel Michel, was a Jewish rabbi who lived from 1809-1879. Malbim was one of the first Jewish commentators to comment on the whole Old Testament since the Middle Ages. While Malbim’s comments on why … Continue reading

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Abraham, Jonah, and Sodom: Abarbanel’s Take

In a previous post, Jonah and Nineveh or Nineveh and Sodom, I made the observation that the Septuagint may have strengthened connections between the Jonah narrative and the narrative of Sodom and Gomorrah found in Genesis. In light of this … Continue reading

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