Monthly Archives: December 2013

What Happens When Dad Studies the OT?

Yesterday, Mary Beth and I went to Goodwill to pick up some books for baby Elijah. We came across The Story of Jonah: An Alice in Bibleland Storybook.  Of course, yours truly read through the story before buying. I wasn’t surprised … Continue reading

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Memorizing Greek Philippians

About a month ago, one of my Greek Grammar students asked me about memorizing scripture. He asked if I memorized scripture in Greek and Hebrew, or an English translation. Much to his disappointment, and mine for that matter, I answered, … Continue reading

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A Hearty Thank You

Yesterday was my birthday. One of Mary Beth’s gifts to me was a new, birch, floor-to-ceiling bookcase (92″ x 42″ x 12″). It is gorgeous. As I loaded the shelves with the books I have downstairs, a rather pithy thought … Continue reading

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Biblical Words and Their Meanings

For those interested in Semantics of New Testament Greek, there are three works with which you should be familiar: James Barr’s Semantics of Biblical Language, J.P. Louw’s Semantics of New Testament Greek, and Silva’s Biblical Words and Their Meanings. Lucky for you, Silva’s book … Continue reading

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Why Jonah Fled: Isaac Abarbanel

This post is a continuation of the previous one. I have been reading Steven Bob’s Go to Nineveh: Medieval Jewish Commentaries on the Book of Jonah. So far I have read Bob’s translation and explanation of Rashi, Abraham Ibn Ezra, and … Continue reading

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Rashi on Why Jonah Fled

Why did Jonah flee from the presence of the Lord, refusing to go to Nineveh? Jonah 4:2 makes it clear that he fled because he knew that God is a gracious and merciful God, that He would repent of his … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Spiritual Love

I thought I might torture you all with some more from Chyrsostom. This quote is a comment on Philippians 1:7. Καὶ τί θαυμαστὸν, εἰ ἐν τῳ δεσμωτηρίῳ εἶχεν αὐτούς; Οὐδὲ γὰρ κατ᾽ ἐκεῖνον τὸν καιρὸν, φησὶ, καθ᾽ ὃν εἰσῄειν εἰς … Continue reading

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QOTD: Chrysostom

Οὐ γὰρ τὸ δεσμεῖσθαι λυπηρὸν τοῖς διδασκάλοις ὑμῶν, ἀλλὰ τὸ μὴ ὁμονοεῖν τοὺς μαθητάς. Τοῦτο μὲν γὰρ καὶ ἐπίδοσιν τῷ Εὐαγγελίῳ δίδωσιν, ἐκεῖνο δὲ διασπᾷ. For it does not grieve your teachers to be imprisoned, but it grieves them that … Continue reading

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Puzzling Portraits: A Review

While I was in Baltimore for this past year’s SBL/AAR conference, I met A.J. Culp at the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar dinner. A.J. is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at a startup seminary, Yellowstone … Continue reading

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On Tap for Today

Read A.J. Culp’s Puzzling Portraits: Seeing the Old Testament’s Confusing Characters as Ethical Models and begin work on a review. Work on Chyrsostom project. I am almost finished with providing the vocabulary for reading 5. Work on memorizing the Greek text of … Continue reading

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