Category Archives: Hebrew

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: 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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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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Syntax, Exegesis, or Both?

I want to begin this post by saying that I would like feedback, and lots of it! Over the past number of years I have taught Greek and Hebrew in the context of the local church. Here is a brief … Continue reading

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MIA?

I apologize to my faithful readers. I haven’t had much time to blog recently. Sometimes that means that I haven’t been very productive. That is not the case this semester. I have been busy working away on countless projects (personal, … Continue reading

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The Literary Complexity of Jonah 1:4c

Yesterday, in my studies, I was struck by the level of complexity present in Jonah 1:4c. The clause reads וְהָ֣אֳנִיָּ֔ה חִשְּׁבָ֖ה לְהִשָּׁבֵֽר, “And the ship considered/thought about breaking apart.” Commentators seemingly across the board make the following claims about this three … Continue reading

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The Discourse Boundaries of Jonah 2

[Two days ago I posted on the discourse structure of Septuagint Jonah chapters 1 and three (they are parallel). This post continues my work through outlining the macrostructure of LXX Jonah by providing justification for Jonah 2:1-11 as a unit] … Continue reading

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