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STEP – Downloadable

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I’ve mentioned Tyndale House’s fantastically useful STEP (Scripture Tools for Every Person) on previous occasions and I’m thrilled to pass along word of the fact that you can now download the program, free, and use it even if your computer is offline!

If you aren’t familiar with it, do check it out here.  When you do the first thing you’ll notice is that if you hover your mouse over a word, the underlying root (in the original tongue) is revealed.  And all similar words highlighted on the page.

It’s an extremely useful Scripture tool.  For every person.

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October 22, 2014 at 06:29

Someone Please Remind Me To Pick This Up in San Diego

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Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE)
Richard D. Nelson

063213pThis volume of the Biblical Encyclopedia series investigates the folktales, sayings, songs, etiological narratives, and written sources used by the biblical writers in coordination with evidence from archaeology, place names, inscriptions, archives, and literary texts from Egypt and ancient West Asia. The author charts the beginning of the Iron Age and the emergence of Israel and its literature, including the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the downfall of Israel, Judah in the Assyrian and Babylonian periods, Yehud and Persia, and the Hellenistic period.

Paper $38.95, ISBN 9781628370058
Hardcover $53.95, ISBN 9781628370072
314 pages • Biblical Encyclopedia 13

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October 21, 2014 at 15:29

Posted in Bible, Books, Conferences, SBL

Driver’s Notes on Song of Solomon for the New English Bible

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Ben Outhwaite writes on fb

And while mooching about in Perimeter Room 4, in search of Bateson’s Genetics Department notebooks on sweet peas and poultry, I happened across proofs of the New English Bible, including this bit of Song of Songs with Driver’s famous ‘picking lice’ (for root עטה, based on an Arabic ‘cognate’):


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October 21, 2014 at 08:55

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The Fortress Commentary on the Bible

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9780800699529bThe Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha and Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament present a balanced synthesis of current scholarship on the Bible, enabling readers to interpret scripture for a complex and pluralistic world. Introductory articles in each volume discuss the dramatic challenges that have shaped contemporary interpretation of the Bible.

Commentary articles set each book of the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha in its historical and cultural context, discuss the themes in each book that have proven most important for the Christian interpretive tradition, and introduce the most pressing questions facing the responsible use of the Bible today. The writers are renowned authorities in the historical interpretation of the Old and New Testaments, sensitive to theological and cultural issues arising in our encounter with the text, richly diverse in social locations and vantage points, representing a broad array of theological commitment—Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and others, and alive to the ethical consequences of interpretation today.

A team of six scholar editors and seventy contributors provides clear and concise commentary on key sense units in each book of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament. Each unit is explored through the lenses of three levels of commentary based on these critical questions. The result is a commentary that is comprehensive and useful for gaining insights on the texts for preaching, teaching, and research. In addition to the commentary essays on each book, the volumes also contain major essays that introduce each section of Scripture and explore critical questions as well as up-to-date and comprehensive bibliographies for each book and essay.

A review copy of both volumes has been sent along,and my review is here.

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October 20, 2014 at 08:06

The New ‘BHS Reader’s Edition’ by the German Bible Society

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Bobby K. of Hendrickson has sent along one of the first copies of this new reader’s edition (which is to be discussed along with other primary texts by the German Bible Society at a session in San Diego).  And although CBD lists someone named ‘Vance George’ as one of the editors, it’s actually our own George Athas.

At any rate, I’ll look it over rather critically and offer my take before SBL.

Written by Jim

October 15, 2014 at 10:32

Posted in Bible, Book Review, Books

Meyers Kritisch-exegetischer Kommentar über das neue Testament

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Ok people, you have an assignment- go bid on this (and don’t bid over $48).  You may not want it but I sure do.  Almost as I want you to pre-order my commentary.  Which you already have done or you’ll suffer the wrath of eternal destruction (but I digress).  Go bid on this- Meyers Kritisch-exegetischer Kommentar über das neue Testament.

Der Kritisch-Exegetische Kommentar über das Neue Testament ist ein Werk, das jedem deutschen Exegeten nicht ausführlich erklärt werden muss. Das von Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer erstellte Werk stellt dessen Lebenswerk dar und hat bis in die heutige Zeit seine Aktualität nicht verloren. Dieser evangelische Kommentar zum neuen Testament beginnt mit einer Verortung des Textes in Bezug auf Erstellungszeitraum und Format und geht dann geht dann über in eine historische und literarische, sowie eine grammatikalische und philologische, Untersuchung des Textes. Griechische Wörter und Grammatik werden auf eine Art und Weise genutzt, die es dem Leser erlauben, ohne Probleme dem Fluss des Textes zu folgen.

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October 10, 2014 at 21:06

The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew

isiahThe present volume is a Festschrift produced to honor Joseph Blenkinsopp, who has done significant work on Isaiah (and a number of other things too).  Indeed, the significance of his work is reflected in the significance of those who have provided essays to the celebratory volume: Contributors: Rainer Albertz, Klaus Baltzer, Hans M. Barstad, Ulrich Berges, Willem A. M. Beuken, Philip Davies, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, Peter Marinkovic, Andreas Schuele, Jacob Stromberg, Marvin A. Sweeney, Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Patricia K. Tull, and H. G. M. Williamson.

Many people receive such honors but Joe honestly deserves them. He has been a fixture at CBA Annual Meetings for a good while and he has been active in SOTS and SBL too. He has written extensively and his Anchor Bible ‘Isaiah’ (in three volumes) is encyclopedic.

The essays in this collection live up to Joe’s own exacting standards both in terms of content and in terms of clarity.  Our editors (Bautch and Hibbard)  organize the essays into two parts, exegetical questions and thematic issues.  Philip Davies writes the initial essay and titles it ‘In Praise of Joe Blenkinsopp’.  Philip calls Joe a ‘favourite author, favourite scholar, and favourite human being’ and he also raises his glass to Joe, professing that he is ‘by some distance the finest Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible scholar of his generation (no, I mean “generations”).’

It is impossible for the present reviewer to disagree with Davies, since he is right.  Davies’ little biography of Blenkinsopp is worth the price of the volume.  The remaining essays are icing on the academic cake.  The publisher’s blurb notes

Representing the highest echelon of Isaiah studies, this volume explores distinct issues that arise from the critical study of the text of Isaiah. The contributors acknowledge and comment on the exegetical contributions of distinguished biblical scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp,  providing distinction and coherence to the collection.

And Lester Grabbe opines

“For anyone interested in the book of Isaiah, this volume provides a wealth of studies (as well as a warm and witty appreciation of Joseph Blenkinsopp by Philip Davies). . . . This collection not only honors a major scholar in the field but also makes its own original contribution, which all future students of Isaiah will need to take account of.”

Neither of those paragraphs is in any way inaccurate.  Moving forward from Davies’ fantastic piece, Williamson discusses Isaiah 10:1-4, Albertz analyzes the formation and structure of 2 Isaiah, and Baltzer and Marinkovic offer a very interesting treatment of the legal capacity of women in the biblical tradition.   Tiemeyer explains the larger context of Is 63:7-64:11 and that segment’s place in its canonical setting.  Barstad  takes a look at Blenkinsopp as an interpreter of 3rd Isaiah.

The remaining essays also assist readers in achieving a clearer understanding of various themes and texts drawn from the Isaiah corpus.

In sum, this is a very good collection of essays dedicated to a superior Old Testament scholar.  If there is any shortcoming of the work it is that it is too brief.  Doubtless had everyone who had an essay to offer in appreciation of Joe’s work been invited to contribute, the work would be a multi-volume enterprise, so limits had, naturally, to be set.  More negatively, it also lacks an index and a bibliography- both of which would be very helpful indeed.  In particular, a bibliography of Blenkinsopp’s works seems to be in order in such a volume.

Still, those observations are not intended to cast a shadow across a volume that is superbly written and edited.  This work belongs on the shelves of those interested in the book of Isaiah.  It even belongs on the shelves of those who have no particular interest in Isaiah because it is sure to provoke interest.

Written by Jim

October 8, 2014 at 07:33

Posted in Bible, Book Review


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