Daily Archives: 21 Oct 2016

That 8th Century BCE Hebrew Fragment

Before you read the news reports on the artifact read Jim Davila.

The new papyrus is unprovenanced, but materials testing dates the papyrus material used for it to the eighth century BCE. That’s good, but we must keep in mind that, going back all the way to thenineteenth century, modern forgers have know to use ancient materials. The most recent well-publicized case is that of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.


Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader

The publisher has sent a review copy.  Of the volume they write

9780825443428Quick access to Septuagint vocabulary and syntax for students with two years of biblical Greek

Interest in the Septuagint today continues to grow stronger. Despite that interest, students have lacked a guidebook to the text similar to the readers and handbooks that exist for the Greek New Testament.Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader fills that need. Created by an expert on the Septuagint, this groundbreaking resource draws on Jobes’s experience as an educator in order to help upper–level college, seminary, and graduate students cultivate skill in reading the Greek Old Testament.

This reader presents, in Septuagint canonical order, ten Greek texts from the Rahlfs—Hanhart Septuaginta critical edition. It explains the syntax, grammar, and vocabulary of more than 700 verses from select Old Testament texts representing a variety of genres, including the Psalms, the Prophets, and more.

The texts selected for this volume were chosen to fit into a typical semester. Each text (1) is an example of distinctive Septuagint syntax or word usage; (2) exemplifies the amplification of certain theological themes or motifs by the Septuagint translators within their Jewish Hellenistic culture; and/or (3) is used significantly by New Testament writers.

The volume at hand can better be described as a guided reader to a very small selection of Septuagint texts than as a guided reader to the Septuagint (implying the whole) although the title of the volume hints at the right understanding of the volume’s purpose:  ‘Discovering the Septuagint’.

The volume is a collection of exegetical notes on various passages of the LXX.  80 verses in Genesis are examined, 79 in Exodus, 85 in Ruth, 73 from the Greek additions to Esther, 67 verses from the Psalms, 56 verses from Hosea, 48 from Jonah, 55 from Malachi, and 81 from Isaiah.  Everything else in the LXX is bypassed.

Readers will certainly discover the Septuagint though.  The notes are grammatically useful and exegetically helpful.  Everything is clearly and concisely discussed, and readers are offered accurate explanations of very important theological phrasings.

At the end of each section the editors also provide an indication of the section’s inclusion or exclusion in or from the New Testament.  This facilitates rapid examination of the Greek phrasings of the LXX in the New Testament (or their differences from one another).  Finally, the NETS translation of each section is offered.

The volume is helpful if not complete.  It would be utterly fantastic if the work done in this volume were done on the entire LXX or, even better, a ‘Reader’s Septuagint’ akin to the Reader’s Old Testament published by Hendrickson and edited by Don Vance and George Athas were provided.

At the end of the day, this work is superb for students just coming to the Septuagint for the first time and wishing to work through it in bits and pieces.  That subset of academia will benefit immensely from this volume.

Advanced students, students long familiar with Greek and the LXX, and seasoned academics will find it useful as a tool to recommend to their novices.  But they will gain little from it for themselves.

The Bee Stings Tim Tebow, Again

Tebow is a regular target for the Bee.  This time they write

After stealing second base in an Arizona Fall League game Thursday, former football player and now Scottsdale Scorpions left fielder Tim Tebow was reportedly overcome with a wave of guilt, and promptly apologized to the opposing team for his sin against them.

Having been walked in the third inning, Tebow picked up on the opposing pitcher’s slow delivery from the stretch, and dashed for second base on the first pitch to the subsequent hitter, making it easily.

Etc.  And that’s why I don’t watch baseball.  All that stealing.  And people boast about doing it!  Baseball just isn’t a Christian game.  Not like football (aka, soccer).

Netflix is Down, Twitter is Down, Paypal is Down…

It’s the apocalypse!!!!!!!!  Let’s bomb Russia back into the stone age.

Major internet services, including Twitter and Spotify, are suffering massive outages today as a US internet provider comes under cyber attack.  The internet service company Dyn said that it had suffered a denial of service (DDoS) attack on its domain name service shortly after 6AM ET (11AM BST).  The outages mostly affected the east coast of the US, and a second attack was believed to be underway at 1PM ET.   It was not immediately clear who was responsible and Gillian Christensen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency was ‘investigating all potential causes.’

We know who did it.  Stupid Russia.  Payback is coming.

Whose Side are You On?


The PDF’s of The Commentary are available from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.  Whose side are you on?  Choose!

Dear Fellow American White Guys…

Our time is up.  And it’s ok.

Every Pastor Knows This Face

Because every Pastor sees this face, usually attached to numerous heads, every sermon…

On The Abiding Significance of Martin Luther

Signs of the Times

This is precisely why ‘Evangelicals’ have lost the battle for society’s soul: they long ago simply became a part of the political ideology game.  You can’t challenge culture when you embrace it wholeheartedly and you can’t challenge politicians when you have cast your lot in with them.  Every ‘Evangelical’ that elevates party fidelity or political ideology above their Christian faith is a Judas.  Which is why, again, any pastor or theologian who endorses any politician has betrayed their calling, and their Lord.


Students are paying higher tuition than ever. Why can’t more of that revenue go to the people teaching them?

That’s the question posed in this essay in the Atlantic. The essay is titled There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts.  It’s a great essay.