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Coming This Fall: A Social History of Hebrew

A Social History of Hebrew: its Origins Through the Rabbinic Period by William Schniedewind

1. Language, Land, and People: Toward the History of Classical Hebrew
2. The Origins of Hebrew: In Search of the Holy Tongue
3. Early Hebrew Writing
4. Linguistic Nationalism and the Emergence of Hebrew
5. The Democratization of Hebrew
6. Hebrew in Exile
7. Hebrew under Imperialism
8. Hebrew in the Hellenistic World
9. The End and the Beginning of Hebrew
10. Epilogue

Publication Date: Nov 2013

Should be lots of fun.

The Semantic Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew

I wasn’t aware of this project, sponsored by the United Bible Societies, until John Gentry mentioned it on the twitter.  I will certainly be adding a link to it to the useful site list.

Fun Facts From Church History

In the 16th century Evangelical pastors (Lutheran and Reformed) were required to know Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  Knowledge of those languages wasn’t optional for clergy, it was mandatory.

Isaiah 5:7 and Puns in Hebrew

Since I’m presently working on Isaiah for the series it’s only natural that I’d wind up in Chapter 5 with it’s stunningly beautiful pun

לְמִשְׁפָּט֙ וְהִנֵּ֣ה מִשְׂפָּ֔ח לִצְדָקָ֖ה וְהִנֵּ֥ה צְעָקָֽה׃

God looked for justice (mishpat) but only saw oppression (mispach). God looked for righteousness (tzedakah) and instead he heard an outcry of pain (tz’acha).

This pun is virtually impossible to render in English. The Common English Bible tries, but meets the same resistance as every other rendition has-

God expected justice, but there was bloodshed; righteousness, but there was a cry of distress!

The REB is essentially the same. What this shows, it seems to me, is that the rendition of puns from one language to another is excessively difficult. Perhaps translators, and especially commentators, should indicate the pun in transliteration in a footnote or in their comments so that readers of English can at least have some sense of the beauty and brilliance of the underlying original.

A Handy Guide to Scholarly Editions of the Bible (via Εις Δοξαν)

Jason’s right- right useful stuff here.

I received in the mail today, as I’m sure some of you have, a handy guide to the scholarly editions published by the German Bible Society. It’s a guide geared for first-year students, “who might benefit from a basic introduction like this.” There are short write-ups on the BHK, BHS, and BHQ, as well as a short history on the Greek New Testament. If you’re interested in perusing this handy little guide, you can download the pdf. And, be sure to ch … Read More

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An Interesting Book (via Theological Musings)

It does look interesting. I especially like that the title has ‘donkey’ rather than ‘Asses’ because ‘ass’ makes the kids giggle and it also may be confused with some bibliobloggers.

Clarity is a desirable thing!

An Interesting Book Old Testament professor at Talbot School of Theology, Kenneth Way, is set to publish his first book next month entitled Donkeys in the Biblical World: Ceremony and Symbol. I must admit, I never thought that a book on donkeys would be the focus of one’s dissertation, but Dr. Way has done just that. If you want  to know more about the book, go check out his blog post at Talbot’s blog. … Read More

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Quote of the Day and the Dilly Award

A student who has not taken Hebrew stopped by to discuss a book he’s writing on Hebrew. Yeah, it’s the first day of school.  –  Gary Yates

To the unnamed student I award this week’s Dilly!

[Sounds like a lot of people I know.  They have a ‘Strong’s Concordance’ and they think they’re expert linguists but we all know what they really are.  That’s right, expert dilettantes].

A Hebrew Reader of BHS (via With Meagre Powers)

It sounds very much like Zondervan’s ‘A Readers Hebrew Bible’ though of course that particular piece is not exactly BHS.

I’d be curious to see what George and the others have done, not least because George has done it.

A Hebrew Reader of BHS For the last couple of years, I’ve been collaborating with my good friends, Don Vance and Yael Avrahami, on a publication for Hendrickson. It’s a Hebrew Reader of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia—something we believe will make a great tool for students of Biblical Hebrew. Basically, the reader will include the entire BHS text (ie. the Masoretic Text of Codex Leningradensis), and the bottom of each page will feature footnotes with vocabulary and par … Read More

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