Tag Archives: Old Testament

Luther Confesses His Ignorance of Hebrew: January, 1522

In a letter to Nicolas von Amsdorf Luther writes … I shall translate the Bible, although I have here shouldered a burden beyond my power. Now I realize what it means to translate, and why no one has previously undertaken … Continue reading

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On Gerhard von Rad’s Birth Anniversary

Those who are wise learn from their forebears- even if what they learn is to leave them to the side.  Von Rad, however, can never be left aside.  He stands – even now – as the greatest Everest to grace … Continue reading

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Jan Joosten on the Septuagint

Jan has uploaded a paper titled Septuagint and Samareitikon. It’s 16 pages of intelligent discourse which commences: It is generally held that the Septuagint translators were Jews. Indeed, how could it be otherwise? Who else, in the early Hellenistic period, … Continue reading

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An Interview With Konrad Schmid

In light of the appearance of Konrad Schmid’s new book, I sent along a series of questions and he was kind enough to subject himself to an interview.  Here’s our exchange: JW– Thank you, Professor Schmid, for your time and … Continue reading

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‘The Bible’ Miniseries is More Miniseries Than Bible

So suggests Paul Harvey in a pointed essay which notes, among other things, When last we checked in on The Bible, I had noted that the series was, to me, off-key, not quite appropriate for any of the possible audiences, … Continue reading

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Forthcoming

Konrad Schmid has a volume coming out in April which will- doubtless- be of interest to many: Gibt es Theologie im Alten Testament? Zum Theologiebegriff in der alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft. Seit 2000 Jahren dient das Alte Testament in Judentum und Christentum … Continue reading

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Your Early Morning Septuagint

Jeremiah 1:5 Πρὸ τοῦ με πλάσαι σε ἐν κοιλίᾳ ἐπίσταμαί σε καὶ πρὸ τοῦ σε ἐξελθεῖν ἐκ μήτρας ἡγίακά σε, προφήτην εἰς ἔθνη τέθεικά σε. 6 καὶ εἶπα Ὁ Ὢν δέσποτα κύριε, ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἐπίσταμαι λαλεῖν, ὅτι νεώτερος ἐγώ εἰμι. 7 καὶ εἶπε … Continue reading

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Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King

This volume arrived for review courtesy the nice folk at Kregel.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb- Few books have sought to exhaustively trace the theme of Messiah through all of Scripture, but this book does so with the expert analysis of … Continue reading

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I Picked This Up In Cambridge, And It’s An Absolute Gem

Among the books I picked up to review for the SOTS annual booklist is this one, which I’ve since had a chance to make my way through: It’s just what’s needed in Old Testament studies: an examination of the theologies … Continue reading

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International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament: Munich, 2013

From the IOSOT homepage– As president of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT), I am very pleased to invite you to the 21st congress of our organization, which will take place at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, … Continue reading

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The Book of Judges: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament

Today this new, very new, fresh off the presses volume in the NICOT series came in the mail for review thanks to the good folk at Eerdmans. Webb concentrates throughout on what the biblical text itself throws into prominence, giving … Continue reading

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On The Anniversary of Otto Kaiser’s Birth

The Old Testament scholar Otto Kaiser was born on November 30th, 1924.   A Bultmannian, Kaiser’s many volumes are articulate and insightful.  His most important work, in my estimation, is Der Gott des Alten Testaments. Theologie des Alten Testaments in 3 vols. He’s … Continue reading

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I Confess- That’s A Really Interesting Question

Seldom are the times, you’ll know, that I make reference to an essay in BAR- but this one asks a question that I confess has always been of interest to me: Where were the Old Testament Kings buried? Doesn’t it … Continue reading

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Another Request for Logos Help

I hope this is something that has a simple solution.  Let’s say that I’m reading Exodus and I want the Hebrew text to be synchronized as I scroll through it with the Latin text and the LXX.  Is that possible? … Continue reading

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The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World, 2nd ed.

Baker have just published the second edition of a very useful volume which many of us have used with great benefit in the past. Introduction 1. Historical Geography 2. Defining and Describing the Prophet 3. Premonarchic Prophetic Activity 4. Early … Continue reading

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Beale’s Behemoth: The Impending Review

I”ve been working on the review of G.K. Beale’s marvelous ‘A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New‘ for the nice folk at Baker Academic.  it’s coming along nicely but it’s an extremely large, … Continue reading

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Paolo Merlo’s Book- La religione dell’antico Israele

Thanks to Paolo for mentioning that his book (published in 2009) is available for download in PDF, in its entirety, here. The opening two paragraphs will whet your appetite- La stesura di un libro sull’antica religione di Israele e Giuda … Continue reading

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A Noteworthy Day

Today marks the birth anniversary of that brilliant, gutsy, pugilistic, and uncompromising scholar of the Hebrew Bible, Niels Peter Lemche. Surely you know his work.  Surely you must.  And if you don’t, well now, you must familiarize yourself!  Off with … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Old Testament

From Viv Rowett, the exceptionally gifted SOTS MEMSEC- Old Testament Studies Position Announcement Regent University’s School of Divinity invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The appointment involves responsibility for … Continue reading

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It’s The August Biblioblog Carnival! The ‘Look, There’s a List of Biblioblog Twitterers’ Edition

Naturally what that means is that posts from August are herein featured and perforce so too are some of those who twitter.* I hope I’ve not missed any of the best of the best but I may have so I … Continue reading

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