Jeremy Pierce keeps the list. Go here.
I find the book-by-book list
easier to use, but it is not quite as up-to-date. Add a comment to his post(s)
if you have more recent or additional information. Jeremy updates the lists on a regular
In earlier posts (here,
I spoke at length about the spiritual roots of Barack Obama. I described a
Sunday morning at Trinity UCC in Chicago, the congregation that Rev. Jeremiah
Wright nurtured for 36 years, and the spiritual home of Barack and Michelle
Obama and their daughters from the time of Barack’s conversion to the Christian
faith nearly 20 years ago up until a few months ago. My point: the Obama family’s
spiritual home, despite ill-informed opinion to the contrary, is fundamentally
evangelical in outlook and emphasis. The only reason someone might deny it is
for partisan political purposes.
Sarah Palin is also an evangelical Christian.
Her politics are a little bit different than Barack Obama’s, but not the
fundamental structure of her religious faith. In particular, she has been
active in FCA, the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes. Just watch how partisan opinion-makers will deal with this. They will
paint FCA in extreme, wacko colors. This is nonsense.
No, I’m not referring to the fact that the
world’s greatest athlete, Bryan Clay,
is a student at the evangelicalAzusa Pacific University (go here for a video that brings out
Eric’s persona). That’s impressive, I admit. I’m referring to the fact that a
textbook by one of APU’s many first-rate educators, Don Thorsen, is now being
used as the textbook for a required introduction to theology course at a
Roman Catholic institution. The title of the textbook: An
Exploration of Christian Theology. This says something about the place
evangelical Christianity now occupies on the cultural slope of American
religion: at its peak. Runoff from the crest now enriches (and muddies) the
streams of all other components of the symbiotically interconnected world of
I would like to recommend NLT. I really
would. All things considered, it is the best full-bore DE (dynamic equivalence)
translation on the market today. But I’m not sure I can. The reason is simple: the
translation NLT offers at Genesis 3:16. The verse in question isn’t any old
verse. It’s a significant one. I really want a translation that gets this verse
right. Almost all do, so I see no reason why I should recommend NLT, which
doesn’t. Once again: NLT, in particular NLT2, has a lot going for it. NLT’s
translation of Genesis 3:16 is, therefore, all the more disappointing.
While preparing this post, I consulted,
thanks to LOGOS software and other translations on my shelf, a hundred
translations of the Bible in more than a dozen of ancient and modern languages.
NLT stands almost alone in translating as it does. In the case of a text like
the Bible which has been translated thousands of times in ancient and modern
times, NLT Genesis 3:16 sticks out like a very sore thumb.
The case against NLT Genesis 3:16 is
multi-faceted. The content of NLT Genesis 3:16 is unconvincing on philological
grounds. It represents an erratic mass viewed from the context of the biblical
canon. It is out of line with classical Jewish and Christian exegesis. Its foundation
in the great theological tradition of Judaism and Christianity is nil. Within
the meager possibilities of a blog series, I will illustrate these claims.
John Collins and Israel Knohl are world-class
scholars. Knohl is known for daring hypotheses. Collins is known for his
caution and rigor.
Collins, wouldn’t you know it, has severe
reservations about Knohl’s take on the Vision of Gabriel. Below the fold, I
excerpt, with Collins’ permission, some key graphs from his forthcoming article
for the Yale Magazine.
Did you know that the best commentary on the book of Proverbs ever
written is by Michael Fox? (I’m not biased, of course.) So far, it is in print
through Proverbs chapter 9. Proverbs 10-31 was submitted to the publisher years ago. It will appear in what is now known as AYB,
put out by Yale University Press. AYB’s general editor, John Collins, informs
me they plan to have Proverbs 10-31 in print this spring.
Below the fold, in an exclusive preview, you will find Fox’s translation
and commentary on Proverbs 22:6. Some dirt on Fox: I chatted recently with another
student of his, who told me that Fox extensively rewrote his Proverbs commentary
based on feedback he received from a student reader and others. Fox did the same thing
when I was his project assistant and he wrote his Song of Songs book and his
There is a lot to be learned by watching the process of ongoing revision
of a manuscript if the author of the manuscript cares about detail as much as
Michael Fox. We, his student readers, are grateful for having had the
opportunity to watch the revisioning in stages.
As ESV suggests in a note (go here) and as David E. S. Stein has persuasively demonstrated (go here), in cases like these, the masculine singular ish ‘man’ is used generically, to refer to an individual of either gender. How then should Psalm 1 be translated? Here is my attempt:
Ancient Hebrew Grammar informed comment by Robert Holmstedt, Associate Professor, Ancient Hebrew and Northwest Semitic Languages, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, and John Cook, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore KY)
Antiquitopia one of the best blogs out there, by Jared Calaway, assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Awilum Insightful commentary on the Bible and the Ancient Near East, by Charles Halton
AWOL - The Ancient World Online notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world, by Charles Jones of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
Balshanut top-notch Biblical Hebrew and Semitics blog by Peter Bekins, Ph. D. student, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati OH, faculty member, Wright State University (archive)
Believing is Knowing Comments on things like prophecy, predestination, and reward and punishment from an orthodox Jewish perspective, by David Guttmann
Ben Byerly's Blog thoughts on the Bible, Africa, Kenya, aid, and social justice, by Ben Byerly, a PhD candidate at Africa International University (AIU), in Nairobi, Kenya working on “The Hopes of Israel and the Ends of Acts” (Luke’s narrative defense of Paul to Diaspora Judeans in Acts 16-20)
Berit Olam by a thoughtful Matt Morgan, Berkeley CA resident, grad student in Old Testament at Regent University, Vancouver BC (archive)
Better Bibles Blog Discussion of translation problems and review of English Bible translations by Wayne Leman, Iver Larsen, Mike Sangrey, and others
Bibbia Blog A Bible blog in Italian and English by former students of the PIB and PUG
BiblePlaces Blog a spotlight on the historical geography of the Holy Land, by Todd Bolen, formerly, Assistant Professor at the Israel Bible Extension campus of The Master's College, Santa Clarita CA
Biblicalia The riches of orthodoxy brought online by Kevin Edgecomb, a seminarian at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline MA)
Biblische Ausbildung by Stephen L. Cook, professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible at Virginia Theological Seminary
C. Orthodoxy Christian, Contemporary, Conscientious… or Just Confused, by Ken Brown, a very thoughtful blog (archive). Ken is currently a Dr. Theol. student at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, part of The Sofja-Kovalevskaja Research Group studying early Jewish Monotheism. His dissertation will focus on the presentation of God in Job.
Catholic Bibles a thoughtful blog about Bible translations by Timothy, who has a degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum) and teaches theology in a Catholic high school in Michigan
Chrisendom irreverent blog with a focus on the New Testament, by Chris Tilling, New Testament Tutor for St Mellitus College and St Paul's Theological Centre, London
Claude Mariottini a perspective on the Old Testament and current events by a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chicagoland, Illinois
Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot by Tyler Williams, a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and cognate literature, now Assistant Professor of Theology at The King's University College in Edmonton, Alberta (archive)
Colours of Scripture reflections on theology, philosophy, and literature, by Benjamin Smith, afflicted with scriptural synaesthesia, and located in London, England
Complegalitarian A team blog that discusses right ways and wrong ways Scripture might help in the social construction of gender (old archive only; more recent archive, unfortunately, no longer publicly available)
Connected Christianity a place to explore what it might be like if Christians finally got the head, heart, and hands of their faith re-connected (archive)
Conversational Theology Smart and delightful comment by Ros Clarke, a Ph.D. student at the University of the Highlands and Islands, at the (virtual) Highland Theological College (archive)
Daily Hebrew For students of biblical Hebrew and the ancient Near East, by Chip Hardy, a doctoral student at the University of Chicago
Daniel O. McClellan a fine blog by the same, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in biblical studies at Trinity Western University just outside of Vancouver, BC.
Davar Akher Looking for alternative explanations: comments on things Jewish and beyond, by Simon Holloway, a PhD student in Classical Hebrew and Biblical Studies at The University of Sydney, Australia
Evedyahu excellent comment by Cristian Rata, Lecturer in Old Testament of Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology, Seoul, Korea
Exegetica Digita discussion of Logos high-end syntax and discourse tools – running searches, providing the downloads (search files) and talking about what can be done and why it might matter for exegesis, by Mike Heiser
Ferrell's Travel Blog comments of biblical studies, archaeology, history, and photography by a tour guide of Bible lands and professor emeritus of the Biblical Studies department at Florida College, Temple Terrace (FL)
Fors Clavigera James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, thinks out loud.
Friar's Fires an insightful blog by a pastor with a background in journalism, one of three he pens
Gentle Wisdom A fearless take on issues roiling Christendom today, by Peter Kirk, a Bible translator
Giluy Milta B‘alma by Ezra Chwat and Avraham David of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jewish National and Hebrew University Library, Jerusalem
He is Sufficient insightful comment on Bible translations, eschatology, and more, by Elshaddai Edwards
Higgaion by Chris Heard, Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University
Larry Hurtado's blog emeritus professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, University of Edinburgh
Law, Prophets, and Writings thoughtful blogging by William R. (Rusty) Osborne, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies as College of the Ozarks and managing editor for Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament
Lingamish delightful fare by David Ker, Bible translator, who also lingalilngas.
Menachem Mendel A feisty blog on rabbinic literature and other Judaica by Michael Pitkowsky, Rabbinics Curriculum Coordinator at the Academy for Jewish Religion and adjunct instructor at Jewish Theological Seminary (New York)
mu-pàd-da scholarly blog by C. Jay Crisostomo, grad student in ANE studies at ?
Narrative and Ontology Astoundingly thoughtful comment from Phil Sumpter, a Ph.D. student in Bible, resident in Bonn, Germany
New Epistles by Kevin Sam, M. Div. student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon SK
NT Weblog Mark Goodacre's blog, professor of New Testament, Duke University
Observatório Bíblico wide-ranging blog by Airton José da Silva, Professor de Bíblia Hebraica/Antigo Testamento na Faculdade de Teologia do CEARP de Ribeirão Preto, Brasile (in Portuguese)
Observatório Bíblico Blog sobre estudos acadêmicos da Bíblia, para Airton José da Silva, Professor de Bíblia Hebraica / Antigo Testamento na Faculdade de Teologia do CEARP de Ribeirão Preto, SP.
old testament passion Great stuff from Anthony Loke, a Methodist pastor and Old Testament lecturer in the Seminari Theoloji, Malaysia
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Blog A weblog created for a course on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, by James Davila (archive)
On the Main Line Mississippi Fred MacDowell's musings on Hebraica and Judaica. With a name like that you can't go wrong.
p.ost an evangelical theology for the age to come seeking to retell the biblical story in the difficult transition from the centre to the margins following the collapse of Western Christendom, by Andrew Perriman, independent New Testament scholar, currently located in Dubai
PaleoJudaica by James Davila, professor of Early Jewish Studies at the University of St. Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland. Judaism and the Bible in the news; tidbits about ancient Judaism and its context
Serving the Word incisive comment on the Hebrew Bible and related ancient matters, with special attention to problems of philology and linguistic anthropology, by Seth L. Sanders, Assistant Professor in the Religion Department of Trinity College, Hartford, CT
ta biblia blog dedicated to the New Testament and the history of Christian origins, by Giovanni Bazzana
Targuman by Christian Brady, targum specialist extraordinaire, and dean of Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University
Targuman on biblical and rabbinic literature, Christian theology, gadgetry, photography, and the odd comic, by Christian Brady, associate professor of ancient Hebrew and Jewish literature and dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State
The Biblia Hebraica Blog a blog about Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the history of the Ancient Near East and the classical world, Syro-Palestinian archaeology, early Judaism, early Christianity, New Testament interpretation, English Bible translations, biblical theology, religion and culture, philosophy, science fiction, and anything else relevant to the study of the Bible, by Douglas Magnum, PhD candidate, University of the Free State, South Africa
The Reformed Reader by Andrew Compton, Ph.D. student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (focus on Hebrew and Semitic Languages) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
The Sacred Page a blog written by three Catholic Ph.D.s who are professors of Scripture and Theology: Michael Barber, Brant Pitre and John Bergsma
The Talmud Blog a group blog on Talmud News, Reviews, Culture, Currents, and Criticism
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