I laughed and laughed upon reading
Doug Magnum’s guide. Go here.
For more great laughs, I encourage you to take a look at a recent post by
agathos which identifies the
worst preacher ever. Hint: Peter Kirk is not going to like it.
Don’t laugh too hard reading this post. I review
my own translation of Psalm 1:1-2 (referred to as JHV for convenience), and find it terribly wanting. The problem,
as Stephen Barkley notes,
is that reading the Bible in English is like sipping a fine wine through a tea
In some ways, NLT2 and ESV stand at opposite
poles. NLT2 tends to translate in clear, natural, contemporary English, without
regard for the Tyndale-Geneva-KJV translation tradition. ESV adheres to the
Tyndale-Geneva-KJV tradition in terms of the revision it was given by RSV more
than a half-century ago. To be sure, ESV corrects RSV toward the Masoretic text
as understood by contemporary philology. Far less often than RSV, it resorts to
conjectural emendation or correction of MT based on an ancient version. In
addition, though very rarely, more or less as Jerome did in his day, ESV
corrects the Masoretic text to accord with Christian interpretation of it (as
in Isaiah 7:14). RSV did this too, but less often still (as in Zechariah 9:9).
Over at the “gold standard” blog for
discussion of the Bible in English, David
Ker asks what people want to hear discussed when it comes to Bible
translation. I am not surprised by the majority of the responses, which I would
rephrase in this way:
You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The
fundamental things apply: As time goes by.
In straight-up, propositional language: the Bible
in English debate continues to center on the relative merits and demerits of
translations that are as “literal as possible and as free as necessary” on the
one hand, and, on the other hand, translations that choose natural,
field-tested English over traditional and more literal alternatives apart from
a short list of apparently unavoidable Biblicisms such as “baptize” and “Christ.”
The latter is, as every field-tester knows, Jesus’ last name.
and don’t forget to read his earlier posts on other Geneva Bible editions
I’ve been waiting for the good old polemical Iyov to kick in, but it hasn’t
happened yet. In the meantime, though I do not pretend to be able to keep up
with my fellow blogger, I’ll do my best to stir the pot with a quote designed
to inflame my friends over at Better
Rick Warren shined as the moderator of a
recent forum which featured the major candidates for US President this season, Barack
Obama and John McCain. For transcripts of Warren’s interviews with the
candidates, go here. For
the videos, go here.
To the dismay of many who wish that
born-again Christians kept their faith and their political opinions to
themselves (see the Garrison Keillor quote below), here comes a Southern Baptist
pastor who, besides making the cover of TIME magazine, organizes an event at
the intersection of faith and politics which attracted enormous interest. 200,000 questions were pre-submitted by interested individuals. The resultant interviews were broadcast multiple times on both Fox and CNN. Do the math on this event
and you cannot fail to get an idea of the immense soft power a figure like Pastor Rick
Warren is able to wield in the current political climate.
This blogger (evangelical Christian) and this blogger (Jewish) argue, each in their own way, for the compatibility of recent findings in the field of evolutionary biology with the text of Genesis 3:14. In short, there is evidence to the effect that the (proto-) snake lost its legs about 140 million years ago, and that, furthermore, the loss was a detrimental evolutionary change. The relevant article in JPost is reproduced below.
Recent official statements of the Catholic
Church prohibit the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton in the liturgy. To be
sure, the use of “Yahweh” as needed in courses on the Old Testament and in
scholarship generally is not thereby prohibited. יהוהis also pronounced by many (not all) Jewish scholars
outside of worship as the (rare) occasion demands. The prohibition is presented
as a return to earlier tradition in the official Catholic statements, and as an act of
repentance by Catholic participants in Jewish-Christian dialogue. Which is it?
Should other Christians follow suit?
What a joy it was to cheer Federica Pellegrini to
the finish line with a roomful of Italians as she captured the gold medal and a
new world record in the 200 meter freestyle. The Olympics have a knack of
bringing out praiseworthy qualities in human beings, such as the
quest for excellence for the sheer sake of excellence, forbearance against all
odds, and sportsmanship in the best sense of the word. Given that human kind is
understood by Judaism and Christianity – corporeally and spiritually in the
strands that speak to me most deeply – to be made in the image and likeness of
God, it can come as no surprise that faith and athletics have gone and continue
to go hand in hand.
The example of Eric Liddell, whose story,
along with that of Harold Abrahams,
was immortalized in Chariots
of Fire, speaks volumes. This is the verse from the Hebrew Bible that
Eric, who came to be known as the Flying Scotsman, lived by:
Barack Obama and
Jeremiah Wright parted ways very publicly a few months ago. To my way of
thinking, that the parting became politically necessary is a judgment on the
immaturity and cultural ignorance of opinion makers in the mainstream media and
beyond. I am also aggravated by the tendency of evangelicals on the one
hand and white mainline Protestants on the other to regard Jeremiah Wright and
his church as racist entities to be castigated and demeaned. It is surely the
case that Jeremiah Wright has said indefensible things, but that fact does not
change other and more weighty facts which should have caused both evangelicals
and mainline Protestants in the know to circle the wagons and defend TUCC and
Jeremiah Wright from the attacks of ignorant people.
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
Ancient Hebrew Poetry is a weblog of John F. Hobbins. Opinions expressed herein do not reflect those of his
professional affiliations. Unless otherwise indicated, the contents
of Ancient Hebrew Poetry, including all text, images, and other
media, are original and licensed under a Creative