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Actually I said Greek sucks and Hebrew hurts. And I can believe that you took a perverse pleasure in tormenting your students. Hebraists are cooler, I have said before, but possibly only because they are more likely to be closet heretics and iconoclasts. (Sorry, I still haven't got over you snubbing my Lord of Rage post.)

Bob MacDonald

Thanks, John. The Lord would not let my initial hurried comment stand - so we wrote a blog entry that runs revelations together. Two or three witnesses - yes - so we must have both prosodic structure and the inner circular structures. This psalm as all of them is so lovely. - Let the loveliness of the Word be revealed in deed and all his mighty acts.


Sorry, John, a stylistic question. Why the archaic English? "thereof", "plaint" [now changed to "cry"].

And "processes" [now changed to "exits"]? I'm lost on that one.

I realize you're focusing on prosody so maybe I'm off topic.

John Hobbins


I really like your "Lord of Rage" post. I'll try to find time to get over there and make a comment.

As for my translation, you're right, it's vulnerable to criticism at precisely the points you mention (and others). This isn't the first time you've pointed out trouble spots to me, and I'm thankful for it. You're a true friend.

I've now changed the wording, though I'm not completely satisfied yet.


Hebraists are cooler


If only you knew how much I dislike you trotting this opinion from pillar to post. :-)


The meter stuff you're doing is cool here and I've been missing that up to this point (duh). Thanks for gentle answer to my clumsy prodding.

"Philologists will know why I translate as I do, even if they might interpret otherwise" Any hints for the rest of us...


Sorry, S. It's mostly self-referential. I promise to say you're cool real soon.



you are right that I need to provide at least minimal notes on the translation. It's fun to talk about translation issues in community, which is what is happening here, so I'll do it, and then you are welcome to ask more questions, between sniffs of motor oil.



I am just showing my jealousy in public. Not cool.


John, I respect your decision to render "the name" as Lord. I wonder if there isn't a more meaningful equivalent. I remember years ago having an Italian Bible that translated it as "Il Eterno" am I remembering correctly? So maybe, Eternal One. This is a personal bully pulpit of mine since Lord even with stupid small caps coalesces into the other "Lord" which itself is not exactly a word with vibrant modern connotations. I will check out Iyov's comments on this and will try to be more sensitive in this regard on my posts in the future. Another question not prosodic but semantic is with regard to the strange juxtaposition of topics in this psalm. Maybe this is prosody. Does the structure, meter, anything tie the sun and the word together in a way that isn't obvious to those of us accessing the psalm in translation?

Finally, Bob. I love your comments. Reminds me of a childhood friend whose siblings stuffed him in the clothes dryer. Disorienting but thrilling. That comment on the Rage post about God's pets still has me chuckling.



I'm not in favor of using "Yahweh" in worship, nor can I recommend memorizing Scripture in a translation of the Bible that utilizes it. Its use is offensive to many Jews. Since a point of this post is to recommend learning Psalm 19 by heart, it seemed best to translate with 'Lord.'

That said, 'Lord,' 'the Eternal' (L'Eterno in a famous Italian Protestant translation), and 'the Name' just don't cut it if the goal is to capture the range of associations and semantic play Yahweh, the personal name of God would have had on the lips of an Israelite, including precisely the Shema (Deut 6:4). A Jewish commentator of the caliber of Jeffrey Tigay, who surely cannot be classed as a-religious in approach, finds it necessary to explain Deuteronomy 6:4 in his comment to it as meaning "YHVH is our God, YHVH alone" in order to clarify its sense. But I imagine he doesn't write out the Tetragrammaton unnecessarily, and very rarely if ever pronounces it, even in a secular classroom setting.

Biblical Israelites, on the other hand, knew nothing of a prohibition on the pronunciation of the divine name, as is clear from the wording of a multitude of texts.

As for your question about the two parts of the psalm, a couple of verbal connections are often noted ('hidden,' 'light'). But I think a greater set of themes unites the two parts.

Unifying theme number one: the glory and beauty and perfection of God-made things. The heavens are described thus first, and then Torah.

Unifying theme number two: both the heavens and Torah are described as being expressive, as communicating glory and order and justice. Perhaps it helps to remember that the sun god, Shamash, was the god of justice.

Unifying theme number three: the joy and refreshment that God-made beings experience in running the course laid out for them. The sun is described as joyous first, then human beings' hearts are described as rejoiced, that is, the hearts of those who know their course is laid out for them in Torah.

Torah Yhwh means, if interpreted in light of the use of the cognate verb in the H stem, 'the (lit., a set of) pointers of Yhwh.' H yarah means 'to point the way out to' (see Gen 46:28). I would argue that the latent verbal sense of the noun is activated by the poet in Ps 19:8 by way of the antecedent 19:6-7, which introduce the themes of a journey and of rejoicing in a journey.

Unifying theme number four (you can tell I'm a preacher, bear with me): praise as a response to God. It is never said in so many words, but surely it is the case that the heavens are described as praising God in this psalm, and the psalm concludes with the psalmist praising God as 'my rock and my redeemer.'

The lucid prosody of the psalm sings its contents as prose could not. Form and content hang together beautifully.

Pulp Fiction 1

I think it takes a dedicated student to do the work you asked of them. Its great to see that there are many people out there that find things in life so interesting that I have not stumbled upon yet. You seem to have a real passion for Hebrew Scripture and its very motivating. It seems that the Psalms 19 speaks a lot about wisdom in the world.

Truman Show 2

One of my favorite verses of this Psalm is “the teaching of the Lord is perfect.” To know that what you are learning is above practical or theoretical improvement is positively encouraging for anyone. It must have been comforting (even though stressful) to help teach your fellow students the word of God in Hebrew. I am sure that having to know that many Psalms in an unfamiliar language would be difficult and unpleasant at the time, but I could only imagine how much it would truly help you for the rest of your life. I really like how this Psalm validates everything that God does and can do for us.

Praying With Lior 10

Psalm 19 is one of my favorite Psalms for a few reasons. It starts out giving us a sense of awe in what God has created for us and His amazing accomplishments. In agreement with Truman Show 2, I love how this Psalm brings together everything that religion and faith is for us. It shows us the wonders of God and what we can do to praise Him and His glory. God created a world of possibilities for us and all that He teaches us is in fact perfect and good. My favorite line of this psalm is, “O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” I think ending the song with this line emphasizes the importance of the Lord in our lives. He is our basis for, well frankly, everything. He created us and gives us everything we need. He is all powerful and merciful, and we should give praise to everything He provides us with.

The Truman Show 4

I agree with many statements in this blog posts and other comments. This Psalm is definitely one to know by heart, and to think about on many occassions. It really does tie together all the power God has and how we should give him all the glory. I especially love how the Psalm begins and closes, it may not be that significant to others but to start with "The heavens declare the glory of God" and finish with "May the words of my mouth be acceptable, the cry of my heart before you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer; it is just a very powerful thing.

Dead Man Walking 5

This is the first time that I have read this Psalm and I thought it had a great message. I think it definitely brings out how great God is to the reader. I think this Psalm really tries to bring joy and happiness to the world. I think that whether or not you believe in God you can enjoy this Psalm as a great piece of literature. I agree with Truman 4 about how that ending verse is a very powerful one. It really illustrates how powerful God is, but at the same time how gentle he is. I think this is a verse that really brings out the true meaning of the Bible, Love.

True Grit 4

I really love the book of Psalms. All of the verses are so beautiful and they give such comfort. They are just great musical prayer and praises to God. My personal favorite Psalm is the 23rd Psalm. It just offers me a lot of comfort. This is a great Psalm as well. To me it just about praising God and asking for his forgiveness. To me it provides comfort because it just says that no matter what God knows best. So whatever happens in your life if you are in the Lord you can trust that it will be for the best and even if it is something horrible that has happened to you it will result in something good.

Pulp Fiction 4

The book of Psalms is probably my favorite book in the Bible. This Psalm that I just read above, was very heartfelt. Like many of the other blog posts have stated, this Psalm really shows what God's powers are, and how we should respect them. The main passage that really sticks out to me is the ending, "O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." This part really touches me, because I really do feel like the Lord is my rock. I have been through a lot in my life, and if I wouldn't have looked to the Lord for help, I don't think I could of made it through. He put me on this Earth just like everyone else. We should praise him for the wonderful world he has created for us. He really is our rock, our redeemer.

Pup Fiction 3

The book of Psalms is also one of my favorite books of the bible. The amount of power God has is truly astonishing. Most of us in some way, shape, or form have had to look to God for help. And in most cases in looking to God for help we feel a sense of comfort back from God. This is truly a great feeling, and is the reason why many of us have been able to overcome the many tragedies we have experienced throughout are lives. The end of the song saying "O Lord, my rock and my redeemer" is a great end. God is most peoples rock and redeemer.

Shawshank Redemption 3

I really like the way you translated this Psalm. It's very poetic, which is how I think Psalms should be, unlike my student Bible which translates it in a way that is easier to understand. I feel like your translation gives it more feeling. "The teaching of the Lord is perfect, renewing life. The decrees of the Lord are enduring, making the simple wise. The precepts of the Lord are just, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is clear, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, it stands forever. The judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More desirable than gold, pure gold in plenty. Sweeter than honey, than drippings of the comb. Moreover your servant is warned by them, in observing them is great reward", this is my favorite part. It's such a good representation of how powerful and great the word of the Lord is. This really is a beautiful Psalm and I agree that it is one that should be learned by heart.

Nell 1

The book of Psalms offers comfort and encouragement to those who read it. This Psalm is encouraging in the aspect that “the teaching of the Lord is perfect.” Learning God’s Words and the lessons that he wants His believers to understand is considered perfect, therefore reassuring the reader that they aren’t just learning nonsense about God, rather the awe inspiring words He wanted us to know. It is great for believers to read Psalms like Psalm 19 and leave with a sense of marvel at God and how He is important in our lives. “O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” is such a comforting passage that allows believers to know that they always have God in their lives, regardless the situation. I agree with other comments that state this psalm helps tie together the power of God and all the joy He brings to the world. When people need encouragement and want to strengthen their faith, I feel that the book of Psalms would be the best place for them to go to. The Psalms are heartfelt and show the power of God. He is our Redeemer and our strength in times of trouble.

Shawshank Redemption 4

I really enjoy this post. But i am curious as to what the line,The teaching of the Lord is perfect,

renewing life.

The decrees of the Lord are enduring,

making the simple wise.
I do not agree with the the saying The teaching of the Lord is perfect, renewing life. Because nothing is perfect, and not everyone believes in the Lord, therefore some would not even view his teaching as relevant to their lives. And I was wondering if you could explain the line, The decrees of the Lord are enduring, making the simple wise. I am having a hard time understanding this.


Hi SR 4,

You are right that nothing is perfect and that not everyone thinks that whatever God teaches according to the Bible is relevant to their lives.

But this is a psalm of praise. It is love language. In the same way, I think of the one I love and my children as flawless - even if I argue with them and criticize them. In a real sense they are flawless. So is God's Word for the believer.

Does that make any sense?

Nell 3

“The commandment of the Lord is clear, giving light to the eyes.” This verse for me is the most telling and clear message in Psalm 19. “The commandment of the Lord is clear…” This says to me that what God expects of us is not a daunting or impossible mission; rather it makes me feel comfortable and confident in my faith because everything is all spelled out for me in the Bible, and what it says is what God means. The second part of the verse, “…giving light to the eyes” Touches close to home for me. This part of the verse is only five words long, but conveys a deep message. If I follow God’s commandments, he will light my path, make things in my life clear and guide me to where I am meant to be. If I do not follow his commandments and I try to do it all on my own it will be like trying to find my way in the dark, and I will not have that light of God guiding me.

Nell 4

The book of Psalms is a great book to read. Most people look to God for help in some way, even if one doesn't actually come out and ask for it.

In my life, there have been times that I needed others to be there for me when they couldn't, but I know that God was always there. I always get that warm feeling inside that someone is watching over me and making sure that I will be alright. That’s why in Psalm 19 the quote "O Lord, my rock and my redeemer," is so appropriate. This line really goes to show the Love that God has for us! He definitely gets us through the tough times as our being our rock and strength during troubled times.

Shawshank Redemption 4

Yes that does make sense. Sometimes I look at things too literally and don't look at the big picture. I agree that sometimes we as individuals view things as perfect, while others may disagree totally. I understand that someday I may view my spouse and children as perfect because they are mine and things I have created. This clears things up for me totally. Thank you.

True Grit 2

I agree with Nell 4 and I can also relate to the times in my life I have needed God to help me through tough times in my life.

Mission 2

SR4's comments and John's comments stuck out to me. The lines:

The teaching of the Lord is perfect,

renewing life.

The decrees of the Lord are enduring,

making the simple wise.

Stuck out to me as well. The word perfect is a bit bothersome to me as well. It strikes me as meaning "blind faith," which I disagree with. I understand your comments, John, about how you view your family as flawless and I can relate to that. At the same time, though, we all know those parents who won't hear a word against their kids because they refuse to believe anything but the best about them and it is a definite annoyance for those around them.
I totally agree with the feeling of flawlessness when it comes to family. I think we all make a point to "count the hits, and ignore the misses." When that becomes vice versa, I think that is when there are major issues within a relationship.
In regard to the perfection of God's teaching, though, I think that we should take that with a grain of salt and maybe accept it as a perfection in the sense that it is unreachable for us to reach, but not to the point of being unquestionable.
One should always be able to question and analyze. That is how I feel that higher learning happens.

Lior 4

The book of Psalms have never been one for which I have read often. However, this is one of the Psalms I do enjoy. It really brings forth a sense of awe at the glory and power of God. I agree with many of the comments about the final verse being so strong. This Psalm really show how strong God's love is for us.

breaker morant 2

I also agree with the comments about the final verse being strong. "the teaching of the lord is perfect". This verse is controversial for people. The fact that this verse sounds ego-centric to outsiders is a problem in itself. But when it comes to most Christians, one would say its comforting. To know that all of his teachings are "perfect" and that you will find all answers within the bible is something Christians love.

Shawshank Redemption 1

To be able to recite on demand would be a tough thing to do. Each person will find that certain things stand out and are easy to remember. Now to add that a person needs to do this in a language that they are still learning makes it impressive to the one that do pass. I haven’t taken any foreign language class since I was a child and even when in class I could barely speak the language in any form that would be even close to fluidity. I also do not miss the stress level a person must feel as they stand there in front of individuals well versed and seen as elders. The only part that would make it easier would be the fact that David’s words are so profound and lovely. It is truly easy to see why God said that David was a man after His own heart.

Truman Show 2

I am really happy that I do not have to translate a Psalm from Hebrew on sight. This would be a very tough thing to do while you are still learning Hebrew, along with the pressure of reciting the verse in front of three professors. I probably would have been one of the students who try to remember the Psalm by heart, and would have said the wrong Psalm. I would have to agree that Psalm 19 should be a Psalm to know by heart, even if you do not have to recite it for an exam. My favorite part of Psalm 19 is “Moreover from willful sins keep your servant; do not let them dominate me”. This part of the Psalm shows me that God is trying to keep you from sins, and will not let your sins take over you by forgiving you of your sins.

Dead Man Walking 6

I totally agree with other blog comments about the book of Psalm. This book is very compassionate and heartfelt. It gives us a sense of awe in what God has created for us and why we should respect them. The last passage, “Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer” really sticks out for me. Simply, it says God is and will be presenting everywhere in our life, regardless the situation. I have been through a lot of things in my life, if without the Lord; I do not think I would have made it through. This Psalm helps to tie the power of God and all the joy He brings to this universe. When people need encouragement and want to strengthen their faith, I think this book would be the best thing for them to read. God is people’s rock and redeemer. We should give praise to everything He provides for us.

The Mission 3

This Psalm shows how powerful God is and how He looks out for us and wants to keep us from sinning. It says that when we follow God and His word, we are going down the right path in life. It’s also saying that God’s ways won’t change because, “the fear of the Lord is pure, it stands forever”. My favorite passage in this Psalm is, “The judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether”. I like this passage because it just reminds us that the Lord doesn’t make mistakes in his judgments and that if life is going well right now, chances are it will keep going smoothly if you just follow and praise the Lord.

true grit 5

In other books you see that God has power and that He is almighty, though Psalm 19 brings it to a more poetic tone. It shows that in His power the author of the Psalm showed his love for God and how everything is perfect. Everything that the Lord has offered is to be praised, more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey. He made is commandments clear, the fear of the Lord pure, judgments true, and His teachings perfect. Ending with a prayer to the Lord to accept our gratitude towards Him and to make our prayer to Him pleasing and perfect;
May the words of my mouth be acceptable,
the cry of my heart before you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Pulp Fiction 5

I would agree that Psalm 19 would be one to know by heart. This opinion of mine might be flawed simply because I see God most clearly in his physical creations present in nature. Psalm 19 glorifies God by showing the reader all the amazing things that God has provided for us, to mention a few, the heavens, day, and night. By creating these things, his glory can be seen all over the world. Whether or not someone believes, they are affected by his creations each day and night. I for one am eternally grateful for God and everything that he has done for us.

Although this Psalm is mainly about glorifying God, it can also be read as a reason to worship and fear God’s might. With all that he has created, it is hard not to think how much power God has over us. Not to say that we should fear him and essentially be forced to worship him. But with the huge impact he has on our lives, I think the only right thing to do is worship and praise the Lord. Reciting Psalm 19 on a regular basis, in my mind, would be a very good way to do so. One of my favorite parts of Psalm 19 comes from verse 10 which states “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of honeycomb.” This is a good representation of how privileged we should be to receive all that God has given us.

breaker morant4

Psalm 19 is all about what God as made and done for us. This reminds me how lucky i am I am to be in this world and it also humbles me to know that there is something larger than me.

Nell 2

This passage, Psalm 19, is a Psalm that sticks out to me, when I reread it. I remember learning these passages from my confirmation, years ago. I think it is interesting how this Psalm is broken into parts. The first few verses show the Love that God has for us and his creation. This Psalm really demonstrations to us the wonders of God. This Psalm also goes into why we should praise Him and His glory. God has formed remarkable works into his creation and teachings. I am really passionate about how this Psalm ends. A part I struggle with is who of us is fully aware of our corruption? Who knows the depths of his sins? In this Psalm, God’s law shows us our sins. It exposes our sins that may be somewhat incognito. It exposes our arrogant sins. The part I find truly amazing is that God’s word also has the ability to cleanse us as we are made aware of our sins and go to Him for cleansing. The last passage of this psalm is, “O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” This ending is a clear example how significant God is in our lives.

Chariots of Fire 1

I really like the first verse of this Psalm: “The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament shows his handiwork.” It’s so true. They do. You look up at them and it just screams God, but silently. One of my favorite things to do is to look up at a clear night sky. It’s so majestic and peaceful, like God. It’s amazing that He made that, and made everything else.

The Truman Show 3

Having not read the Bible much growing up, this Psalm really speaks to the perfection and magnitude of God. "Sweeter than honey, the dripping of the comb." To say the least, honey is pretty sweet. "More desirable than gold." That's impressive considering the state of the economy in the united states. But all kidding aside, the magnitude to which God is impressive is incomparable to any human being on the face of this earth... and that is impressive.

Pulp Fiction 1

The story about the student who memorized the Psalm 20 and he was supposed to read of Psalm 19 was a story that caught my attention. I realized that kids these days are so pressured, yet do not realize that what they are doing is so helpful for later in life. College is a huge step for me and I dislike it all the time, but in the end all these skills will help me in the end. All the complaints that kids have are just lessons that make them a better person in life (in general). The lesson this student learned was to study more, in a sense. Because he was wrong and made a fool of himself; the professors also learned that they need to make it easier or change their teaching methods so the students can figure out which Psalm is which. Although the Psalm was said wrong during the test, it is the fact that he even memorized a Bible passage. I know that I cannot memorize one certain passage and that is how my life has always been. I can read passages over and over, but can’t memorize it. This just gives me a reason to keep on reading and reading. The Bible is like a book that never stops for me. The children of this world are held to very high standards-yes-, but are they also held too higher standards according to God?


Learning the Psalms by heart and being able to apply them are two completely different things. If one is able to just say a verse, but do nothing from that, what good does it do? Rather if one learns parts of the Bible by heart, they should be able to relate the passage to what is going on in their life or other's lives. This was they may be able to truly help with other's problems and bring them closer to God than if they would just state a passage and go nowhere with it. I feel that in our modern time, and perhaps this is true throughout of all time, many are able to say they "know" a story in the Bible or can repeat one, but very few can understand those stories with greater significance than what is on the surface.

Pulp Fiction 6

I never realized how significant and influencing the psalms were in every day life. They all have different meanings and different interpretations in which to live by. I need to go through the book of Psalms and reread them all, maybe one a day, and try to embody them. I particularly enjoy this psalm because it is powerful in showing that God has created everyone and everything for a purpose and put us in our time and place for a reason. I was especially moved by what Truman Show 1 said. I completely agree with everything they said and agree that what good does it do a person to be able to recite every verse in Bible if they cannot apply it to their lives and properly interpret it.

Nell 5

Very good point TrumanShow 1. It shouldn't be just memorizing, you need to understand what the passages mean. What good is memorization without understanding? It would be like me memorizing football plays without actually understanding how to execute them. Utilize what Psalm is saying and apply it to your everyday life. The main purpose of life in my opinion is to learn and understand everyone and everything around you. Learn how to be a better person, and become a better person.

Shawshank Redemption 3

This Psalm is just wonderful. I love how it gives so much glory to God in every verse. It is powerful verse but only if you take the time to really read it. Like said by TrumanShow 1 and Nell5, if you just memorize it to know it, or to be able to recite it, it doesn’t having the meaning it could. Although I know that studying something over and over so that I can memorize it works better if you understand what you are reading. So in studying this psalm one would read the verses over and over, and would eventually maybe start to wonder well what does this mean. Having an understanding of what you’re trying to memorize helps you learn it. As for the student, if he had taken the time to actually study the psalm maybe he would have been able to recite the right psalm.

Breaker Morant 1

Psalms is such a powerful book in the Bible. I can't imagine trying to translate it in a different language. I sometimes struggle with what a true interpretation of a verse could be, but i suppose there is not a wrong way to interpret the Bible. My favorite lines from Psalms 19 is "May the words of my mouth be acceptable, the cry of my heart before you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." This verse to me shows the strength in God's forgiveness towards us, and the power of his influence that he has on people. Believers in God look up to him; God is someone we can turn to through out the hard times in our lives. He has the power to keep us sane in hard times, and that is why is his our rock and our redeemer.

Truman Show 4

This Psalm combined with Psalm 137 from the previous sessions, shows the great scope and depth that the Bible has. Here is a Psalm that still can relate to anybody's life, but yet it is the polar opposite of that Psalm. Only the Bible can preach of destruction and also the glory of creation, and use both together to impact people's lives just by reading it. I'm glad I took this class, I had not read the Bible much since 8th grade at my Lutheran grade school. It's something I've sorely missed in the last 5 years.

The Truman Show 5

After reading Psalm 19, I found myself thinking more of the second verse of Psalm 19.
“ Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge”. During our days, we spend them performing different actions. Whether it is working, going to school, volunteering or just plain living, we are always dong something. During the night we sleep, we rest to strengthen our body and mind. The correlation between the passage and our lives is that we spend the day speaking or doing, but at night we are strengthening our knowledge of our actions to come.

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    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
  • Deinde
    News and Discussion by Danny Zacharias
  • Discipulus scripturae
    Nathan Stitt's place
  • Dr. Claude Mariottini
    balanced comment by a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary, Lombard IL
  • Dr. Platypus
    insightful comment by Darrell Pursiful, editor at Smyth & Helwys Publishing, on the New Testament faculty of Mercer University
  • Dust
    A diary of Bob MacDonald's journey through the Psalms and other holy places in the Hebrew Bible
  • Eclexia
    The heart and mind of this Bible and theology blogger sing in unison
  • Eat, Drink, and be Merry
    The journey of a grad student with a love for ancient languages at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (archive)
  • Elizaphanian
    Rev Sam tussles with God, and limps away
  • Emerging from Babel
    Stephen investigates the potential of narrative and rhetorical criticism as a tool for expounding scripture
  • Evangelical Textual Criticism
    A group blog on NT and OT text-critical matters
  • 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
  • Exegetisk Teologi
    careful exegetical comment by Stefan Green (in Swedish)
  • Exploring Our Matrix
    Insightful reflections by James McGrath, ass't. professor of religion, Butler University
  • Faith Matters
    Mark Alter's place
  • 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
  • Idle Musings of a Bookseller
    by James Spinti of Eisenbrauns
  • if i were a bell, i'd ring
    Tim Ricchiuiti’s place
  • Imaginary Grace
    Smooth, witty commentary by Angela Erisman (archive). Angela Erisman is a member of the theology faculty at Xavier University
  • James' Thoughts and Musings
    by James Pate, a doctoral student at HUC-JIR Cincinnati
  • Jewish Philosophy Place
    by Zachary (Zak) Braiterman, who teaches modern Jewish thought and philosophy in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University
  • kata ta biblia
    by Patrick George McCollough, M. Div. student, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA
  • Ketuvim
    Learned reflection from the keyboard of Jim Getz
  • Kilbabo
    Ben Johnson’s insightful blog
  • Kruse Kronicle - contemplating the intersection of work, the global economy, and Christian mission
    top quality content brought to readers by Michael W. Kruse
  • 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.
  • Looney Fundamentalist
    a scientist who loves off-putting labels
  • 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.
  • Occasional Publications
    excellent blogging by Daniel Driver, Brevard Childs' scholar extraordinaire
  • 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
  • Pastoral Epistles
    by Rick Brannan and friends, a conceptually unique Bible blog
  • Pen and Parchment
    Michael Patton and company don't just think outside the box. They are tearing down its walls.
  • Pisteuomen
    by Michael Halcomb, pastor-scholar from the Bluegrass State
  • Pseudo-Polymath
    by Mark Olson, an Orthodox view on things
  • Purging my soul . . . one blog at a time
    great theoblog by Sam Nunnally
  • Qumranica
    weblog for a course on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, taught by James R. Davila (archive)
  • Ralph the Sacred River
    by Edward Cook, a superb Aramaist
  • Random Bloggings
    by Calvin Park, M. Div. student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton MA
  • Resident aliens
    reflections of one not at home in this world
  • Revelation is Real
    Strong-minded comment from Tony Siew, lecturer at Trinity Theological College, Singapore
  • Ricoblog
    by Rick Brannan, it's the baby pictures I like the most
  • Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
    Nick Norelli's fabulous blog on Bible and theology
  • SansBlogue
    by Tim Bulkeley, lecturer in Old Testament, Carey Baptist College (New Zealand). His Hypertext Commentary on Amos is an interesting experiment
  • Ancient Near Eastern Languages
    texts and files to help people learn some ancient languages in self study, by Mike Heiser
  • Midrash, etc.
    A fine Hebrew-to-English blog on Midrash, by Carl Kinbar, Director of the New School for Jewish Studies and a facultm member at MJTI School of Jewish Studies.
  • Phil Lembo what I'm thinking
    a recovering lawyer, now in IT, with a passion for a faith worth living
  • Roses and Razorwire
    a top-notch Levantine archaeology blog, by Owen Chesnut, a doctoral student at Andrews University (MI)
  • Scripture & Theology
    a communal weblog dedicated to the intersection of biblical interpretation and the articulation of church doctrine, by Daniel Driver, Phil Sumpter, and others
  • Scripture Zealot
    by Jeff Contrast
  • 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
  • Singing in the Reign
    NT blog by Michael Barber (JP University) and Brad Pitre (Our Lady Holy Cross)
  • Stay Curious
    excellent comment on Hebrew Bible and Hebrew language topics, by Karyn Traphagen, graduate, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia PA (archive)
  • Sufficiency
    A personal take on the faith delivered to the saints, by Bob MacDonald, whose parallel blog on the Psalms in Hebrew is a colorful and innovative experiment
  • The Sundry Times
    Gary Zimmerli's place, with comment on Bible translations and church renewal
  • Sunestauromai: living the crucified life
    by a scholar-pastor based in the Grand Canyon National Park
  • 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 Forbidden Gospels Blog
    by April DeConick, Professor of Biblical Studies, Rice University
  • The Naked Bible
    by Mike Heiser, academic editor at Logos Bible Software
  • 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
  • Theological German
    a site for reading and discussing theological German, by Mark Alter
  • theoutwardquest
    seeking spirituality as an outward, not an inward quest, by David Corder
  • This Lamp
    Incisive comment on Bible translations in the archives, by Rick Mansfield
  • Thoughts on Antiquity
    By Chris Weimer and friends, posts of interest on ancient Greek and Roman topics (archive). Chris is a graduate student at the City University of New York in Classics
  • Threads from Henry's Web
    Wide-ranging comment by Henry Neufeld, educator, publisher, and author
  • Tête-à-Tête-Tête
    smart commentary by "smijer," a Unitarian-Universalist
  • Undeception
    A great blog by Mike Douglas, a graduate student in biblical studies
  • What I Learned From Aristotle
    the Judaica posts are informative (archive)
  • Bouncing into Graceland
    a delightful blog on biblical and theological themes, by Esteban Vázquez (archive)
  • Weblog
    by Justin Anthony Knapp, a fearless Wikipedian (archive)
  • Writing in the Dust
    A collection of quotes by Wesley Hill, a doctoral student in New Testament studies at Durham University (UK), and a Christian who seeks the charism of chastity
  • גֵּר־וְתוֹשָׁב
    by David Miller, Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism, Briercrest College & Seminary, Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • ואל-תמכר
    Buy truth and do not sell: wisdom, instruction, and understanding - a blog by Mitchell Powell, student of life at the intersection of Christ, Christianity, and Christendom
  • משלי אדם
    exploring wisdom literature, religion, and other academic pursuits, by Adam Couturier, M.A. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

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