Quote for the Day

"You can't know," said the girl. "You can only believe — or not." — C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader … [Read more...]

Dark Epiphany

Happy Feast of the Epiphany.Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning appearance or manifestation. In the western churches, the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God is linked to the visit of the astrologers from the east (the "three wise men" of popular Christmas folklore). Eastern churches, however, see the Epiphany, or Theophany ("appearance of God") as associated more specifically with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, when a voice from heaven announced "This is my Son, the … [Read more...]

I need a Hebrew scholar to help me with a passage in Isaiah

If you are reading this blog and you are a scholar of Hebrew — or know someone who is — please get in touch (or have your friend get in touch) with me. I'm interested in the following passage, which I am going to present in three different English versions: first, a Jewish translation, then two Christian renderings. The passage in question is Isaiah 45:4-5.For the sake of My servant Jacob, Israel My chosen one, I call you by name, I hail you by title, though you have not known Me. I am the LOR … [Read more...]