Strong Ability in Biblical Languages

As I sought feedback on the Swahili lyrics of Baba Yetu recently, one of the most crucial kinds of feedback I received was of the sort that said “X rather than Y sounds more natural to a native speaker.” As Bill Mounce pointed out in a recent blog post, this is the kind of instinctive [Read More…]

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Fundamentalists and Scholarship

I made the same point some years ago in a blog post. But the above image, shared on Facebook by the page Science & Scripture, makes the point much more effectively and succinctly. Does someone claim that they simply read the Bible and have no need for scholars, when they are reading the Bible in translation, [Read More…]

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Bad Hebrew = Free Advertising

There is a blog dedicated to bad Hebrew tattoos. I had apparently neglected it for a long time, because in a post from quite some time ago, they shared this gem: The person apparently wanted to profess their love for someone, and so decided to do so in Hebrew using Babylon translation software. If you [Read More…]

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Origen on Adam (Corrected)

Ken Brown pointed out that the image I shared misattributed the quotation to the wrong work by Origen. I apologize for not having verified every last detail before sharing it. And so, in light of that, and since I wasn’t entirely happy with the use of “man” where “humanity” was meant in the translation used, I [Read More…]

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Jewish National and University Library Digitized Book Repository

Ancient World Online linked to the Jewish National and University Library Digitized Book Repository, which includes a lot of rare items, such as a Latin copy of Josephus’ works from 1486.   [Read more…]

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The Very Model of a Biblical Philologist

Josh Tyra made this delightful video. David Lamb and Darrell Pursiful brought it to my attention. It is a parody of a famous Gilbert and Sullivan song. Mandaic gets a mention! [Read more…]

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Hebrew’s 22 Words

How the article made it onto CNN, I have no idea. But they shared some silliness as though it were serious, mentioning a group that claims that each Hebrew letter is not really a letter but a word. That would mean, as one commenter pointed out, that Hebrew has a grand total of 22 words. [Read More…]

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Hebrew Cannon

Via George Athas. I haven't seen the distinction between canon and cannon illustrated quite this pictorially before!   [Read more…]

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Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More…]

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Performing Ancient Texts in the Original Languages

My colleague Chris Bungard is one of the performers (the first you see) in the above video, which was made as part of an NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance. It got me thinking. Has anyone done something similar with Biblical texts, acting out and narrating stories in the original languages? [Read more…]

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A Hebrew Grammarian’s Real Answers in Genesis

Robert Holmstedt normally blogs about Hebrew grammar. But the nonsense Answers in Genesis spouts about the Bible and not just science has irked him enough to comment. Here’s a taste of what he wrote in a recent blog post: If a person’s view of the authority rests on reading Genesis scientifically and so his or her [Read More…]

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