Psalm 23:4 and the Importance of Hebrew

by on March 24, 2016

Every now and then I’m in a conversation with someone who hasn’t learned Greek/Hebrew (or, has forgotten them) and I get a question along the lines of “How important are the languages, really, since we have so many English translations?” This is actually a very difficult question to answer well, for several reasons. First of […]

Prophet or Hobo?

by on February 13, 2015

I’m reading through some ANE prophetic texts as part of course-prep for Isaiah. Many of the texts are letters wherein some official will report back on an oracle to their lord or commanding officer. One in particular leaves me wondering whether the guy was a prophet or an opportunist otherwise down on his luck. On […]

Claus Westermann on the Enthronment Psalms

by on January 8, 2015

Working through Claus Westermann’s Praise and Lament in the Psalms, the first part of which was available in English translation in 1965. I wonder if the conclusions Gerald Wilson drew re Ps 89 and Book IV of the Psalter (in his 1981 dissertation, published in 1985) would’ve been different if he’d reflected on the following […]

Current Reading

by on December 23, 2014

Settled into some reading on Gregory of Nyssa for dissertation work. Here’s some of what’s on my desk/screen at the moment: Athanasius and Robert C. Gregg. The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus. Translated by Robert C. Gregg. The Classics of Western spirituality. New York: Paulist Press, 1980. Daley, Brian E. “Training for […]

Season of Change and a good book

by on February 10, 2014

Last Wednesday morning we left the driveway in Hamilton, Ontario in a storm expected to drop 20+cm of snow and crept along the highway in a sea of white. Last Friday morning, we arrived in sunny, muggy, and very warm Brisbane, Australia. Tomorrow morning, classes start here at Queensland Theological College. Meanwhile we’re looking for […]

Kraus on the Imprecatory Psalms

by on September 9, 2013

It would be a superficial and emotional response to characterize the desire for revenge in the Psalms as something typical of the Old Testament, irreligious, unchristian, and repugnant. I had to chuckle as I read this line in Kraus’s Theology of the Psalms this afternoon, because this is more or less exactly what C. S. Lewis […]

Reading the NASB again for the first [and last] time

by on August 30, 2013

When I was in high school my Bible translation of choice was the New American Standard Bible (NASB), proudly touted by many as the best literal, word-for-word rendering of the original languages. I knew precious little about translation theory, no more Greek than the alphabet, and no Hebrew at all. But I “knew” it was […]