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 […]

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 […]

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 […]