The Christ of Proverbs: David Murray on Discovering Jesus in Proverbs

David Murray's hot-off-the-presses Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament (Thomas Nelson, 2013) just arrived at my door!  I look forward to reading it straight through eventually and perhaps reviewing it somewhere (at very least, here on the blog), but as it is just in and… Continue reading The Christ of Proverbs: David Murray on Discovering Jesus in Proverbs

Using Extrabiblical Texts in Biblical Study

I (Andrew) did not just move my family across the country, so I have no excuses for my dearth of posts!  (Although I was swamped preparing a lecture/presentation on the history and archaeology of Old Testament Jerusalem, and preparing to host the meetings of Classis Southwest US of the URCNA which were held Sept 17-18… Continue reading Using Extrabiblical Texts in Biblical Study

The significance of Joseph being killed by a “fierce animal” (חיה רעה) in Gen 37:20 & 33

When Joseph is betrayed by his brothers and sold to the Midianite/Ishmaelite caravan, an interesting lexical item is used.  In Gen 37:20, the brothers plot to kill Joseph and claim that a "fierce animal" (ESV) has killed him.  Jacob too, when he sees Joseph's bloodied garment, is convinced that a "fierce animal" has killed him. … Continue reading The significance of Joseph being killed by a “fierce animal” (חיה רעה) in Gen 37:20 & 33

To Joseph our Puns …

One of my favorite parts of reading Hebrew is noticing many of the puns that are usually not translated well into English. In Genesis 37:1-11, the main conflict of the Joseph story begins to develop in earnest (even though the discord in this family can be seen much earlier - e.g., Gen 29:31-30:24, Gen 33:1-3,… Continue reading To Joseph our Puns …

Favorite Edited Books dealing with Old Testament Historical Issues

Due to my academic training in Old Testament I have an interest in how issues in historical criticism should be approached by believing (or more narrowly, "conservative") scholars.  Because of this, certain books have wound up on my shelves that might not end up on the shelves of most other Reformed pastors.  Since in the… Continue reading Favorite Edited Books dealing with Old Testament Historical Issues