The Translation of the Hebrew Bible: A Very Brief Overview

 The two prefaces to the JPS (Jewish Publication Society) Hebrew-English Tanakh are helpful sources of information concerning the text of the Hebrew Old Testament.  In these prefaces, one can read about the history of the Hebrew text, the accuracy of the Hebrew text, and information about the newer JPS translation of the Hebrew text, among… Continue reading The Translation of the Hebrew Bible: A Very Brief Overview

The Last Book of the Hebrew Bible: Chronicles?!

 I've enjoyed making my way through this 2012 Eerdmans publication: Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God's Address. This morning I read chapter seven by Stephen Dempster: "Canon and Old Testament Interpretation."  Overall it's a helpful chapter, but I really liked the following paragraph about the Hebrew Bible ending with Chronicles (the last book of the… Continue reading The Last Book of the Hebrew Bible: Chronicles?!

Moses and Israel, Genealogy and Geography

I’ve been thoroughly impressed with Stephen Dempster’s Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible.  If I have time later on I’ll give it a fuller review here.  For now, I do want to note that it is an excellent OT biblical-theological resource.  To give our readers a snapshot, here is an insightful paragraph… Continue reading Moses and Israel, Genealogy and Geography

Resources on Habakkuk

Here is a list of commentaries I've used as I teach/preach through the OT minor prophet Habakkuk.    Marvin Sweeney, The Twelve Prophets.  This is one of my favorite commentaries on Habakkuk.  Sweeney is a top-notch Jewish scholar so he knows his Hebrew Bible.  His writing style is clear and to the point; the commentary is a… Continue reading Resources on Habakkuk