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?!

God Hates Divorce: Slogan or Scripture?

Several weeks ago, I noted how some common translations of Malachi 2:16 are unhelpful because they make the text say that God hates divorce (e.g. NKJV, KJV, NIV).  However, the Malachi 2:16 doesn’t say that; it says, ‘For the man who hates and divorces,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘covers his garment with… Continue reading God Hates Divorce: Slogan or Scripture?

God Hates Divorce?

“…For I hate divorce….’  These words in Malachi 2:16 are known (but not always lived out!) by many evangelicals.  It should be noted, however, that this translation isn’t accepted by nearly all commentators or Bible translations (i.e. Luther, the Septuagint, the ESV, etc).  One issue is that the Hebrew verb (hate/sanah) is 3rd person masculine… Continue reading God Hates Divorce?