Scripture Says, God Says (Warfield)

One thing that has been in my mind lately is how the NT authors and Christians in the early church viewed the OT. Suffice it to say that since they learned from Jesus, the NT authors and early Christians had a deep and profound respect for the Scripture (the OT). They viewed it as God's… Continue reading Scripture Says, God Says (Warfield)

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 Brute Historical Facts of the OT?(Provan)

 Iain Provan's essay, "Hearing the HIstorical Books" in Hearing the Old Testament is an excellent, helpful, and thought-provoking read.  I really appreciate it and I highly recommend it. One of the main points Provan makes in this article is that the OT is not just a depository of historical facts.  Typically we think of history as… Continue reading The Brute Historical Facts of the OT?(Provan)

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?!

The Red Heifer Law: What? Why?

There are some obscure and difficult sections of the Old Testament.  One example is Numbers 18-19, where we are given quite a few details about the duties of the priests and the Levites who served the priests.  In those chapters we also read about a purification law concerning the defilement that a dead body brings:… Continue reading The Red Heifer Law: What? Why?