Quibbling with NRSV 1

I know, I know. This is an old and hackneyed debate and there are far better/worse modern translations to go after. But as I am finishing up my translation of Targum Ruth (huzzah!) I see that the NRSV has made some lame choices, presumably to be “gender inclusive.” In this case there is some basic […]

Translation – Resistance is futile 1

I make no bones about it, I am no linguist. I do not derive great joy (and usually, no joy at all) from hours spent trying to decipher and understand grammar. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I have developed language skills and believe it is vital to read any text to be […]

Word Clouds Illuminating Interpretation: Lamentations 1

Yesterday, as simply a means of illustrating the announcement about the new book on Lamentations I quickly created two word clouds of the Book of Lamentations and the Targum of Lamentations. As with Ruth there are some interesting observations one can make from this simple graphic. For those not familiar, Wordle.net  tags the words you input […]

Targum Lamentations - Accordance Module


Proofs are here! New Book on Lamentations 3

A year ago, almost to the day, I shared with you all that a new book was forthcoming on the topic of Lamentations and its interpretation in Christianity and Judaism. Yesterday I received the proofs and Great Is Thy Faithfulness: Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture should be ready for purchase at SBL! The publisher is […]

Behold! Eh? What century is this? 7

This has always bothered me… So tell me, how would you translate הנה (biblical Hebrew) or הא (Aramaic) into “modern” English? Ignoring it, as some are wont to do, seems to be lying to hiding something from the reader and using “just then,” as the NRSV, seems to convey something other than that intended. See […]

Targum Ruth 2:4

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.0 – Hebrew Word Processing 2

In the comments section of my review of Sente Danny Zacharias of Deinde expresses surprise that I was not using Mellel for my scholarly work. He did not realize that any other word processor on MacOS X supported unicode and right to left languages such as Hebrew. Not so! Nisus Software has been producing an […]

Hebrew on the iPad, at last! 6

The iOS 4.2.1 update for the iPad brings a number of goodies that we have long enjoyed 0n the iPhone.1 One that I had been particularly eager to use is Hebrew input! First impression: Very nice! It seems to work across all apps, but some handle it better than others and some even have key […]


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Did God “let it be” or did he “make it so”? 5

In my class on Gen. 1-3 we still haven’t gotten to verse 27, but we have had an interesting exchange regarding how God created things. This is a very general and intro class but there is one undergraduate who is in his 3rd semester of biblical Hebrew and made an interesting argument: God did not […]

Hebrew coming to the iPad

Thanks to @Josh_Hepworth I now know that Apple has announced that Hebrew support will be included in the iOS 4.2 update. http://www.apple.com/ipad/software-update/  


Hebrew on the iPhone and iPad 14

iPad UPDATE: I now have my iPad and as suspected there is no Hebrew support. I can’t imagine that this would be omitted for long, given that it is already in the iPhone OS, but it is odd. Perhaps the larger keyboard layout of some of these languages was a problem? Or more likely, as […]