Bible


Entering into Lent

An essay for St. B’s quarterly bulletin, The Branch. Growing up in an evangelical Presbyterian church I had never understood Lent until I was in college. I do not mean to suggest that my parents or the pastors did not know about Lent, but it was not something observed in our church and is largely […]

Toppled Cross

Valmadonna Collection Purchased by the National Library of Israel 2

This is very good news! It appears the entire collection has been purchased by the Israeli National Library. As I shared several years ago Sotheby’s was exhibiting and the family seeking to sell this incredibly important collection. It is particularly important for Targum scholars because it includes Valmadonna 1 (formerly Sassoon 282). The Sotheby’s catalogue described […]


What’s in a name? 7

The sermon from this past Sunday, January 1, 2017 – The Holy Name of Jesus. The audio is better than the written copy and at some point I intend to edit the text to match the sermon. In the meantime, feel free to listen to the sermon here.  Holy Name of Jesus (January 1, 2017) First reading […]


The Action Bible Review – Comic Disappointment 2

UPDATE: See my comment on the end about suitability for children. My wife and daughter, knowing that I love comics and cartoons, bought me The Action Bible for Christmas. I was very excited! The artist Sergio Cariello is excellent with Marvel and DC Comics credits to his name. Unfortunately his beautiful work is completely undermined by […]


Christmas Day 2016 – Showing us what it means to be human.

The audio of the sermon is available here. It has some extra commentary and possibly worth listening to. Nativity of the Lord – Proper III (December 25, 2016) First reading Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm Psalm 98 Second reading Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) Gospel John 1:1-14 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר׃ And God said, “Let there be light.” […]


Christmas: The day your heart became Bethlehem 2

Sermon for Christmas Eve 2016 — St. Bartholomew’s, Nashville. The audio is available here. Nativity of the Lord – Proper I (December 24, 2016) First reading Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm Psalm 96 Second reading Titus 2:11-14 Gospel Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) Isa. 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority […]


Intent is important

I am working my way through D. A. Carson’s How Long, O Lord? In his section on “The Suffering People of God” Carson deals carefully and gently with what I consider the heart of the problem for the suffering of the faithful. How do we know what is “discipline” from God and what is, in Carson’s wonderful phrase, “the […]


The Proselyte and the Prophet is finally in print and here!

If you are at SBL you can pick up your copy at the Brill booth (don’t forget your #TgRuthSelfie!) or ordered it at Brill’s site.  


What is Targum?

It occurred to me this morning that I have never offered a definition or description of Targum and the Targumim on this site. Here is the entry I wrote for the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. The Hebrew term “targum” (plural “targumim”) literally means “translation,” but in the rabbinic period (c. 1st century – 7th century AD) the term came to refer specifically […]


“Suffering and Grace” at Orchard Hill Church

This is the link to the sermon I preached a few weeks ago at Orchard Hill Church in Wexford, PA. The audio file is below as well. http://orchardhill.s3.amazonaws.com/audio/16_08_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:13 — 53.5MB)