Biblical Studies

5 posts

How many languages does it take to get to the center?

Duane of Abnormal Interests offers This Isn’t Kindergarten in response to James’ “Essential Languages for New Testament Study” which was, in turn, a follow up to Larry’s discussion of what languages are essential to NT studies. Duane ups the ante quite a bit. Any serious student of the first two centuries CE needs to know not only Hellenistic Greek, but more than a smattering of Aramaic, Hebrew (including Rabbinic Hebrew), Syriac, Coptic and Latin. And if you are interested in Hebrew Bible, […]

More news on the Logos Bible Dictionary

Again, this was forwarded to me by my grad assistant. You may recall the earlier discussion about Logos’ intent to create a new, electronically published Bible dictionary and the questions raised regarding editorial oversight and exploitation of graduate students. The final details have come in. Thanks for contacting me. Here’s a bit more about the online Bible dictionary: This Bible dictionary is intended to fill the niche between popular-level and academic resources by providing in-depth […]

A Modest Proposal: Assessing Digital Biblical Studies

The following Is my presentation for today’s Blogging and Online Publishing session of SBL. I hope that my proposal will be taken seriously since I believe it offers the greatest promise for securing a credible future for digital biblical studies. Online Biblical Studies: Past, Present, Promise, and Peril I must begin by thanking James Davila for brilliantly and succinctly setting the stage for this session and obviating the need for me to offer anything by […]

History and Objectivity

Looking through old files on my computer for something else, I came upon this snippet of a thought. Comments or reaction? History and Objectivity Can one do “history” of individuals who are still alive, or whom we have known? Some would say we are too close, but does chronological and emotional distance help? Think of the Jesus research, the complaint is that we don’t have information that is close enough. What if we know for […]

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Targum: Preserving “God’s Word”

In the comments on my previous post Joel asked about the origins of the “theologizing” in Targum Ruth. This morning he further commented, I’m just now getting into 2nd Temple lit, but the Targums fascinate me, especially as a tradition in which a traditional text was developed for a specific purpose and accepted without what we know of today as reactionary calls of ‘changing God’s word.’ Joel brings up some good points about Targum. (A […]