It is Finally Here (Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database)!!!!

After much anticipation, Logos is about to finally release their Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database.  From what I understand, the release date for this product was pushed back several times over the last year.  However, it is now official – Logos has confirmed a ship date of 2/16/11.  I ordered this on pre-publication last [...]

Grammatical Analysis of Hosea 2:4-7

This is yet another post in what will be a long running series on Hosea 2:4-7.  I hope you find them helpful in working with the text  (this post will require some knowledge of Hebrew).  The previous posts in this series include:

Text Criticism/Reconstructed Text, Translation, and Translation notes

The Historical Context of Hosea (Part I)

The Historical [...]

The Historical Context of Hosea (Part II)

This is yet another post in what will be a long running series on Hosea 2:4-7.  The previous posts in this series include:

Text Criticism/Reconstructed Text, Translation, and Translation notes

The Historical Context of Hosea (Part I)

Another important aspect relating to the historical context of the book of Hosea is the religious scene in Israel.  The reality [...]

The Historical Context of Hosea (Part 1)

This is another post in what will be a long running series on Hosea 2:4-7.  The previous post in this series includes:

Text Criticism/Reconstructed Text, Translation, and Translation notes

Part II of Hosea’s historical context will be launched tomorrow.

Historical Context Part I

The superscription (1:1) beginning the Book of Hosea locates the ministry within the reigns of the [...]

New Series: Hosea 2:4-7

This post represents the beginning of a fairly long series of posts that I will be doing on Hosea 2:4-7.   Throughout this series, I will look at various aspects of this truncated pericope and its greater literary context.  I hope you enjoy!  Below you will find my attempt at textual criticism, and some introductory translation [...]

Jesus' Retelling of the Song of the Vineyard: Why I Think I Was Initially Wrong

For those who follow this blog, you might remember a fairly long series of posts (I think 8 or 9 posts worth) relating to Isaiah 5:1-7, the Song of the Vineyard.  One particular post that I wrote suggests that Jesus’ use of Isaiah 5:1-7 in his Parable of the Tenants may have been a rhetorical [...]

Cult Prostitution in the Levant During the 1st Temple Period: Fact or Fiction?

It is amazing that the longer you spend studying a subject the more often you have to re-address your presuppositions and investigate their legitimacy in light of available data.  One such presupposition that was passed to me by former professors and commentators is the nature of ancient Canaanite religions.  It is fairly common to find [...]

Why I disagree with Heschel Here...

I am becoming a huge fan of the late Jewish philosopher and exegete Abraham Heschel.  His discussions on the Prophets are brilliant, a point John Hobbins has also recently been advocating.  I, too, find his writing to be insightful, engaging, thoroughly clear, and enjoyable.  However, I find some of his statements regarding Hosea to be [...]

Heschel on Hosea

I have been reading for my research project a few introductory sections on Hosea.  One of the works that I have consulted today was The Prophets by Abraham J. Heschel.  Heschel is a brilliant writer and I thought that I would share with you the following paragraph from his chapter on Hosea (more quotes likely [...]

Does Jesus Give a Spit About Purity Regulations?

In my Gospels class, we were discussing how the ancients and moderns understood Jesus’ ministry to the sick.  The tri-fold categories discussed include: Miracle, Magic, or Medicine.  Obviously these categories were considered somewhat fluid within the ancient world, so one should not press them too far.  However, for those who have argued that Jesus practiced [...]