Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston . . .

On October 19th, my wife and I went on a date to go see the Dead Sea Scrolls on their last weekend in Boston at the Boston Science Museum. I am pretty romantic, don’t you think? Well, the science museum is the site of our first date so there is something romantic about it for [...]

YHVH's Posture in Ps 9: Obscured Enthronment Language Among the Translations

This week I began to translate and write a small commentary on Ps. 9 for an upcoming class that I will be teaching.  Psalm 9 is an interesting psalm that focuses on the rule of YHVH as it relates to justice.  The psalmist rejoices and celebrates the execution of YHVH’s wondrous deeds that he enumerates [...]

So You Want to Read Handwritten Hebrew Manuscripts, part II.

This post is a continuation of two earlier blog entries (here and here).  Its purpose is to help facilitate the reading of handwritten Hebrew manuscripts for intermediate students of the language.  Psalm 113 serves as the subject of this comparison.

For this blog entry, I compare the Codex Leningrad text of the BHS with a beautifully [...]

So you want to begin reading handwritten ancient manuscripts?

This post is meant to be a practical application of the previous post.  In order to illustrate the differences between a modern critical edition and a facsimile edition of an old manuscript, I will provide an image of a passage from the Leningrad Codex (henceforth LC) along with the same passage in the BHS (copied [...]

The Importance of Reading Handwritten Manuscripts

Often when students learn to read ancient (i.e. biblical) Hebrew texts, they do so through a very cold and sterile medium.  We learn to read the language from clean modern type-faced critical editions of biblical texts, such as those found in the BHS/BHQ/BHK.[1] This method is fine for 1st year students of the language, but [...]

Product Review: Logos' Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database

The Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database (henceforth referred to as BDSS) finally arrived on Friday (March 11).  After much delay and a few setbacks, I am now in possession of this important resource.  As many of my readers will know, the Dead Sea Scrolls represent some of the oldest known textual witnesses to the [...]

I Hate Normal Flashcards: Towards a New Solution for Biblical Hebrew!

There, I said it!  I don’t like flashcards and I never did.  My loathing of these ubiquitous scraps of paper likely stems from my elementary school days, but now I can more clearly articulate why I don’t like them. 

Standard vocabulary flashcards don’t provide a context, and context is one of the most important building [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]