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 [...]

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 [...]

The Genre and Structure of Isaiah 5:1-7

Another area that greatly impacts the interpretation of a text is its classification into a literary genre.  The problem is that there is no consensus regarding Isaiah 5:1-7’s genre.  Everything from a drinking song to a satirical polemic against Palestinian fertility cults has been suggested.[1] The pericope is self-identified as a song (in verse one); [...]

Isaiah 5:1-7 (Text, Translation, and Translation Notes)

5 1 אָשִׁ֤ירָה נָּא֙ לִֽידִידִ֔י שִׁירַ֥ת דּוֹדִ֖י לְכַרְמֹ֑ו כֶּ֛רֶם הָיָ֥ה לִֽידִידִ֖י בְּקֶ֥רֶן בֶּן־שָֽׁמֶן׃
2 וַֽיְעַזְּקֵ֣הוּ וַֽיְסַקְּלֵ֗הוּ וַיִּטָּעֵ֨הוּ֙ שֹׂרֵ֔ק וַיִּ֤בֶן מִגְדָּל֙ בְּתוֹכֹ֔ו וְגַם־יֶ֖קֶב חָצֵ֣ב בּוֹ֑ וַיְקַ֛ו לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עֲנָבִ֖ים וַיַּ֥עַשׂ בְּאֻשִֽׁים׃
3 וְעַתָּ֛ה יוֹשֵׁ֥ב יְרוּשָׁלִַ֖ם וְאִ֣ישׁ יְהוּדָ֑ה שִׁפְטוּ־נָ֕א בֵּינִ֖י וּבֵ֥ין כַּרְמִֽי׃
4 מַה־לַּעֲשׂ֥וֹת עוֹד֙ לְכַרְמִ֔י וְלֹ֥א עָשִׂ֖יתִי בּוֹ֑ מַדּ֧וּעַ קִוֵּ֛יתִי לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עֲנָבִ֖ים וַיַּ֥עַשׂ בְּאֻשִֽׁים׃
5 וְעַתָּה֙ אוֹדִֽיעָה־נָּ֣א אֶתְכֶ֔ם אֵ֛ת אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִ֥י עֹשֶׂ֖ה [...]

Biblical Allusions – Fact or Fiction?

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine about illusions and textual dependency as it relates to the formulation of ideas.  My friend and I were talking about the prologue of John and the concept of logos.  Is John familiar with Greek philosophy in an active way or is John passively familiar with Greek [...]

Charles Dickens, The Book of Proverbs, and Biblical Interpretation.

Because of a recent book meme, I thought about writing how Charles Dickens has had an impact on the way I read scripture.  My favorite Dickens novel is Great Expectations.  I try to read it once a semester, and am greatly moved by each reading.  This impact is probably most evident in my understanding of [...]