Diachronic considerations in biblical lexicography

While studying NT Greek in undergrad, I became interested in linguistics. I gradually became alarmed as I discovered that key insights into human language made by linguists were hardly ever taken into account among scholars intending to interpret the Bible from the original languages. Greek and Hebrew are treated by too many exegetes as special […]

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

A high view of Scripture isn’t a literalistic one

Even if the book of Jonah didn’t feature the famous big fish, it wouldn’t take much serious study before you realized that it’s not an historical account. Doug Chaplin cites fourteen facts about the book of Jonah that taken together should really point any thoughtful reader aware of the basics of how literature works away from […]

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

More discussion of Christocentrism in the Old Testament

Keith Reich over at Know Thyself has put up a post along the lines of my recent one about why I reject Christocentric readings of the OT that view certain passages as consciously or unconsciously about Jesus. He gives several good examples and reasons why he does, too. My hard and fast rule for reading any […]

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Satan in the Old Testament

This is the second post in the guest series “Who is Satan?” by Arcamaede. An index for all posts in the series is here. ~ Steve ___________________________________________________ Satan’s development in the Old Testament is very hard to harmonize due largely to uncertainty of the dating of the writings of the Old Testament. What we will […]

Friday, August 27th, 2010