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December 10, 2013

Who Knew?

Last week Claude Mariottini posted a discussion of the problem with תֻכִּיִּֽים, thukkiyyîm, the last word in 1 Kings 10:22, (and 2 Chronicles 9:21). Peacocks, baboons, no one knows for sure what it means. It is surely a foreign word...

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August 2, 2013

Prescriptive/Proscriptive or Descriptive

What follows is a rather disconnected, not real well thought out, string of speculations. Among several obvious failings, I am not all that clear on what I mean by “descriptive” and perhaps “prescriptive/proscriptive” also. I hope that my usage is...

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May 28, 2013

The Eloquent Peasant

Loren Fisher's translation of the Egyptian tale The Eloquent Peasant is out. Here’s what the back cover says. Four thousand years ago, Egyptian society struggled with the downfall of the Old Kingdom, which brought an end to material success...

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March 23, 2013

Pacific Coast SBL Meeting

Tomorrow and Monday I will be attending the Pacific Coast regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I’m not giving a paper this year so I will be able to throw tomatoes without fear of reprisal. My tomatoes are...

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January 4, 2013

John William McKenzie Brady - January 16, 2004 – December 31, 2012

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January 2, 2013

In Memory Of Mack Brady

Our fellow blogger Christian Brady and his family are suffering a nearly unbearable sorrow. His beloved eight-year old son, Mack, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday. Word comes that the Brady family has set up a Penn State Soccer scholarship...

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January 1, 2013

The December Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

Abram K-J posted this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival at Words on the Word. Before reading through Abram’s carnival, I had the impression that December was a rather slow month for the academic study of the Bible in the blogosphere. It...

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December 27, 2012

Christopher Rollston Leaves Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Santa (aka my son) gave me a copy of Christopher Rollston’s book Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel. Today I learned that Rollston has “voluntarily” resigned from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. This is Emmanuel’s great loss; some major...

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November 30, 2012

The November Biblical Studies Carnival In Two Columns

Bob MacDonald has posted and posted and posted and posted the November Biblical Studies Carnival. In fact, Bob has so many links that he needed two columns to get them all in. If you don’t find something abnormally interesting that...

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November 28, 2012

Sex And Metaphorical Language

James F. McGrath wrote an abnormally interesting post in which he asks (and somewhat answers) “Just How Racy is the Song of Songs?” Among other things James is interested in the use of tropes in the context of matters of...

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November 26, 2012

What Is The Difference Between Urinating And Defecating?

This is not a question of biology. I know the answer to that one. Rather it is a question of mores. Did the inhabitants of ancient Israel and Judah have different mores regarding urination than they had regarding defecation when...

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November 13, 2012

BSC On BLT

The October Biblical Studies Carnival is up at BLT. I hear it's a little late. But how would I know? I barely looked at a blog from the first of October until November 6th. Why didn’t J. K. Gayle include...

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November 12, 2012

A(nother) Rejoinder To Anson Rainey

I just read Jo Ann Hackett and Na'ama Pat-El, "On Canaanite and Historical Linguistics: A Rejoinder to Anson Rainey," Maarav 17:2 (2010), 173-188. Truly abnormal readers may remember that I made a few hand waving rejoinders to the Rainey myself....

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October 17, 2012

Sad News: Frank Cross Died Today

Frank Moore Cross was a giant in the field of Hebrew Bible studies in general and Northwest Semitic epigraphy and the Dead Sea Scrolls in particular. Cross was 92. I doubt there is anyone in the field who doesn’t own...

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October 8, 2012

Two Simple Questions For Paul M. Blowers

I read Paul M. Blowers’ piece in the current Bible and Interpretation with interest. Two questions remain: 1) Does Blowers think Christopher Rollston should be terminated from Emmanuel Christian Seminary over Rollston's Huntington Post article “The Marginalization of Women: A...

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September 30, 2012

The September Edition of The Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

Calling it “September: Spring comes to Biblical Blogaria,” Tim Bulkeley has posted the September edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival on Sansbloque. Not surprisingly much of this month’s edition deals with Jesus’ recent marriage or at least some papyrus fragment,...

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September 6, 2012

The Moabite Stone And Skepticism

Ed Brayton on how the Moabite stone changed his life, One of the big things that shocked me into reevaluating my belief in Christianity was learning about the Moabite stone (also called the Mesha Steele [sic]), a text from the...

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August 31, 2012

The Marginalization Of Women In The Bible

Christopher Rollston has a nice piece in The Huffington Post on the marginalization of women in in the Bible. Here’s his conclusion. People today often wish to turn to sacred literature for timeless trues about social norms. This impulse is...

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August 28, 2012

Chaldean?

I’m involved in a political effort to save our local Pomona Public Library. Among my follow activists is an extremely energetic person who is studying for the Christian ministry. While at a meeting we needed to exchange contact information. No...

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August 15, 2012

Divination: The “Primary Institutional Means Of Articulating The Epistemology Of A People”

Alex Nice reviews Amar Annus ed, Divination and Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World in Aestimatio 9 (2012), 53-65. I’ve cited various papers in the Annus volume from time to time. The whole review is abnormally interesting but I...

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August 1, 2012

July 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

The July 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival is up at Reading Acts. Phillip Long has pulled together a wonderful and very thorough carnival. Check it out. If you don’t find links to several abnormally interesting posts there, it’s your fault. On...

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July 3, 2012

The June (or is it July?) Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up At Euangelion Kata Markon

Well, a great biblical studies carnival covering June blog postings is up as Euangelion Kata Markon. Michael Kok calls this version the “Biblioblog Carnival ‘according to Mark’.” Don’t be fooled by the title. Michael doesn't review the biblioblog world through...

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June 11, 2012

Biblical Studies Carnival, South Park Edition, Is Up

Rob of Alexandria has posted this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival (covering May posts) at Political Jesus. And quite a varied list it is. Take a look. You’ll find the abnormally interesting and the just plain abnormal. I’ll let you decide...

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May 10, 2012

The Proper Order Of Things – Snakes Then Scorpions

Our Text for the day is Deuteronomy 8:15: הַמּוֹלִיכֲךָ בַּמִּדְבָּר הַגָּדֹל וְהַנּוֹרָא נָחָשׁ שָֹרָף וְעַקְרָב וְצִמָּאוֹן אֲשֶׁר אֵין-מָיִם הַמּוֹצִיא לְךָ מַיִם מִצּוּר הַחַלָּמִישׁ . . . who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, where were venomous snakes, and...

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May 5, 2012

Yes, I Do Have A Few Bibles

Over at BLT, gaudetetheology tells us of his favorite Bibles. He means by Bible those collected works normally included in a Christian Bible in the Roman Catholic tradition. While there is considerable overlap, this does not equal the collected authoritative...

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May 4, 2012

Apropos To My Thoughts On The Snake In Genesis 3

Marvin Sweeney writes, Freed from the presuppositions of historical analysis that the trickster or deceptive nature of G-d’s character in Genesis is simply the product of a primitive and theologically unsophisticated stage in Israelite religious development, scholars are now coming...

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May 1, 2012

The April Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

The April Biblical Studies Carnival is up at ξἐνος. The uninitiated should not panic. Jonathan Robinson's blog may sound Greek but he writes in the English of a resident alien in New Zealand. Jonathan has put to gather an abnormally...

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April 28, 2012

Where Does My Obligation End?

I’m thinking about using the word abundance with regard to a biblical passage in the way students of literature sometimes use it in reference to Shakespeare. For example Walter Kaufmann wrote of Shakespeare’s poetry in From Shakespeare to Existentialism, "Shakespeare’s...

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April 23, 2012

Exactly What Was YHWH Suggesting?

Over at Bible and Interpretation, Hallvard Hagelia has a solid piece on the translation of Hebrew עַלְמָה in Isaiah 7:14. He correctly settles on “young woman.” In the course of his discussion he mentions Isaiah 7:10-11: וַיּוֹסֶף יְהֹוָה דַּבֵּר אֶל-אָחָז...

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April 16, 2012

On John Hobbins On The Bible And Gadamer

At Ancient Hebrew Poetry, John has an interesting post on Gadamer’s hermeneutics as applied to the Bible. Over the years I’ve read some Gadamer but not all that much. Although perhaps more lucid than some, Gadamer’s work is in a...

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Titles Only From Here On

April 11, 2012

Do We Need It And Why Does It Cost So Much?

April 1, 2012

Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

March 27, 2012

Pacific Coast SBL Meeting

March 20, 2012

Poster Presentations And Biblical Studies Conferences

March 5, 2012

More Than Stubborn

March 4, 2012

If One Reads Of Snakes Swarming

March 1, 2012

March Biblical Studies Carnival

February 28, 2012

Don’t Bother Me

February 25, 2012

Go To The Bee

February 22, 2012

One Week To Carnaval

February 21, 2012

Cuneiform Writing And Scribal Values

February 19, 2012

Marks Upon The Flesh

February 15, 2012

Half Way To The March Biblical Studies Carnival

February 7, 2012

Pacific Coast Regional SBL Meeting In March

February 1, 2012

February Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

January 19, 2012

The Soncino Babylonian Talmud Online

January 16, 2012

When You Have to Go All the Way Back To The Bible For Your Philosophical Underpinning . . .

January 15, 2012

Synthesizing Gods

January 12, 2012

The Rabbis On מנחש

January 9, 2012

How Did Laban Do It?

January 2, 2012

The Most Abnormal Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

December 17, 2011

On Reading Near Eastern Texts

December 7, 2011

How Did This Happen?

December 6, 2011

The Aegean Bronze Age

December 5, 2011

André Lemaire Articles Online

November 30, 2011

A Giant Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

November 23, 2011

I’m Back

November 18, 2011

Off To San Francisco And The SBL (Tomorrow)

October 29, 2011

Latest Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

October 11, 2011

No Deal! No Way!

October 1, 2011

The Bibliobolg Carnival

September 21, 2011

Homer, The Ancient Near East And The Hebrew Bible

September 8, 2011

The Backyard Of Biblical Studies

September 6, 2011

This Isn’t Kindergarten

The Latest ZAW

September 1, 2011

September 2001 Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

He That Pisseth Against He That Pisseth

August 26, 2011

Targeted Marketing: The Bible

August 23, 2011

New Stuff From Loren Fisher

August 16, 2011

Mid-Month Biblical Studies Carnival

August 4, 2011

A Bad Omen, Giving Birth To Wind

August 1, 2011

Sanders on “Judean Scholasticism”

August 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

July 30, 2011

Anomalies With One Horn

July 6, 2011

Divorce and Return?

June 23, 2011

Oh The Anxiety Of It All

June 15, 2011

Something to Remember

June 14, 2011

A Pun Need Not Be Punny

June 13, 2011

Targum Onkelos for Genesis 3:1a Reads Something

June 12, 2011

ערום In Old Greek And Even Older Greek

June 10, 2011

The כתבי הקדש

May 25, 2011

On Genesis 3:1a And The Common English Bible

May 22, 2011

Speculation On Speculation

May 21, 2011

“Bunkagesis,” “Offalgesis,” or “Fecalgesis”

May 4, 2011

A Jolly Edition Of The Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

April 30, 2011

Claude Mariottini on Norman Gottwald

April 22, 2011

Divining Balaam: A Problem With Omens

April 18, 2011

Hector Avalos On Biblical Ethics and Slavery (Soon)

April 17, 2011

Divining Birds Or Snakes In Deuteronomy 18:10-11

April 13, 2011

Now That’s Long Term Planning

April 8, 2011

On Noble Splendor

April 1, 2011

The March Madness Edition Of The Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

March 30, 2011

Abnormal Prurient Antiquarian Interests

March 29, 2011

The Western Regional SBL – A Quick Comment

March 26, 2011

Fair Warning

March 20, 2011

What’s Wrong With the Society of Biblical Literature?

March 13, 2011

Just How Figuratively Should We Take This?

March 1, 2011

Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

February 25, 2011

On Not Looking Back!

February 19, 2011

Anson Rainey Is Gone

January 17, 2011

More Divining Snakes

January 8, 2011

Stand Up, Stand Up For . . .

January 1, 2011

The Biblical Studies Carnival LVIII Is Up

December 21, 2010

The Devil You Say!

December 16, 2010

The Rabbis And Akkadian Omens