What Vocab is Provided? An Explanation and Sample Text

Check out this post written by Will Ross and Greg Lanier about the vocab in the LXX Reader’s Edition, as well as a sample text from Exodus!

To preorder the Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition, click this link.

Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition

Probably the most obvious question to ask about a reader’s edition is “What vocabulary do you provide?” After all, that is the basic function of this kind of book—to supply the reader with guidance on the form and meaning of difficult vocabulary.

So obviously that’s what we did.

But how did we define “difficult vocabulary” for Septuaginta? It was actually a pretty tricky issue to address. Let me explain.

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Review: BHS Reader’s Edition


You spend time learning massive amounts of paradigms ad nauseum, learned the definitions of words that look the same (at least you did for the quiz), and you’ve even learned some syntax to boot. But now you’ve completed the course, and in order to keep going on, you have to read the thing. Where does one start reading Hebrew? 

Some students are motivated enough to pick up their BHS and their lexicon, but not everyone is so motivated. After passing Crucible I and II, you take your summer vacation “break,” but you almost never look back. How do you begin reading Hebrew again? The poetry and the prophets can require hours of searching through a lexicon for the appropriate words for only a mere few verses. I have a good feel for the weak roots because of my professor, Peter Gentry, but hollow roots are still a pain.

The Biblia…

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Review: Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity

“From the far-reaching scope of the articles to the comprehensive exploration therein, DDL is a useful and affordable resource that merits immediate attention from any serious student of the Bible.”

Read John Kight’s full review of the one volume edition of the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity here:

Sojourner Theology

32987886The landscape of specialized biblical and theological dictionaries seems to experience continual growth year-by-year. These dictionaries generally boast more focused and detailed attention on content and tend to provide a more unique product as an end goal. The level of usefulness of these types of dictionaries can vary greatly depending on the academic or personal interest of the reader, as well as the specializations of the contributing roster. Still, because of the distinctive qualities of such works the price-point is generally out of reach for most consumers. The intersection of such usefulness and availability is tellingly rare in this distinctive reference genre, and thus when it is clearly observed attention should be widely merited.

Originally published as four paperback volumes, TheDictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson has now arrived as a single-volume resource lodged in a beautiful…

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The Missionary Experience: A Path of Faith in the Midst of Paradox

Leopard_Tamed_700x700sm“In our witnessing and serving, the path of God may cut through mystery and paradox.”

Check out Michele Morin’s lovely review of A Leopard Tamed!

Living Our Days

Starting in the book of Acts, the history of missions is characterized by controversy. It may have begun when Paul and company set out with freshly-minted instructions from the Jerusalem Council, defining the parameters of the message they were sharing. It was certainly evident when the citizens of Lystra decided to fold Paul and Barnabas into their eclectic assortment of deities–and then to take up stones against them. And remember the story of New Testament heroes of the faith clashing over personnel issues and going their separate ways for a season? Throughout history, according to His own counsel and sovereign wisdom, God has chosen to put the transmission of the Gospel into the hands of His fallen and often short-sighted children, and the effects of that have made for some fascinating reading.

A Train-Wreck of Two Cultures Colliding

Over fifty years ago, Eleanor Vandevort came home from South Sudan…

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8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 2: Facing Your “Bad” Friends

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant While we had some fun musing about our uplifting, healthy friendships in my last blog post about Michele Howe’s book Navigating the Friendship Maze, now it’s time to delve into the hard stuff: how to deal with friends who are bringing us down, who are corrupting our good … Continue reading 8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 2: Facing Your “Bad” Friends

8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 1: Signs of a “Good” Friend

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant Friendship is a complicated subject that I love to think about because of all the fascinating dynamics and emotions that go into finding and sustaining a true, deep friendship. As a result of my curiosity and excitement in regards to digging into the details of what makes a … Continue reading 8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 1: Signs of a “Good” Friend

Karl Barth on the Ascension of Christ

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director On the occasion of Karl Barth’s birthday falling this year on the day we traditionally commemorate as Ascension Day, it seems appropriate to share a small portion from his lectures on the Apostle’s Creed, which were published in 1959 in his Dogmatics in Outline. As I shared earlier (see “The … Continue reading Karl Barth on the Ascension of Christ

The Beauty of Spirit in Sioux Center Sudan by Jeff Barker

By Carrie Martin, Customer Service Manager So often we miss the best biographies because the subjects are not famous. Our culture loves “the name” but we often miss the substance. However, in Sioux Center Sudan by Jeff Barker, Arlene Schuiteman is the name and the substance. The author originally had in mind to write about … Continue reading The Beauty of Spirit in Sioux Center Sudan by Jeff Barker

Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day

Sojourner Theology

KUY-banner_hendThe most important practice for maintaining and increasing one’s understanding of the biblical languages is daily engagement with the language itself. That’s right. It’s as easy as daily use of the language. Still, for most students of the biblical languages (past or present), there are two common hurdles to overcome—time and direction. It is for this reason, that I can think of no resource more essential to students of the biblical languages than The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Seriescompiled and edited by Jonathan G. Kline.

The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series has been specially designed to help readers build upon a previous study of the biblical languages by facilitating daily engagement in an easy, manageable, and spiritually enriching way (p. vii). The series is comprised of five handsomely produced, durable imitation leather volumes: Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1

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The “Paradox of Peace”: An Excerpt for Donald Bloesch’s Birthday

Celebrate Donald Bloesch’s 90th birthday with this excerpt from The Paradox of Holiness (that also includes Faith in Search of Obedience by Bloesch as well). For the theologian, pastor, or layperson who is seeking to combine Word and Spirit, doctrine and life, into an active theology, this two-in-one volume by Donald Bloesch provides an honest and sober account of the challenges that may arise throughout the Christian … Continue reading The “Paradox of Peace”: An Excerpt for Donald Bloesch’s Birthday