Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day

Finding Rest in the Haven

Kline, Jonathan G., Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017. 384 pp.; Hb. $39.95. Link to Hendrickson

Talk to anyone who studied Biblical languages during their education and I guarantee they will attest to the difficulty of retention post-schooling. Whether at Bible College or Seminary, past or present, it is nigh-impossible to maintain the fundamentals and vocabulary without daily engagement. This becomes more difficult as time grows in scarcity, feeling like you have to relearn the language all over again. What is even more difficult is when one is just getting their bearings with a new language entirely. This is where I’m at with Biblical Aramaic. In all the volumes of the Two Minutes a Day series from Hendrickson, Kline clearly emphasizes that this is not meant to replace a grammar, but supplement it. Because I am not taking Aramaic until the…

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A Message from John Calvin on his 454th Birthday!

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director In honor of John Calvin’s birthday on July 10, I thought I would share his July 10 entry from Day by Day with John Calvin: 365 Selected Readings for Daily Reflection. Calvin was born in 1509 in Noyon, France, and died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1564 (the same year that … Continue reading A Message from John Calvin on his 454th Birthday!

The Gift of Conflict: 3 Insights into How Conflict Is Valuable from Culture of Peace

By Jocelyn Lee, Editorial/Marketing Intern “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6). Culture of Peace is a book that acknowledges that … Continue reading The Gift of Conflict: 3 Insights into How Conflict Is Valuable from Culture of Peace

Review: The Bible and Archaeology by Richelle

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Here’s the perfect book for either pastors or Bible students to get a clear overview of the connection between Bible and archaeology. This book succeeds because it strikes the perfect balance between archaeological detail and basic understanding. In other words, you will not drown in the minutia of archaeology, but you will have an informed grasp of both the value and limitations of archaeology in your Bible studies.

Matthieu Richelle, a respected professor of Old Testament, has a nice list of credentials to be able to produce this work on archaeology. I appreciated his respect of the Bible, his academic integrity, and his civility toward other archaeologists with whom he might disagree. In the same vein, while I might disagree with him on a few points myself, I respect greatly what he has produced here. To take something as complex as archaeological methodology and make it accessible to a popular…

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10 Ways to Avoid Stress and Renew Mental Health from Take Care of Yourself

By Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor Dr. Pablo Martinez’s Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry is a petite book packed with comprehensive self-care advice. It’s geared specifically toward people in ministry, but much of Martinez’s advice is applicable to everyone. Here are ten self-care suggestions I gleaned from Take Care of Yourself: … Continue reading 10 Ways to Avoid Stress and Renew Mental Health from Take Care of Yourself

10 Best Prayer Quotes by Charles Spurgeon

“The prayers that come leaping out of the soul—the gust of strong emotion, fervent desire, lively faith—these are the truly spiritual; and no prayers but spiritual prayers will God accept.” Charles Spurgeon dedicated much time and effort to dissecting the best ways to pray and what to ask or say in prayers in many of … Continue reading 10 Best Prayer Quotes by Charles Spurgeon

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

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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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