Today I Read Psalm 1 from… a Reader’s Septuagint!

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Today I read Psalm 1 out of the just-released Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition, and it was just as wonderful as I’ve long imagined it would be!

First and foremost, this is due to the power of Scripture itself. The Psalms are just amazing. And there’s something about reading the Bible in its first languages that fosters (at least for me) a deeper sense of connection to the church throughout time and space.

But until this month, Bible readers and original language students could only read the Septuagint with the aid of a lexicon or Bible software. Other than a few tools with selected passages, there was no edition of the Septuagint with footnoted vocabulary and parsings throughout, so that you could pick up one book and read, with all the help you needed at the bottom of the page.

Readers of this blog are likely aware of…

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A Layperson’s Guide to How the Bible Is Written

By Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor In How the Bible Is Written, Gary Rendsburg unpacks the literary devices behind the Hebrew Bible (a.k.a. the Old Testament). He delves into how the ancient Israelite literati (to borrow his term) used alliteration, wordplay, repetition with variation, style-switching, and other devices to deliver the biblical narrative in effective and … Continue reading A Layperson’s Guide to How the Bible Is Written

Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature–a New Carta Title!

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Carta continues its line of interesting, creative, and colorful titles that address something that you will be hard pressed to find somewhere else here in this lovely volume. Though only 40 pages, they are 40 large (9 x 12inches) eye-appealing pages. In every case, Carta’s unparalleled Bible atlas resources fill out the work of a text prepared by an accomplished scholar. In this title, Jeffrey Garcia, takes the Gospels and looks for what they reveal about ancient Judaism. Really, it’s a look at how the Gospels and Judaism shed light on each other.

The introductory section covers the journey of scholarship on these issues. He works his way through a succession of what he calls sources for understanding the Gospels including the Hebrew Bible, other Jewish literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, rabbinic literature, and Philo.

Even better is the section that delves into the geography of Israel in the…

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Book Review: Paul H. Wright, Understanding the Ecology of the Bible

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Wright, Paul H. Understanding the Ecology of the Bible: An Introductory Atlas. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2018. 48 pp.; Pb; $18.00.  Link to Hendrickson

Paul Wright is the President of Jerusalem University College (the Institute of Holy Land Studies). He has contributed to several other “introductory” Carta atlases including Understanding Biblical Archaeology and Understanding the New Testament, and Understanding Great People of the Bible.

This atlas has a narrow focus, the ecology of the Bible. As Wright suggests, a study of the ecology of the Bible is important because flora and fauna are the natural context of the Bible (7). The daily life of ancient Israel was embedded in an ecosystem, and many of these natural elements form metaphorical language of the Bible.

For each of the six chapters of the book, Wright cites a theme verse. This does not always make the topic of the chapter clear…

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Early Christians vs. Contemporary Christians: What’s Different?

By Robert Winn, author of Christianity in the Roman Empire What do Christians do? One answer might be that Christians do the same things everyone does:  eat and drink, sleep, maintain important relationships with family and friends, work, play, and celebrate important events. But this is not really what this question is asking. What we … Continue reading Early Christians vs. Contemporary Christians: What’s Different?

Discover the Israelite Theology of the Land and Nature in Understanding the Ecology of the Bible

By Amy Paulsen-Reed, Sales Representative and Assistant Editor "Chief among its voices is the insistence that because God cares for the land and people that he made, people should care for their land and each other as well.” —Paul H. Wright, Understanding the Ecology of the Bible In Carta’s new book, Understanding the Ecology of the … Continue reading Discover the Israelite Theology of the Land and Nature in Understanding the Ecology of the Bible

Surviving Family Tension and Helping Aging Parents: The Guide You Need

By Carrie Martin, Inventory Specialist Boomers and aging parents: help is one book away! Having just come through the holidays, some of us are ready to put out a help wanted ad: “Looking for life coach to come alongside and help me navigate my family dynamics between November 27, 2019, and January 2, 2020.” That … Continue reading Surviving Family Tension and Helping Aging Parents: The Guide You Need

Q&A with the Authors of Love’s Way

Love’s Way is a book that adult families will want to keep handy and return to often. Written by two family mediators, it provides readers with a map through the weeds that spring up along the path as parents age and roles reverse. Using real-life examples from years of working with families in this season of … Continue reading Q&A with the Authors of Love’s Way

Review: Philosophy of Revelation

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Philosophy of Revelation

Philosophy of Revelation, Herman Bavinck (edited by Cory Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, foreword by James P. Eglinton). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2018 (Originally given and expanded from Stone Lectures in 1908).

Summary: A new annotated edition of Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck’s 1908 Stone Lectures at Princeton, arguing that revelation is a warranted basic belief.

Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) was a Dutch Reformed theologian, writing mostly in Dutch, from the late nineteenth, early twentieth century. With the translation of his Reformed Dogmatics in 2003, studies of Bavinck’s work has flourished. This work represents an expanded version of Bavinck’s Stone Lectures at Princeton, first translated in 1908 by Geerhardus Vos. Two contemporary Bavinck scholars recognized the importance of this work to discussions of Reformed epistemology, and have given us this new annotated edition of the work. The annotations to the work are found in the footnotes and address everything from…

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Reflections on the Bible: Human Word and Word of God by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In honor of the 113th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s birthday (February 4, 1906), here are a few excerpts from a collection of his writings as found in Reflections on the Bible: Human Word and Word of God (Hendrickson, 2017). Word and Deed In a world in which deeds speak their own language in such an … Continue reading Reflections on the Bible: Human Word and Word of God by Dietrich Bonhoeffer