In 2017, David Pleins and I released a new resource designed for students of Biblical Hebrew: Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament (Zondervan, 2017), a user-friendly book from Zondervan that arranges Biblical Hebrew words and phrases into categories from water to warfare, from jars to genitalia. Since then, we’ve gotten positive reviews in several journals, including the Review of Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Expository Times, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Review of Biblical Literature, and Hebrew Higher Education. This blog series at theLAB aims to show how this book can be useful for students of all levels.[Read more…]
Here’s an opportunity to expand your library that you won’t want to miss: a superb set of OT resources from T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies: 2016 (25 vols.), is currently on pre-order. But why should you care about this collection?[Read more…]
Durham University’s Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics and the Centre for Catholic Studies, in collaboration with Ushaw College, are pleased to announce the forthcoming conference:
NEW SONG: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century[Read more…]
With the launch of Logos 8 come several new features that will appeal to biblical scholars. These features range from various ways to visually work the biblical text to building your own morphological queries.
by Amy L. Balogh | University of Denver
As a professor who teaches Hebrew Bible and Judaic studies courses across Colorado’s Front Range while also working at the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies, my non-Jewish identity is a topic of conversation more often than one might expect. These exchanges, as awkward as they are, also provide priceless opportunities to reflect on the pedagogical and ethical responsibilities that are specific to teaching and supporting a religious tradition other than the Christianity with which I was raised. [Read more…]
This is short notice, but if you can make it out to Jerusalem in less than two weeks’ time, you’ll enjoy the privilege of attending BHLaP 2018 (that acronym stands for Biblical Hebrew Linguistics and Philology).* The event, convened by Edit Doron and Robert Holmstedt, will feature 18 scholars from around Israel, and a half dozen from Canada. [Read more…]
A New Cave, an Old Controversy: Dramatic New Discovery in Israel will Re-Ignite Debates
The last Dead Sea Scrolls cave, linked to the ruins on the marl shelf at the mouth of Wadi Qumran, was discovered in 1956, bringing the total number of caves to eleven — eleven caves containing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, ceramic jars, and a number of other artifacts. [Read more…]
This post is by Josh Westbury, a scholar-in-residence at Faithlife.
In addition to being a Hall of Fame baseball player, Yogi Berra is perhaps remembered most for his pithy witticisms, affectionately known as “Yogi-isms”. These short sayings often strike a humorous tone by playing on obvious contradictions or redundancies. A couple of my personal favorites are: “Sometimes you can observe a lot just by watching,” and “It’s deja-vu, all over again.” These two Yogi-isms are funny because they break one of the basic rules of language: avoid redundancy.
As children we naturally learn to avoid redundancy when speaking or writing—for the simple reason that redundancy can make it hard for people (our “addressees”) to process what we are trying to say. But, as Yogi has taught us, when used intentionally, redundancy can have a powerful and even comic effect. In fact, when we pay close attention, we find that we use redundancy more often than we might expect.
The one-meaning fallacy assumes that every Greek or Hebrew word has only one meaning. Basic translation theory tells us that this is not the case. However, even if you’re aware of this fallacy, you may be using resources that are steering you in the wrong direction.
In this segment from Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos 6, Johnny Cisneros shows you how the one-meaning fallacy can sneak up on you when using Strong’s numbers and how you can avoid it by using additional lexicons. He walks you through each step, using the word kosmos in John 3:16 and 1 John 2:15 as an example.
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