Weekly Roundup January 13, 2017

Weekly Roundup January 13, 2017

Learn about studying at Cambridge over the summer. Ministers and laypeople are encouraged to go, and it’s for two weeks (or you can just do one).

For those who were complaining about Mohr Siebeck’s price of God and the Faithfulness of Paul (the massive response to NT Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God), Fortress Press is putting out a cheaper version…

Tribute to John Sailhamer: Review of His Meaning of the Pentateuch

Tribute to John Sailhamer: Review of His Meaning of the Pentateuch

The Meaning of the Pentateuch by John Sailhamer (IVP, 2009, 632 pp.) was the most stimulating and insightful book on the Bible that I read in the decade of 2000-2010. Sailhamer boldly went where most fear to tread in his proposal about the textual composition of the Pentateuch and the entire Hebrew Bible – as well as their implications for a theology of the OT. He argues for a two stage composition of the….

Steve Hallam on the Importance of Syriac

Steve Hallam on the Importance of Syriac

There are definitely many reasons to learn Syriac from a Biblical Studies perspective, and I would encourage anyone interested in deepening their understanding of both the Bible and Church History to dive right in. Also, I think anyone with a background in Semitic languages (such as Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Aramaic) will find the language very interesting and easy to pick up….

Learn Syriac at Home: New User-Friendly Grammar with Workbook

Learn Syriac at Home: New User-Friendly Grammar with Workbook

As I worked on my dissertation on Ps 68 in Judaism and Paul’s epistles, I came across several articles that approached the problem of Ps 68:18 in Eph 4:8 from a text-tradition perspective. Paul changes Ps 68:18’s “you received” to “he gave” in Eph 4:8, so naturally an examination of early versions was a first step. But one of the early versions is the Peshitta, to which I had no linguistic access, but which was appealed to in several articles and commentaries. I quickly learned that Syriac was yet another language I needed to learn if I would study the New Testament….