Days of Creation – Book Launch

What can we say about Genesis chapter 1? Genesis 1 existed in relative obscurity when the Christian church was born, though it was far from being unknown, as passages like these remind us: For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge…

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Hebrew Teaching and Learning Grammar

Who knew that there were so many options? There’s a new first-year college-level Biblical Hebrew grammar published about every six months. There are so many to choose from! What are the main choices involved? I’ve figured out these differences in approach: Is it systematic/deductive, or inductive? Does it offer principles and patterns up front, and…

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Declaration Of Amnesty – The Act Of A King

 Jeremiah 34:8-22  features 4/7 occurrences of a rare Old Testament word, derôr, in vv. 8, 15 & 17.  Here’s the first occurrence: The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves. (Jer 34:8 NIV) It’s a little bit of…

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Samuel – A Temple Slave?

Two quick questions raised by a single verse, 1 Samuel 1:28, and in fact, a single word… In response to her answered prayer, Hannah brings the very young Samuel back to the Shiloh temple to be devoted to the LORD’s service for life. Now multiple times in Ezra-Nehemiah, albeit books that narrate a much later…

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Not Too Small To Be Noticed: What Jeremiah 34 Says About The Value Of The Individual

The Story in Brief: Zedekiah’s manumission of the slaves in besieged Jerusalem (Jer 34:8-22): Under pressure from besieging Babylonian (or, as my young daughter read it out last night, ‘Babylion’) forces around 588 BC, Zedekiah, last king of Judah, secured the agreement of community leaders to release “fellow Jews” who were enslaved: 34:8-10, 15, 18-19. If we were…

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