Archive for November, 2008

The double-dyed villains of the Apocrypha

Posted: 28th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

In a previous post, I noted the use of “triple-dyed villain” (NEB) and “double-dyed villain” (REB) to describe the character of Haman in the Greek version of the book of Esther: We find, however, that the Jews whom this double-dyed villain had consigned to extinction are no evildoers; on the contrary, they order their lives […]

Giving thanks not for silver or gold…

Posted: 27th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

2 Maccabees 12.34, 39-45 (REB): Battle was joined and a small number of Jews fell. […] Next day they went to collect the bodies of the fallen, as by now had become necessary, in order to take them for burials with their kinsfolk in their family graves. On each one of the dead they found […]

Should the ESV really be the Reformed Standard Version?

Posted: 26th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

There have been a number of Bible translation-related posts around blogdom this week as a result of papers given at the 60th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). One paper, Mark Strauss’ critique of the level of English used in the ESV (reproduced in 13 parts on Better Bibles, also PDF), has generated […]

So what exactly is pigskin leather?

Posted: 25th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

I recently found a mint copy of the REB Standard Edition with Apocrypha text bound in “pigskin leather” in a “semi-yapp style with gilt blocking and gilt edges, marker ribbons and presentation page”. This is catalog item REB125 (ISBN 0191012459) for those in the know. I’m familiar with bonded leather, genuine leather, calfskin, goatskin and […]

Spiritual and social worship

Posted: 20th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Henry Neufeld comments on his need for both spiritual and social worship: The idea of being spiritual without a social aspect bothers me. The more I study, the more I see the command to love God and to love one’s neighbor as almost identical. This week’s lectionary text, Matthew 25:31-46 (The Sheep and the Goats), […]

Footnote forays: Job 41.18

Posted: 18th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

One of the most interesting new acquisitions for my bookshelf has been a copy of the New English Bible (NEB) Old Testament Library Edition (OTLE) to go along with my NT Library Edition and Apocrypha Library Edition. Yes, I have other copies of the NEB, but the Library Editions are something different. They expand on […]

A quote for open theism to chew on

Posted: 18th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized
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1 Samuel 15.29 (REB): God who is the Splendour of Israel does not deceive, nor does he change his mind, as a mortal might do. My initial reaction is that open theism does not presuppose that God’s mind was determined in the first place, therefore the openness of his reaction or response to a situation […]

Dinner prayers

Posted: 18th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology
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While I’m usually out the door to work before the kids have breakfast, we do have the chance to have dinner together as a family. Part of that time is the dinner prayer. Rather than some great expository proclamation, mealtime prayers tend to be fairly routine, especially when you’re teaching young kids to pray. Ours […]

How should the wicked worship?

Posted: 18th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized
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1 Samuel 12.20-22 (REB): Do not be afraid; although you have been so wicked, do not give up the worship of the Lord, but serve him with all your heart. Do not turn to the worship of sham gods which can neither help nor save, because they are a sham. For his great name’s sake […]

Answering the desktop challenge

Posted: 16th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Evidently Jim West has challenged bibliobloggers to take a screenshot of their desktop, post it on their blog, and drop him a note so that he can take a look. I have to HT Bryan Lilly on this one… Without further ado, I present two desktops: I tend to have artwork that I like on […]