Archive for December, 2008

Kindle: Some first impressions

Posted: 29th December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

As I mentioned in a previous post, my wife surprised me with an Amazon Kindle e-book reader for Christmas. I’ve been playing around with it as time allows, but haven’t bought a book yet – instead, I’ve been downloading the free samples and getting a feel for the gadget. These are some initial thoughts and […]

Ghosts of past, present and future translations

Posted: 25th December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Tis the season for lists and a few bloggers have been posting [here,  here, here] on which Bible translations they’re settling on at the end of 2008. This year was pretty settled for me in that regard – certainly not as much flux as ’07 when I started this blogging experiment as a way to […]

Linus’ questions

Posted: 22nd December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized
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Continuing the discussion of Matthew’s appropriation of OT scripture as prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ, we turn to these exegetical questions found in yesterday comic section of the newspaper. The passage in question come from Matthew 2.16-18 (REB): When Herod realized that the astrologers had tricked him he flew into a rage, and gave orders […]

Is Matthew the author of Q?

Posted: 21st December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

In the introduction to his commentary on the gospel of Matthew, William Barclay quotes an early church historian named Papias: Matthew collected the sayings of Jesus in the Hebrew tongue. The hypothesis would be then that the narrative portions of Matthew’s gospel were edited from Mark’s account and merged with the above mentioned “sayings of […]

Gundry and Matthew’s midrash

Posted: 21st December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Thanks to my blessed wife, we started up a tradition this past year that I grew up with, that being a subscription to National Geographic magazine. I remember stacks of yellow dating back to the ’70s in our house in Alaska, so the small pile here is a welcome addition. The December issue has an […]

Intensity of image: Defending the REB

Posted: 21st December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

As I sit here in the first hour of the day, sipping my thrice-steeped cup of tea, easing a sore throat and persistent cough, I find myself indirectly under attack by the keepers of the Dynamic Equivalent (DE) gate for daring to fawn over a translation that defines itself as idiomatic, but unfettered in its […]

Luke’s prologue: Six degrees of synoptic separation?

Posted: 21st December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

One of the Advent challenges at church this year is to read through the gospels and think about how and why they are different. Not a particularly earth-shattering endeavor, but it gave me an opportunity to read the gospel that I’ve spent the least amount of time in: Mark (who always make me chuckle when […]

Video: There’d Never Be a Christmas Without Jesus

Posted: 19th December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized
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Michael Fischer, the (now former) worship pastor at my previous church, has released an album of Christmas songs, including this original composition, which had a nice brass accompaniment that we used to play but he chose not use in the recording:

Is The Voice a Common English Bible?

Posted: 17th December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

A few translation tidbits that I noticed during my blogging hiatus this past weekend: The previously noted “Methodist Bible” now has a name:  the Common English Bible, presumbably CEB for short. (HT: Gary Zimmerli) Subversive Influence has posted a review and recommendation for The Voice translation (HT: Eddie Arthur)

Old Testament Astronomy 101

Posted: 17th December 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

As awe-inspiring as the Hubble Space Telescope photos are (linked in my previous post), I couldn’t help my curiosity from being raised by the verses I had selected to go along with the photo. Specifically, Job 38.31-32: Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades or loose Orion’s belt? Can you bring out the signs […]