Archive for June, 2009

Longtime readers of this blog will know of my affection for the NEB/REB line of translation and the touches of literary excellence one finds therein. One particular phrase, “a wilderness of words”, has captivated me enough to make its way into my blog tagline and spawn several posts exploring the underlying Greek word, mataiologia, that […]

Five books on the Bible meme

Posted: 26th June 2009 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

Having been MIA when this meme originally made the rounds, I’ll thank John at Ancient Hebrew Poetry for including me on a “who’s still missing” list. The meme asks that we “name the five books (or scholars) that had the most immediate and lasting influence on how you read the Bible. Note that these need […]

Sound and fury redux: mataiologia vs. kenophonia

Posted: 25th June 2009 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology

In a post from about a year ago, I considered various translations of 1 Timothy 1:6, which in the REB reads as such: Through lack of these some people have gone astray into a wilderness of words. The key phrase “a wilderness of words” is a translation of the Greek mataiologia, which is literally translated […]

Divine reality is like a fugue

Posted: 25th June 2009 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology, Uncategorized
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If only for my own reference, I want to duplicate a C.S. Lewis quote that Bob MacDonald published on his blog, Sufficiency. The quote is from the essay “Evil and God”, published in the book God in the Dock: Divine reality is like a fugue. All His acts are different, but they all rhyme or […]

Questions when I hate to read the Bible

Posted: 15th June 2009 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology, Uncategorized

In my professional life, I am currently faced with learning a new software package. It is a niche program for our industry and unfortunately the only training is through a company that we compete with on some levels, though not directly. Enough so, however, that our management doesn’t want to send money their way for […]