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Archive for February, 2009

And Again – A Grammar for the Septuagint (LXX)

I still have not found a good grammer for the Septuagint (LXX).  The only ones I know of (see here) are very old.

However – you may want to take a look at the handouts of my former professor  Albert Pietersma.  They seem to be based on the NT grammar of Goetchius.

I think you will find the handouts very useful.

Hitchens vs. Turek

Here is what seems to be an interesting  debate between Christopher Hutchins and Frank Turek.

Frank Turek, co-author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” and Christopher Hitchens, author of “god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” met at VCU in Richmond, VA to debate the subject, “Does God Exist?”

I haven’t had the time to look at the whole debate, but it seems interesting.  It sounds to me that Hitchens is pro-life!!!?

Waiting on God to Act – Psalm 33

This morning I finished reading Psalm 33.  It has a great last verse:

`%l”) Wnl.x;îyI rv,ªa]K;÷ Wnyle_[‘ hw”åhy> ^åD>s.x;-yhi(y>

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

It contains that great theological and comforting word ds,x, (chesed) – well translated here as steadfast love by ESV. Can this be the equivalent of grace in the New Testament? I think so (see John 1:14).

And then there is the verb (yachal) translated here as hope. Another meaning of the verb is simply ‘to wait.’ Isn’t that what hope is all about – to wait for God to act in history and in one’s personal life? Isn’t hope simply anticipation – a trustful expectation that God will act at the right time no matter how difficult and hopeless our circumstances look?

He will act – not because we are good and deserving, but because of his chesed!

Praise be to God!

The Study of the Septuagint (LXX)

A great post on the importance of studying the Septuagint by Tyler Williams can be found here.

And  John Hobbins reminds us of the famous advice of Professor Hitzig:

“Meine Herren! Haben sie eine Septuaginta? Wenn nicht, so verkaufen Sie Alles, was Sie haben und kaufen Sie eine Septuaginta!

Gentlemen! Do you have a Septuagint? If not, sell all that you have, and go, buy yourself a Septuagint!”

There is not much to add to this, except the exciting news that there is a very new translation of the Septuagint by Alberta Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright.  You can buy it from Amazon for only $24.

Speaking for myself – I know this is a project that I have been postponing for a while: reading the Septuagint daily until I can read it once every year.  It may take a few good years to get to that level of profieciency, but miracles are possible :).

Meanwhile, I am looking for a good Septuagint grammar, though I think I will start with the introduction of Pietersma and Hobbes ( see here) which I already have.  I did have a great chance to buy a brand new LXX from Jordan (at the Bible Society close to the first circle) for only about $30 (it does not sell very well there 😦 ).  Unfortunately – my luggage was already over the limit and I already had to leave some of my books in Jordan… I hope to get them to Korea one of these days…?

Why is Judaism Obsessed with Details?

I received this letter from a friend.  I post it with no comments. 

You can also find it on www. wordpress.rabbinics.com

Why is Judaism Obsessed With Details?

by Rabbi Aron Moss


Why does the Jewish religion seem to obsess over insignificant details? How much matzah do we have to

eat; which spoon did I use for milk and which for meat; what is the right way to tie my shoelaces…. It

seems to me that this misses the bigger picture by focusing on minutiae. Is this nitpicking what Jews call

spirituality? No wonder most Jews are turned off from our weird religion.


A SERMON on IMMANUEL – Lancelot Andrewes

I am reading an interesting book called A City Upon a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History. What follows is a great excerpt  from a sermon on the birth of Jesus by Lancelot Andrewes.  Lancelot was a biblical scholar and “the greatest preacher and linguist of the day,” according to the author Larry Witham (p. 13).  Wow – now that is a deadly combination!  I am not sure I know any people who are both great linguists and preachers these days (?).

In any case – Lancelot is a “witty orator” and deserves a hearing. Here is the excerpt from his sermon on Immanuel (p.13 of the book):

For if this Child be “Immanuel, God with us,” then without this Child, this    Immanuel, we be without God. “Without Him in this world,” (Eph. ii. 12), saith the Apostle; and if without Him in this, without Him in the next; and if without Him there – if it be not Immanu-el, it will be Immanu-hell; [note that “Immanu” means “with us” in Hebrew] and that and no other place will fall, I fear me, to our share. Without Him, this we are.  What with Him? Why, if we have Him, and God by Him, we need no more; Immanu-el and Immanu-all.

What can I say to this, but a big AMEN!?  May God be with all of you and let Him be all for you throughout the life.

Pastor Chris