Wealth in Proverbs

Introduction The Book of Proverbs has forever been the vineyard for the ad hoc plucking of verses in support of the so-called prosperity gospel.  As Kaiser claims, “Few books have been assailed more frequently for suggesting a profit, success, or materialistic motivation for right action than the book of Proverbs”[…]

חסד in Ruth

Introduction Undercurrents ripple through the narrative of Ruth.  The author, in contrast with the majority of the canon, has created a work which uses literary form and technique, rather than direct communication to convey the motifs, none more significantly thanחסד.  Throughout the four chapters the theme of חסד can be[…]

The Characterization of the Wicked in Psalm 5

Introduction “Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God…” (Psalm 5:2)  Psalm 5 is a lament of the psalmist to God asking for protection, for guidance and for just punishment upon the wicked.  As Jacobson states, this structure is not an unusual format for a[…]

Translating the Shema

The Shema, the Jewish proclamation of faith in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, has been interpreted in a variety of ways.  In this paper, the four commonly debated interpretations will be assessed resulting in a more precise interpretation. Translation demands that the context of the Shema must first be explored.  Craigie draws a[…]

The Meaning and Task of Translation

One of the greatest travesties in Biblical translation extends from the basic belief in Fee’s statement, “The goal of translation is to reproduce the meaning of the text, not the form.”    (Fee and Strauss 25)   This statement alone intimates two flaws in Biblical teaching leading to many of the great[…]

A Form Critical Analysis of the Fourth Servant Song in Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Introduction The Fourth Servant Song, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, long a cornerstone of Christian prophetic literature, provides ample fuel to the debates that arise from its ambiguity.  Who is the servant?  Who was made to suffer and was despised?  A plethora of questions exist to be honestly wrestled with in order for[…]

Character Development in Paul’s Shipwreck Saga

Introduction Seemingly out of place among the narrative in Acts, the saga of the shipwreck on the journey to Rome stands alone in its intention.  A scene by scene journey illuminates not only the characterization of the players but the purpose of its inclusion in the Acts of the Apostles[…]

Understanding the Character of God in Judges

Introduction Threaded through the cycles of Judges is the underlying character of God. Stitched with various literary techniques, three of God’s character traits rise to the surface: His desire for partnership with man, His anger over man’s betrayal, and ultimately His steadfast focus on His Will. A Desire for Partnership[…]

A Merger of Capitalism and Socialism

This may seem like a deviation from the general theme of my other posts.  Most of my posts are tied to the thoughts that are running through my head at the time, and those are typically driven from the books that I am reading.  Currently, I am reading the Story of[…]