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Is Every Day a Festival? (Phun with Philo)

In his work on the Special Laws of the Torah (De specialibus legibus), Philo enumerates 10 festivals he finds described in the Law. The first, he says, might surprise the reader: “This festival is every day” (2.41). He goes on … Continue reading

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Did Enoch Die? (LXX, Philo, Hebrews)

The Biblical notice of Enoch is brief and tantalizing: “When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after the birth of Methuselah three hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the … Continue reading

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When did Death Come into the World?

I received the new IVP Academic catalog today and the new book by Ronald Osborn, Death Before the Fall, caught my attention. It deals with the question of death, the fall, and our hermeneutics in reading Genesis. I’ve recently run across … Continue reading

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Philo’s no Feminist (or, Φιλων Μισογυνης)

Since my research currently has me reading through the Philonic corpus, I thought it would be fun to blog some of the more interesting tidbits I run across. We can call this series, which I hope will be a regular … Continue reading

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John 2:4, Supposed Semitisms, and the Usefulness of TLG

Commentators on John 2:4 almost universally hold that Jesus here employs a Semitism or Hebraism with antecedents in the OT. In this post, I question this consensus by adducing a generally unnoticed parallel from Epictetus. John 2:4 Here’s the text

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Greek Jonah Comic Strip

The Animated Hebrew site, the creation of Charles Grebe at Briercrest Seminary, has been around for a while, so you’ve probably heard of it. If you haven’t, you need to go check it out. Charles is sympathetic to living language … Continue reading

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Philo’s Rejection of Six-Day Creationism

The Controversy Creation, evolution and the interpretation of Genesis 1-3 are perennial hot-button issues in the American cultural and theological scene. Among evangelicals, the debate over the genre of Genesis 1-3 has recently reached a fever pitch. Some argue that … Continue reading

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Sabbath Rest in Hebrews (LXX Texts of Note)

Rest is a major theme in Hebrews 3-4. There, the author quotes at length Psalm 95 (94 in LXX), which invites its hearers to learn from the example of their forefathers, who rebelled in the wilderness and were kept from … Continue reading

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The Old Testament Church (LXX Texts of Note 4)

This post is the fourth in a series where I note Septuagintal passages of interest to students of Christian origins; e.g. texts where the New Testament quotes an LXX reading significantly different from the Masoretic reading, or texts where the … Continue reading

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Gog, the Locust King (LXX Texts of Note 3)

In Amos 7:1 LXX we have a most intriguing passage. Most English translations read something like this: “The sovereign LORD showed me this: I saw him making locusts just as the crops planted late were beginning to sprout. (The crops … Continue reading

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