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Notes and Comments

Exegetical and expositional articles on biblical passages, sometime excerpted from my past writing, sometimes floating ideas in current writing.

  Ever since Seminary, I’ve had a deep interest in Islam and all things Arabic. It began with a course on introductory literary Arabic, taught mainly as...

I have some things to say that I've wanted to say for 35 or more years. I have hesitated, though, because they are things...

So the figures in the book of Judges have been blurred out of focus by tradition, VBS programs, and perhaps also our inability to...

I love that parable of David Foster Wallace about the two fish, swimming happily along, when they meet and old fish swimming toward them...

I wrote the following many years ago, having used it in a segment of my Old Testament introduction lectures for seminarians for even more...

Many people, encountering the book of Judges for the first time, find its violence troubling. A couple of principles help in reading the book...

    A recent writing project sent me back to a type of literature scholars typically call "heroic." It's the ancient version of the action-adventure flick. I won't bore you with...

That crazy “scapegoat” thing in the Day of Atonement passages  (Lev. 16:6-10, 20-28; 17:7) has always bugged me. Scholars have a field day figuring...

This post continues a series adapted from my commentary on the book of Judges in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series (Tyndale) working out the...

When the Hindenburg blew in 1937, engineers accepted the reality that the rigid airship needed to be completely rethought. However great the lift gained...

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