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  • Saturday, January 28, 2006

    Listen to the Greek NT for Free!

    You can listen to the Westcott Hort Greek NT for free here: http://www.ccel.org/a/anonymous/gnt/home.html.

    Or, part of the NT is up here: http://www.greeklatinaudio.com/, and note that this greeklatinaudio page also has part of the OT in Hebrew up as well as part of the Latin translation of the NT read aloud posted.

    Read, listen, and may God write it on our hearts!

    Listen to the Hebrew Bible for Free!

    In response to my last post, someone pointed me to this site: http://ariel.dtison.net/hebrew_old_testament/96k/.

    There you can listen to the OT read in Hebrew for free!

    Enjoy, and may God bless the reading and the hearing of his word!

    Wednesday, January 25, 2006

    Reading and Hearing Biblical Hebrew

    The Central Library for the Blind in Israel has a phenomenal tool for anyone trying to learn Biblical Hebrew. They are offering their recording of the Hebrew Bible, the whole thing, in Hebrew, for $50! Go here: http://www.clfb.org.il/index-e.htm and click on the link near the middle of the page on the right that says, “The Bible Recording Narrated by S. Bertonov.”

    While I’m posting on Hebrew, I should mention that the main factors in learning the biblical languages (or any language) are persistence and consistency, not intelligence and good grades in the courses. Anyone can learn this stuff if they never quit. No one should expect to be able to read a sentence full of words and forms and constructions they have never seen before simply because they have taken 2 (or 8!) semesters of the language. Yet we all, and I include myself, get discouraged when we come to something that we can’t quite make out. The key is to go over it and over it and over it again. If we hope for success, we must read Hebrew and Greek every day. Let the discouragement go to the birds, and keep reading and re-reading the text!

    This recording of Hebrew is a great tool, and listening to the reader while following along with an open Hebrew Bible can move us through a lot of text quickly. I recommend working through the translation of a chapter, then listening to Sholomo Bertonov read it a time or two.

    May God bless the reading and the hearing of his most holy word!

    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    Les Bollinger joins the blogroll!

    While Jill and I were in Louisville studying at Southern, we worshiped at Clifton Baptist Church. It was a joy to be a part of that vibrant body, and it is a joy to see where the Lord has taken the members of that body.

    I recently heard from Les Bollinger, with whom we worshiped at Clifton, and I am rejoiced to know that he is now pastoring in Beaver, PA and blogging at http://eutychus.blogspot.com/.

    Les is a faithful pastor scholar, who, from what I know of him, loves God, loves God's word, and loves God's people. May his tribe increase!

    Friday, January 13, 2006

    The Septuagint as Christian Scripture

    As with most everything Martin Hengel writes, this volume contains a treasure-trove of information. He makes some startling proposals here, and his inclusion of an essay by Robert Hanhart makes this almost a "two views" book. If you've ever wondered how the church fathers viewed the LXX, how they regarded the apocrypha, or why most Bible translations rely on the Hebrew rather than the Greek OT, this is a book that might interest you. You can read my review here.

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    BibleWorks 6

    From time to time I get asked what I think about the various Bible software programs. I use BibleWorks 6, and I my review of the software is here.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    The One Who Does Them Shall Live by Them?

    Leviticus 18:5 says, “You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.” And Paul quotes this text in Galatians 3:12, “But the law is not of faith, rather ‘The one who does them shall live by them.’”

    So does this mean that salvation was by works in the old covenant? You can read what I think about it here.