Reading Notes: Abraham (Genesis 12-24)

Reading notes Abraham

Notes on vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the Hebrew text of the biblical stories about Abraham, intended as a resource for beginning students.

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On the Nature of This Course

On the Nature of This Course

This essay forms the major part of the syllabi for all courses that I teach, at all levels. It addresses reading, conversing, writing, research, and grading.

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From Darkness to Gloom : An Odyssey in Learning & Teaching

alpha chi epsilon new edition

A paper on pedagogy, read to the chapter of Alpha Chi Epsilon at Cairn University.

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The New School of Theology : A Modest Proposal for Theological Education

The New School of Theology : A Proposal

This “white paper” proposes a new approach to post-secondary or graduate-level theological education (seminary, divinity school).

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Commencement Address: The Covenant School, 2014

Commencement Address : The Covenant School 2014

An address delivered to the graduating seniors, faculty, et al., at The Covenant School, Charlottesville, VA, on 24 May 2014.

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Whose Story is It? Genesis 44 in NLT

Gn 44 – whose story

This paper presents a textlinguistic analysis of the Hebrew text of Gn 44.1-13, and then compares the results of this to the same verses in the New Living Translation (first edition) in order to ask how changing the details of a story changes the story itself.

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Answer Key to Learning & Reading Biblical Hebrew, chs. 1-18

Textbook Answer Key, chs. 1-18 : An answer key to the first eighteen chapters of Learning & Reading Biblical Hebrew (unpublished).

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A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (pre-publication version)

Learning & Reading Biblical Hebrew

This file contains the complete text (pdf) of a pre-publication version of A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, now published by Sheffield Phoenix (2010).

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Of Wadis & Caravans

wadi – Job 6

This brief paper examines the metaphor that Job uses to condemn his three friends’ failure to offer comfort: they are “treacherous wadis” (Jb 6).

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Eroded Hope : Three Conceptual Metaphors in Job 14

Eroded Hope – SBL 2013

Job’s speeches are replete with metaphors, many of which are self-referential, some of which are counter-expectational. This paper, presented to the Cognitive Linguistics group of SBL (November 2013), examines three of these counter-expectational metaphors in Job 14.

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