Naked Bible Podcast Episode 033: Word Studies, Part 2

| February 11, 2013

Episode 33 continues our series on Bible study at the word level. Last time we talked about word usage as it pertains to usage by a single biblical author within the scope of that author’s writings. ¬†Our launching point then was the lemma behind “unmarried” in 1 Cor 7. The lemma was used only four […]

On John Walton’s Understanding of Hebrew Bara’

| September 6, 2010

Some of you have asked for a summary of where I disagree with Walton on bara’.† What follows below is an exchange between John Hobbins (another friend of mine and Hebrew scholar) and Walton. My reservations are essentially those that are expressed by Hobbins. Hobbins vs. Walton Walton’s response to Hobbins Here’s something else thrown […]

Walton and Van Wolde: Hebrew Bara’ Does Not Mean “To Create”

| February 22, 2010

John Hobbins has a helpful post offering links to the critiques of the thesis of Ellen Van Wolde that Hebrew bara’ does not mean “create”.† John Walton’s recent book The Lost World of Genesis 1, positively reviewed by me here and (soon) in print, has popularized this view.† As I noted in my review, I […]

Does Hebrew bara’ Mean “to Spatially Separate” Instead of “Create”?

| October 9, 2009

That’s the contention of Dr. Ellen van Wolde. The problems in translation and interpretation in Genesis 1:1-3 are well known to Hebraists, but it’s rare for any of them to claim that the Bible teaches that God did *not* create matter, which Dr. van Wolde claims as a necessary conclusion. The first thing I thought […]