Category Archives: Genesis

Torah-observant Abraham?

There’s a surprising comment in Genesis 26, in which the LORD assures Isaac that he will bless him, “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments (mitzvot), my statutes (chuqot), and my laws (torot)” (26:5). This … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Angels’ Creation

In City of God 11.9, Augustine considers the creation of the angels, or rather, Scripture’s relative lack of attention to it. Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of the angels explicitly, but since Genesis purports to be comprehensive (“created the heavens and the earth,” “rested … Continue reading

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Anti-Adamic Job

Protesting his innocence before God and men, Job distinguishes himself from Adam (the first and only mention of the person Adam in the OT outside of Genesis 1-5): “If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my … Continue reading

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Abrahamic Promise

In the Benedictus, Zechariah joyfully recalls “the oath which [the LORD] sware to our father Abraham” (Lk 1:73). What is this oath? Readers of the NT who spend a lot of time with Paul will immediately think of “the promise, … Continue reading

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Phenomena or Legomena?

It’s common enough usage in ordinary English to say — when feeling a bit pretentious — “phenomena” where one might equally say “things.” A phenomenon is some furnishing within the universe. Robert Jenson loves to stress that dead metaphors have … Continue reading

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Translating Gen 21:6

Here are a number of renderings of Genesis 21:6. First, the Hebrew (MT): וַתֹּאמֶר שָׂרָה צְחֹק עָשָׂה לִי אֱלֹהִים כָּל־הַשֹּׁמֵעַ יִֽצְחַק־לִֽי׃ The LXX: “εἶπεν δὲ Σαρρα γέλωτά μοι ἐποίησεν κύριος ὃς γὰρ ἂν ἀκούσῃ συγχαρεῖταί μοι” The Vulgate: “dixitque Sarra … Continue reading

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