The value of modern lexicons & dictionaries for Bible study

We always try to use the best tools for our regular day work, we should do the same in our Bible study

Today we have a wealth of modern lexical tools available to us. Yet so many people ignore all this, and use Gesenius, or Strong’s, or Young’s, or Vine’s, tools which are massively out of date, sometimes wildly inaccurate, and theologically biased.

Here’s just one example. Let’s look at the Hebrew word ‘sheol’ (grave), typically rendered ‘hell’ by the KJV (one of many reasons why it’s such a bad translation). Continue reading “The value of modern lexicons & dictionaries for Bible study”

Hapax Legomena and the value of expertise for Bible Study

When words appear only once their meaning often remains unclear

“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” – Gen 6:14 (AV)

What was gopher wood? That was one of my first questions asked after reading the flood narrative in the AV, and I remember being quite annoyed when I found out that no one really knew. Continue reading “Hapax Legomena and the value of expertise for Bible Study”

Solomon – opportunity lost

It was a little too good to be true.

Solomon followed David as the third recognised king of united Israel. He was anointed king in difficult circumstances with David seemingly bed ridden and ineffectual. Adonijah launched a soft coup based on his primogeniture but Solomon, with the aid of his mother and Nathan the prophet secured David’s approval to take the crown as recorded in 1 Kings 1. Continue reading “Solomon – opportunity lost”