My latest book has just been published! It presents the entire Hebrew text of three classic biblical stories (Ruth, Esther, and Jonah) in a graphic novel format, with an English translation at the bottom of each page. The goal is to help the text come to life for readers of Hebrew, at any level of … Continue reading New Book: Illustrated Ruth, Esther, Jonah!
Greetings from your intermittent blogger. I have finally embarked on this PhD adventure! Now that the ball is rolling, I want to make a habit of posting a (mostly) weekly update on what I’m learning in grad school. This will be good for me: it will help my learning process to communicate some of what … Continue reading What I’m Learning in Grad School…
I'm happy to announce that I will begin my PhD studies in Hebrew Bible this fall at Emory University! Emory is one of the top programs in the world in my field, and I am so honored to have been admitted. Now, we just have to figure out how to move to Atlanta!
I'm in Be'er Sheva, Israel this month studying Modern Hebrew. If you'd like to see what I'm up to, take a look at the vlog I've been keeping. I'm calling it "Messages to Ian" because it's a way to keep in touch with my 12-year-old son who is really into YouTube vlogging these days. Oh! … Continue reading Vlogging in Israel
This morning I led a review session for the Hebrew students I've been tutoring. To sweeten the deal, I baked these lemon shortbread cookies with Hebrew buttercream icing! For each cookie they ate, they had to name a vocabulary word beginning with that letter... the words were sweet in their mouths!
This morning, going through my academic files, I stumbled across this sonnetized translation of Isaiah 11:1-10 that I wrote a couple years ago for an exegesis course. It reminded me of the hope that the Holy One will indeed provide justice in this world... Isaiah 11:1-10 A shoot from Jesse’s stump again will grow And … Continue reading Sonnet: Isaiah 11
My latest book has just been released by GlossaHouse Publishers! It's the first volume in the GlossaHouse Illustrated Hebrew-English Old Testament. I guarantee you have never seen the Hebrew Bible like this! Narrative and speech are set apart in boxes and bubbles with beautiful illustrations by Keith Neely. Together they present Genesis in a graphic … Continue reading New Book: Illustrated Genesis in Hebrew
This was my first book, coauthored with Michael Halcomb in 2012. We wanted to provide a resource that would help communities do the work of biblical exegesis together, rather than outsourcing it to "professionals" alone. The first half of the book is theory, the second half is case study. You can purchase it from Amazon … Continue reading People of the Book
A reflection on Luke 2:1-20 After angelic prophecies and surprise pregnancies, as we enter chapter two of Luke’s gospel, we have finally arrived at the big event! Jesus the king is born in Bethlehem and placed in a manger. In one popular audio version of the text I’ve used, I hear sheep baaa-ing and the … Continue reading Good News of Great Joy for ALL the People
First Snow Like a high school crush Suspends reality For an hour we are unaware Of the bitter bite of a new winter For now all is calm, all is bright While these first flakes fall We pause in awed amnesia As if these big sticky clumps are The first snow Ever In a month … Continue reading Poem: “First Snow”