Accordance Blog

January 2017

Hebrew New Testament Audio

January 03, 2017 - Helen Brown — Do you speak Hebrew? Do you wish you did? Are you taking lessons, studying it online, or living in Israel? If you have any interest at all in modern Hebrew, you will want to have these beautiful recordings. The use of the Hebrew language was restricted for centuries to sacred texts and prayers, but when it was revived by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda it became the living heart language of the Jewish people. Although it was supplemented with many new invented and imported words, and the grammatical structure was adapted for the new day, the words and the ...

Layton's The Gnostic Scriptures

January 02, 2017 - David Lang — Gnosticism. If you're like me, you have just enough "knowledge" of it to be dangerous (and to make really weak puns!). I've read commentaries and study Bibles which speculate that some of the later New Testament books were written with an early form of gnosticism in mind, while others argue that there is not enough evidence to make such an assertion. The notion that there were other "Christian" gospels which were suppressed by the orthodox church has been a favorite trope of conspiracy theorists, journalists, and popular novelists; yet they ...

Vetus Latina (OT)

January 01, 2017 - David Lang — Before Jerome's Vulgate became the standard Latin translation of the Bible, Augustine bemoaned "the endless diversity of the Latin translators," complaining that "every man who happened to get his hands upon a Greek manuscript, and who thought he had any knowledge, were it ever so little, of the two languages, ventured upon the work of translation." In some respects, the circulation of numerous translations of varying quality is similar to the dizzying array of options currently available in English. The pre-Vulgate Latin Bible translations t ...

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