We know biblical studies are important to you. They’re not something separated as for a certain time or for a career. No, you’re investing in Biblical Studies for Life! On February 17, 2022, we offered three sessions to help you in your investment in the Scriptures.

Going Deeper with the Targums WordMap (Dr. Leeor Gottlieb)

With the basic skills demonstrated in a previous webinar (“Getting to Know the Targums WordMap” ), we can now dig deeper and utilize the Targums WordMap for searches that have been heretofore impossible on any digital platform. In this webinar we will perform several such powerful searches and show how to make the most out of the Targums WordMap.

Dr. Leeor Gottlieb is a senior lecturer in the Department of Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Among his research interests are biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, Aramaic Targum, the historical transmission of the biblical text and computer-assisted research of the Bible. He is also the founder and director of the Equivalent Project – an ISF backed research initiative for the study of ancient translations of the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Gottlieb’s recent book is titled, Targum Chronicles and Its Place Among the Late Targums.

Text, Translation, and Performance: Using Accordance to “Hear” the Gospels in Translation (Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman)

Before the Gospel stories were written, they were spoken. It is still even possible sometimes in the Greek to “hear” the voice of the original teller. Most English translations, however, strive for an eloquent literary rendering that smooths out the oral character. In this session, Mark Vitalis Hoffman will share some of work he is doing on a translation project of the gospel of Mark highlighting the gospel’s oral features. He will show how using the tools, translations, and grammatical and exegetical resources in Accordance can aid in hearing that original voice and ways it might be expressed in an English translation intended to be “performed.” While this session attends to English translations, it will be most helpful for those with some knowledge of Greek.

Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman, MDiv (Luther [Northwestern] Theological Seminary), PhD (Yale University), is Glatfelter Professor of Biblical Studies at United Lutheran Seminary. Previously, he had fourteen years of parish experience in Minnesota and North Dakota. Dr. Hoffman is co-author of the Atlas of the Bible (Fortress Press, 2019). Some of his other ongoing work is available at his websites: CrossMarks.comScrollandScreen.com, and his blog, Bible and Tech.

Accordance as the Ultimate Reading Companion (Brian W. Davidson)

In this webinar, Brian Davidson will demonstrate ways to set up and use Accordance to easily answer the questions that arise when reading the Bible in the original languages. Much of what is discussed will apply to English Bible reading, as well. The goal is for users to leave the session with fresh ideas for setting up workspaces that will allow them to use Accordance as the ultimate Bible reading companion.

Brian Davidson teaches Latin and Greek in the Atlanta area and writes about things he enjoys at brianwdavidson.com. He completed his M.Div and Th.M at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.