Blackman’s Mishnah & Commentary

I just came across PDF’s of Philip Blackman’s, Mishnayoth (in Six Volumes). Each volume in this set contains the pointed Hebrew text, introductions, translation and various appendices and supplements. (This is the first edition, there has since been a revised and expanded edition with an index volume.)

  1. Zeraim, London: Mishna Press, 1951
  2. Moed, New York: Judaica Press, 1963
  3. Nashim, London: Mishna Press, 1953
  4. Nezikin, London: Mishna Press, 1954
  5. Kodashim, London: Mishna Press, 1954
  6. Taharoth, London: Mishna Press, 1955

These PDF’s are hosted on See especially their English texts.

Old in the New Personality Quiz?

bookcoverWell, it’s not realy a “personality quiz” as much as it is an opinion quiz. Anyway, it was fun to take a look at this quiz provided by Zondervan in light of the forthcoming bookcoverThree Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by Walt Kaiser, Darrell Bock and Peter Enns. This looks like it will be a good Evangelical introduction to the topic. Of course, not to be missed is the recently published Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, edited by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson (Baker Academic). I served as Sean McDonough’s research assistant while he was finishing up the chapter on Revelation (which he co-wrote with G. K. Beale), so I had a chance to do some minor editing of the bibliographic references. (Yeah, I know it was a very teeny-tiny part of a big project, but it’s still cool to help on a work like this.)

So, back to the “personality quiz”: apparently Bock and I are “buds.”

NT Use of the OT — Test Your View!
Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents view

You seem to be most closely aligned with the Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents view, a view defended by Darrell L. Bock in the book “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (edited by Kenneth Berding and Jonathan Lunde, Nov. 2008). This view affirms the singular nature of the meanings intended by the OT and NT authors when OT texts are cited in the NT. In spite of this essential unity in meaning, however, the words of the OT authors frequently take on new dimensions of significance and are found to apply appropriately to new referents and new situations as God’s purposes unfold in the larger canonical context. Often, these referents were not in the minds of the OT authors when they penned their texts. For more info, see the book, or attend a special session devoted to the topic at the ETS Annual Meeting in Providence, RI (Nov. 2008); Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns will all present their views.

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HT: Koinonia (Zondervan’s new blog)

. . . but by prayer . . .

David Ker, at Lingamish, writes a stunning poem about our submersion in a media-consumerism-driven culture and our tendency to completely ignore the dark realities of this present age. The title is “While I was watching reality TV” and the opening line is “Reality was happening.” It’s worth a read. Unfortunately the poem describes all too well my own experiences.

The comments are worth reading as well. A discussion ensued about what we should do to get our heads out of the Western sand. Ker prescribes rejecting consumerism, bringing attention to the problem, and getting deeply involved in at least one means of bringing relief. I would add prayer to David’s prescription. As I read his post and the comments that ensued, I was reminded of an article by David Wells, titled, “Prayer: Rebelling Against the Status Quo”. Wells writes:

. . . it must be asserted that petitionary prayer only flourishes where there is a twofold belief: first, that God’s name is hallowed too irregularly, his kingdom has come too little, and his will is done too infrequently; second, that God himself can change this situation. Petitionary prayer, therefore, is the expression of the hope that life as we meet it, on the one hand, can be otherwise and, on the other hand, that it ought to be otherwise. It is therefore impossible to seek to live in God’s world on his terms, doing his work in a way that is consistent with who he is, without engaging in regular prayer.

I quoted this paragraph in the post comments, but I figured I’d use this post to draw attention to David’s poem and Dr. Well’s article (which is available online in its entirety [PDF]; be sure to read it).


Matthew Butterick, an attorney and former typeface designer, has put together a guide to “Typography for Lawyers.” I’ve always had a fascination with typography. The site, as its name implies, is geared towards those in the law profession, but it’s applicable to anyone who’s putting together a document for others to read. As A.K.M.Adam notes:

…a whole lot of church bulletins, web sites, and correspondence would look better if the clergy (and staff) followed Matthew’s advice.

I’m new to WordPress, but I wonder if anyone’s put together a plugin that addresses typographical issues like converting three periods (…) into ellipses (…) straight quotes (” “) into curly quotes (“ ”), — into an en dash (–), or — into an em dash (—).

HT: A.K.M.Adam

Update: Hah! It looks like WP already converts these characters. In my actual post, I simply typed three periods, straight quotes and dashes, but WP converted them into the correct characters. One of many reasons to switch from blogger to WP!

A new look for Old in the New

The New Old in the New
The New Old in the New

Well, I finally did it. I switched over to WordPress. So far, so good. To the left is a screenshot of the new look (for those folks who use a reader to read this blog). I’ve even added the “Scripturizer” which turns any biblical reference written in a post into a link to the English Standard Version (complete with a pop-up window to preview the verse). See Jas 5:17-18.