A Word in Edgewise

In Pain You Shall Bring Forth Children

In this episode of “Exegetically Speaking” . . .

Rabbi Steven Bob joins David Capes in the studio to offer his insight into a challenging statement from Genesis 3:16: “in pain you shall bring forth children.” A careful look at the term in Hebrew translated as “pain” may be better understood as “sorrow” in this passage.Rabbi Steven Bob

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The Open Sword

In this edition of “Exegetically Speaking” . . .

Dr. Adam Miglio, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College, draws upon how an “open sword” was understood in the ancient Near East to inform a reading of Ezekiel 21:28. A fascinating reflection on Babylon as God’s sword in that chapter.Adam Miglio wheaton

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Cover Me with Your Wings

In this edition of “Exegetically Speaking” . . .

Dr. Michael Graves, Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies, considers some of the challenging passages in Ruth and looks at how reading the text in Hebrew can illumine these verses.


Dr. Michael Graves, Wheaton College Bible and History Department


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Graffiti prayers

A new article by Paul van Pelt and Nico Staring takes a creative look at graffiti left in Saqqara.  Saqqara was the necropolis of one of the most significant cities in Egypt, Memphis.  Most studies of ancient graffiti have focused upon “textual graffiti,” but as we know graffiti itself is a visual phenomenon, and pictures and images make up much of “graffiti.”  But interpreting non-textual materials can prove difficult from the vantage of a culture far removed.

Few people were literate but that did not stop them from drawing pictures or copying images they found meaningful.  The authors propose that some types of “figural graffiti” were in fact prayers meant to secure the place of the deceased in the afterlife or to, in some way, keep the graffiti artist in connection with the tomb and the departed.

In addition the authors take a stab at the social location of those who composed “figural graffiti” compare to those who composed “textual graffiti.”

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.”
“Interpreting Graffiti in the Saqqara New Kingdom Necropolis as
Expressions of Popular Customs and Beliefs”
Rivista del Museo Egizio 3 (2019). DOI: 10.29353/rime.2019.2577

The Bible for All Its Worth

In this edition of Exegetically Speaking

. . .  Dr. Todd Still, Dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, joins us in the studio to reflect upon how learning the biblical languages helps to enrich our reading of the Bible.


Dr. Todd Still









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