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Adam and Eve as Temple with Ingrid Faro

Dr. Ingrid Faro, Northern Seminary

Congratulations to everyone on the team in Wheaton. This is the 200th episode, and it is a great one. Thanks, Ingrid. Now on to the next 100!!!!

Hints of the identity of the man and woman together as God’s sacred space have been latent but unrecognized in the Hebrew language of Gen. 2:21-22. In this, our 200th episode, Dr. Ingrid Faro uncovers what the language has to tell us. She is the Coordinator of the MA in Old Testament Program at Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL, where she teaches the Hebrew Bible. Among other things, she is the author of  Evil in Genesis: A Contextual Analysis of Hebrew Lexemes for Evil in the Book of Genesis. She recently lectured at the Lanier Theological Library on “Deconstructing Evil,” and her forthcoming book is Demystifying Evil: A Biblical and Personal Exploration (IVP).

To hear the podcast (10 minutes) click here.

Apron Yourself with Humility with Dennis Edwards

Dr. Dennis Edwards

Dr. Dennis Edwards is Vice President for Church Relations and Dean of the Seminary at North Park University. Among other things, he has authored Might from the Margins: The Gospel’s Power to Turn the Tables on Injustice and 1 Peter (The Story of God Bible Commentary Book 17). Today’s topic: A word otherwise unused in the NT is chosen by Peter to command all his readers to “clothe yourselves” with humility. These one-time (hapax legomena) words can be interesting. What might be the implications in 1 Peter 5:5?

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“Exegetically Speaking” is a weekly podcast of the friends and faculty of Wheaton College, IL and The Lanier Theological Library. Hosted by Dr. David Capes, it features language experts who discuss the importance of learning the biblical languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—and show how reading the Bible in the original languages “pays off.” Each podcast lasts between seven and eleven minutes and covers a different topic for those who want to read the Bible for all it is worth.

If you’re interested in going deeper, learn more about Wheaton’s undergraduate degree in Classical Languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Latin) and our MA in Biblical Exegesis

You can hear Exegetically Speaking on SpotifyStitcherApple Podcasts, and YouTube. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at And keep listening. 

Nullifying the So-Called Intelligence with Chris Fresch

Dr. Chris Fresch

In 1 Cor. 1:19 Paul quotes from Isaiah 29:14. His Greek wording differs markedly from the Hebrew of the OT passage, but is close to the Greek version of Isaiah then in use (LXX, Septuagint) . . . and nods to Psalm 33:10. Why would Paul do this? Dr. Fresch also wrote a blog post on this issue: “Paul the Paraphraser or Paul the Septuagint Quoter?” Dr. Chris Fresch is Lecturer in Biblical Languages and Old Testament at Bible College SA in Adelaide, South Australia. Among other things, he has authored Discourse Markers in Early Koine Greek: A Cognitive-Functional Analysis with an Application to LXX Translation Technique (SBL Press, 2023).

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“Ruth and Naomi: the vulnerable and marginalized” with Havilah Dharamraj

To hear the podcast (17 minutes) click here.

“Reading Ruth in South Asia” is the theme of a recent lecture at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, TX (Winter 2023). David Capes, the Director of the library, sat down to talk with our lecturer, Dr. Havilah Dharamraj, on the Stone Chapel Podcast. 

The lecture was co-sponsored by Langham Partnership.

Who is Havilah Dharamraj?  Dr. Dharamraj has her PhD from the University of Durham. She is an Old Testament scholar and academic dean. In addition, she is the head of the department of Old Testament at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) in Bangalore, India. 

She is a Langham scholar whose reputation far and wide is extraordinary.  She is married and has two grown children.

Books by Dr. Dharamraj

Havilah is the author of two important books, the first Altogether Lovely: A Thematic and Intertextual Reading of the Song of Song (Fortress Press, 2018). It is part of a South Asian series in biblical theology. 

The second is Ruth: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary (Langham Publishing, 2019). It is part of the Asia Bible Commentary. 

Here is what a leading Old Testament scholar has to say about the book:

“This a delightful commentary that deserves a wide readership. The authors combine solid exegesis with a warm and very readable style. Their exploration of the book of Ruth with Asian eyes reminds us Westerners how much closer to the world of the Bible others may be. The illustrative anecdotes from their own Indian world give this commentary a quality that is found in none other.”

Daniel I. Block, DPhil
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

Reading Ruth and Naomi

In this conversation Dr. Dharamraj uncovers the message Ruth has for contemporary audiences.  Western audiences can hardly grasp the heart of it because western culture is so far removed from that of Naomi’s and Ruth’s time. But in South Asia, the plight of the widows, the childless, and women remains bleak.  

Ruth speaks in remarkable ways to our disposition toward the least of these and the vulnerable.  

To view the lecture featuring Dr. Dharamraj, go to our YouTube channel or click here. 

If you’d like to watch the panel discussion from the lecture weekend, go to our YouTube channel or click here. 

To learn more about Langham Partnership US click here.

If you’d like a transcript of this podcast, click here.

Want more Stone Chapel Podcasts? click here.

For upcoming lectures at Lanier Theological Library, click here.

Hebrew Prepositions and God’s Image with Carmen Imes

The Hebrew preposition usually translated as “in” in the phrase “in God’s image” repays a closer look. It has to do with our identity, what and who we are. Dr. Carmen Imes (Ph.D., Wheaton College) is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. She has published several works including Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters, and hosts her own YouTube channel where she releases weekly “Torah Tuesday” videos. Her next book will be Being God’s Image: Why Creation Still Matters (2023).

To hear the podcast (10 minutes) click here.