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Poetry and Metaphor in Psalm 1

Travis Wright

Not long ago I sat down with Travis Wright, a PhD Student at Cambridge University, to discuss some of the beauty and poetry found in Psalm 1. He reads Hebrew beautifully. You get a sense not only of what it means but how it sounds.

To hear the 7 minute podcast click here.

Here is his faculty of divinity webpage:

“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 exegetically.speaking@wheaton.edu. And keep listening. 

Home Again by a Different Route: Finding Resilient Leaders in the Book of Lamentations

Dr. Margaret Diddams

My friend and former boss, Dr. Margaret Diddams, recently came to the Lanier Theological Library for a two week research break to investigate some of our great resources on the book of Lamentations. By training Dr. Diddams, Margaret, is an industrial organizations psychologist and she has noticed a number of similarities between the academic literature on resilient leaders and lament. Her thoughts on the subject are fascinating and helpful. This needs to be a book and with time, I’m sure it will be. With Covid-19 especially, church leaders and others are trying to figure out what’s next. Whether people are being fired, laid off or flaming out, these are some insights you need.

To listen to her podcast on “The Stone Chapel” click here.

The Stone Chapel is a podcast of the friends and staff of the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas.  It is hosted by Dr. David Capes, Senior Research Fellow at the library and former faculty member at Houston Baptist University and Wheaton College.  The purpose of the podcast is to bring to our audience great conversations from the world’s leading experts in theology, biblical studies, archaeology, Church history, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ethics, ministry, and a host of other topics close to the mission of the library.

The Lanier Theological Library is a magnet for scholars, church leaders and influencers.  For the last ten years, it has welcomed hundreds of academics and church leaders from across the globe for public lectures, study, panel discussions, consultations, and encouragement.

These podcasts as well as the Lanier library and the Stone Chapel are generously underwritten by Mark and Becky Lanier and the Lanier Theological Library Foundation.  If you have questions or comments, please be in touch: Email david.capes@lanierlibrary.org

Meditating on the Law

Dr. Michael Graves

Dr. Michael Graves, Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, explores with David Capes how reading the Hebrew text of Psalm 1 leads us to a key background story in Joshua 1, and how both together shed light on faithfulness.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

“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 exegetically.speaking@wheaton.edu. And keep listening. 

Strategic Ambiguity: East of Eden

Recently, Dr. Adam E. Miglio, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College, joined me on “Exegetically Speaking” to demonstrate that exegesis involves knowing more than grammar and vocabulary. Often biblical authors employ strategic ambiguity to cause us to slow down and ask what a word or phrase means.  He treats Genesis 4.7 and the phrase “you must/will rule over it,” which characterizes life ‘East of Eden’.

Dr. Adam Miglio

To hear the 7 minute podcast you can cut and paste the following URL into your favorite browser:

http://exegeticallyspeaking.libsyn.com/strategic-ambiguity-east-of-eden-genesis-47

Or click here.

“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 exegetically.speaking@wheaton.edu. And keep listening. 

Pre-incarnate Bling in the Christ-Hymn (Philippians 2:5-11)

Dr. Nijay Gupta, Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, has authored several books and articles, including his recent, Paul and the Language of Faith(Eerdmans, 2020). Recently, we had the chance to connect on Exegetically Speaking to discuss the “poetic” language of one of the New Testament’s most important passages about Christ. Nijay questions whether we’re dealing here with poetry or something else. He prefers to call it an Ode to Christ. As I recall, Gordon Fee referred to it as exalted prose. At any rate, Dr. Gupta does a great job helping us work through part of this passage, one of the most famous in the New Testament.

To listen to the podcast, you can cut and paste the following URL to your brower:

http://exegeticallyspeaking.libsyn.com/pre-incarnate-bling-in-the-christ-hymn-philippians-25-11

or click here.

Dr. Nijay Gupta, Northern Seminary

“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 exegetically.speaking@wheaton.edu. And keep listening. 

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