Old Testament / Samuel

2 Samuel 7: Is It About Jesus?

Hello, good readers of Unsettled Christianity. This is Abram K-J of Words on the Word. Joel made the mistake kind move of inviting me to contribute to his fine blog… so here I am! I begin simply with a cross-post, because I’ve already seen some incisive responses in the comments to a post at WotW: Is 2 Samuel 7 About Jesus? I suggest that 2 Samuel 7:14b can’t apply to Jesus: When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But all the “forever” language in that

Samuel / Septuagint

Scratchpad: Exegesis of the Greek 2 Samuel 7.1-17

Yep, the gift of Seminary. Personally, and don’t tell my wife I said this, but I am thinking that the only real reason that I am in Seminary is because it helps with blogging. Shhhhhh…… It is my position that the use of the Temple story has been contextualized by different authors during Israel’s history, and most notably by the authors/translators of the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament. While it may not always be safe to call a translator an author, the fact remains that the Old Greek differs greatly in place from the Hebrew vorlage so much so


Scratchpad: Exegesis of 2nd Samuel 7.4-17 lxx – Suggestions?

We are required to submit notes this go around. I wouldn’t mind some helpful suggestions… 2nd Samuel 7.4-17 Preliminary Observations: Second Samuel 7.4-17 has long been used in connection to Messianic Expectation[1] in connection with Jesus Christ, rather, the periscope of verse 14-16 which speaks specifically to the future King. Ideally, however, the passage (both the Temple and the Dynastic Promise) should be taken as a whole given that promises once made to David by YHWH are now being removed from him and given to another, namely to that of Solomon. To blindly allow the passage to speak only

Old Testament / Samuel / Scholarship

Scratchpad: Intertextually speaking…

You know the drill: The Question: Read the essay by Vivian L. Johnson and discuss elements that an intertextual reading brings into the Samuel narrative. The pseudo-attempt at a rough draft at an answer which may or may not in fact be the actual posted answer: ____________ I must admit that it is difficult to step out of the notion that the bylines we see ascribed to the Psalms may in fact be of a later date and ‘in the name of’, as indeed, many of the Psalms are without our modern notions of fiction coming into play; however,

Other Posts / Samuel

The Rise of the Israelite Monarchy, Rachel, and the Garden of Eden

The question? Discuss the issues surrounding Israel’s move to having a human king as their ruler. What role, if any, do women play role in ancient Israel’s transition to monarchy? What may or may not be my answer: ________________________________ The tribal system which had long connected the Hebrew peoples together was coming to a finale quickly due to the paradigmic evolution then-current in the developing political structures of the Ancient Near East. Powerful kings were rising up with economic powerhouses and military machines at their command which were actively destroying the enemies of the State. The Semitic tribes which

God's Word / Samuel

Examining God’s Word – Davidic Covenant in 2nd Samuel 7.10-16

As this is important, and figures very prominently in the book I am currently reading, I thought that I might examine this passage,