In an effort to help my class gain control of the vocabulary for 1st semester Hebrew I have created a power point presentation that links the Hebrew word with a picture. Here is an example of the vocabulary from chapter four of the textbook I am using: Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Pratico and Van Pelt. I am curious to know if other Hebrew instructors have found this helpful. Hebrew Vocabulary chapter4
One of my students gave me a YouTube link that is disappointing at best. In this very brief video Old Testament scholar, Dr. Tremper Longman believes that the historical Adam is an open question. He suggests that the only way to have an historical person named Adam is to read Genesis 1-2 in a “very literalistic way.” Further, he doesn’t believe that Gen 1-2 prohibits an evolutionary process for human creation. If Longman is correct, one wonders who is the man who has relations with Eve in Gen 4:1? Or what does Longman do with the Adam mentioned in the Chronicler’s genealogy (1 Chron 1:1) or Luke’s (Luke 3:38)? (These writers seem to treat that Adam as a historical figure w/ descendants). And did not Paul treat Adam as a real person and not simply a myth? (Rom 5:14; 1 Cor 15; 1 Timothy 2). I have appreciated and benefited from Longman handling of the OT, I hope that the video is an incomplete sound bite.
There is no argument that metaphors and similes are major literary devices used to communicate desire and passion between the couple in the Song of Songs. Unfortunately, some of these literary devices do not transfer easily into the 21st century. For instance, “Your hair is like a flock of goats” (4:1, 6:5) does not have the same complimentary ring today as Solomon intended. But the Song does demonstrate that metaphors do communicate well in the area of sexual intimacy. I came across a CTi article yesterday where a creative wife uses a baseball metaphor to explain to her somewhat clueless (and selfish) husband that her passion was not being satisfied. I wonder if baseball was around in Solomon’s day, would he have used it as a metaphor in the Song? Probably not :).