In this issue...
Biblical studies is a discipline that brings together the seemingly unlikely combination of data and delight. It is a serious subject, but much joy is to be found in the complexities and depth of the languages, manuscripts and world of the Bible.
In this issue of Ink our writers explore scholarship that brings additional colour to how we read the Bible. Christopher Ash puts it well in his Bible Toolkit column when he describes the need for a “Bible-shaped imagination”. We hope these articles bring some fresh imaginative insight to your Bible reading.
In our cover story Dr Caleb Howard explores the role of the Assyrian empire in the Old Testament, and fills in the background to the biblical narrative of Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah. Kay Carter talks to Dr Thomas Davis, whose career in archaeology provides insight into the rich heritage of the Christian faith, while in Artefact in Focus Dr Kaspars Ozolins learns lessons from an Ugaritic clay tablet from the time of the biblical Judges.
Beth Vickers delves into research by Tyndale House Academic Vice Principal Dr Dirk Jongkind, on how academics determine which Bible manuscripts are most accurate. We also have a new column in this issue, with a focus on languages. Join Tyndale House reader Travis Wright as he reflects on what motivated William Tyndale to learn Hebrew.