Tom Finley

That Indispensable Hebrew

By Tom Finley Oct. 12, 2015 10:30 a.m. Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

Here is a challenging essay, written long ago by several Talbot professors, about the importance of reading the Old Testament in the original language. Two of the authors are retired (one to glory). The third, Dr. Tom Finley, is still with us. Some things never change — like the significance of Hebrew for sound OT exegesis. Some things, however, do change. Please note that the article was written for the Talbot Bulletin in the fall of 1979, before sensitivity to issues of culture and gender became part of the literary landscape. Caveat lector ...


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Social Justice in Amos

By Tom Finley Aug. 26, 2015 10:45 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Old Testament, Theology

Amos has much to say about oppression and the plight of the poor in Israel, so it is only natural that his book has become a focal point for discussions about social justice.[1] At least three aspects of the issue dealt with by Amos concern the nature of God, the role of the individual, and the role of the social system ...

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Thoughts About Dr. Robert Saucy: Reflections from Dr. Tom Finley

By Tom Finley Apr. 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Dr. Bob Saucy was a skilled teacher, beloved colleague, and friend. He greatly influenced my own theology and path in life. Having studied under him at Talbot, I have known him for many years. He was a tremendous man of God and truly a "Distinguished Professor." He will be sorely missed at Talbot by students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

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Working on a Doctorate: My Personal Story

By Tom Finley Oct. 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

Since students often come to me asking about doctoral work after Talbot, I thought it would be helpful to share my personal experience in obtaining my own doctorate. Perhaps some will find my experience helpful as they prayerfully contemplate whether the Lord is leading them to pursue further studies in a doctoral program.


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Book Review: The Aleppo Codex (by Matti Friedman)

By Tom Finley Nov. 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. Culture, Old Testament, Historical Theology

Is it possible for a true story about an ancient manuscript of the Hebrew Bible to be thrilling

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Why a Commentary?

By Tom Finley Sep. 24, 2013 8:31 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

A Bible reader might justifiably ask, “Why would I need a commentary?” Some prefer to read the Bible for themselves so that they won’t be influenced by the opinions of others. They want to learn solely through what the Holy Spirit teaches them, and perhaps they even think to support their desire through Scriptures such as John 16:13 or Jeremiah 31:33–34. Besides the fact that the context won’t support such an interpretation from those passages, there are some good reasons why a commentary can be not only helpful for understanding the Bible but even highly beneficial.

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Thoughts on Ezekiel 38

By Tom Finley Apr. 4, 2012 2:30 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

These observations are made independently of any current events taking place in the Middle East. They are offered to clarify from the Hebrew and certain ancient sources some of the issues that modern interpreters are raising from their understanding of Ezekiel 38.

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