Keeping Up Your Greek

In college, we used Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek.  In seminary, we used Baugh’s First John Reader and his Primer.  I enjoyed these grammars, learned much from them, and still value them (although somehow, somewhere, I lost Mounce; I need to get another copy!). In order to keep up my Greek I recently purchased David… Continue reading Keeping Up Your Greek

Hebrew Grammar and Homiletics

You mean that my Hebrew grammar/syntax classes in seminary and assigned readings in it make a difference in my preaching? Of course! In the studies of biblical languages, the theoretical serves the practical, as with theology. Here's one example. In 2 Chronicles 21.11, when the story teller describes Jehoram's wicked reign over Judah, he uses… Continue reading Hebrew Grammar and Homiletics

Grammar and the Bondage of the Will

  Here's an instance where a small and sometimes difficult point of grammar can show the source of some doctrinal truths we (Reformed Christians) confess.  In this case, it is the bondage of the will prior to conversion/regeneration as shown from Titus 3.3 (see Canons of Dort III/IV.3). In this verse, Paul uses an imperfect "being"… Continue reading Grammar and the Bondage of the Will

Hebrew Grammar, Linguistics, and Justification

What do Hebrew grammar, linguistics, and justification have to do with one another? Quite a bit, if you ask me (us). In An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Bruce Waltke and M. O' Conner give us some implicit clues. In their discussion of a certain verb (the Piel stem, to be precise), they note a… Continue reading Hebrew Grammar, Linguistics, and Justification