January 2017

2017-01-21

I found Augustine’s De doctrina christiana in Latin. I can’t wait to be able to read it!

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Changing format: Monthly posts

To all my loyal readers (both of you), I am going to try an alternate format to help me post more often. I have a hard time writing enough regularly enough to justify a new post each time, so I am going to try to post monthly, and then simply update the month’s post each time I have something to say. I hope this will help me top write more often. If you visit my blog, I will try to put the most recent posts at the top and date them so you can follow along if you so choose.

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New Adventure: Latin!

Well, I have officially started my Latin studies. One week ago I had no idea I would be doing it, but through a series of interesting turns, I enrolled in my seminary’s Theological Latin course, and had my first day of class yesterday. I am really looking forward to it! Just an interesting fact that makes this more interesting is that my grandmother on my father’s side (whom I never met) was a Latin teacher. Perhaps the love for languages is inherited! 😉

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Scott Hafemann on the Importance of the Biblical Languages

“The purpose of reading the Bible for ourselves [in the original languages] is not, however, to out-commentary the commentaries . . . Nor is it to out-translate the translators . . . Rather, our own work in the text provides a window through which we can see for ourselves just what decisions have been made by others and why. Instead of being a second-hander, who can only take someone else’s word for it, a knowledge of the text allows us to evaluate, rather than simply regurgitate. Continue reading

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List of Witnesses to the NT Text

As part of my training for a vocation in New Testament studies, I have been attempting to gain some proficiency in New Testament textual criticism. To that end I have constructed a list of the manuscripts used in the UBS5 (= NA28) Greek NT by corpus according to century, with a summary of the most important witnesses to the major text types concluding each. My goal was to create a document that I could use to help me evaluate the witnesses to the various variants in the NT. You can access it here. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for its improvement!

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Adding to My Resources Page

I am in the process of adding to my resources page. The latest addition is a simple discourse diagram of John 1:19-34 that I worked up for the Greek reading group that I am leading for some of Dr. Black’s students who have graduated Greek 2. I have also added a chart of important NT interpreters from the 1600’s to today, and a chart of Second Temple literature. I hope you will check them out and let me know if you find anything helpful!

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A Brief Argument against Dispensationalism

I received my undergrad education at a dispensational institution, and I am often dismayed when I hear non-dispensationalists bash dispensationalists. The truth is that dispensationalists were holding to the authority of Scripture and other conservative doctrines when much of American Christianity was buying into liberalism. Furthermore, I received a great education in the Bible at a dispensational school, and was personally nurtured in my faith by several dispensational churches, so I owe a debt of gratitude to dispensational brothers and sisters who have loved and nurtured me in “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

However, I do not ultimately find dispensationalism convincing, and here I want to provide a brief argument for why that is. Continue reading

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