Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament

advancesThis is a book well worth reading if you teach Greek or if you are a relatively advanced Greek student:

Constantine R. Campbell. Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.

Many modern grammars seem like they are stuck in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and Con Campbell skillfully explains how Greek grammar has advanced in the last hundred years or so. Topics he addresses include linguistic theories, lexical semantics and lexicography, deponency and the middle voice, verbal aspect and Aktionsart, and discourse analysis. [Read more…]

A Funny Footnote

This is probably the most entertaining grammar I’ve read. (It’s lightweight intermediate Greek.)

David Alan Black. It’s Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.

The book ends with a funny footnote (p. 157):


It may appear a bit self-serving to list here so many of my own writings on New Testament studies, but I assure you, dear reader, that all royalties I receive go directly to needy children.

[Footnote] My own.

Do Complementarians Consistently Apply How Paul Argues from Creation in 1 Cor 11:8–10 and 1 Tim 2:13–14?

In 1 Cor 11:2–16 Paul says that a wife should wear a head covering when praying or prophesying when the church gathers to worship, and in 1 Tim 2:9–15 he says that a woman should not teach or exercise authority over a man.

Most complementarians today do not insist that women in all cultures must wear head coverings, but they do argue that women should not teach or exercise authority over a man. Yet in both passages Paul argues from creation:

  • 1 Cor 11:8–10 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
  • 1 Tim 2:13–14 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

Do complementarians consistently apply how Paul argues from creation in 1 Cor 11:8–10 and 1 Tim 2:13–14?  [Read more…]

Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo

On November 19, 2014 in San Diego during the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Biblica, the Committee on Bible Translation, and Zondervan presented “The NIV 50th Anniversary Dinner and Program: Celebrating the Commissioning of the NIV.”

At the event Doug Moo, chair of the Committee on Bible Translation, spoke about the NIV. Here’s what he said (available as a free PDF): [Read more…]

Free MP3s: OT Survey by Jason DeRouchie

derouchieOne of my greatest joys is serving alongside my colleague Jason DeRouchie (pronounced deh-ROW-shee) at Bethlehem College & Seminary. My respect and gratefulness for him grows as I get to know him better. I love carpooling with him about three hours each week during the school year (and I missed him while he was out of state on sabbatical this last semester!).

I especially love co-teaching a fourth-year graduate course with him on biblical theology. He is both an Old Testament scholar and a biblical theologian.

I already recommended his book in which he surveys Jesus’s Bible. Now you can download free audio files in which he surveys the Old Testament. [Read more…]