This, however, is the most narrowly focused of my three blogs. Here's what I'm doing.
Though seminary-educated, I will not write as an academic. Rather, I write as a lover of God's Word, as He originally gave it in Hebrew and Greek. You don't love and read and study and translate and write about and preach something that long without noticing and learning a few things.
This blog is about sharing some of what I've learned, along with my enthusiasm and love for God's original Word.
- "Ooh, look at that cool syntax"
- "Neat wordplay. Too bad it's impossible to translate!"
- "Every English translation messes this up"
- "This will preach!"
- "Nobody ever explains or even seems to notice this. Here's what I think"
- "This is strange; what does it mean?"
- "This is usually translated X; I wonder whether it should be Z"
- "Here's a cool thing about this word"
- "Preachers often mess this up. If only they used their Greek!"
If you're a pastor who left his Greek in seminary, I hope this will nudge you towards repentance, rethinking, and re-prioritizing. You, sir, are a professor of ancient Greek and Hebrew literature. You must know the languages if you are to teach the literature as a voice, rather than an echo.
Either way, they say enthusiasm is catching. I mean to share mine—and I want you to catch it!
Being a pastor at heart (though not by employment, at the moment), I am likely to slant what I write towards preaching, teaching, communicating. But if you are learning the Greek New Testament, wherever you are in your studies, you will find something of profit in at least some of the posts to come.
And just pardon one more word. There is no substitute for learning Greek. Interlinears, commentaries, concordances—none of these things teach you the Greek New Testament any more than looking up a few words in Webster's means that you understand any given English sentence.
- Invite your pastor (or your fellow-pastors) to visit this page
- Announce it, and link to it on your blog or web page
- Email the URL to your maybe-interested friends
- Comment, contribute (—you can see that this has already been going on in the comment threads, below)
- If you're a Greeker, and want to, email me your own Greek observations. Maybe they'll make The Big Time!