Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Got The Greek On The Big Screen

I've got the Greek on the big screen. I'm working through GA141 right now, currently in Matthew 21. You'd think having it on the big screen would be amazing. Truth is it's actually a little more difficult for me. I think I'm used to my workspace in the office. I have my screens set up and my head looks straight into the screen. In this set up, I'm having to look up a little. I'll get through Matthew 21 and then close up shop until Tuesday . . . or, at least, I'll try.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Our Hotel Is Booked In Córdoba

Lesly and I will be traveling over to Spain for the EABS conference in July. We just booked our hotel in Córdoba. What a beautiful city that is rich in history. I can't wait to walk its streets, visit the Roman temple, the Roman bridge, the synagogue, etc. What makes it such an exciting upcoming trip is my bride will be right there with me. I'm planning lots of fun dates. There's nothing like having breakfast or catching a sunset in Spain with Lesly!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Brain Is Pixelating!

After looking at Greek manuscripts long enough, your brain starts to do this with your desktop:

When Did Belief In Jesus' Resurrection Begin?

I know, y'all. This sounds like a wild question. When did people begin to believe in the resurrection of Jesus, and how did such a view even start? I believe belief in Jesus' resurrection begins when the angels announced it to the women at the empty tomb. If you're curious to see a discussion on this issue, though, Antonio has just started a series of posts over at Across the Atlantic. You can see Part 1 here. He has quite an interesting take on this one. I'll jump in around Part IV. Take a look.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Visiting With An Incoming Student

This afternoon I had the privilege of meeting one of our incoming students. His name is Rob and he's got one amazing heart for the Lord. When people about "divine appointments" and "sharing the Gospel," I'm hooked. Rob's family hails from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Needless to say, we had lots to talk about . . . and in Spanish, too! Like Rob, I have a special place in my heart (and stomach) for the food in Puerto Rico. For example, if you've never had mofongo, then you gotta try it and soon. Rob is especially interested in learning Greek. I had no idea. And he had no idea that I just so happen to teach Greek here at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. So, what better way to end our conversation than by giving him a copy of David Alan Black's Aprenda a leer el griego del Nuevo Testamento!

Rob, to whom much is given, much is required. Keep loving the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, mind, strength, and soul. And may that book lead to an increased devotion to his Word and his world. God bless you.

Upcoming Experience Day, June 13th

Anyone interested in Lancaster and Capital should consider attending our next Experience Day on June 13th. I'll be there, giving a session on the biblical narrative and how the story of redemption unfolds through the Scriptures. I hope you'll come. Be sure you say hey. I'd love to hear what God's doing in your life and encourage you in this next step!

Welcome To BIB516!

Our Springfield students just embarked on what I hope will be a life-changing journey. They've just started BIB516 with yours truly. Well, class started yesterday officially. The course website has already been live for a week, so students can get a feel for the course and even work ahead should they so desire.

Students, welcome to class! Learning Greek isn't like getting a magic kit in the mail as a kid. It's more than a wand and a top hat. It's a serious tool, one that requires skill and practice to effectively use. I'll never forget as a young boy working for a construction company. It was my first real job. I was just fourteen years old. I wanted to wield a chainsaw one day. We had some trees that needed to get chopped down. I thought I could jump right in there and get to work. Fortunately, my boss exercised some caution. I didn't get a chainsaw that afternoon. Instead he had me shadow him. In one afternoon I learned how you hold a saw, how you move the saw, how a saw can grab in the wood, how it can snap and let you know it's trying to be the boss, and how the chain can get loose. I'd say that using Greek in ministry is more serious than cutting trees. There are some things to keep our eyes on, some things to watch out for. There's also a way to move through a text using your Greek. In this class, I want to bring you alongside as we look at the grammar and syntax of the Greek language, especially how we can start to use it in our personal Bible study, accurately and efficiently.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Why Didn't Luke Say Jesus Went To Pray In Luke 4?

Luke and Mark both include that Jesus got away from all the crowds so he could be alone. The account in Mark reads, “Jesus got up, left, and went away to a secluded place” (Mark 1:35b; cf. Luke 4:42a). It is in Peter’s account that we see find Jesus’ purpose for getting away explicitly stated: “And he was praying there” (Mark 1:35c).

Why does Mark include the purpose of Jesus’ withdrawal, while Luke does not? Consider Darrell Bock’s discussion:
“The normal explanation for this omission is that Luke wanted to focus only on the issue of mission here and so will refer to prayer in 5:16 (Creed 1930: 72; Luce 1933: 125). This explanation seems lame. Luke uses references to prayer close together (9:18, 28), while the mention of it here would fit his tendency to speak for it at key transition points. It seems better to see an additional source here distinct from Mark. Marshall (1978: 197) and Lohmeyer (1959: 42) allude to such a traditional source. It might even be possible that Luke did not use Mark here at all for this summary” (Luke, I:1:1–9:50, BECNT [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994], 437-438). 
There are a couple of preliminary points worth making. Bock is at least open to the idea that Mark is not the source from which Luke gets his material in this section. That is a big first step. Bock points out that Luke would not have been out of character by including why Jesus went away from the crowds. It would not have disrupted the narrative or distracted from the focus on Jesus’ mission to proclaim the kingdom. There is an alternative position, which I believe fits best with the historical testimony of the origin of the Gospels. Luke either does not include why Jesus went away because he did not have a record of it in the sources he used, or he chose not include this point for whatever reason. The latter seems less likely given the points made by Bock. But, then again, it's not entirely impossible. Luke, then, does not say anything of the purpose. Peter remembers why Jesus went away, though. After all, he had been among the four who found him before the crowds got to him. So, when he delivers his messages in Rome, he tells his audience what Jesus was doing in that secluded place. He was praying.

Special Thanks To Charles Van der Pool

Charles Van der Pool with the Apostolic Bible Polyglot sent a file over to me this morning that I had been looking for dealing with the Complutensian Polyglot. Charles, you're a kind man. Thank you for looking for that file and passing it along to me. If you're interested in the Apostolic Bible Polyglot, you can check out the website here.

ALGNT Is On Kindle!

That's right, folks. Aprenda a leer el griego del Nuevo Testamento by David Alan Black is now available on Kindle. You can find it by clicking here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Blogger Chimes In On The Authorship Of Hebrews

I found a post this evening by Kyle O'Neill briefly discussing the authorship of Hebrews. You can read it here. The post is brief, but I always like to draw attention to what people write on the subject. For what it's worth, I think each of the objections to Pauline authorship can be answered satisfactorily.