Saturday, September 20, 2014

Studying The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament

Our BIB539 course, The New Testament Use of the Old Testament, is meeting this week in Springfield, VA. What a class! We met today, and we will meet again tomorrow. I better get to bed so I can be ready to go for tomorrow's class! I have a prayer request before I let you go. My voice started getting a little raspy by the end of the afternoon today. Please pray I don't lose it, at least not until class is over tomorrow. Thanks, y'all.

Hey, want to know what a great group of students looks like?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Congrats To My Friends On Recent/Forthcoming Publications

I've got two books for you to check out. My friends Paul Himes and Jacob Cerone, Greek scholar extraordinaires, have got some publications I have to mention.

Paul's book on 1 Peter is published. The title is Foreknowledge and Social Identity in 1 Peter. It'll be on my shelf in the near future. Here's the description from Amazon:
"What is the meaning and significance of foreknowledge in the book of 1 Peter, and how does the concept relate to the circumstances of its first recipients? Himes attempts to answer these questions by examining the concepts of both foreknowledge and social identity within the first century and how they fit into the theology of 1 Peter. 
In the process of elaborating the concepts of foreknowledge and social identity, this study provides one of the first thorough examinations of the words prognosis and proginosko in the literature of the time period when 1 Peter was composed and circulated. Himes argues that these words are linguistically relevant to how early hearers and readers would have understood the message of 1 Peter. 
In addition, this volume provides a thorough analysis of social-scientific criticism in 1 Peter, paying special attention to the various views about the social circumstances of the epistle's recipients. Finally, this book concerns itself with the biblical theology of 1 Peter, and with how the concept of foreknowledge functions as a word of comfort and hope to the beleaguered audience of this epistle."
Jacob's book has just been announced too. 1-2 Clement: A Greek Reader, by Jacob Cerone and Jason Anderson, is going to be a great resource for Greek students. Of the book, Jacob writes:
"If you are interested in an introduction to the Greek text of the Apostolic Fathers, it looks like GlossHouse will be publishing Greek Readers for the works within the corpus. My contributions to the project will be published in the collection of Ignatius’ letters (Smyraeans) and 1 Clement." 
And the publishers say this about the project as a whole:
"The goal of this book is to assist readers of the AF. Vague syntax and obscure vocabulary steer many away from reading the primary literature. The Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader (hereafter AFGR) will provide unique and unfamiliar vocabulary for any beginning student of the Greek language. The value of this book is to make accessible the apostolic literature in ways unique to primary and secondary extant literature. This book’s methodology seeks to assist beginning Greek readers to advanced reading abilities by providing assistance with vocabulary. Not only will this help improve student’s Greek skills but it will also introduce them to theological themes that shaped the early Church."
Congrats, brothers. So happy for both of you. Even happier for the people that will benefit from these valuable resources!

Viewing My Friend Jerry's Old Greek New Testament

My friend Jerry, the Library Technology Director at Lancaster Bible College, brought in his Mill Greek New Testament for me to see yesterday. Very, very cool. The owner of this particular New Testament had the pages of the Greek New Testament interwoven and bound with larger blank pages in the mid-18th century so that he could insert his own notes as he studied. It was a treat! Jerry showed me how you could tell the difference in his writing, pointing to how he used it over many years from when he was younger (wrote perfect) to older (wrote larger and with a shake). It was so cool to see how the author wrestled with textual variants throughout! This guy cared about his study of the New Testament. Made me even say a prayer that God would raise up many more like him.

Jerry, thank you so much for letting me flip through the pages of this beautiful Greek New Testament.

Great Classes This Week!

Our Greek classes went so well this week! I absolutely, 100%, totally loved spending time with the students up in Lancaster. Two days, 8 and a half hours each day, wide-open Greek fun. We covered lots and lots of material. Each of the students has been working through David Alan Black's Learn to Read New Testament Greek each week. They've also been viewing Logos' Learn to Use Biblical Greek DVDs in order to help them connect using Greek to the Bible software that every single one of our students has here at Capital. It's pretty amazing to see how far the students have come in two week and a half weeks. They are reading, pronouncing, and translating simple Greek sentences already.

We covered a lot. Seriously, that's an understatement. We walked through The Ten Exegetical Steps, we practiced our present and future active indicatives, and we talked about life and ministry, especially how the Great Commission is our mission. I know which chapter is going to be the hardest chapter for the Greek students. The lesson on the imperfect and the aorist is crazy difficult for students. Each time I've taught Greek I've seen the mist turn into a deep, dark fog around the time we get to that chapter. The students hadn't gotten to Lesson 7 yet in Dave's book, but we used a few hours today to cover it. What makes Lesson 7 so tricky? Well, if you've had Greek before, you know how difficult it can be to learn about the first and second aorist. First aorists aren't bad at all. You look for the past-time morpheme, the aoristic aspect morpheme, and the person-number suffix. But then there's the second aorist. Stem change? Really? No σα? "Why, Greek? Why?" But the students hung in there. They did a great job. By the end of the afternoon we set up a visual filter in Logos that marked all imperfect and aorist active indicatives in the Greek New Testament. Then we walked through the first chapter of Mark and James picking the verbs apart. They did great!

Class, great job!!!!!!! Thanks for your hard work in this class. I pray that it returns great eternal dividends in the form of lives changed by the faithful exposition of the Word of God, including your own.

One side note: Because our classes are blended, one of our students was able to travel from Lancaster from Philadelphia. If our classes weren't blended, that student just wouldn't be able to study with us. That's one of the many hallmarks of Capital Seminary. You don't have to take a hiatus from your ministry setting to fit in an education. Nope. We want our students immersed in the ministries where they live. We don't want to sever them from the church family that is making such big investments in our students' lives.

Great Time Hangin' With The SGA At LBC

I've been up in Lancaster, PA the last few days. I had a great time with my BIB515 class, but I'll talk about that in the next post. My trip to PA was action-packed. Breakfast at the Eden Resort, classes on Wednesday and Thursday, lunch with colleagues and students, etc. One of the highlights was hanging out with LBC's student government leaders. Rodney Carter and his co-laborers were so kind to put up with a country boy like me for a little while at the office and then later on at Chick-Fil-A for an LBC Seniors fundraiser. It's really wonderful to spend time with like-minded young men and women who want to see people's lives changed by the power of Christ. It's such a pleasure to be around people who view their ministries not so much as "leaders," but as "servants!" The best leaders are servants. So said the Lord Jesus Christ! Well, Rodney and the team sure taught me a lot about hospitality this week. Thanks, y'all. I can't wait to see you again. In the meantime, keep livin' for the gospel!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Throw Out The Lecture?

Brian Renshaw has another post that I can't help but bring it to your attention. In his post "Instructor vs. Learner Models of Teaching," Brian asks the question of all pedagogical questions: Should the lecture be thrown out? If not, how should we view the lecture. Great post. If for nothing else, go there and look at Exhibit 1.5 (you'll know what I'm talking about when you hit the link).

How To Use Logos Bible Software For Vocabulary

Trying to use Logos for your Greek vocabulary? Well, here are a few posts that you will want to check out.
  1. Just Announced: Free Greek and Hebrew Flashcard App
  2. Vocabulary Lists and Flashcards
  3. Vocabulary Helps (Greek, Latin, and Hebrew) (Brian Renshaw blog)
  4. Flashcards for Greek and Hebrew (This is the actual app.)
  5. How To: Creating Vocabulary Lists in Logos 5 (YouTube tutorial)

Monday, September 15, 2014

So Much Vocab, So Little Time

I received the following email yesterday from one of our Greek students:
"Dr. Hudgins, busy week coming up for me. Out of town with kids and grandkids Thurs - Sunday. Looking ahead, noted three large sets of vocabulary. Nouns and adjectives too. Any guidance on how to take on so many new vocabulary words?"
Here's what I suggested:
"Hey, brother. Here are a few suggestions: 
1. Write out your notecards. Or use an app like the Quizlet app mentioned on the syllabus
2. Flip through them repeatedly. 
3. Write the words out as you study them (even if you already have them written on a notecard); pronounce them as you study them. The goal here is to activate as many senses as you can. 
4. Study more than one day. 
5. Study more than once a day. Do bite size portions. Master that group and then move forward. But keep coming back to the ones you studied before. 
6. Ask someone else to quiz you. Call another student and quiz them, and they can quiz you. 
7. Pray. 
8. Sweat. 
9. Pray some more. 
10. Sweat some more. 
11. Take breaks. 
12. Create memory connections with each word. Think about the way it’s spelled or the way it sounds. Does that remind you of anything? Anything that helps anchor it in your mind will be helpful. 
Work hard, brother. I’m praying for you.

A Message To My Greek Students

Greek students, I'm so looking forward to seeing you! This week I'll be up in Lancaster (Wednesday and Thursday, September 17-18). Next week our Greek section in Maryland will be meeting in Greenbelt (Wednesday and Thursday, September 24-25). I'm so excited that I get to see you in the classroom that I made a video! You can view it here. (Be sure you click the link; the image below is just a snapshot of the video.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Need To Meet With Me?

Students, do you need to meet with me? I'm at our Greenbelt site almost every day. I'd love to meet you. Feel free to swing by. I'll be there tomorrow from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. You don't need an appointment, but if I am already meeting with someone you might have to wait a moment. I don't have a door on my office, but, if I did, there would be a sign outside it that said, "If the door's open, come right in." And, if you're up in Lancaster, I'll be there this week as well. In fact, I plan on getting there a little early on Tuesday. I'll be teaching there on Wednesday and Thursday. Then I'm back in VA for classes on Friday and Saturday.

Sobre Ἀστήρ En Mateo 2:2

La palabra ἀστήρ puede referirse a más del brillo tradicional "estrella" comunica. Básicamente, se puede referir a cualquier cuerpo celeste, excepto el sol y la luna. Los avances en los estudios astronómicos en la era moderna permiten a la gente distinguir entre diferentes objetos en el cielo (p. ej., planetas, galaxias, cometas, etc.). En el primer siglo, sin embargo, los objetos en el cielo fueron clasificados como "sol" (ἥλιος), "luna" (σελήνη), o "estrella" (ἀστήρ). En el primer siglo, sabían sólo de un sol y una luna. Todo lo demás en los cielos se consideró ἀστέρες. Aquí ἀστήρ se refiere a un objeto celestial que era similar a una estrella en su apariencia. Apareció milagrosamente para la identificación del nacimiento del Mesías en Belén, llamó la atención de los magos que estaban esperando su nacimiento, y en última instancia, los llevó de Jerusalén a Belén en el tramo final de su viaje. Una vez desplazándose de Jerusalén a Belén, se detuvo y permaneció sobre la ubicación específica de Jesús, desapareciendo en el cielo una vez que llegaron.

Complutense Update: Plan De Investigación

Here is the opening paragraph of my Plan de Investigación for my dissertation for the Universidad Complutense in Madrid:
"El 10 de enero 1514 marca la fecha de uno de los logros históricos de España. Fue en este día que Francisco Jiménez (o, Ximénez) de Cisneros y su equipo imprimieron el primer Nuevo Testamento griego. Su edición del Nuevo Testamento, que se encuentra en el quinto volumen de la Políglota Complutense, ha recibido menos atención que los otros cinco tomos de la obra maestra de impresión de España. Estudios concernientes al Antiguo Testamento masorético y el Antiguo Testamento griego, si bien no abundan, son más numerosos los estudios dedicados al Nuevo Testamento griego complutense (NTGC). Es el quinto volumen, sin embargo, que golpeó primero en Europa y en voz alta sonó la campana del compromiso de España con la excelencia en una nueva era—una era en la que la literatura y las ideas se podrían ser producidas, distribuidas, y apreciadas rápidamente en todo el mundo como nunca antes"
I have to submit everything this week. Technically, I have until Sept. 20th, but nothing is better than early. I'd appreciate your prayers as I pick up this research. Our trip to Madrid and Rome is just a few weeks away. The itinerary is filling up fast. We might even have time to sleep while we are there!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Inerrancy Workshop In Springfield, Virginia

"Inerrancy and the Church" with John MacArthur and Mark Dever will be held in Springfield, VA on October 27th, 2014. Unfortunately, Lesly and I will be in Rome that day. I intend on looking at Greek manuscripts. But if you are around the Springfield area, you will definitely want to check out this workshop! Go here for details.

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Logos Live" Success

Last night we held our "Logos Live" event to help our students get familiar with their new best friend, Logos Bible software. Carl Sanders, theologian extraordinaire, led a hour-long survey through the most basic features available for students when they use their Bible software (e.g., opening a book, linking sets, saving layouts, etc.). Everyone who was there in person and via web benefited a great deal, including us profs. Thanks, Carl!