Thursday, June 11, 2015

Another Wonderful Day Teaching Greek

We finished up our second day of in-residency down in Springfield, VA today. We just had 17 hours of Greek. Today, among other things, we walked through some sample discourse units from 1 Thessalonians and Galatians, focusing on looking at syntax and diagramming the Greek. The students are making huge strides in their studies. If you asked a few months ago where they thought they could get with their Greek in such a short amount of time, none of them would have said what we're seeing today. For that I am very thankful to the Lord.

One of the things I've noticed in the past is students sometimes struggle to distinguish between a lexical and a syntactical issue. Our default approach to Greek, if we aren't careful, is to just look at individual words. But there's so much more to look at. Greek syntax is everything. Really, it's everything. But we need to train ourselves to think about the syntax. Today we had a chance to walk through some discourse units and identify syntactical issues in groups. It was time well spent.

In addition to looking at some sections from the New Testament, we had plenty of time to talk about living for the Great Commission. "If you're not living for the Great Commission, you're not living the life the Lord wants you to live." Those are serious words. I want the students in my classes to know that there is something more important than Greek for the sake of Greek. If you could rename my class, you might call it "Great Commission Greek I" and "Great Commission Greek II." Not a bad idea, if you ask me.

Look at this sharp group of students! The camaraderie among these men is something special. Just being around them ministered to me and reminded me just how important it is to study together, not in isolation.

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