The parable of the Good Samaritan is the first example most books on parables use to demonstrate how early Fathers allegorized parables to death. Augustine takes the wounded man as Adam, the Samaritan as Christ, the inn-keeper as Paul, etc. etc….
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We recently featured an important new book on Greek verbs entitled The Greek Verb Revisited edited by Chris Fresch and Steven Runge. We wanted to learn more about the book and about co-editor Fresch’s research. Chris was kind enough to provide us with plenty of background on the book and lots of useful information on Greek verbal research. NB: Chris knows his stuff…
Many modern scholars have settled on c. AD 200 as the earliest period at which the New Testament writings were considered Scripture. Irenaeus has been called the “principal architect” of the canon, while another scholar has said Irenaeus “essentially created the core of the New Testament canon of Holy Scripture.” But a fresh examination of the evidence suggests that the New Testament writings were considered Scripture far earlier than Irenaeus….
Zondervan has been busy putting out several new biblical language resources lately. They were kind enough to send me some to check out and I’m happy to share them here.
Larry Mitchel’s A Student’s Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic has been updated from the original edition….
We recently featured Alan Thompson’s new Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament on Luke’s Gospel and we’re happy that he was able to conduct a little interview with us. You’ll learn much here about the exegetical process, about Greek, and about Dr. Thompson and his labors for the kingdom….
In the indicative, we occasionally encounter non-past aorists (e.g., Mark 11:24; John 13:31; Rom 8:30; Rev 10:7; see Wallace, GGBB, 563-564). What do we do with these?
Alan Thompson is a brave man to explain every phrase in Luke, piece by piece, twenty four chapters long. But he accepted the challenge and executed it laudably. I actually had the opportunity to proof-read this volume so I worked through it in painstaking detail. I can tell you that Thompson’s research must have taken years and he packs it into a neat 400 pages. If you are preaching, teaching, or studying Luke, you will want this volume at your side….
The Greek perfect tense-form is the most puzzling of the indicative forms. Its formation is interesting, its aspectual value is debated, and its flexibility in use is astounding. I’m always happy to learn more about the perfect and I hear there is an entire edited volume coming out on it. But until then, we can whet our appetite with several essays in the recently published The Greek Verb Revisited. In this….