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Learn Syriac at Home: New User-Friendly Grammar with Workbook

Learn Syriac at Home: New User-Friendly Grammar with Workbook

As I worked on my dissertation on Ps 68 in Judaism and Paul’s epistles, I came across several articles that approached the problem of Ps 68:18 in Eph 4:8 from a text-tradition perspective. Paul changes Ps 68:18’s “you received” to “he gave” in Eph 4:8, so naturally an examination of early versions was a first step. But one of the early versions is the Peshitta, to which I had no linguistic access, but which was appealed to in several articles and commentaries. I quickly learned that Syriac was yet another language I needed to learn if I would study the New Testament….

Take Your Greek to the Next Level with the Septuagint

Take Your Greek to the Next Level with the Septuagint

The best way to improve your Greek is to read lots of it. We all enjoy reading the New Testament in Greek, but Koine Greek is much broader than the NT. The two corpora we should turn to first to continue expanding our Greek horizons are the Apostolic Fathers and the Septuagint. The Greek of the latter is probably easier (overall) and is therefore a great place….

Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets: Re-Acquaint Yourself with the Twelve

Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets: Re-Acquaint Yourself with the Twelve

For some reason, I have always felt the least confident in the minor prophets. Perhaps it is the anthological structure of the books that makes it difficult to remember the contents of each book, the region and dates in which they ministered, and their theological themes. I generally devote some time each year to reading chapters in a new introduction to the minor….

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