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When to Use Your Language Knowledge, Part 2: Only if it’s Absolutely Necessary (and it probably isn’t)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series When to use the Original Languages

Even if you can utilize your knowledge of Greek or Hebrew syntax and vocabulary, there’s probably a better way to prove your point, and you should take that route instead.

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The Best Translation to use for (Public) Exegesis

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Exegesis without the Languages

It might not be your favorite translation; it might not be the one you memorized as a kid, or the one that represents your hermeneutical and theological ideal, but you need to regard it as yours. Why? Because it’s the one your church uses.

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How do I do good exegesis if I don’t know Hebrew or Greek? (Part 1)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Exegesis without the Languages

Let’s say that you want to do some serious exegetical work on a passage of Scripture–perhaps you need to write an exegetical paper, or you’re running this week’s Bible Study, or counseling a client...

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The Seven Letters in Revelation are Sermons on the Rest of the Book

Imagine you are tasked with preaching the entirety of Revelation to your congregation in a single sermon. The whole book. One sermon. Majoring on relevance and application. How would you do it? Or maybe...

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When to use the original languages. Part 1: Only if you know them!

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series When to use the Original Languages

So you think that the person you’re talking to (or preaching at) needs to fully appreciate what the Greek or Hebrew┬áreally says? I recently tweeted out the following conditions that must be true before...

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How to Write a Seminary Paper: Part 3. The Argument

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series How to Write a Seminary Paper

In our first post we looked at what makes a good thesis. In our second post we applied those insights to paper research. Now we turn to a third point: using your research to...

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How to Write a Seminary Paper: Part 2, Researching (And Perfecting) Your Thesis

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series How to Write a Seminary Paper

In our first post we looked at the most important aspect of a good seminary paper: the thesis. But the thesis is actually only one leg of a three legged school. A good seminary...

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How to Write a Seminary Paper: Part 1, The Thesis

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series How to Write a Seminary Paper

It’s that time of year again. No, not Halloween. Not Thanksgiving. Those are just warning signs of the impending doom that awaits. The impending doom, of course, is the end of the semester at...

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“Thing” is now a Thing: What do recent changes to the English dictionary tells us about the meaning of Biblical words?

So how do you figure out what a biblical word means? Drop the word studies, the linguistic magic acts, the etymological rigmarole, and just look it up in a decent lexicon.

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Why is the OT Sacrificial System so Bloody?

The OT sacrificial system is a constant reminder that we are not, in fact, “all right.” In fact, as an OT saint approaches the tabernacle, the ceremonial law vividly, repeatedly, and consistently proclaims “you’re not welcome here.” Or, more accurately, “come, but not to close.”

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