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Teaching

Elementary Greek

Using N. Clayton Croy’s textbook A Primer of Biblical Greek, this master’s level course covers an entire year of Elementary grammar in a semester.

Here are a few handout resources I have developed for this course:

A Cornucopia of Reasons to Study Greek
Principal Parts of Some Key Greek Verbs
Overview of the Present and Future Indicative
Overview of Participles Morphology
Law versus Grace in John 1:17?

Adjectival Positions

Elementary Greek — Online from Southern Seminary

This is the same course I teach on campus but it is now available also as an on-line course. The course runs during the semester like a regular course, with scheduled quizzes, exams, etc. The only difference is that all the lectures (45 of them) are on DVD and the quizzes, etc are all taken via the internet.

Check out Southern’s website for more information.

To see a sample of the DVD lectures, click here.

Greek Syntax & Exegesis

This course is ever evolving. Currently I am using Stephen Baugh’s First John Reader concurrently with Richard Erickson’s A Beginner’s Guide to NT Exegesis (in addition to a few other shorter textbooks). After working through all of 1 John, we then turn to a variety of other NT texts. Here are some resources developed for this course:

Orientation to Reference Works and Greek Study. This is in the process of being improved; the version I give to the students includes sample pages photocopied from many of the reference works.

What is Exegesis? lecture outline.

New Testament 1 — Gospels

This is one of my favorite courses, getting a whole semester just on the Gospels. I discuss hermeneutical, historical, and theological issues related to the Gospels, in addition to a walk-through of each of the Gospels in canonical order.

New Testament 1 — Online

This is the same course as my on-campus one, with the lectures presented on DVD and a weekly online discussion component via internet forums.

New Testament 2 — Acts to Revelation

In this class I focus on teaching students to read slowly and on how to trace the flow of an argument. Introductory lectures include a focus on the eschatological nature of NT Theology as well as understanding how biblical intertextuality works.

Greek Exegesis — Colossians

In this Greek Exegesis course we spend half of the time working through Colossians using both O’Brien’s and Moo’s commentaries. For the other half of the time we work through Porter’s intermediate Greek grammar, Idioms,

Greek Exegesis — Gospel of Matthew

I regularly teach this high-level Greek Exegesis elective. I greatly enjoy it and learn much each time. After several introductory lectures we read through the entire text of Matthew in Greek, focusing more intensely in each class period on a smaller section for exegesis.

Here are some resources for this course:

Matthew Greek Vocab Words by Frequency in Matthew, created by my assistant, Greg Van Court
Verbal Aspect in Matthew Flowchart (color-coded), created by my assistant Greg Van Court

Greek Exegesis: Selected Readings

This course utilizes Rodney Decker’s Koine Greek Reader to give students an intermediate exposure to reading Greek, including passages from the NT, LXX, and Apostolic Fathers.  

Sermon on the Mount (English Bible)

I teach this as a one-week intensive course each January. Readings include Dale Allison’s excellent book, Studies in Matthew, as well as his Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination. I have also used the recent book edited by Greenman et al., The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries. Introductory lectures include discussion of biblical intertextuality, Matthew’s theology and literary techniques, the structure of the Sermon, the history of interpretation of the Sermon, and the relation of the Sermon to Virtue Ethics.

1-2 Corinthians (English Bible)

I have taught both 1 and 2 Corinthians as one-week intensives in the Summer (June) term. These classes have been enjoyable and beneficial to teach.

Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha

In this course we focused on reading primary documents (in translation), examining key themes throughout the Second Temple period literature.

Greek Composition

For this course we use an old Classical Greek Composition textbook. In addition to daily assignments in English to Greek sentences, we do some sight composition and some composition assignments from LXX texts.

History of New Testament Interpretation

This class is a personal favorite of mine and is but a shadow of my favorite class at TEDS, Robert Yarbrough’s History of NT Interpretation. In my version of the class we span all of church history from the Patristic Period up to the present, reading both secondary literature about biblical interpreters (using McKim’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpretersand Yarchin’s History of Biblical Interpretation: A Reader). We also use a healthy selection of primary documents. My goal in the class is explicit: to learn from Christian interpreters of the past (especially pre-modern) what it means to read Scripture well, with Theological Interpretation as the end in view.

Books

Reading the Gospels WiselyFor the past ten years I have been working on the hermeneutical issues of what the Gospels are and how we are to read them. I'm thrilled to be finally done with this book!

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Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of MatthewThe theme of heaven and earth is a much-overlooked aspect of the Gospel of Matthew. In this work, rising scholar Jonathan Pennington articulates a fresh perspective on this key interpretive issue, challenging both the scholarly and popular understandings of the meaning of Matthew's phrase, "kingdom of heaven." Pennington argues that rather than being a reverent way of referring to God as is typically assumed, "heaven" in Matthew is part of a highly developed discourse of heaven and earth language.

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