Deciding Between Multiple Definitions of a Word

Podcast Episode 026

I got an email this week from a listener in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  His name is Jonathan, and we had an email thread about Colossians 1:16 and the meaning of the word κτίζω.  It occurs twice in Colossians 1:16, and 15 times in the New Testament, so it is not a word we will come across often.

NtReader Preview

Feedback Wanted!

This is a quick preview of NtReader, the home grown New Testament Greek solution I am building.  Take a look and tell me what functionality I should consider including.  You can comment below or, alternately, you can reach out to me in email (I give you my email address in the video itself).

1 John 1:6-10 and Mitigated Exhortations

Podcast Episode 025

In this episode, we look at the 5 conditional statements of 1 John 1:6-10 and see that they are mitigated exhortations.  We discuss why John would use mitigated exhortations rather than regular exhortations (or commands) like he does in 2:17ff.

1 John 1:2 Manifested or Revealed?

Podcast Episode 023

In 1 John 1:2, there is a word that appears twice.  In the New American Standard, that word is translated as manifested.  However, I really, really wanted to translate it as revealed.  But that would be confusing since revealed translates another Greek word.  That led me to discover what the difference between the two words is.

Simplified Participles and The Great Commission

Podcast Episode 020

Anyone who has ever taken New Testament Greek can tell you that participles are hard.  They are difficult to parse, and just as difficult to understand how they function in a sentence.  The truth is that the participle in Greek functions as a sort of “catch-all.”  It does a little bit of everything.  In this episode, we will take a look at one suggestion for simplifying participles that is helping me in my own translations.

Verbal Aspect in 1 John 1:1

Podcast Episode 019

There is a lot of subtlety in aspect that is difficult to translate into English.  In this episode, I explain what verbal aspect is, talk about verbal aspect and the perfect tense, and then we look at 1 John 1:1 to see how verbal aspects affects our understanding of the verse in a way that an English translation cannot do.

An Interview With Dr. Mark Meyer (Part 2)

Podcast Episode 018

Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Mark Meyer who leads the Ph.D. in Biblical Studies program at Capital Seminary & Graduate School. We discuss the importance of biblical languages in ministry.

UPDATE 10/24/2017.  It turns out that Dr. Meyer misunderstood a question.  I have added a portion at 38:50 to ensure his views are correctly represented.