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A Syntax Guide: Greek Genesis 1:3-5

GREEK TEXT

3 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ θεός γενηθήτω φῶς καὶ ἐγένετο φῶς 4 καὶ εἶδεν ὁ θεὸς τὸ φῶς ὅτι καλόν καὶ διεχώρισεν ὁ θεὸς ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ φωτὸς καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ σκότους 5 καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ θεὸς τὸ φῶς ἡμέραν καὶ τὸ σκότος ἐκάλεσεν νύκτα καὶ ἐγένετο ἑσπέρα καὶ ἐγένετο πρωί ἡμέρα μία. Continue reading “A Syntax Guide: Greek Genesis 1:3-5”

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A Syntax Guide: Greek Genesis 1:1-2

GREEK TEXT

1 ἐν ἀρχῇ ἐποιήσεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν, 2 ἡ δὲ γῆ ἦν ἀόρατος καὶ ἀκατασκεύαστος καὶ σκότος ἐπάνω τῆς ἀβύσσου καὶ πνεῦνα θεοῦ ἐπεφέρετο ἐπάνω τοῦ ὕδατος.

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Paul and the Fullness of the Nations

paul arguing with Jews and Gentiles
Plaque (possibly from an altarpiece) depicting St. Paul disputing with the philosophers. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Used with permission.

It is not normally debated that the gentile mission was important, even foundational, to the apostle Paul. However, there is room for discussion as to what end Paul understood his missionary efforts. What was, and is, the final goal (the telos, if you will) of the gospel in Paul’s thought? Paul comes close to an explicit statement in Romans 1:5 Continue reading “Paul and the Fullness of the Nations”

Does the Image of God Negate Gender Roles?

One of the go to arguments that I often hear from Christians of the egalitarian/feminist stripe is that any notion of gender roles is a result of the fall and is a man-made construct. Particularly, they will point back to Genesis 1 and how God made both the man and the woman in the Imago Dei. Continue reading “Does the Image of God Negate Gender Roles?”

To The One Who Conquers

Since January I’ve been working my way through the Greek text of Revelation and breaking down the syntax in order further my understanding of both New Testament Greek and of the book of Revelation itself. Currently, I’m in chapter 3 and working toward finishing this section the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Continue reading “To The One Who Conquers”

What Does Prayer Accomplish?

Years ago, I had a discussion with a pastor friend of mine on the topic of why we pray. Since I’m Reformed in my thought and I don’t think that our prayers change God’s mind, my Wesleyan pastor friend asked me the common question as to what the point of prayer would then be. Continue reading “What Does Prayer Accomplish?”

Greater than what, exactly?

The epistle known as First John is largely concerned with Truth. For John, truth is not merely correct knowledge, or historical facts (though see 1 Jn. 1:1-3) but more importantly, Truth is a person: Jesus Christ. And this little letter is full of Truth-oriented exhortations. Among these are very quotable passages, such as 1 John 4:4, which is the focus of this present discussion. Continue reading “Greater than what, exactly?”

All the Promises of God in Jeremiah Find their Yes in Him

I’m currently reading through Jeremiah for a Wednesday night bible study at my church. This past week I came across Jeremiah 16:14-15 and began to reflect upon the incredible faithfulness of God to His promises and how He fulfills them in ways which continually leave me in awe of Him.’ Continue reading “All the Promises of God in Jeremiah Find their Yes in Him”

Who is the antichrist?

One of the most talked about figures in discussions of the “end-times” is the Anti-Christ, that false Christ who comes to deceive the nations, establish a one-world government and religion, and to persecute believers during the Great Tribulation. Or at least that’s the picture painted by many popular interpretations—predominantly the bestselling Left Behind novels. Continue reading “Who is the antichrist?”

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