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    Bruce, F. F.

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    The Greek Language and the Christian Ministry

    "The preparatory and consummating stages of the revelation have been recorded respectively in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments...The Christian theologian, particularly if he calls himself Evangelical, must therefore pay the most painstaking attention to these writings. He must realize that sound theology rests upon true exegesis, and true exegesis requires a number of preliminary disciplines, of which linguistic study and textual criticism are two of the most important. The Biblical theologian...cannot be content with a second-hand approach to his foundation documents, by reading them in another man’s translation. He will, no doubt, consult and value many translations, but he will wish to control them by regular, direct reference to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts."
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    Decker, Rodney J.

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    An Introduction to the Bauer/Danker Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament

    Any Greek student will become familiar with what is affectionately called "BDAG" (Bauer/Danker Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament). It is a valuable resource but few students know the history of this work, or how to use the vast amount of data that is presented throughout its pages. This introduction helps eliminate both of these problems.
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    Decker, Rodney J.

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    The Nestle-Aland 27 Textual Apparatus

    This is a tutorial on how to use the NA27 Textual Apparatus found at the bottom of the Novum Testamentum Graece. It breaks down a section of Mark so that the reader can learn what the symbols mean, which is important for understanding the variant readings. It has been said that to read NA27 you need to learn two languages: Greek and the Textual Apparatus. This will help you to learn the latter of those two.
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    Mounce, William D.

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    Chapters 1 & 2 of Greek for the Rest of Us

    "For a long time Koine Greek confused many scholars because it was significantly different from Classical Greek. Some hypothesized that it was a combination of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Others attempted to explain it as a “Holy Ghost language,” meaning that God created a special language just for the Bible. But studies of Greek papyri found in Egypt over the last one hundred years have shown that Koine Greek was the language of the everyday people used in the writings of wills, letters, receipts, shopping lists, etc."
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    Thompson, Marianne Meye

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    Word Studies and How to Do Them

    "[W]hat are we looking for in a word study? Simply, what a word connotes in context or what it brings to its context. While recognizing that sentences, and not simply words, are units of meaning, remember that every speaker or author has a choice of words to use, and that sometimes the words are interesting or significant...So we are trying to find whether there are particularly nuances, technical uses of words, significant backgrounds, etc. that caused an author to use certain words."