Archive | Exegesis

RSS feed for this section

Bill Mounce and John 3:16, Slamming TMU/TMS, More on “Color Blind,” then Open Phones with Good Calls

Looked at Bill Mounce’s article on “whoever” in John 3:16 (a second article, more recent than one I’ve addressed before), then moved on to the sad spectacle of Christians gleefully piling on TMS/TMU, including one graduate going after JM for daring to address the “social justice” controversy. Finished up a brief response regarding the real meaning of “color-blind theology,” what that does and more importantly does not mean, and then went to the phones for some great calls on topics such as CRT and a number of calls on Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Here is the YouTube link:
Live Video Stream
The Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most of the debates that Dr. White has done over the years. Take some time and browse it to see if there is something there of interest to you. If you are looking for the next upcoming show be sure to subscribe to the blog as we post show announcements the morning of the show.

Michael Kruger on Whether It Is a Waste of Time to Learn Biblical Languages . . .

A few weeks ago, a new crop of seminary students began the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek. And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even matters. After all, a few years after graduation all will be forgotten. In the midst of a busy pastoral life, who could possibly maintain proficiency in the languages? READ MORE...

I would like to add something to this topic. I am frequently asked which beginning Greek grammar should I begin with. I actually first recommend a primer on modern linguistics before they take biblical languages. Morphology and syntax are needed of course to learn Hebrew and Greek, but I would rather have a pastor or seminary student read this one book first before they study a written language such as Koine Greek:

God, Language, and Scripture: Reading the Bible in the Light of General Linguistics. by Moises Silva.

This book is an antidote for the most common interpretive biblical fallacy: maximalism. Silva’s book will reinforce that you should not interpret a morpheme, word, phrase, clause, sentence, or even a paragraph in isolation. Rather, one should interpret in light of a discourse. Most people know this, but most people do not do this. Fundamental modern linguistic principles is what every student and pastor needs to grasp in order to avoid omnipresent fallacies and thus capture God’s message in a deeper accurate way.

In a forthcoming volume, I contributed a chapter responding to the fallacy of linguistic maximalism entitled: “James Barr on the ‘Illegitimate Totality Transfer’ Word-Concept Fallacy.” I wrote:

Moisés Silva makes this point from his own experience:

“In my own preaching during the past twenty-five years, explicit references to Greek and Hebrew have become less and less frequent. But that hardly means I have paid less attention to the languages or that they have become less significant in my work of interpretation. Quite the contrary. It’s just that coming up with those rich ‘exegetical nuggets’ is not necessarily where the real, substantial payoff lies.”[1]

Here is a lesson for pastors, that seasoned language reflection is typically behind the scene in sermon prep, supporting the message. Scattered “golden nuggets” may preach well, but are not well preached.

[1] Silva, God, Language, and Scripture, 144.

The beginning Greek grammars I recommend are those that are not stuck in 19th century German philology (and they are still out there!); rather, I recommend those that have incorporated modern linguist theory into Koine Greek grammar.

 

Current Events and Controversies Followed by Radio Free Geneva!

Did thirty minutes on current events (the ethnicity discussion mainly) before firing up the Radio Free Geneva theme and tackling two videos, one from Greg Boyd, and the other from Kevin Thompson, both aimed at refuting Calvinism. Boyd’s was the general discussion, Thompson pretended that Reformed exegetes ignore the phrase “in him” at Ephesians 1:4.  We debunked that claim.

Here is the YouTube link:
Live Video Stream
The Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most of the debates that Dr. White has done over the years. Take some time and browse it to see if there is something there of interest to you. If you are looking for the next upcoming show be sure to subscribe to the blog as we post show announcements the morning of the show.

Gorgeous Goatskin Greek New Testaments, 3 Mormons, Open Phones

Started off showing off my new Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Large Print Greek New Testament as rebound in gorgeous turquoise Italian goatskin by Post Tenebras Lux Bible Rebinding, run by Jeffrey Rice.  I had Jeffrey call in and talk with me about his work. Now, I know some will think I am just causing everyone else to covet, but, I know my audience is probably really into super well done Bible rebinding, so I just wanted everyone to see what could be done. It truly is beautiful!  Then we talked a little bit about the lengthy Twitter thread I posted today regarding John MacArthur’s initial comments on ethnicity and the gospel, looked at a few more minutes from the 3 Mormons, and then took calls, including a lengthy (ten minute) discussion from a recent convert to Romanism on sola scriptura.

Here is the YouTube link:
Live Video Stream
The Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most of the debates that Dr. White has done over the years. Take some time and browse it to see if there is something there of interest to you. If you are looking for the next upcoming show be sure to subscribe to the blog as we post show announcements the morning of the show.

Mega Edition of the Dividing Line: Andy Stanley, 3 Mormons, and a Bit More

Spent nearly an hour and 20 minutes listening to and interacting with the discussion between Jonathan Merritt and Andy Stanley at the beginning of the program. Dr. Albert Mohler spent a solid ten minutes on the same exchange on this morning’s edition of The Briefing (recommended).  Then we moved over to playing some clips from a YouTube channel called 3Mormons, discussing the LDS doctrine of God. The last few minutes I addressed recent activity in social media.  Just over two hours in length today!

Here is the YouTube link:
Live Video Stream
The Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most of the debates that Dr. White has done over the years. Take some time and browse it to see if there is something there of interest to you. If you are looking for the next upcoming show be sure to subscribe to the blog as we post show announcements the morning of the show.