Re: Diagramming

Dale M. Wheeler (
Fri, 27 Dec 1996 06:28:32 -0800

(Pardon me if you already got this, but it never showed up on my bgreek
digests, so I thought it might have gone into the the cyber-twilight
zone...) (sure would be nice if you gave your name) asked

>(2) In that regard, I would like recommendations as to literature on
>Diagramming the GNT. I only have Richard P. Belcher; if that's enough,
>then just confirm it for me.

Dr. John Maclean (President of Michigan Theological Seminary) and I have,
between us, diagrammed all the Epistles of the NT (incl. Revelation). They
are (most at least) available from the GRAMCORD Institute (

Also available is a Manual which teaches diagramming inductively using the
book of Philippians as the basis (it starts with explanations and examples,
then the whole of a few verses; then the words begin to disappear--for
students to insert--and then the lines, and then finally everything.). I've
used this Manual with great success in my Syntax class for several years;
the Manual was written by John Maclean.

The diagramming method used is the one found in John Grassmick's _Principles
and Practices of Exegesis_ (Dallas Theo Sem); its more detailed than the method
you find in Tom Schreiner's _Interpreting the Pauline Epistle_; personally I
prefer--as you might have guessed--the more complex have to work
a bit more to learn it, but the benefits it brings the exegete far outweigh the
learning curve in my humble opinion.

Dale M. Wheeler, Th.D.
Research Professor in Biblical Languages Multnomah Bible College
8435 NE Glisan Street Portland, OR 97220
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