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by Benjamin Kantor
January 7th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively
Replies: 25
Views: 18341

Re: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively

One of the difficulties about trying to drive home a certain point is that so many others go unsaid and unaddressed. But I do agree here that those who do not go for the living-language route still have very valuable contributions in understanding the nuances of the text. I have definitely benefitt...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 7th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Translating Origen
Replies: 9
Views: 6914

Re: Translating Origen

Nevermind ... :( I think I found the cause of the scanning error. Look at the digital copy of Migne's edition: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9wsRAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Page 293 on this ^ link. You can see the τ and ω are a bit obscured so...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 7th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Translating Origen
Replies: 9
Views: 6914

Re: Translating Origen

Actually, let's not rule out α. ν = αυτων των ουρανων yet. See just a bit later in this same commentary of Origen, note the use of ουρανος in the discourse: Commentary on Matthew, 12.10.1–24 Τάχα δὲ ὅπερ ἀποκριθεὶς Σίμων Πέτρος εἶπεν ἐν τῷ σὺ εἶ ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος, ἐὰν ὡς ὁ Πέτρος ...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 7th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Translating Origen
Replies: 9
Views: 6914

Re: Translating Origen

Here is the text in context. Scholia in Matthaeum, Chapter 11, Verse 12. Ἡ δὲ βασιλεία α. ν οὐρανῶν αὐτός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς, προτρεπόμενος πάντας εἰς μετάνοιαν, καὶ ἕλκων εἰς ἑαυτὸν διὰ τῆς χάριτος. Can anyone help me with "α. ν"? Sometimes in medieval MSS combinations like these can be abbreviations...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 7th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively
Replies: 25
Views: 18341

Re: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively

Interesting blog. To sum it up, I think it is saying that there is value in discussing theology in Greek because at the same time a) it limits your vocabulary and thought to the target language and b) through the discussion in Greek you advance your understanding of Greek. Yes, that's the idea. I h...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 6th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Koine Greek Animated / Cartoon Videos
Replies: 2
Views: 7712

Re: Koine Greek Animated / Cartoon Videos

Hopefully I can do more captions as I make more of these.

The Abraham one is indeed too fast; I made that before I really got a handle of how to adjust video speed and slow it down and stretch it to match the narration. I was literally trying to read as fast as I could to fit it in the slot :)
by Benjamin Kantor
January 6th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively
Replies: 25
Views: 18341

Re: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively

beniamin wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 7:22 pm
I was once told by a biblical scholar, when he heard that I specialize in teaching the biblical languages, that he just didn't think that it made a difference for exegesis.
This should be corrected to:
when he heard that I specialize in teaching the biblical languages as living languages
by Benjamin Kantor
January 6th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: "I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively
Replies: 25
Views: 18341

"I just don't think it makes you a better exegete ... " Theology, exegesis, and Learning Koine Greek Communicatively

I have recently been thinking about how teaching and learning Koine Greek as a living language can impact our theology. I think sometimes even those of us who learn Greek as a living language can underestimate its benefits. I was once told by a biblical scholar, when he heard that I specialize in te...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 2nd, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro - Joel Ellis
Replies: 16
Views: 9849

Re: Intro - Joel Ellis

I think it would be helpful to define what we mean by "exegesis" in the modern sense. I think it is a bit of a fallacy to say that the reason we never talk about "exegesis" in German literature or other fields is because it is only in biblical studies that we do this hyper-grammatical analysis. (Now...
by Benjamin Kantor
January 2nd, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro - Joel Ellis
Replies: 16
Views: 9849

Re: Intro - Joel Ellis

I recognize this approach is insufficient for exegetical engagement of literature. Joel, I'm sure you didn't expect that comment to be provocative, but it is a little bit to me. I teach African ministerial students Greek via communicative methods. I've often heard this claim about exegesis. My resp...

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