From: Edward Hobbs (EHOBBS@wellesley.edu)
Date: Sun May 17 1998 - 15:09:56 EDT
Clayton Bartholomew ended his comments with two PS's:
If J. Gresham Machen were alive and teaching NT Greek today, he would not be
using Machen's grammar published in 1923.
Does anyone know where Moises Silva is now teaching? In the preface to this
book he says he is leaving Westminster but does not say where he is going.
#1 -- With Carl, I suspect he would, in fact, still be using it. The
book was out-of-date as well as bad in 1923, Out-of-date--the papyri had
no effect on it, nor did the linguistics advances available then. Bad--
it doesn't teach real Greek at all, but how to read mostly made-up English
sentences clumsily re-translated into "Greek."
It was popular because it was esy to teach, and easy to study from.
When finished, real Greek was still out of reach. (I speak from a history
of contact with those who used this book.) 25c is a bit high for this book.
#2 -- Moises Silva has been teaching for this past year at Gordon Conwell
Seminary here in Massachusetts. He has participated in our NT faculty
discussions, and has my real respect as a scholar. Unlike some who write
about linguistics and Bible-study, he really is knowledgeable about
linguistics. He gave a fine paper on Galatians for us, which professors
from various parts of the theological spectrum were able to discuss quite
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