From: Brian Swedburg (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 26 2001 - 14:25:31 EST
on 3/30/02 5:26 AM, Brian Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I am preparing my syllabus for Principles of Greek Exegesis course that I
> will teach this summer. This is in a Seminary setting. I am planning on
> using the following books and would like to know if there are any other
> books I should consider. They already have (BDAG, UBS4, Wallace, Mounce
> from previous semesters).
> Windham, Neal. New Testament Greek for Preachers and Teachers: Five Areas
> of Application. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1991. [NTGPT]
> Silva, Moises. Explorations in Exegetical Method: Galatians as a Test
> Case. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996. [EEM]
> 1. I am concerned about the Windham book being outdated (1991).
> 2. I was planning on having them translate Galatians - that is why I am
> using Silva's book.
> Brian Tucker
> Adjunct Professor
> Michigan Theological Seminary
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Brian and List,
The responses you have received so far fuel for me a recognition that a
"Greek Exegesis " course could be aimed at accomplishing any number of
things, depending on the teacher's objectives. My own limited reading in
Greek syntax, discourse analysis, linguistics, and theology, combined with
my experience as a seminary student who has taken Greek Exegesis &
Hermeneutics, experience facilitating a Greek reading group for beginners to
moderate readers, and repeatedly teaching hermeneutics to lay people in a
congregational setting have affirmed this. There is a great deal of truth in
the assertion that our pre-understandings may have greater sway on our
translation of Greek that our Greek Grammar book will.
Having offered this opinion, I like Wallace and anything by Silva. As
much as list members have chafed at Wallace's overly neat categories, it has
been my experience that young exegetes need to be challenged to consider the
functions of the Greek syntax. They may need to move beyond Wallace's
categories, but he is clear and articulate for the young Greek exegete.
I think "New Testament Exegesis" by Fee sets out a solid method which
helps the student to adequately cover the bases. Frankly, when I began
exegesis of original languages, I just copied the the table of contents out
of this and "Old Testament Exegesis" to keep with my notes and use as a grid
to help me cover all the bases.
For young Greek exegetes I think there is good stuff in "Biblical Greek
Exegesis" bu Guthrie and Duvall in the Zondervan series. In particular,
there section on semantic diagramming can help students grasp the
significance of the syntax in relation to logic.
Anything which involves diagramming is good.
Kaiser's "Toward an Exegetical Theology" can be excellent for shaping
pre-understandings, IF you agree with it.
"The Language and Imagery of the Bible" by Caird had a profound impact
on my perspective of the meaning and uses of words.
Carson's "Exegetical Fallacies" is an I opener for the young exegete, IF
you appreciate his pre-understandings.
Black's book on Linguistics for New Testament Greek introduced me to
this facet of the exegetical gem, and then I picked up " A Framework for
Discourse Analysis" from SIL.
Finally, though books focusing on the literary genres are usually used
in Hermeneutics courses, I find that this is slow medicine which needs to be
repeatedly applied to the young exegete, lest they misapply their knowledge
of Greek syntax.
My experience and opinions will make it clear that you can get more expert
advice from others on the list. yet, I offer my two cents believing that if
I were in your shoes, I would want to be very clear what were the most
important skills, habits, pre-suppositions, and perspectives I intended to
instill in theses students, and then I would choose the materials
This is probably exactly what you have done, and we just received your
broad invitation. So, enjoy your opportunity. I am sure I am not the only
list member who is just slightly envious of you.
Brian P. Swedburg
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