Good and Bad Goals for Studying New Testament Greek

You want to study New Testament Greek? I talked last week about good and bad motivations for the work. Now let’s get more practical and talk goals.

If you set unrealistic goals you’ll never arrive at them. You’ll get discouraged and give up, and you won’t want to try again. And if you set goals that are too low, you’ll be missing out on some Bible study riches.

So set the right goals. Let me suggest three goals you should not set, and three goals you should.
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Do Book Reviews Matter? Yes—to Most of Us.

Customer reviews. Whether we’re searching for a new cell phone or a good book to read on vacation, we all read the reviews before we buy. And in the case of Michael S. Heiser’s newest book, The Bible Unfiltered: Approaching Scripture on Its Own Terms, the comments are pretty tough to ignore.

One reviewer wrote, “Reading something by Michael Heiser is like having someone walk quietly into the room and tune in a radio that has been deafening you to distraction with static and interference.”
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Celebrate your champions by getting them 60% off (and console the runners-up by snagging them at 57% off). The tournament is over, but the savings last all month, and they include all resources that competed in the tournament.

Commentary champion: NICOT/NICNT

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This decades-long project has become recognized by scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book in question, looking especially at questions concerning its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. The author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts forms the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance the in-depth discussions of technical matters—such as textual criticism and critical problems—with exposition of the biblical writer’s theology and its implications for the life of faith today.

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Thank you for participating in the Logos March Madness tournament, and please enjoy these rarely discounted resources.

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The Meaning of Multiple Rings in a Bible Word Study

I recently received the following scenario from a Logos user:

I’m studying a Greek word that is translated “walk” as in Ephesians 4:1. When I generate a Bible Word Study report for the Greek lemma I see all the ways the lemma is translated in my Bible. When I rest the cursor on one of the translations I see another ring. What’s the significance of this second ring?

Again another great question from a fellow Logos user. Let’s go through this scenario and we’ll discover what she’s referring to:
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Tortured for Christ: Free Ebook of the Month

It’s been five decades since Pastor Richard Wurmbrand stunned the world with his stories of persecution behind the Iron Curtain. With over 10 million copies in 60 languages, Tortured for Christ offers an inspiring true account of faith under fire that every Christian should read.

And this month, Wurmbrand’s classic is the Faithlife Ebooks Free Book of the Month. Add it to your library now.
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Vote for Your Favorites, Save on Someone Else’s

Logos March Madness is in the final round. Save 55% on resources eliminated in round 5—or more, with dynamic pricing—then go vote for your champions. It’s a battle between Old and New Testament exegesis in the courses final, and between exegesis and exposition in the commentaries final.

Check out the eliminated resources below—all 55% off.

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The Organized Mind of John Stott

For almost sixty years of his fruitful career as pastor, writer, and evangelical leader, John Stott used a system of note cards to keep track of quotations and stories that he wanted to use in his sermons and books. With the help of his faithful secretary Frances Whitehead, he filed these cards away in his office at All Souls Langham Place, the church in London where he pastored for many years. Here is one of those note cards, with the topic heading “Agnosticism” in the lower right corner:
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Get the Best Price on Bible Teaching Outlines

The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible is a fantastic resource for teaching Bible studies, small groups, or Sunday school classes. And it’s now on Pre-Pub. The price will go up when it launches, so now’s the time to get it at a good price.
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The Right Way to Use a Commentary

“There’s no way to know it without discovery.” — Sara Groves, songwriter

Groves isn’t talking about commentaries when she sings that line, but she’s describing a fundamental truth about deep knowledge: it only comes by discovery. And discovery cannot be rushed.

Ideally, anyone digging into a biblical text wants to understand what God is revealing about Himself. The truths will be big, so they must be studied slowly and from every angle.

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3 Reasons To Study Greek, and 3 Reasons Not To

You want to learn New Testament Greek?

Presumably, you’re a Christian, so my advice on this topic will be written for those who desire to love God and neighbor in all they do—even and especially in learning New Testament Greek.

Thinking carefully at the outset about why you want to learn Greek will enrich your study and help ensure that your work is an offering to the Lord.

Here are three reasons not to study Greek—and three to study it.
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