Exploring biblical-language grammars is an essential step in biblical exegesis. After all, if we don’t correctly understand the way the words in a passage fit together to communicate meaning, then we risk misunderstanding the passage altogether.
Virtually every volume written on the exegetical process includes syntactical analysis.
But how are we to identify significant syntactical issues within a biblical passage? Even if you’ve studied Greek and Hebrew in seminary, you know that it doesn’t take long before all the minutiae of a foreign language’s grammar becomes a distant memory. You could dust off the cover of an old grammar, read it completely, and apply what you’ve learned to the passage you’re studying. Even if you had the time to do this, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to catch everything.
And what if you simply don’t know Greek or Hebrew, but want insight into the biblical languages?
Logos has compiled the Grammars Expansion Collection just for this task. I love this collection because I can open one of the countless grammars included and revitalize my understanding of Colwell’s Rule and its relevance for Christological passages. Or—and this is the feature that makes the Grammars Collection so powerful—I can open any passage in the Exegetical Guide and Logos will gather together all the cross-references in those volumes, arrange them, and display them for analysis and application to the passage I’m studying.
For example, in Hebrews 1:1–4 we observe the parting of time into two discrete epochs: 1) The ancient age when God revealed himself in many ways and many places and 2) these last days when God spoke directly through his Son. Although these ages share several of the same general characteristics—God does not cease speaking in either age and has not changed—we must grasp the vital difference between them: the incarnate Son of God speaks. And the author of Hebrews presents this truth in a manner that reflects its grandeur.
We can begin to explore this with the Grammars Collection. Let’s open the Exegetical Guide from the Guides menu.
Then, type in Hebrews 1:1, expand the Grammars section, and click on “Prolegomena.”
In the Prolegomena section, I find a discussion on Hebrews 1:1 in David Alan Black’s Learn to Read New Testament Greek. Clicking on the link to Hebrews 1:1 opens directly to his discussion of this passage:
Black writes, “The importance of phonology is seen, for instance, in Hebrews 1:1 in the recurrence of the consonant π in πολυμερῶς (“in many parts”), πολυτρόπως (“in many ways”), πάλαι (“long ago”), πατράσιν (“fathers”), and προφήταις (“prophets”). This device, known as alliteration, both contributes to the aesthetic appeal of the text and indicates prominence.”
As I continue through the references in the Grammars section, I find Gary Staats’ Christological Greek Grammar under the heading “Exegesis.”
Staats walks us through the grammar, syntax, and application of each word within the passage. He notes that the aorist participle λαλήσας indicates that the revelation in verse one occurs prior to God’s ultimate revelation in the incarnation of his Son. This revelation, we’re told, is unique. Staats writes, “This great text sets forth how the God has spoken singularly in the Son today. In the past he spoke in a variety of parts and in many ways, but in these last days He has spoken singularly in the Son the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We can even excavate the finer points of the passage’s grammar by examining some of the references in the morphology, syntax, and style divisions of the Grammars Section of the Exegetical Guide. For instance, in the morphological section, Blass contends that Hebrews 1:1 contains a Hebraistic use of ἐπί + genitive in the construction ἐπ᾽ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν (“in the last days”).
The Grammars Expansion Collection will not only strengthen your understanding of the biblical language, but the massive number of cross-references combined with Logos’ organization of those references will also give you the ability to scrutinize biblical texts with greater precision and efficiency than ever before.
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