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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310492548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310492542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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About the Author

J. Scott Duvall (PhD. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the coauthor with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G. Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon.

Verlyn D. Verbrugge (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is Senior Editor at Large for Biblical and Theological Resources at Zondervan. He has published a number of articles as well as the acclaimed New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology: Abridged Edition (Zondervan, 2000), Paul’s Style of Church Leadership as Illustrated by His Instructions to the Corinthians on the Collection (Mellen, 1992), and A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters (Kregel, 2009).

 

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Few in your audience will want you to read to them from this book.
Dan Knight
Each of the fifty-two readings gives insight both into the text and how one might approach the Greek New Testament devotionally.
David Mullens
I've really appreciated the insights and the gentle Greek lessons they contain.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Sims on October 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book. This is a can't miss. I often hear the refrain that learning Greek isn't necessary (that's a post for another day), that knowing it puffs up, or that it's not practical, I mean we have pretty good translations, right?

Devotions on the Greek New Testament answers all of these questions showing just how practical and beneficial Greek is. Each chapter tackles one short passage from the New Testament unpacking the relevant exegetical points. However, the technical plumbing is left unseen. So it's a prime book for those who don't know Greek but want to benefit from those who have an expertise in the language and at making it 100% applicable.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. With 52 lessons you can do one a week to jump start your weekly devotions. If you feel like your study of Greek may be pointless, Devotions on the Greek New Testament will fule your study. Also, somebody should really take this concept and run with it. If I had the expertise I would start another blog using this idea of making Greek completely practical.

Without further ado. Buy this book now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Mullens on October 23, 2012
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As I make my way through this devotional (I received a pre-release electronic copy in exchange for an honest review), I find myself thinking, "I need a devotional like this." I simply love this devotional. Part of why I like it so much has to do with my desire to keep my Greek language skills. Keeping my Greek skills has not been easy. At this point, my ability to use Greek is mixed at best. I am not a close to being a Greek scholar, but I am able to keep up with most commentaries that use Greek. I am not able to read the Greek New Testament without a lot of help and I struggle with Greek grammar. I certainly can't read Greek well enough to gain insight into the Scripture. This devotional cultivates my desire to dive into the Greek New Testament and, concurrently, deepens my understanding of the text and my life of faith!

This devotional uses Greek in order to enhance one's devotional understanding of the text rather than just gain more technical information. To reach such a goal the authors explain the, sometimes technical, grammatical details and issues, but they do so in order point out what English translations sometimes miss. The result is seeing passages with new eyes and also discovering how one can use Greek to recast familiar passages.

I highly recommend this devotional to those who are familiar with Greek and are interested in using Greek to give insight into Scripture and also strengthen their faith. This would be an excellent resource not only for pastors, but for students of the Greek New Testament as well. Each of the fifty-two readings gives insight both into the text and how one might approach the Greek New Testament devotionally. Various New Testament Greek scholars contributed to this work, so it is not the work of one or two authors.
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Beginning the study of New Testament Greek during my first year of college was a life-changing experience that brought God's word alive in so many new and exciting ways. Some seventeen years later, I'm a bit rusty, but am for the most part still functionally literate. For me, studying Greek has always been more of an academic exercise. I've long wanted to take my Greek studies to new heights that might impact my devotions and enrich me spiritually. For whatever reason this has been rather elusive to me, keeping my Greek studies firmly planted in their long-standing academic "box."

I was filled with great anticipation when I came across Devotions on the Greek New Testament in the Zondervan Academic Resources catalog earlier this year. The subtitle promises "52 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct," so I was hopeful that Devotions on the Greek New Testament would be the resource I'd been looking for to help bridge the gap between the academic and the spiritual/devotional aspect of my Greek studies. Duvall and Verbrugge did not disappoint.

Devotions on the Greek New Testament is composed of fifty-two, two to two and a half page devotional readings, each focused on a particular passage from the Greek New Testament. The Greek text is at the top of the first page of each devotional reading, followed by an explanation of how understanding the day's passage in Greek matters for your life and ministry. For the purposes of this review I read through devotional entries by Ben Witherington III, Constantine R. Campbell, and Lynn H. Cohick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chamberlain VINE VOICE on December 8, 2012
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Each devotional begins with the Greek text. The author then keys in on something from the text to help the reader further understand the meaning. For example, in the passage on Ephesians 5:18-22 (be filled with the Spirit), David L. Matthewson emphasizes how the five adverbial participles modify πληροῦσθε. It doesn't necessarily come off as well in English, but this passage shows us that addressing one another in psalms and hymns, etc., is what being filled with the Spirit looks like. Matthewson bases this on the way the participles work together.

There are also devotionals that will look at the structure of a passage. For example, David M. Morgan illustrates the chiastic structure of Colossians 1:26-28 and explains how Paul's suffering relates to Christ's suffering. He then connects this to Epaphroditus' ministry described in Philippians 2:20 to show how this is normative for a Christian. He also connects this passage to the general message of Colossians to explain how this is part of bringing the gospel to the world.

I did not read the whole book as I do want to use it as a devotional and didn't want to plow through it all right away. However, out of the dozen or so sections I did read what I found was solid exegesis based on the text. The whole point of studying Greek and Hebrew is to get closer to the text. This devotional will help you to do that.

Of course, this book is not for everyone. It does presuppose that you've had at least a year of Koine Greek. I would have found reading each passage difficult after only one year, but I could have muddled through most of them. Looking back, I wish I had a resource like this after I finished my first year of Greek. It feeds the brain by giving examples of good exegesis and it fills the soul with the Word of God. Anyone who can read Greek should own a copy of this book.

Note that I received a copy from the publisher for review.
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