Free: Vol. 1 of Journal of Theological Interpretation

Home Page slide 2Logos’ Free book of the month—Volume 1 of The Journal of Theological Interpretation—is now available. You can also pick up John Walton’s book Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology for an additional $1.99. Get them both here.

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Reasons Evangelicals Should Vote for Donald Trump

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Customizable Reader’s Editions

I was asked to contibute to Logos’ academic blog recently to talk about a new feature in Logos Now: The Reader’s Edition.
You can read all about it here.

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Google Translate Extension

Language acquisition is difficult and time consuming. You’ve learned the grammar—for the most part—but still can’t read news articles, websites, or even general blurbs because you don’t have as extensive a vocabulary as you’d like.

So, you have to pull out your modern day lexicon—that is, you open up a new browser tab, find a German to English dictionary, paste the word, navigate back to the page you’ve been reading, pray that you either remember the gloss you grabbed and that it’s the best gloss for the passage you’re translating, and continue on your way.

You could, of course, bypass the dictionary and go straight to Google Translate. I’m certainly guilty of this. Why go through the hard work of translating it yourself when you can get the answer immediately? Little beats instant gratification.

The obvious issue here is that you won’t learn the language if you let Google Translate do the work. You’ll also find yourself becoming increasingly frustrated going back and forth between tabs for every word you don’t know.

That’s where Google Translate’s Chrome extension comes in. If you use Google Chrome as a browser, you can add the extension by going here:

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Once you’ve added the extension to your browser, you can go to the manage its options to ensure that every time you highlight a foreign word, a pop up appears with a translation:

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If you don’t want the instant translation, you can change the settings to “display icon that I can click to show pop-up” or “don’t display icon or pop-up.”

Once everything is set up how you want it, you can get to translating. I’ve already found it a particularly handy tool as I read articles on Spiegel.de:

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Here, I’m learning that the word Flüchtlingskrise means “Refugee crisis.”

But what’s the difference between the plugin and the website? Yes, you can highlight large chunks of text for immediate translation. But you can also simply highlight the one word you don’t know. If you’re somewhat disciplined, you can mentally restrict yourself to receiving aid only when you truly need it. And that helps you stay in the passage and build your vocabulary.

With all the tools available today, there’s no better time to learn a language and there’s no excuse for not constantly developing as a language learner!

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1 Thess 1:2–7 and the Daily Dose of Greek

Recently, Dr. Robert Plummer of Southern Baptist Seminary and the Daily Dose of Greek invited me to contribute to the weekend edition of the series, a series, by the way, that you should all be subscribed to if you want to keep up with your Greek studies.

My contribution deals with how to do and the benefits of doing sentence flow outlining (i.e. clausal analysis, or whatever name you might prefer). You can view the video here:

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I’d love to hear your thoughts about the video in the comments section!

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Winner of The Letters of Ignatius

51y77v4go2l-_sx322_bo1204203200_Thanks again to everyone who entered to win The Letters of Ignatius – Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader. For those of you who aren’t Vinhn Guyen, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of the volume at your local Amazon outlet. Not only will it help in your maturation in Koine Greek, it will also—as my favorite Greek professor once wrote—help feed hungry children.* Also be on the lookout for more volumes to come in the series as GlossaHouse looks to provide Greek readers for the entire corpus of what is known as the Apostolic Fathers.

A very Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for stopping by ἐνθύμησις. Be sure to return to engage with me as I write about Greek, Hebrew, the LXX, the Apostolic Fathers, or simply my life.

*My own. (Cited from David Alan Black, It’s All Greek to Me.)

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Thoughts on Greek Pedagogy by Thomas Hudgins

My good friend Thomas Hudgins has an excellent post that reflects on Greek pedagogy and the abysmal statistics concerning student knowledge and use of the biblical languages after their course of study. I’d encourage you to check it out and join the discussion here!

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