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The Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek New Testament

The Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek New Testament by Dr. Dean Deppe of Calvin Theological Seminary presents the text of the Nestle-Aland 26th edition Greek New Testament in clausal divisions and provides a structural perspective to the original Greek language relationships. studying the Greek New Testament in clausal outlines simple and allows you to examine larger sections of the Greek text for preparing sermons, papers, or even for personal study.

Features of The Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek New Testament

First, the organization of this electronic work makes the analysis of NT Greek easy by breaking the text into clausal sections. Deppe has divided the text throughout the New Testament to provide accurate distinctions between differing thoughts, specifically focusing on how each clause fits within the larger framework of the section of Scripture. Within each section, there is even more distinction between the separate stanza structures of the verses.

For example, John 1:1-18, is broken out into 5 separate stanzas, each with their own focus. Because of the author's structure in this particular section, Deppe also breaks out additional interlude sections within the verses to emphasize the structural organization of this particular section of scripture.

Within the text, the The Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek New Testament serves as a unique way to analyze particular sections of scripture for clausal elements. A large part of understanding a section of scripture is to analyze the tone of the clauses throughout the passage and pick out unique aspects of the section. Deppe offers students a strong introduction in this electronic work by walking through the exegetical process that can be facilitated using his Clausal Outlines in application to the books of Ephesians and Colossians. By laying the groundwork for his readers, Deppe paves the way for students to do their own exegetical studies using his analysis of the Greek New Testament.

The Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek New Testament allows both scholars of the original language and students who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the text to study the Greek New Testament in new ways.

From the Preface of this Work

In my work as a seminary professor, there is no resource that students have found more helpful for exegesis than a clausal outline of the Greek text. Because the main verbs are identified within a paragraph, they can immediately see the big picture and not get lost in a forest of details. In order to keep sentences short, English translations frequently make main clauses out of participles and relative clauses prohibiting readers from visualizing the main points of the author.  Greek clausal outlines help the readers determine what are the main thoughts of the author and how the dependent clauses fit into the flow of the author’s arguments.

Who will benefit from these clausal outlines? Preachers who write expository sermons or lead analytical Bible studies depend upon a clausal outline of a Biblical passage. These Greek clausal outlines fill that need. Exegetes and commentary writers must perform grammatical exegesis. These clausal outlines identify every type of participle, category of infinitive, and type of conditional sentence giving the commentator a standard work with which to debate. Exegetes will differ, of course, if a particular adverbial participle is causal or conditional but debating these issues is one of the pleasures of exegesis. Finally, for students who find reading Greek difficult and therefore have decided not to employ the original languages, this work divides the sentences into phrases and clauses where the relationship with the main verb is easy to identify.

In addition to the clausal outlining of the Greek text, the particular New Testament books are given English subtitles according to content to aid the reader in visualizing the structure of the book as a whole. Finally, I have included an analysis of the benefits of clausal outlines  in the introductory section below so that readers can visualize the exegetical benefits for interpreting these two epistles.

Dean B. Deppe, Th.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Calvin Theological Seminary

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About the Author

Dr. Dean Deppe has served in a variety of settings as a part of the Christian Reformed Church. Dr. Deppe's background includes service to a variety of churches, from the inner city to the suburbs. He has also taught in a number of settings, including Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines, Classis Red Mesa in New Mexico, and now currently serves as Associate Professor of the New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary.