Devotions on the Greek New Testament continues on this path of excellence by introducing these devotions—based on a careful reading and study of the Greek New Testament—written by some of the top Greek scholars of today. Contributors include Scot McKnight, Daniel B. Wallace, Craig L. Blomberg, Mark Strauss, and William D. Mounce, among others.
Devotions on the Greek New Testament can be used as weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. The main point each devotion offers comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Greek New Testament, not from the English Bible. These authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions: grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, linguistic, etc. Each devotion closes with a practical application.
“The fundamental download for us today is to see that ‘our’ ministries are not ours. They are none other than Jesus’ ministry, and our calling is to extend Jesus and Jesus’ ministry into the world.” (Page 19)
“Most interpreters take both participles to be causal—Joseph acted as he did because he was righteous and did not want to make a public example of Mary by denouncing her as an immoral woman. Some, however, argue that since both Roman law and Jewish tradition were clear that righteousness required the public denouncement of unfaithfulness, lest the innocent party be guilty of condoning or covering up sin in the community, the first participle should be taken as concessive (i.e., ‘despite being righteous and because he was unwilling to make an example of her, he decided …’).” (Pages 15–16)
“Genuine faith, the kind Jesus will be looking for at his return, involves simple humility and dependence on the Lord in contrast to any sort of self-reliance.” (Page 37)
“Most likely the omission is a result of Jesus’ knowing that the disciples were not yet sufficiently informed to be teachers. So they must be prepared. Though Jesus does indicate that someday his disciples will teach (cf. 13:51–52), it is not until his full teaching has been explained, his Passion has been endured, his resurrection has been experienced, and his ascension is about to occur that he finally tells his disciples they are to be teachers—teaching what Jesus commanded (28:16–20).” (Pages 19–20)
“‘Apply yourself totally to the text; apply the text totally to yourself.’” (Page 12)
Verlyn D. Verbrugge (PhD, Notre Dame) is senior editor of academic and professional books at Zondervan. He has authored several books, including Early Church History and Your Church Sign.
J. Scott Duvall, who received his PhD at 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.