Grammatical Insights is an extension of Nigel Turner’s conclusions in Moulton’s Grammar of New Testament Greek. This wide-ranging and illuminating study, invaluable to Greek and non-Greek scholars alike, provides a positive contribution to the permanent meaning of controversial passages in the New Testament.
Here, Turner is concerned as much with the neophyte exegete as he is with the seasoned Greek scholar. For the novice, he offers a series of compelling examples of the effect grammar has on New Testament theology. For the scholar, he offers an expansion of his work in Moulton’s Grammar, directing the ideas presented there into territories barred by the grammar’s scope.
Chapters include “The Grammar of God,” “Jesus of Nazareth,” “Saul of Tarsus,” “St. Paul’s Teaching,” “Saint John,” and “Other Writers." A concluding chapter deals with a problem to which Turner has been giving much study and thought, “The Language of Jesus and his Disciples.”
“the message of the Bible is the supreme authority for Christian faith and the gospel” (Page 3)
“‘In all things we are more than conquerors’ (8:37). ‘Happy is he who has no cause to judge himself in what he approves’ (14:22). ‘Be united in the same mind and the same opinion’ (I Cor. 1:10). ‘Let no one boast in men’ (3:21). ‘It is required in stewards that they be trustworthy’ (4:2). ‘I am not writing this in order that it may be so done in me’ (9:5). The instances all suggest that it would be correct to substitute the words ‘with reference to’ for the word ‘in.’” (Page 156)
“The preposition ek (‘from’) may be the partitive ek, and then the phase becomes the same as ‘Love is God,’ or ‘Love is divine,’ for the partitive idea involves a partaking of the nature of the object in the genitive case, and St. John would mean that godhead is predicated of Love.” (Page 6)
“Our strong suspicion therefore is that eis to-with-infinitive is a construction which does not necessarily express the result of strict causality in the theme of the epistle to the Romans. It may be translated, ‘and so.’” (Page 13)
“Etymology, now more often known as accidence or Formenlehre, which is the study of words in themselves” (Page 1)
In a time when there is insufficient recognition of the large contribution which Greek grammar and syntax can make to our understanding of the New Testament a volume such as Turner’s is welcome indeed.
—John H. Skilton, Westminster Theological Journal