I, II, III John: A Handbook on the Greek Text

Martin M. Culy

I, II, III John: A Handbook on the Greek Text
I, II, III John: A Handbook on the Greek Text

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Pages: 155 pages
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Published: 2004
ISBN-10: 1932792082
ISBN-13: 9781932792089


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4.86666663487752 out of 5 based on 3 user ratings
Phillip J. Long August 9, 2012 5 5
This book is a running commentary on the syntax of the letters of John, identifying grammatical categories for virtually every word. The English paragraph is printed, followed by each verse in Greek, then each phrase in the verse with commentary. For some words or phrases Cully points out that “scholars differ,” providing the various options for the student to sort out. Only rarely does Cully cite a particular grammar, which has the advantage of allowing professors to use whatever intermediate grammar they choose. The book is certainly a handy size, making it an easy read along side the Greek New Testament. [Full Review]
Scot McKnight December 18, 2009 4.59999990463257 5
A fresh approach from Baylor, one rooted in observations of the Greek text, begins with Martin Culy [Full Review]
This book on 1, 2, and 3 John was written with the purpose of providing a “reliable guide through the intricacies of the biblical text and occasionally shed fresh light on how the Greek language works” (vii). The book starts with a rather brief introduction (xi–xxiv) in which the reader is informed about the purpose and approach taken. The reader is warned not to expect an “endeavor to label exhaustively every feature of the syntax” or a discussion of “every textual problem” or analyses of “all lexical forms.” However, an attempt is made to “address all significant questions arising from the Greek text itself.” Since more complex issues related to the Greek syntax are often ignored by the standard commentaries, this book tries to fill that particular gap in the available literature. However, the book is written both for people with just a basic knowledge of the Greek language as well as for the more advanced scholar. Since the focus falls on the linguistic characteristics of the text of the Letters, questions of introduction (e.g., author, date) are not discussed; neither is the theological meaning of the text explored. The introduction does, however, offer discussions on the genre and structure of the relevant text, tense, aspect, and mood, mitigated exhortations, deponency, syntactic categories and labels, and Trinitarian ambiguity. These discussions are brief and by no means comprehensive or exhaustive. Some of the most recent discussions on aspect and mood are, for instance, reflected, but the discussion only reflects a part of the particular debate. [Full Review]

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