Thesis Research

Well, the proposal was accepted in January - and now on to the task of writing a dissertation... so far my initial research is underway. I am enjoying entering into the world of the NT and Mark's Gospel and scholarship in these two areas. A key for effective research and writing is to have a … Continue reading Thesis Research

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Critiques against Narrative Criticism: A quick summary

Months ago I listed the advantages of narrative criticism in biblical studies, especially in the Gospels. Here are a few arguments against NC for your reading enjoyment. NB: all critical methods have their advantages and disadvantages and I am not assuming that NC is the 'correct' method for interpreting/exegeting the Gospels. Rather, it is a … Continue reading Critiques against Narrative Criticism: A quick summary

Philippians 1:18 ; Simple contrast or Rhetorical Device?

The question posed for this verse is: "What is the meaning of the contrast εἴτε προφάσει εἴτε ἀληθείᾳ?" As the title of this post suggests, is Paul simply contrasting two opposing parties or using a rhetorical device? If this phrase is a rhetorical device, then to what effect is it being employed? However, it is … Continue reading Philippians 1:18 ; Simple contrast or Rhetorical Device?

Mediation verse of the week and reflections

I have been challenged to begin memorizing scripture again. In the church bulletin there is a weekly verse to memorize, which spurned me into meditative action. The only difference is that I am going to make the attempt to begin memorizing passages from the Greek (UBS 4th Revised ed.) This weeks verses are from Mark … Continue reading Mediation verse of the week and reflections

Discussion on Philippians 1:15-17

Several questions arise when one reads this text, particulary Paul's use of φθόνον καὶ ἔριν (v. 15), θλῖψιν ἐγείρειν (v. 17), ἐξ ἐριθείας (v. 17), and the repetition of the μὲν...δὲ construction in verses 15, 16 and 17. I am following along with some questions that Dr. Larry Perkins has made to assist our breakfast and … Continue reading Discussion on Philippians 1:15-17

A musing on my Master’s thesis

Yesterday I received my master's thesis in the courier. I defended my thesis on March 25, 09 and passed with an amazing mark (to my surprise, but excitement). After a final edit I submitted my thesis to my program chair (Dr. Bruce Guenther - a history professor at ACTS) and then he forwarded it off … Continue reading A musing on my Master’s thesis