Grammar

Helping you read your way through the Greek New Testament in just 2 minutes per verse.

Infinitives Song, to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Infinitives Song, to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Sung by Jeff Hurgen λυειν (Present Active Infinitive) λυεσθαι (Present Middle/Passive Infinitive) λυσαι (Aorist Active Infinitive) λυσασθαι (Aorist Middle Infinitive) [και] [and] λυθηναι (Aorist Passive...

Exegetical Gems from Biblical Greek, by Ben Merkle

Exegetical Gems from Biblical Greek, by Ben Merkle, is an enjoyable way to review grammatical concepts while focusing on biblical passages where the grammatical point under review makes a difference in meaning. Knowing Greek really does make a difference in reading...

Tense and Aspect – Lecture by Con Campbell

What Greek grammarian is also a professional saxophone player and serious body builder? That’s right – Con Campbell, an Australian scholar who teaches at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School!  I enjoyed both lecturing and exercising alongside Con at the “Linguistics...

1 John 1:1, NLT vs. NASB

The NLT and NASB are both very good modern English Bible translations, but their renderings of 1 John 1:1 are different. Is there any loss of meaning in reordering the Greek text of 1 John 1:1 to make it more readable in modern English?  ...

An Ideal Beginning Greek Grammar?

Today’s weekend video is a lecture that Dr. Plummer gave at the “Linguistics and New Testament Greek” conference at Southeastern Seminary in April 2019.  His lecture was entitled, “An Ideal Beginning Greek Grammar?” Thanks to Southeastern Seminary for making this...

Colossians 2:11, The Circumcision of Christ

A student came up to me during a class break and asked, “How does Jesus’ circumcision as an 8-day old boy impact our salvation?” He was reading Colossians 2:11. Does the text of Colossians 2:11 speak to that issue?   https://vimeo.com/336231637

Why Aorist Imperatives in the Lord’s Prayer

Have you ever noticed that all of the imperatives (requests) in the Lord’s Prayer are in the aorist tense? In today’s weekend edition, we explore the reasons for this pattern.   https://vimeo.com/336231839

5 Minues in Church History Podcast

Dr. Plummer is a big fan of micro-learning, or learning in bite-size chunks. Today, he recommends a Weekly 5-minute podcast on church history, www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com. The episode from February 20, 2019, “The 3 Foot Manuscript,” is about the famous Greek...

Telling Time in Antiquity

In today’s weekend edition, Dr. Plummer looks at several texts in the New Testament that specify a certain point in the day.  How did people tell time in antiquity? When modern Bible translations differ in their renderings of temporal indicators, we see an example of...

Epexegetical Genitive

In today’s weekend edition, Dr. Plummer reviews a function of the genitive case – the epexegetical genitive.   https://vimeo.com/323596266

Hyperbaton

Why is the book of Hebrews so challenging to read in Greek? Today’s video on hyperbaton will help you answer that question – and perhaps also help you read it more easily.  Today’s video originally aired in March 2018.   https://vimeo.com/258334026

Illeism – Rod Elledge

Illeism is the technical term for referring to oneself in the third person. Have you ever noticed how frequently Jesus refers to himself in the third person in the Gospels? Why did he do this? https://vimeo.com/256345944

Monadic Nouns

Sometime interpreters make a big deal out of about a Greek noun having an article in front of it.  One needs to be careful, however, to pay attention to stylistic patterns so as to not over-interpret the article. In today’s weekend edition, Dr. Plummer discusses...

Anaphoric Article

This video provides a brief refresher on the Anaphoric Article or Article of Previous Reference—especially as that construction is used to stitch together the Book of Revelation. https://vimeo.com/245431944

Double Accusative Construction

Drawing upon the work of Dan Wallace, this video looks at that seemingly ubiquitous “Double Accusative” construction. https://vimeo.com/240019173

Baugh – why aorist infinitive

Drawing upon the insights of Dr. Steven Baugh, Dr. Plummer looks at Acts 14:1, asking, “Why did Luke here use the aorist infinitive of ‘to believe’?” https://vimeo.com/232254264

Baugh, to do, pres vs aor infinitive

Drawing upon the insights of Dr. Steven Baugh, Dr. Plummer looks at two verses from the NT—one that employs a present infinitive of “to do,” and the other that uses an aorist infinitive of the same verb. Why this difference? https://vimeo.com/229492485

Baugh, to die, pres vs. aor infinitive

Drawing upon the insights of Dr. Steven Baugh, Dr. Plummer looks at John 11:51, asking, “Why did the apostle John employ the present tense form for the infinitive of ‘to die’ in this verse?” https://vimeo.com/228571519

Baugh – Infinitive Choice

Drawing upon the insights of Dr. Steven Baugh, Dr. Plummer discusses the factors we should consider when determining why a biblical author employed a specific tense form of the infinitive.  (In other words, why did a biblical author choose a present vs. an aorist...

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