Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Ya Gotta Love Them Participles

Today in Greek class we're studying participles. Greek is a participle-loving language. There are 7,491 verses in the New Testament, and 4,277 of them contain participles. 1 Cor. 7:30 has 6 of them! In Hebrews alone, there are 315 participles. 

This is just one page from Hebrews featuring participles. 

You simply cannot see what's going on, for example, in the warning passage of Heb. 6:4-6 without a good understanding of how the Greek participle works. 

No, this passage is not as difficult to interpret as you think. 

One of my doctoral students even wrote an entire dissertation just on the participles in Heb. 6:1-12. 

So class today will be great fun. Verses we'll be translating include:

  • Mark 1:14
  • John 1:29
  • Rev. 10:1
  • Rev. 1:3
  • Luke 11:14
  • Rom. 16:22
  • Rom. 5:1