Greek for Preachers
by Joseph M. Webb and Robert Kysar
A knowledge of basic Greek grammar can illuminate scripture passages for preachers seeking a better understanding of the Bible and fresh perspectives for faithful sermons. Joseph Webb and Robert Kysar review rudiments of New Testament Greek with specific attention to how preachers can use their growing knowledge of Greek to integrate linguistic and exegetical insights in ways that are faithful to the sermon without overwhelming the listeners.
Greek for Preachers sets out to bring the Greek text of the New Testament within reach of anyone who wishes to explore itsriches. A knowledge of basic Greek grammar can illuminate scripture passages for preachers seeking a better understanding of the Bible and fresh perspectives for faithful sermons. While English translations are valuable, they often face challenges in interpretation and communication.
Authors Joseph Webb and Robert Kysar divided Greek for Preachers into three parts. The first part introduces essential tools, such as reference books and the Greek alphabet. It emphasizes the importance of familiarizing oneself with Greek sounds and pronunciation.
The second part outlines ten rules or principles for working with an interlinear Greek-English text. These principles open up the text for clarification and enrichment, focusing on grammar and syntax. Each chapter in this section includes examples from the New Testament, along with sermonic suggestions.
The third part guides preachers on how to use Greek in sermon preparation. It offers a process for reading, translating, and deriving meaning from a passage. It also discusses cautions to avoid pitfalls in using Greek in preaching.