Posted by: chuckbumgardner | August 30, 2009

Baylor Handbooks on the Greek New Testament

When paging through the schedule for the upcoming SBL meeting, I came across Baylor’s advertisement and happily discovered a newer series of which I had been entirely unaware.  The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament series looks to be quite helpful.  It makes me think of a beefed-up Rogers and Rogers Linguistic Key, and is also reminiscent of Eerdman’s regrettably defunct Exegetical Guides to the Greek New Testament series (which petered out after the first volume, Colossians and Philemon, by Murray J. Harris). Currently, there are two volumes available (I, II, III John by Martin M. Culy and Acts by Culy and Mikeal C. Parsons) and one in the pipeline (Ephesians by William J. Larkin).

The advantage to volumes like this over commentaries is their high level of focus on the Greek text.  They are not so much concerned with providing a coherent explanation of the flow of thought of a biblical book as they are with discussing the nitty-gritty details of syntax and grammar in the underlying text.  These volumes are running $20-$30 on Amazon and look to be an excellent addition to an expositor’s library.  The “Look Inside” feature is active for preview of the already-published volumes on Amazon.  If I were going to be teaching or preaching through Ephesians, the Johannine epistles, or Acts, I’d order the corresponding volume immediately.

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