Category: Koine Greek

Musings on Mark: He’s Out of His Mind!

“And his family heard it and came down to seize him: for they were saying that he was out of his mind.” Mark 3:21, my translation We often take for granted that in our New Testament we have four Gospels sitting side-by-side. We don’t… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: He’s Out of His Mind!”

The Mystery τῆς εὐ­σεβείας

A few weeks ago I sent out the following tweet. The old "Christianity is not a religion; it's a relationship." "Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion [τῆς εὐσεβείας] is great…." (1 Tim. 3:16) "Religion [θρησκεία] that is pure and undefiled before God,… Continue Reading “The Mystery τῆς εὐ­σεβείας”

Musings on Mark: Conflict Among the Synoptics

Καὶ εὐθὺς τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτὸν ἐκβάλλει εἰς τὴν ἔρημον. καὶ ἦν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ τεσσεράκοντα ἡμέρας πειραζόμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ σατανᾶ, καὶ ἦν μετὰ τῶν θηρίων, καὶ οἱ ἄγγελοι διηκόνουν αὐτῷ. Mark 1:12-13 In the last “Musing on Mark” post, we addressed the “wild animals” comment that… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Conflict Among the Synoptics”

Musings on Mark: Mark 1:1 and the Case of the Ambiguous Genitive

Ἀρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ [υἱοῦ θεοῦ]. – Mark 1:1 The word “of” is a funny little preposition. Not only does it look weird to me every time I write it, it is also one of the most versatile of all the prepositions and perhaps… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Mark 1:1 and the Case of the Ambiguous Genitive”