Grateful to know Greek!

Feeling Grateful (and a little silly)

By Dr. Maury Robertson | September 29, 2018

I’m feeling grateful this morning. I love that there are people who love God enough to learn Greek and that we can gather from all over the world to do it! This is a short, silly video. But it’s how I feel.

Have you been born from above

ἄνωθεν: Have You Been Born “From-Above?”

By Dr. Maury Robertson | September 17, 2018

A common fallacy is that words are 1-1 map of reality. But most words have a whole range of possible meaning. For example, take the word “can” in English. can: What you put beans in, a “tin can.” can: Ability to do, as in, “I can.” can: another word for a toilet as in, “I…

Why Greek Tools Are No Substitute for Actually Learning Greek and Can Be Dangerous

Why Greek Tools Are No Substitute for Actually Learning Greek and Can Be Dangerous

By Dr. Maury Robertson | September 15, 2018

Why Greek Tools Can Be Dangerous Never before have there been such powerful tools for zooming in on the details of Greek. These are useful and I’m glad to have them. But I wince when they are misused. And they are often misused.  By zeroing in on single words, and magnifying some aspect of the…

Your life is a mountain, not a molehill

Your Life Is a City on a Mountain, Not a Hill

By Dr. Maury Robertson | August 18, 2018

Your life may feel like a molehill to you but it’s a mountain to God. In our competitive world, it’s easy to feel like small potatoes, to think life doesn’t matter. But Jesus looked out at a ragtag gathering of Galilean peasants and called them “the light of the world” and a “city on a…

The Kingdom of God Is Not “at Hand.” It’s Here!

By Dr. Maury Robertson | August 1, 2018

In Matthew, John the Baptist’s message (Matthew 3:2) and Jesus’ message (Matthew 4:17) are identical. Here it is in Greek. Here is the usual translation of this message. “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (NASB, ESV, KJV) I understood “repent” to mean that I needed to have a “conversion experience.”  I understood…

Greek Prepositions

How I Used a Preposition to Get out of Being Grateful (ὑπὲρ vs. ἐν)

By Dr. Maury Robertson | July 4, 2018

Lately, I’ve been realizing how important it is to be grateful no matter what. My thoughts determine my life. When I choose to be grateful, I see the world through the lens of abundance. The world is generous. I believe in a God who is working all things for good. I smile more, laugh easily,…

The Order of Christ’s Temptation in the Desert

By Dr. Maury Robertson | October 21, 2017

I got a letter from a student today that asks a good question. Here it is: Should luke chapter 4 verse 5 and verse 9 start with the word ( next) or ( and )? Is the order of temptations of Jesus in Matthew chapter 4 a chronological order? And Is the order of temptations…

δοκεῖ ἔχειν The “Haves” and the “Have-Nots”

By Dr. Maury Robertson | October 13, 2017

Luke 8:18 hit me hard this morning. “So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.” (NASB) The translation muddies the meaning. The word “more” is added and I’m not sure why.…

To Learn Greek: Learn English!

By Dr. Maury Robertson | September 9, 2016

The reason most people never learn Greek is that they never learn English!  

Δεδικαίωται ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας Freed from Sin

By Dr. Maury Robertson | January 21, 2015

At one time I had Romans 6 memorized in English. I always loved verse 7: “He who has died is freed from sin.” Freedom! Yes! As I was reading through the passage in Greek this morning I was surprised that the word for “freed” is δικαιόω. I expected ἐλευθερόω, which is the normal word for…