The Collected Writings Of Dr. Rod Decker -- By: Jon Pratt

Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 18:2 (Fall 2014)
Article: The Collected Writings Of Dr. Rod Decker
Author: Jon Pratt


The Collected Writings Of Dr. Rod Decker

Jon Pratt

Vice President of Academics
and Professor of New Testament
Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Plymouth, Minnesota

NT/Koine Greek Grammar

Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.

Summary: “This in-depth yet student-friendly introduction to Koine Greek provides a full grounding in Greek grammar, while starting to build skill in the use of exegetical tools. The approach . . . emphasizes reading Greek for comprehension as opposed to merely translating it. The workbook is integrated into the textbook, enabling students to encounter real examples as they learn each new concept. The book covers not only New Testament Greek but also the wider range of Bible-related Greek (LXX and other Koine texts).”1

“The Function of the Imperfect Tense in Mark’s Gospel,” The Language of the New Testament: Context, History and Development, ed. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts, 347-64. Studies in the Language of the New Testament, Brill Linguistic Biblical Studies. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Summary: The imperfect tense as used by Mark introduces indirect discourse and records offline information. This finding has implications for translation and exegesis.

“The Grammar of Christology.” Bible Faculty Summit, July 2010, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, WI, July 2010.

Summary: It is important to distinguish between semantics and pragmatics when discussing the usage of tense, particularly when discussing the use of the imperfect tense in Mark.

“Adapting Technology to Teach Koine Greek,” Studying the Greek New Testament: Papers from the SBL Greek Language and Linguistics Section. NT Monographs 11. Edited by S. E. Porter and M. B. O’Donnell, 25-42. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2009.

Summary: This essay seeks to “demonstrate some of the potential benefits in adapting current technology for use in teaching Greek on the one hand, and, on the other hand, to suggest a few of the pitfalls that might be encountered by those who choose to explore such means” (26).

Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.

Summary: “Providing graded readings in Koine Greek from the New Testament, Septuagint...

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