How to Keep Your Languages in Just 2 Minutes a Day

Derek’s review is concise and highlights all the important things to be noted about the Two Minutes a Day Biblical Languages series! Check it out:


keep biblical greekI will let you in on a little secret today: I am not, by nature, a language guy. I know, I know. All ministry people, theologians, students of Scripture are supposed to be delighted at the intricacies of Greek and Hebrew and the wonders it can unlock. And, well, I am. Kind of. I do enjoy finding linguistic links in passages which can get obscured in translation, or puns, alliteration, or having a better handle on the way the particular construction of a verb might impact the sense of a Pauline injunction. There are reasons for pastors and theologians to know the original, Biblical languages.

But when it comes to it, languages are not something I naturally find myself wanting to practice or study on my own in the same way I study systematics, church history, or broad biblical theology.

Which is probably part of why I lost most of…

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Review: Biblia Germanica 1545

Ayuda Ministerial/Resources for Ministry

9781619708945oNow that the Protestant world has celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is a wonderful occasion to review the Biblia Germanica 1545 (Hendrickson, 2017). This volume is a replica of the 1545 Luther Bible, and of course, it is written in German.

Luther wrote many volumes, but none of them has the value and relevance of the translation of the Latin Bible to German language. That allowed people from German Speaking countries to read the Bible in their own langue. We have to consider the risk Luther faced at that time by translating the Bible from Latin to German. Thanks to his braveness and determination the door for other translation to different common languages opened. Now we can say the Bible is the most translated book in the world. Even minorities can read the Bible in their native language.

The Biblia Germanica 1545 comes in a box that…

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Review: Herman Bavinck: Reformed Pastor

The Blog of a Wanna-Be Pastor

Herman Bavinck, perhaps most notably known for Reformed Dogmatics, is one of the worlds most well-known Reformed pastors and theologians. He is known for his “eloquent” language and writing ability. He is consistently and thoroughly Reformed (Calvinistic sense) and is appreciated by many for his Reformed thought. However, what he may not be well-known for is his preaching; and further, thoughts on preaching.

Herman Bavinck: On Preaching and Preachers provides a window for students and teachers of preaching, and preachers, through which to look into a lesser-known aspect of this great theologian. This little volume (literally!) is broken down in the following way:

  1. Introduction
  2. Eloquence: This is the lecture given to university theology students which, in essence, discusses the power of language in the preacher’s tongue:
    • By speaking he [God] creates all things…But what is this in majesty compared to he exalted words of the Scriptures: he speaks and it…

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Review: The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible

“Hendrickson’s The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible is a phenomenal new resource at a very attractive price. The quality far exceeds the sticker-price!”

Read John Kight’s review of The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible here!

Sojourner Theology

41fMkqHERaL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_It’s not difficult to find a Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament combined under one cover. Biblia Sacra has been a standard for nearly two decades and A Reader’s Hebrew and Greek by A. Philip Brown II, Bryan W. Smith, Richard J. Goodrich, and Albert L. Lukaszewski has been offered by Zondervan for roughly 8 years. That said, earlier this year when I found out that Hendrickson would be publishing The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible, the anticipation began to develop almost immediately.

There are a number of reasons Hendrickson’s The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible is a standout from the crowd.

First, and probably foremost, the quality of The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible is superior even to some of the most premium original language Bibles. The printed text is sharp and well-defined with minimal bleed on the opaque off-white paper. This is especially unique at under $40 for the hardcover edition and $60…

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Faith and Reason by Henri Blocher

“At only a little over 100 pages, I imagine this is just right for what many people may want to ponder the dilemma that divides faith and reason. I think everyone would be helped by interacting with what is said here, so I recommend this volume warmly.”

Jimmy Reagan’s review of Faith and Reason is worth the read. Check it out below.

The Reagan Review

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Henri Blocher is a respected theologian who delivers here what he calls “a primer on apologetics”. Though I would disagree with him on a few points, he gives much wonderful fodder for the tension between faith and reason. His style reminds me in some degree of C. S. Lewis. He has a knack for making some deep concepts understandable. This is my first encounter with Mr. Blocher, but rank him as a voice worth considering in the area of practical apologetics.

Chapter 1 is something of a historical survey that describes where we’ve come from and where we are today. He makes clear how reason has become in conflict with Scripture. He even explains that many of us feel fatigue because we are required to use reason every day. In chapter 2 he exposes rationalism to the light of Scripture. That entails explaining what rationalism is and how its use…

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Review: Keep up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day (Hendrickson)

“They’re hardback with a sort of squishy, leatherish cover that feels nice to hold, and allows a firm grip so you can use them while skydiving, etc.”

Glad to read that William Ross is exploring all the potential in our Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language books. Read his review in its entirety below.

Septuaginta &c.

I have not done a book review on the blog for a while. But a great opportunity came along for a great resource, so here we are.

Just about a month ago Hendrickson Publishers released a new series of volumes produced by Jonathan Kline entitled Keep Up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day. You are probably familiar with this publisher even if it’s not a name you immediately recognize. They are perhaps best known for their primary texts, which they produce in cooperation with Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. For example, they recently produced two high-quality reader’s editions for the OT and NT. They’ve also just printed a very nicely-bound The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible, which pairs Leningrad with Westcott-Hort for OT and NT texts.

But now, for the books of interest for this post.

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Review: Creation and New Creation

“I realized afresh that as one human with a very puny brain, I am in the presence of things too wonderful for me, and yet to wrestle with such things, to listen to the conversation of others, is to think great thoughts of God, to stand in wonder afresh of God’s creative work, and to marvel that such a God would set his love and include in his purposes the likes of me! That is the value of reading good works of theology. That is what I found here.”

Check out this review of Creation and New Creation!

Bob on Books

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Creation and New Creation, Sean M. McDonough. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017.

Summary: A work on the doctrine of creation with particular attention to the connection between the creation and the new creation in Christ, but also focusing on other aspects of creation including issues of time, space, Platonic ideas and their influence on the doctrine, in each case tracing relevant scripture, and the theological contributions of theologians from the fathers to the present day.

“Creation” over the past couple centuries has been treated more as a point of contention than as one of the significant doctrines of the church, explored for what it may reveal about God and God’s relation to his world, and humanity, our relationship to the rest of creation and why it, and we, exist. Yet, in recent years, theologians have been writing more and more about the connections between creation and the new creation…

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The Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language Series: A Bridge between Learning Vocabulary and Reading the Bible

by Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor Losing My Biblical Greek I started taking Biblical Greek in high school, so by the time I graduated from college, I was pretty good at it. Even when I wasn’t taking Greek classes, my former Greek tutor and I met every few weeks to have tea and sight read the … Continue reading The Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language Series: A Bridge between Learning Vocabulary and Reading the Bible


Review: Sermons for Advent and Christmas Day by Luther

As Advent is just around the corner, check out this review of Martin Luther’s Sermons for Advent and Christmas Day!

The Reagan Review

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We’ve all heard so much about Martin Luther. I’ve even read his biography entitled “Here I Stand” by Bainton, also published by Hendrickson Publishers, and enjoyed it. What I had not done, however, is read any of his sermons. I’m glad to possess this book so I can get a feel of Luther for myself. Plus sermons for the Christmas season are always a blessing for sermon ideas or devotional reading.

The book begins with a fine preface that gives a biographic overview of Luther. It’s extremely serviceable if you need to brush up on Luther before you get started reading the sermons. From there the sermons are designed to correspond with the first, second, third, and fourth Sunday of Advent followed by two sermons specifically for Christmas Day.

In the first sermon Luther takes us to Matthew 21:1-9 and the Triumphal Entry of Christ. The goal, I…

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Review: The World’s Oldest Alphabet

Read John Kight’s review of Carta Jerusalem’s book The World’s Oldest Alphabet!

Sojourner Theology

34154998Douglas Petrovich has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, with a major in Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and minors in both ancient Egyptian language and ancient Near Eastern religions. Petrovich is the former academic dean and professor at Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary and currently teaches Ancient Egypt at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of numerous academic, peer-reviewed articles and the groundbreaking new book The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-consonantal Script (Carta Jerusalem, 2016).

The World’s Oldest Alphabet is divided into four sections: (1) background matters to the proto-consonantal inscriptions, (2) the inscriptions of the period of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, (3) the inscriptions of the period of Egypt’s New Kingdom, and (4) concluding thoughts. Most readers will do well to spend time in the initial section of the book. Petrovich does a phenomenal job introducing the issues and methodology of the book, including the placement of…

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