Initiative

Greek New Testament Seminar

Introduction

New manuscripts of the New Testament have been and are being discovered, while theories of transmission are both propogated and dismissed, and new methodologies are proposed. This can be intimidating for teachers and students seeking clarity. But those striving to understand the Greek New Testament in way that illuminates preaching and/or scholarship need to know for themselves the issues and questions involved in coming to a clear understanding of the text.

Tyndale House, Cambridge has produced a fresh edition of the Greek text, edited by Dr. Dirk Jongkind, which attempts to reflect the oldest possible wording, including some of its non-standard features. The edition and the project of which it is part are based on the simple premise that details matter. As they worked on the edition, the editors becaame increasingly enthused to encourage students of the Word to pay attention to the details of the text. When such attention is paid, lessons can be learned, connections that are already signalled in the text can be recognised, and the message can come across with even greater clarity.

In the spirit of this commitment and its benefits, Dr. Dirk Jongkind will be leading a seminar for 20-25 evangelical teachers and students who work with the Greek of the New Testament.

Qualifications: All successful applicants will be actively involved in using the Greek New Testament in teaching or studies and have a good grasp, after at least two years of study, of Koine Greek.

Commitments: Alongside submitting an application form, you will, in order to be accepted as a participant, need to commit to:

  • Attend the three-day seminar in Barcelona, December 4 - 6, 2017
  • Complete all reading assignments by their due date
  • Pay the necessary fees: 150 Euros / 100 Euros for scholarship recipients

Seminar

The Seminar itself will take place in Barcelona, starting at 12:00 on December the 4th, 2017 and finishing at 12:00 on December the 6th, 2017. As you have seen above, each participant will pay 150 Euros (100 Euros for scholarship recipients), which will cover room and board for the duration of the seminar. Participants are responsible for their own transportation costs. Accepted participants will be provided further details about the venue and how to get there.

The Seminar will cover many topics, including the following:

  • Current issues and developments in textual criticism
  • Meaning and limit of translations
  • Teaching and preaching from the Greek text
  • The reliability of Scripture and textual variants
  • Word order
  • The blessing of the details: sentences and paragraphs

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application form. Once we have received your application form, your application will be considered complete, and we will inform you whether or not you have been accepted into the program within four to six weeks.