Is a Good Grasp of Grammar Essential to Bible Study?

“An evangelical believes that God humbled himself not only in the incarnation of the Son, but also in the inspiration of the Scriptures.  The manger and the cross were not sensational.  Neither are grammar and syntax.  But that is how God chose to reveal himself. A poor Jewish peasant and a prepositional phrase have this in common, they are both human and both ordinary.  That the poor peasant was God and the prepositional phrase is the Word of God does not change this fact.  Therefore, if God humbled himself to take on human flesh and to speak human language, woe to us if we arrogantly presume to ignore the humanity of Christ and the grammar of Scripture.”

John Piper, Biblical Exegesis: Discovering the Meaning of Scriptural Texts, page 11 (emphasis added) (booklet available for free download by clicking here)

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One Response to Is a Good Grasp of Grammar Essential to Bible Study?

  1. Brad says:

    A very good and very humbling quote. God will illuminate our hearts and mind regardless of our educational background, but we have no excuse not to delve into the Word…particularly if our weaknesses is laziness.

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