February Book Giveaway – Calvin and the Biblical Languages by John Currid

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Praise forĀ Calvin and the Biblical Languages:

“If your language skills have become rusty and you doubt their value a few new books can help. Calvin And the Biblical Languages, by John Currid (Christian Focus; pb.), provides a good reminder of the importance and usefulness of the biblical languages for pastoral ministry and church life.”
-Preaching.com, website Bible and Bible Reference Survey, Ray Van neste

“I thoroughly recommend to all ministers. Those who have scoffed at the idea of learning Hebrew and Greek or who have jettisoned their studies once out of their college, will be powerfully challenged about their attitude to such important study”
-Rev. Gordon Ferguson, British Church Newspaper

Calvin-Biblical-LanguagesAbout the Book:
The church today is built on the Reformation’s linguistic heritage yet is in danger of losing that strong foundation. Many seminaries no longer require that their students learn the Biblical languages for their divinity degrees – some do not even teach them! Yet these are the basic tools of any study of the Bible, and if we don’t teach the Bible, then what is the church teaching?

If we need encouragement as to what can happen to our sermons and Bible study when we develop a knowledge of the languages that they are written in then Calvin is an excellent encourager. John Currid shows us how Calvin used a knowledge of the Biblical languages to provide richness, depth and accuracy to his understanding of scripture – and his exposition of it.

If you want to develop a deeper ability to understand and explain God’s Word then let the two John’s guide you!

John CurridAbout the Author:
John Currid is Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.


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  • http://twitter.com/kevinfiske Kevin Fiske

    I had the privilege of taking Greek at MBI during my undergraduate days. Though I wish I would’ve been able to study more, it has allowed me to interact well with more technical commentaries in ministry/sermon prep.

    • Social Media

      Thanks for sharing Kevin. Out of curiosity, which grammar did you use for Greek at MBI? I took both Greek and Hebrew during my undergraduate studies and it has helped me immensely to interact with scholarly works.

    • http://twitter.com/Christian_Focus Christian Focus

      Thanks for sharing Kevin. Out of curiosity, which grammar did you use for your Greek studies at MBI?

  • Shawn

    I haven’t studied any of the biblical languages in my faith journey, but have recently become interested in learning more about them.

    • Social Media

      That’s great Shawn. Which language are you hoping to learn first, Greek or Hebrew?

    • http://twitter.com/Christian_Focus Christian Focus

      Shawn, Learning Biblical languages is a noble pursuit. Which language are you hoping to tackle first, Greek or Hebrew?

      • Shawn

        I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning towards Hebrew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ianhughclary Ian Clary

    I use the languages for my sermon prep. Having this book on Calvin would help me better think through encouragements to other pastors to learn them.

    • http://twitter.com/Christian_Focus Christian Focus

      Thanks for sharing Ian. Keeping our Greek and Hebrew skills sharp can be a difficult task following seminary and graduate school, but it’s well worth the effort!

  • http://twitter.com/jroberts17 jroberts17

    I have to use languages for my sermon prep. I use it all the time. I would love to be able to see what Calvin would think

  • http://www.boldlion.blogspot.com ‘Guerite ~ BoldLion

    I haven’t yet but I still have a lot to learn and hungry for His Word.

  • http://twitter.com/LThikingfan Linarn Topey

    Took an introductory Greek class in college. It was intimidating. Hope this book will help.

  • Jeff

    Very interesting book

  • http://tr.im/delgado Jason D.

    Studing Greek has helped me to read through the Bible slower and meditate on it more

  • http://twitter.com/TimothyGHarris Timothy Harris

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Gaines

    This looks like a great book. I have some formal training in Greek and Hebrew (3 semesters each), but I haven’t done the best job in applying that knowledge. I’m hoping to pick it back up (esp. Greek) and dive into the text.

  • http://www.facebook.com/preachdatruth Paul Horne

    I am in seminary so original languages are important and Calvin is great theologian. I hope to learn and understand the thought process of great men from the past.