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March 23, 2020 | Bill Mounce
Does God “Knew” or “Knows” his own? (2 Tim 2:19 and Covid-19) - Mondays with Mounce
The relationship between time and aspect can sometimes be a tad elusive. Is Paul talking about God’s prior knowledge (“knew”) or his ongoing...
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March 9, 2020 | Bill Mounce
The Trinitarian Formula in 1 John 5:7–8 - Mondays with Mounce
One of the ongoing attacks on modern translations has to do with the Trinitarian formula in 1 John 5:7–8. The accusation is that modern tran...
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March 2, 2020 | Bill Mounce
Two Helpful Techniques in Translating Greek (Heb 11:6) - Mondays with Mounce
Note: you can watch this blog on YouTube The other day I asked about the two-fold requirement in Heb 11:6, and it is a great verse to illu...
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February 24, 2020 | Bill Mounce
What is a “Real” Jew” (Rom 2:28–29) - Mondays with Mounce
Every once in a while I see a translation where there is no Greek in any form behind the English. I know at times this is necessary for conv...
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February 17, 2020 | Bill Mounce
Did You Know Paul was Raised in Minnesota? (Rom 8:17) - Mondays with Mounce
I was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, from kindergarten through Junior High School, and one of the oddities I picked up is the tendency to en...
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February 10, 2020 | Bill Mounce
How Can We Know the Depth of God’s Love If It Surpasses Knowledge? (Eph 3:18–19) - Mondays with Mounce
Why do we do what we do? Some of us are motivated by duty; we do things because we ought to. Some of us are motivated by a sense of right an...
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February 3, 2020 | Bill Mounce
The Myth of “Literal Translations” (1 Tim 4:13) - Mondays with Mounce
Have you ever noticed that when you see something, perhaps something new or different, all of a sudden you start seeing it everywhere? You s...
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January 27, 2020 | Bill Mounce
Do We Ask God to Forgive Our Sins or Our Trespasses? (Matt 6:12) - Mondays with Mounce
Have you ever been in a new church and were asked to say the Lord’s Prayer out loud? What almost always happens? You say, “Give us this day ...
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January 20, 2020 | Bill Mounce
Greek Exegesis and Humility (Mark 16:16) - Mondays with Mounce
I received an email the other day that reminded me that we all need to remind ourselves to have a little humility in doing our Greek exegesi...
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January 13, 2020 | Bill Mounce
Who or What is the Bread of Heaven? (John 6:33) - Mondays with Mounce
When the Greek is ambiguous, it is always nice to maintain that ambiguity in English. But usually you can’t and you have to make a decision....
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January 6, 2020 | Bill Mounce
“Who was, and Is, and Is to come” (Rev 1:4) - Mondays with Mounce
A friend of mine pointed out the irregularity of the grammar in this verse. When the biblical writers break what we consider to be “proper” ...
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December 9, 2019 | Bill Mounce
Are you thankful for someone’s faithfulness under trial? (2 Tim 1:3–5) - Mondays with Mounce
2 Tim 1:3–5 is one long Greek sentence, and it illustrates the dangers of breaking up a long Greek sentence into shorter English sentences, ...
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December 2, 2019 | Bill Mounce
How to tell a Story in Greek (1 Tim 1:6) - Mondays with Mounce
One place that Greek and English are quite different is in how they tell a story. English tends towards the “verb ... verb ... verb” constru...
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November 25, 2019 | Bill Mounce
When does “of” mean “namely” or “is”? – Mondays with Mounce
It is easy to confuse the two different types of appositional statements, so I thought I would do a more grammatical blog, and I’ll be using...
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November 18, 2019 | Bill Mounce
Idioms can be painful to translate, especially if you are not sure what they mean - Mondays with Mounce
Paul is arguing by that when a husband dies, his death severs the legal bonds of marriage (Rom 7:2). However, “if she is joined to another m...
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November 11, 2019 | Bill Mounce
Are you being saved while you are persevering? (1 Cor 15:2) - Mondays with Mounce
If you have studied theology very long, you know that the doctrine of salvation has three parts. It was an accomplished fact at the cross an...
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