When Is Then, Then? (Matthew 27:38) – Mondays with Mounce 330

Bill Mounce on 6 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

The longer I work in Greek, the more curious I am about conjunctions, and the more I am concerned about how we teach glosses.

Take τότε for example. BDAG give two meanings using the gloss “then.” It can mean “at that time,” which conveys no idea of sequence. It can also mean “then” in the sense of “that which follows in time.” The problem of course is that if you translate with the simple gloss “then,” we hear it as sequential.

Coupled with this is how English hears a series of events. Even without conjunctions, we default to hearing them as sequential. This happened, then that happened.

The sequencing of events around Jesus’ trial illustrates the issue. There is a series of events introduced with τότε, with καί, and with aorist and present participles. I can’t do it here, but…

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Jesus’ Possible Play on Judas’ Words – Mondays with Mounce 329

Bill Mounce on 6 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

When Jesus says that one of the disciples will betray him, Judas responds, μήτι ἐγώ εἰμι (Matt 26:25). μήτι shows that he expected to answer “no,” and since μήτι is more emphatic than μή (see BDAG), I would argue that translations must include the expected response.

Most do, usually with “surely.” “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” (NIV, also CSB, NET).

Unfortunately, the ESV and surprisingly the NLT undertranslate at this point. “Is it I, Rabbi?” (ESV). ““Rabbi, am I the one?” (NLT). Judas was not only a traitor; he was also a liar. The translation should bring that out.

Jesus responds, σὺ εἶπας. I find myself wondering about his answer. Translations do something like, “You have said so” (NIV, ESV). I find myself wondering if Jesus isn’t saying something a little more specific, even if the other disciples would…

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Why Did Matthew Write His Gospel? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons

Jeremy Bouma on 1 year ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310327141Rodney Reeves thinks asking questions of the Bible is important and relevant to preaching and teaching. So he introduces his new Matthew commentary (SGBC series) by asking a number of them them—including “Why?”

Why did Matthew write his gospel, and in the way he wrote it? Consider the material the Evangelist added to his narrative:

He began with an extensive genealogy He grouped together Jesus’s teachings into a sermon He has Jesus sending the disciples first to the Jews He made a big deal about Peter’s confession He added several parables after the Olivet Discourse

Why did Matthew include all of this extra, particular material?

Scholars think it may have something to do with Matthew’s purpose.…The trick is finding a literary or theological thread that holds the fabric of Matthew together—not…

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Why Are Jesus’ Genealogies in Matthew and Luke Different?

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Why are Jesus' genealogies in Matthew and Luke different?

The birth narratives in both Matthew and Luke help answer the question, “Who is Jesus and where did he come from?” One of the ways each book does this is by recounting Jesus’ genealogy.

The problem is: the genealogies are different.

The Old Testament predicted that the Messiah would come from the line of David. Both Matthew and Luke provide genealogies of Jesus that confirm he was a descendent of David—therefore, a legitimate Messiah. He was a legitimate claimant to the throne of Israel.

But they differ in an important way: Matthew follows the line of David’s son Solomon, while Luke follows the line of Nathan, another Son of David. The end result is two distinct genealogies.

How do we account for this?

Some argue that either Matthew or Luke got it wrong. They created or borrowed a genealogy in…

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eBook SALE! Gospel Commentaries, Plus a New Collection on Matthew

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For a short time, save up to 80% when you buy eBook editions of gospel commentaries.

This new commentary sale features 17 eBooks on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These titles will help you improve your research, enhance your teaching and preaching, and strengthen your personal devotions.

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matthewcollectionThere’s a new title in this sale: The Matthew Commentary Collection. Gathering 3 commentaries on Matthew in 1 volume, this collection is an experiment in crafting new tools for commentary readers. If it’s popular with students of Matthew, we may create Commentary Collections for other books of the Bible.



This is the biggest gospel eBooks sale we’ve ever hosted, so you’ll find volumes from several series. Here’s a quick summary of the…

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Teach Students 3 “Jewels of Matthew” Using This Study Resource

Jeremy Bouma on 4 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,,,.


It is Laurie Polich-Short’s prayer “that you and your students discover a treasure chest” in the gospel of Matthew. In Matthew (Studies on the Go), Polich-Short provides youth workers a resource to help them equip, push, encourage, and challenge their students to live lives devoted to our loving King—all with the goal that they would be changed.

Of this gospel, Polich-Short writes:

There are jewels in Matthew…that we find in no other Gospel. The texts are rich and colorful… It is well worth your time to study this book with your students. My job is to make it engaging and fun. (7)

To help youth workers teach Matthew, there are three levels of questions: Observation questions take students to the text, Interpretation questions help them think about the text, and Application questions help your students…

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The Ideal Resource to Help Student Leaders Teach Matthew’s Gospel — An Excerpt from “Matthew, Studies on the Go”

Jeremy Bouma on 4 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

9780310516750This fall we were pleased to launch a new series of helpful resources for youth workers, called “Studies on the Go.”

The series gives volunteer leaders ready-made, creative, and engaging Bible studies that will challenge their students to think deeply, talk openly, and apply what they are learning to their lives. It also provides them with creative and engaging Bible study questions.

The first of two books is “Matthew,” by Laurie Polich-Short. Her concisely informative book on this first Gospel will help leaders equip, push, encourage, and challenge their students to live lives devoted to our loving King—all with the goal that they would be changed.

The excerpt below illustrates how this resource will help volunteer leaders guide their students through Scripture and apply it to their lives.

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New Releases Today—Studies on the Go for Youth Workers

Jeremy Bouma on 4 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,,,.


A new series for youth workers and small group leaders launched today, Studies on the Go, with two new volumes.

The purpose of the series is to give small group leaders ready-made, creative, and engaging Bible studies that will challenge people to think deeply, talk openly, and apply what they are learning to their lives. It also provides small group leaders with creative and engaging Bible study questions. Here’s a quick overview:

1) JAMES, 1-2 PETER, and 1-3 JOHN

Without skimping on depth and substance, author David Olshine has designed James, 1 & 2 Peter, and 1-3 John for the busy youth worker who lacks either the time or the information to lead a quality Bible study. Olshine has also constructed down-to-earth questions that get kids into the text and so they can hear God’s Word on a practical level. Author David Olshine is a…

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Wednesday Giveaway – NIV Application Commentary on Matthew

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NIVAC MatthewThe Gospel of Matthew was the most widely read and frequently used of any of the four Gospels in the formative early years of the church, and it has historically been pivotal to Christian doctrine and worship.

In today's giveaway, the NIV Application Commentary on Matthew, Michael Wilkins examines the historical context of Matthew’s Gospel, its message, and how this message continues to be relevant in our contemporary context. 

In Wilkins’ commentary we see how Matthew both affirmed the Messiahship of Jesus for Jewish readers, and provided powerful and dramatic support of Gentile disciples inclusion in God’s kingdom. The cross of Christ had removed the division between Jew and non-Jew, and through Matthew’s Gospel, we see Israel’s…

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