This is mainly for the people who are currently in Dr. Plummer’s James Exegesis class and are preparing for the final but others may find it useful too.
I created a PDF of all the verbs in James with the definition and parsing. The other PDF is the same except the lexical form, definition, and parsing are removed for easy studying. This is grouped by verse so if you are going through the text you can easily parse the verbs as you go. Sorry the format isn’t the best but it is readable.
PDF w/ Answers
Another PDF with all the verbs highlighted from the SBL Greek Text
I had made this vocabulary guide earlier but it will be helpful in studying James too.
Vocabulary for James
The winter break is finally over and it is time to begin the next semester. It is hard to believe that this will be my 4th semester at SBTS. I will be taking the following classes:
- Patristic Latin (Dr. Haykin): I am looking forward to this class for multiple reasons. As I continue in my studies I hope to integrate more of the Church Father’s writings in my exegesis. They provide a sea of valuable theological insights into scripture that we look over today. The book list for this class is: John Collins – A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin and Keith Sidwell – Reading Medieval Latin.
- Greek Exegesis of James (Dr. Plummer): I just took Greek Exegesis of Matthew with Dr. Pennington and James has much overlap with the Sermon on the Mount and the sayings of Jesus. It will be interesting to study how James integrates Jesus’ teaching in his own wisdom writing. I am also interested in seeing James’ idea of spiritual wholeness or “τέλειος”. I have blogged briefly on this idea (here and here) and am contemplating on writing my paper on some aspect of this theme in James. If any of you have any thoughts or ideas on this subject, let me know either in the comments or email. For those interested I have also put together a vocabulary PDF for James. It has the vocabulary broken down by paragraph, chapter, and also a cumulative list. We will be using Doug Moo’s commentary on James and the new exegetical guide to James by Chris Vlachos. In preparation for the class I also read Richard Bauckham’s book on James, which I highly recommend for anyone studying James. I also picked up a discourse analysis commentary on James by William Varner. I hope to learn some about this topic while going through James this semester.
- Christian Preaching (Dr. Prince): This class in association with the 9Marks conference. Book list for this class consist of R. Albert Mohler – He is not Silent, Peter Adam – Speaking God’s Words, and Dennis Johnson – Him We Proclaim
- Church History II (Dr. Haykin): I have heard great things about Dr. Haykin’s teaching here on campus. This will be my first semester under his teaching and I am looking forward to learning from him. We are using a variety of books but the bulk of the reading comes from Introduction to the History of Christianity
- Greek Exegesis of Mark (audit) (Dr. Vickers): I will be auditing this class since I am already in one exegesis class along with my first semester of Latin. I look forward to sitting through this class and doing some of the work (just not the exegetical paper) and seeing the different theological emphasis between Mark and Matthew. The book list for this class is R.T. France’s commentary on Mark and Jonathan Pennington’s new book on the Gospels, Reading the Gospels Wisely, which I highly recommend as a wonderful introduction on reading the Gospels as Holy Scripture.
This semester should be an excellent one. Throughout the semester most of my blogging will probably be through James and Mark. I am hoping to read some of the early Church’s writing on each of these books so I will also include some thoughts on their interpretations as I read them.
I have compiled vocabulary for the book of James of words occurring 32 times or less. I used Accordance Bible Software for the glosses and count. There is a PDF (included is a table of contents for easier navigation on a computer and portable devices) of all the words and I also uploaded them to Quizlet. There are many flashcard apps for iOS and Android that connect to Quizlet so you can study on the go. Personally, I use and recommend Flashcard Deluxe for the iPhone.
I grouped the words in three different ways:
- Entire book of James
- By chapter
- By paragraph (according to the structure of the NA27)
This way if you want to go through a paragraph each day they can quickly pull this up and study unfamiliar vocabulary. As your vocabulary builds it will be helpful to look at a list of terms by chapter and hopefully towards the end of your studies you can use the list for the entire book.
If there are any questions or comments please either leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link for the PDF and Quizlet.
Update: It was also brought to my attention an app called Bible Vocab. The app is free to download but has an in-app purchase cost of $3.99. After briefly glancing at the app it seems to be the best solution I have seen in the app store. You can set the the notecards either by frequency or passage. Here is a description from their website:
Bible Vocab is a simple and fun way to learn vocabulary from the Greek New Testament. It has an elegant and intuitive interface with beautiful backgrounds and superb Greek fonts. Just choose the passages you wish to work with and begin. There are two slideshow modes: Vocab Mode: where you see the words in their dictionary form Parsing Mode: where you see the words in the way they appear in the text and you are tested on their grammatical form.