Devotions in Greek

Greg Strand – July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

I recently completed the excellent book J. Scott Duvall and Verlyn D. Verbrugge, ed., Devotions on the Greek New Testament: 52 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012). I used this as a supplement to my daily Bible reading.

From the Introduction, 11

Does it really make a difference in the understanding and application of the Bible? What can you gain from reading a passage in Greek that you cannot gain from an English translation?

The need to know why you are studying Greek, particularly in relation to the ultimate purpose of strengthening your walk with the Lord, never fades into the background. With that purpose in mind, we have edited and contributed to Devotions o the Greek New Testament to help students (and professors) keep their study of Greek a deeply Spiritual experience.

The book includes fifty-two short devotions drawn from select passages throughout the Greek New Testament. A diverse group of authors, all experts in the area of New Testament Greek exegesis, offer a varied collection of devotions. . . . Each devotion draws students into translating a short passage and  understanding why this or that insight matters greatly for our life and ministry.

From the back cover.

The main point for each devotion in Devotions in the Greek New Testament comes from a careful reading of a passage in the Greek New Testament . . . The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in these 52 devotions – grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, and linguistic – and each devotion closes with a practical application.

These devotions were exegetically insightful, biblically and theologically rich, and spiritually edifying. This book was excellent, and I commend it highly for your devotional reading.

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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