Showing posts with label Murray J. Harris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Murray J. Harris. Show all posts

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sample Pages of the New EGGNT Volume Available

B&H Academic has made available an excerpt of the new EGGNT volume (see our previous post): Murray J. Harris. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Colossians and Philemon. B&H Academic, 2010.

Click here to view the 68-page PDF.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT)

Today, I received the following book from B&H Academic:

Murray J. Harris. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Colossians and Philemon. B&H Academic, 2010. [NOTE: The preview at Amazon is of the 1991 edition. This B&H Academic edition is an update of the 1991 edition.]

Now here's a book that I can really use!

The plan set forth in the General Introduction is clear and promises to be a guide for pastors and student who feel "stranded" from the Greek text.  Here's how Harris, who is also the General Editor of the series, explains the purpose of this series:
The [EEGNT] aims to close that gap between stranded student (or former student) and daunting text and to bridge that gulf between morphological analysis and exegesis.  Each volume of the Guide seeks to provide in a single volume all the necessary information for basic understanding of the Greek text and to afford suggestions for more detailed study.  The individual volumes are not full-scale commentaries.  But they should prove helpful to those who need some aid in understanding the Greek New Testament and in particular to several groups of persons: students preparing for examinations in New Testament studies, ministers and pastors who are hard-pressed for time yet eager to maintain the momentum in the study of Greek that they gained in their theological training and who wish to use the Greek text as the basis for their sermon preparation, and teachers seeking to help students gain confidence in reading the Greek New Testament. (xiii)
The EEGNT is a new series revived by B&H Academic.  This volume was originally published in 1991 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, however the series was discontinued (for reasons of which I am not aware).  Having had a chance to preview this initial volume, I am thrilled that B&H Academic has taken up this project.  I'm confident that this will be a highly useful series for students, teachers and pastors.  Please take a few minutes to look this over.

(From the publisher)
Exegetical Guide to the
Greek New Testament
Colossians and Philemon
by Murray J. Harris

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Colossians and Philemon is the first book in a projected series of twenty volumes that seeks to bring together classroom, study, and pulpit by providing the student or pastor with the information needed to understand and expound the Greek text of the New Testament. Author Murray J. Harris aims to close the gap between grammatical analysis and exegesis, leading the reader into an in-depth understanding of the New Testament Greek text by guiding him or her through the processes of thorough exegesis flowing into sermon construction.

Each volume provides the following for the biblical book or books on which it is written:
  • Brief introduction on authorship, date, occasion, and purpose
  • List of recommended commentaries
  • Lists of recommended resources (i.e., monographs and articles) on various topics for further study
  • Extensive exegetical notes
  • Translation and expanded paraphrase of the whole book
  • Comprehensive exegetical outline
  • Glossary of grammatical and rhetorical terms
Murray J. Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and former warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England.

I also recommend Harris's excellent volume in the NSBT series: Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ. Volume 8. NSBT. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2001. 222 pages.

Final Note

The second book in the EGGNT series will be on James by Douglas J. Moo is slated for release in October of 2011.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Slave of Christ. New Studies in Biblical Theology. | Murray J. Harris

I hope that you are familiar with InterVarsity Press' series titled New Studies in Biblical Theology. For those of you who are not acquainted with this series, I would like to introduce it to you by previewing one of the volumes that has greatly impacted my view of the Christian life. I will follow up with a post listing all of the volumes in this series.

When I moved to Charleston a little over four years ago, I began studying the history of this city. Charleston is known as the Holy City and the Gateway to the South. Its history is fascinating including some very high points as well as some that are very low. One of the ugly marks to consider is that of the slave trade. I still find it fascinating to meet people, hear their names and be able to connect them in some way to a historic family, most of which were slaveholders. Some of these names are Middleton, Drayton, Pinckney, and Prioleau.

Digging into this subject exposed me to the arguments both for and against the institution of slavery. I learned that good men fell on both sides, especially in the theological arena. Above all, both sides appealed to the Scriptures in support of their positions. So what does the Bible teach about slavery?

Then I found Volume 8 in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series. This study was not written to address the historical questions I had, but I did find it to be of immense help to me. The title of this volume is Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ (IVP, 2001) and it was written by Murray J. Harris. As the title indicates, Harris is primarily concerned with the New Testament development of the phrase "slave of Christ". However, in order to understand the full impact of the metaphor, Harris draws upon Old Testament and various 1st century accounts of slavery.

Other than the Introduction, Harris' chapter headings are as follows:
  • Slavery in the Roman Empire in the First century AD
  • The New Testament attitude towards physical slavery
  • Slavery and freedom
  • Slavery and lordship
  • Slavery and ownership
  • Slavery and privilege
  • 'Slave of Christ': its significance in the New Testament
  • 'Slave of Christ': four New Testament examples
He also includes the following Appendixes:
  • The use of doulos in the Septuagint
  • New Testament terms denoting slavery
  • The translation of doulos in English versions of the New Testament
This volume includes a lengthy Bibliography (9 pages), an Index of authors, an Index of subjects, an Index of principal Greek and Latin terms and phrases, an Index of Bible references, and an Index of other ancient authors and writings.

Here are a few notable statements from this study:

With regard to differences between ancient and modern slavery, Harris concludes that
...whereas in many parts of the English-speaking world slavery is part of our history, in the Mediterranean lands of the first century, slavery was part of their life. This difference is a ground, I submit, not for the purging of the language of slavery from the New Testament, but for its preservation. That is, if the language of slavery is offensive, the offence would have been considerably greater for those who lived in societies where slavery was intrinsic than for us for whom slavery is simply an unpleasant and embarrassing memory. (p. 45)
From one of the most helpful sections, he deals with the NT concept of "Freedom and slavery."
...whenever people feel exhilarated at being set free, they immediately face two new dangers. The first is the danger of converting liberty into licence. Protection against this danger comes when freedom from slavery to sin leads to slavery to righteousness (...'Freedom for slavery'). Second, there is the danger of becoming enslaved to liberty. Protection against this danger comes when freedom is expressed in self-imposed slavery for the good of others (...'Freedom in slavery'). (p. 79)
Under the heading 'Freedom for slavery' he states that
although conversion to God brings release form the thraldom of sin, it marks not the end of all bondage but the beginning of a new bondage. (p. 83)
Under the heading 'Freedom in slavery' he states that
Everything is viewed in terms of freedom, nothing in terms of obligation. 'Freedom! Freedom! Freedom at all costs!' is the watch-cry, and any restriction on that freedom is regarded as an evil to be resisted. But in reality the most convincing evidence of the possession of freedom is the willingness to surrender it to achieve a worthy goal. (p. 85)
In conclusion,
So then, in true Christian liberty, freedom from is immediately succeeded by freedom for. We are set free from slavery to sin precisely in order to be free to choose slavery to Christ, a slavery of perfect freedom. As believers, we have chose to become slaves of a new Master. Such a transfer of allegiance, such an exchange of masters, saves us from falling prey to the danger of using liberty as an opportunity or pretext for evil and the danger of becoming liberty's slave. (p. 86)
What a glorious paradox! I have been set free to serve Christ! Now, this ought to inform (maybe we should say, "turn on their head") many of our conversations on "Christian liberty"! Do we really know what it means to be a slave? I appreciate the help in working through the Biblical data provided here by Murray J. Harris. I highly recommend this study to you.

Harris, Murray J. Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ. Edited by D. A. Carson. Downers Grove, ILL: IVP, 2001. Paperback. 224 pages.

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