Welcome to Parsing Seminary!

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.

John Calvin

Welcome to Parsing Seminary everyone! I wanted to take a moment and explain my heart behind this site, how the posts will look, and the reason that they will the way that they do.

First, Parsing Seminary exists to help seminary students, or students in Bible college at any level make sense of the things that happen, and how those things can inform the seminary experience on the whole. For example: how should time management affect the overall seminary experience? How does the incarnation of Christ inform our experience in school? How do scholarships affect how we should look at school? All of these and far more are just some of the things that we will be taking a look at!

Let’s take just a quick look at parsing. If any of you have ever taken a Biblical Language class, or know someone who has, chances are that you know something about parsing. Parsing is breaking apart a word, examining the details of the word, and then deciding how that word should be translated in light of the details. There is a standard set of questions that we must ask when we parse a word, and those are ‘What is the: Person / Case, Number, Gender, Tense, Voice, Mood, Lexical Form, and Inflected Meaning’ Once we have determined these aspects of the word, this tells us how we should interpret the word, and how it provides context to the rest of the sentence.

That is the hope for this site. That by parsing different topics, the details will provide more information to the whole picture, and those details will help us interpret the topic more accurately. In the next post, we will look at how the posts will look, and which details will be expanded upon. Plus it will include an example or parsing! Both in Greek, and a sample format for the articles that you will be seeing.

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