JACKSON, Tenn. – Dec. 1, 2010 – Mark Dubis, professor of biblical studies at Union University, completed two works this fall which aid students of New Testament books by assessing the grammatical structure, or syntax, of the Greek text.
Tackling what many call one of the most syntactically difficult books in the Greek New Testament, Dubis wrote “1 Peter: A Handbook on the Greek Text,” the fourth book in the “Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament” series. He also served as a contributing editor for the “The Lexham Syntactic Greek New Testament,” a source for Logos Bible Software study program.
Several scholars praised Dubis’ work.
“This handbook on 1 Peter deserves comparison with the best of the recent commentaries on that epistle,” said Ramsey Michaels, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Missouri State University and 1 Peter commentator. “Mark Dubis has provided students with the tools for evaluating and comparing the exegetical commentaries on which they must rely and will keep commentators honest by reminding them, line by line, of the actual wording and structure of the text.”
“1 Peter: A Handbook on the Greek Text” provides analysis of the placement of and relationship between each word in the original 1 Peter text. The book fits into the larger plan of the “Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament” series.
“(The series) is trying to do something that other commentaries aren’t doing by providing an in-depth analysis of the syntax of individual books (in the Bible),” Dubis said, noting that commentaries often only provide a limited discussion on the syntax of the original text.
Dubis said students of the Bible should pay close attention to syntax because much of the differing opinions about the meaning of passages in the Bible arise from debates about the syntax of a word, sentence or phrase in the original language.
“The Lexham Syntactic Greek New Testament” broke new ground in the Bible study world by displaying the syntactical work of Dubis and his fellow editors, Albert Lukaszewski and J. Ted Blakley, through an interactive visual diagram of the text on Logos Bible Software. Dubis studied Matthew, John, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon for the project.
A scholar of 1 Peter, Dubis had already written one book on the epistle and has begun a third work, for the Bible translation community.
By Samantha Adams (’13)