“Exegetically Speaking” is a weekly podcast of the friends and faculty of Wheaton College, IL and the Lanier Theological Library. Hosted by Dr. David Capes, former Dean of the School of Biblical & Theological Studies and Professor of New Testament, it features language experts discussing the importance of learning the biblical languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—and showing how reading the Bible in the original “pays off.” Each podcast lasts between seven and eleven minutes and covers a different topic for those who want to read the Bible for all it is worth. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at email@example.com. And keep listening.
Liberty or Right?, with Vuyani Sindo: 1 Cor. 9:4-5
Dr. Vuyani Sindo is Senior Lecturer and Head of Biblical Studies at George Whitefield College in Cape Town, South Africa, where he teaches New Testament and pastoral ministry. His doctoral dissertation, completed at Stellenbosch University in 2018, explores questions of leadership and identity within the context of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. The word ἐξουσία translated in the NRSV as “liberty” in 1 Cor. 8:9 is translated in 9:4 as “right.” What justifies this switch, from the viewpoints of both the original Greek and the modern audience?
Curse or Consequences?, with John Walton: Genesis 3:14-19
Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton Graduate School, author of many books and articles relating to the background, literature, and theology of the Old Testament, has contributed several episodes to this podcast. Currently, he is collaborating with his Wheaton colleague, Dr. Aubrey Buster, in writing a commentary on Daniel. In this conversation with David Capes, he gives some fresh and helpful attention to some of the language that God addresses to the rebellious actors of Genesis 3. Consequences of their acts bring, among other things, anxiety about conception and a desire for spousal support in the form of domestic stability and order.
Made Son, with Amy Peeler: Hebrews 3:1-6
Dr. Amy Peeler, Associate Professor of New Testament, has authored You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews (T&T Clark, 2015) along with articles on a range of NT texts and topics, and her study, Women and the Gender of God (Eerdmans), is forthcoming. Jesus’ identity as a son is highlighted in the figurative comparison with Moses in Heb. 3:1-6, but close attention to the Greek wording appreciates that it is Jesus’ divinity that stands out as the key distinction.
A Listening Heart, with Nathan Lovell: 1 Kings 3:4-15
Dr. Nathan Lovell is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Director of Research at George Whitefield College in Cape Town, South Africa. Among other things, he has authored The Book of Kings and Exilic Identity: 1 and 2 Kings as a Work of Political Historiography and Sing for Joy. In this episode, he discusses what Solomon asks God for in 1 Kings 3, what God gives him in response, and what Solomon lacked in the end.
From Grammar to Christlikeness, with Steven Runge: Philippians 2:1-11
Dr. Steven Runge is Professor of Biblical Languages at Grace School of Theology in Houston and Senior Research Associate at the John W. Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies at Trinity Western University. Among other things, he has authored, Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, and he is General Editor of the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament. In this episode he helps us notice the linguistic clues in Phil. 2:1-11 leading us to Paul’s main concern: that we should have the mindset that was operative in Christ’s self-giving, self-lowering, obedient service.
Job’s Repentance, with Amy Nichole Allan: Job 42:6
Amy Nichole Allan, adjunct Professor of Theology at Trinity Christian College, is working on her Wheaton Graduate School PhD dissertation, “Anthropomorphic and Anthropopathic Depictions of God in Hosea, Amos, Micah, and Zephaniah: Rhetoric, Interpretation, and Theology.” In this episode of Exegetically Speaking, Amy weighs carefully the last thing Job says in response to God’s long speech in chapters 38-41. Is Job 42:6 about self-loathing, or a retraction of Job’s words?
Really outstanding podcast series!
Interesting insights from knowledgeable guests. I wish the host would let them finish their thoughts before butting in, but it’s still worth a listen.