I can’t tell you why, yet, but I’ve suddenly become interested in highlighting the High Definition series from Logos. This series builds upon the Discourse series, both by Steve Runge, the scholar in residence at Logos.
Now for the first time, the nuances of discourse grammar are marked in your Logos Bible Software English Standard Version New Testament to expose the subtleties of the Greek text. Without formal Greek or Hebrew training, you can:
- Enhance your understanding of the original authorial intent
- Restore the subtleties of tone and stress “lost in translation
- Learn to distinguish among backgrounded information, major and minor points in the text
- Apply the proper emphasis in public reading and teaching of Scripture!
See the link above for a fuller explanation.
This is what it looks like on my iPad:
I’ve split the screen to show Romans 1 in the hi-def NT as well as the glossary volume.
What is different about this, say from other versions attempting to show emphasis? It uses rhetoric as a basis. Notice that on the left of the image is a diagram showing the points of the structure. One of the errors of modern readers is to read Romans as if Paul is monotone. This helps to break that up. Let me show you some more from the inside:
As you know, I have an issue in the way Romans is read because I believe Paul is writing in a certain style, a style detectable if one understands a specific rhetoric as well as acknowledge Paul’s context here. Having the High Definition New Testament is great because it calls us to step back and read it in such a way as to consider we, in fact, did not write it, but someone else — someone else with intentions, purpose, and a specific message — did.
One day, after phd work, I’d like to work on a specific monograph on Romans. This is going to start, and urge me on, in that process. Runge’s work, as much as Campbell and a select few others, is serving to show Paul’s intentional rhetoric and must not be missed if you really want to hear what the Apostle is saying.
- Textual Criticism from Lexham (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)