In Week Two (worksheet can be accessed here), I introduced a few Greek words used for our English words miracle, signs, and wonders. While this class is not a Greek word study class, there are certainly times when the richness of the original language can enhance our understanding and appreciation of Scripture passages. For some, it will pique your interest to dive deeper in the original languages and for others, it might just be filler in the study. That’s okay – it is part of what makes us unique in Christ. God can certainly speak to each of us in our styles of learning and in our areas of interest. But for this post, I’m gonna go a little Greek on you!
This is a great article on “Discovering the Power of Luke’s Gospel: A Greek Word Study without Greek“. It walks the reader through the steps to doing a Greek word study and presents a quick word study on power as used in Luke. There are so many online resources for Bible study – you can certainly give it a try for yourself at www.blueletterbible.org. Follow these steps to replicate the study from the above article:
- Go to www.blueletterbible.org
- Type Luke 1:35 in the “Verse or Word(s) search field; just keep KJV for the Bible version
- Click on “Luk 1:35” next to the full text of the verse. A Greek listing of every word used in the verse appears
- Find the phrase “the power”. You will see that the Greek word is ‘dynamis’
- Click on “g1411” to get the definition of the word ‘dynamis’. That page will give you a breakdown of its definition; the English words used in translation of ‘dynamis’; other verses that use that same Greek word; and other reference information
You can certainly continue studying the word through its uses in other passages and follow links to other reference works about the word chosen. How awesome to come away from a study of the verse “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” with a greater understanding of the divine ability of God to bring about the virgin conception of the Christ-child!
Try it for yourself with the word “gospel” (Matthew 4:23); “word” (John 1:1); “wept” (John 11:35); “publican” (Matthew 5:46); “servant” (Mark 9:35). You can use this blank worksheet from Rick Warren’s “Bible Study Methods” for writing down your study notes.