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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Note (17.) to "DEFinite John 1:1c - DEF"

17.  Obviously, since we want to know what John intended at John 1:1c, we must examine only the writings of John. Every Bible writer used his own style, syntax, and understanding of grammar:

"In the English translations of the Gospels, Mark's errors in grammar are not evident, because they have been corrected upon translation. However, according to Biblical scholars the Argument from Grammar for the priority of Mark is very strong. Based on the text, the grammar in Matthew and Luke is better than in Mark, and if Mark had access to either of the other gospels, it is inconceivable that Mark would change to a lower quality of grammar. In some verses, colloquialisms are found that are not contained in the other gospels. This would lead one to conclude Mark was first, because he would not have added these statements to the other gospels, but this is only evident in the original languages. Also scholars have suggested that these same types of statements have been found in Peter's writings." - by James P. Dawson -

"The doctrine of election is analogous to that of inspiration. God has inspired the very words of scripture (2 Tim 3:16), yet his modus operandi was not verbal dictation. Isaiah was the Shakespeare of his day; Amos was the Mark Twain. Both had widely divergent vocabularies and styles of writing, yet what each wrote was inspired by God. Luke's style of writing and Greek syntax is quite different from John's, yet both penned the Word of God. We read in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that no prophet originated his own prophecies, but was borne along by the Holy Spirit: "1:20 Above all, you do well if you recognize this: no prophecy of Scripture ever comes about by the prophet's own imagination, 1:21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (NET Bible).

"Thus, we are presented with a mystery: Each biblical writer wrote the very words of God, yet each exercised his own personality and will in the process. The message originated with God, yet the process involved human volition. The miracle of inspiration, as Lewis Sperry Chafer long ago noted, is that God did not violate anyone's personality, yet what was written was exactly what he wanted to say." - Daniel B. Wallace , Th.M., Ph.D. -


"5. Inerrancy Allows For Variety Of Writing Styles
Inerrancy allows each biblical author to use his own unique style, grammar, and vocabulary. For example, Luke is written in very good Greek while John's gospel is composed in rather elementary Greek. Paul writes with a lot of emotion while Matthew gets straight to the point. Inerrancy allows for these differing styles." -

"Within the New Testament books the style of Greek varies, as you would expect from different writers. Luke's (tradition has it that he was a doctor) is educated Greek, as is Paul's. The Greek of Revelation is so bad, however, that it looks like the French homework of someone who might be advised to choose another subject if they wanted to pass an examination." - Taken from: About the Bible: Questions anyone might ask about its origins, nature, and purpose, Terence Copley, Bible Society, England, 1990. -

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