Dr. Bill Mounce – and related resources

Dr. William (Bill) Mounce

I have recently begun to find out more about great Greek scholar named Dr. Bill Mounce.  Here is a clip of his bio from one of his websites:

I am a writer living in Spokane Washington, and am the President of BiblicalTraining.org, a non-profit organization offering the finest in evangelical teaching to the world for free. I also coauthor Bill and Bob’s Blog at SupportMinistry.com, a blog focused on issues of translation geared for second year Greek students.

Formerly I was the preaching pastor at a church in Spokane, and before that a professor of New Testament and Director of the Greek Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a professor of New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. I specialize in the Greek language in both my writing and teaching, and am currently involved in writing projects that bring scholarship to the layperson, especially Bible study methods and theology. I am the New Testament chair of the English Standard Version translation of the Bible. Robin and I have been married for 25 years and have three children.

Education

Ph.D. 1981, in New Testament. Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
M.A. 1977, in Biblical Studies. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
B.A. 1975, in Biblical Studies, minor in Greek. Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota;
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1971-74.

He “wrote the book” when it comes to Greek grammers, and I am psyched about having ordered the kit that contains the basic materials for introductory Greek.  His textbook (which is part of the kit, Basics of Biblical Greek) is the textbook for many Greek classes, including the Greek courses at LRU where I will be taking it.  I’ve learned what I have so far through various resources, but I’m glad to finally have a full set of coordinated materials coming.  The stuff in the kit includes the textbook, workbook, workbook answers, vocab flashcards, laminated “cheat sheet”, and 80-something lectures (that go with the textbook) on CD.  Here are some pics:

He has all sorts of other good materials on his website: www.billmounce.com.

Here is a YouTube Video where Dr. Mounce talks about books that have been most influential in his life.  I’m thinking about order the book he says is #1, called Theology of the New Testament by Dr. Ladd.

And here is Dr. Mounce talking about the future of the study of Biblical languages:

Also, he coauthors a blog (that can be found on his website.)  Here is an excerpt from a recent post, (to get the reason why he was talking about this, go read the post.)

So where’s the Greek! Check out a Greek word study of μεταμορφοω. The progression of thought through the verses is wonderful. The word occurs four times.

1. We have a picture of what transformation looks like in Jesus “transfiguration” (μεταμορφωθη; Matt 17:2; Mark 9:2). It is to be changed. It is not that Jesus’ true self shined through; that would be docetism. It is that the shades of human sin and frailty were pulled back and the disciples saw who the incarnate Jesus fully was. In a sense, that is the goal of our lives. To so seek the glory of God that our sinful self fades into the distance, to die to ourselves and live as one crucified to all that would detract us from God.

2. Likewise, we who are followers of Jesus are “not [to] be conformed to this world, but be transformed (μεταμορφουσθε) by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2; ESV). After all, we have been born again, made into a new creation. Our heart of stone was replaced with a heart of flesh. How can we who have died to sin still live it? μη γενοιτο.

3. But how does this transformation happen? There are two clues (outside of Rom 12:2). Paul tells the Corinthians, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed (μεταμορφουμεθα) into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18). The change happens incrementally. We are changed slowly, periodically, from one degree to the next. Walking on the path of discipleship is not a sprint but a marathon.

But notice what these four uses of μεταμορφοω all have in common: they are all passives. The power to change does not naturally well up from within us but is the gift and the work of God’s Spirit. As we work out the implications of our salvation with fear and trembling, we at the same time acknowledge that the ability and in fact the very desire to change comes from the Spirit.

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