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“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, it features language experts who discuss the importance of learning the biblical languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—and show how reading the Bible in the original languages “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're interested in going deeper, learn more about Wheaton's undergraduate degree in Classical Languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Latin) and our MA in Biblical Exegesis

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Jun 13, 2022

Doug Hoffer first gave Greek a try at Wheaton College and found himself hooked. He carried on to pursue more of the same, first in Wheaton’s M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and then at the University of Chicago, where he is now completing his doctoral dissertation, Covenants Human and Divine: Diathēkē in Gal 3:15-17 and Its Relevance for Paul's Argument in Gal 3-4. John's Gospel is perceived by some as anti-Jewish in its portrayal of Jesus’ Jewish compatriots as frequently misunderstanding his teaching. In John 16:25, however, Jesus asserts that his speech (in John) had been to that point deliberately veiled and claims that he would subsequently speak more forthrightly. Jesus’ comment thus suggests that his audience’s failures of understanding were the (intended) result of his enigmatic speech rather than his listeners’ wickedness or spiritual dullness.