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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.

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Jun 27, 2022

Dr. Doug Penney, Associate Professor of Classical Languages at Wheaton College, calls attention to Mark 5:9 (Luke 8:30) in which a group of demons declare their name to be Λεγιών, translated as Legion. The naming of various demons and angels in ancient Jewish traditions is a fascinating topic in its own right. Intertestamental angelology often derived such names from creative readings of Hebrew scripture passages. Dr. Penney traces out the linguistic path from Ps. 91:7, through these complex traditions, to Mark 5.