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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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May 31, 2022

After launching his Greek at Wheaton College, Justin Smith continued his studies after graduation. Including through a short stay in Greece, he has now worked in Classical, Koiné, and modern Greek. In the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19, there is an interesting connection between the words translated as “sycamore tree” (v. 4) and “defrauded/cheated” (v. 8). Maybe the type of tree was noteworthy because by it Luke was hinting at Zacchaeus’ character . . . and what he abandoned to follow the Lord.