New Testament Questions

Professor Steven Hunt gave me these questions in New Testament History, Literature, and Theology, and I provided the answers.

  1. Compare 1 Timothy 4:6-10 in the NIV and the NRSV.  What is the most significant exegetical decision the translators of each made which influences the way you read the text (5 extra-credit points for your homework grade)?
    1. NIV: “godliness has value for all things
    2. NRSV: “godliness is valuable in every way
  2. Identify 5 points of comparison or contrast between Ephesians and Colossians (5 extra-credit points for your homework grade).
    1. Comparison:
      1. Tables of household duties
      1. All things in heaven and earth are in Christ
      1. I have heard of your faith
      1. Pray that God will give you wisdom
      1. Lead a worthy life
  3. 2. What word is missing from the Greek text of Ephesians 5:22?  And what are some of the potential implications of this fact (5 extra-credit points for your homework grade)?
    1. (ESV) The verb for “subject” is missing in the Greek text. This implies that 5:22 should read something more like, “Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord,” which forces the reader to look back to the previous verse for the verb implied in that sentence. Looking at the previous verse, “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ,” makes for teaching more mutually submissive.

Here is the syllabus from this New Testament course.