“Biblical exegesis” by John Piper

“An evangelical believes that God humbled Himself not only in the incarnation of the Son, but also in the inspiration of the Scriptures. The manger and the cross were not sensational. Neither is grammar and syntax. But that is how God has chosen to reveal Himself.

A poor Jewish Peasant and a prepositional phrase have this in common, that they are both human and both ordinary. Therefore, if God humbled Himself to take on human flesh and to speak human language, woe to us if we arrogantly presume to ignore the humanity of Christ and the grammar of Scripture.”

–John Piper, Biblical Exegesis: Discovering the Meaning of Scriptural Texts, as cited on http://www.desiringgod.org/media/pdf/booklets/BTBX.pdf (accessed November 10, 2009).


Filed under Bible, Christian Theology, Exegesis, John Piper, Quotable Quotes

2 responses to ““Biblical exegesis” by John Piper

  1. Jan

    Do you know of any resources or guides that would help me to further my understanding of the Biblical Exegesis by John Piper. I have this booklet but am still having difficulty in understanding it. I suppose it would help if I had paid more attention in my grammar and english class. I feel so illiterate- but have a true desire to apply these tools in understanding and applying God’s word.

  2. Go to BibleArc.com. You will find some helpful information about “arcing” and tracing the argument.


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