Parsing Seminary

Person / Case

Seminary – Today we are going to be looking at seminary itself. 

Number

The number of people that seminary affects is truly incalculable. First and foremost this decision is going to affect the person going to seminary. Their life is going to look radically different for the next several years. Finances are going to be different than they were before, work schedules will change, and time management is going to change. There will be massive personal impact. If the student has a spouse or family, it will also have massive impact on them. They will have to make sacrifices and adjust to a new style of life for a while. But going beyond immediate family, everyone that attends seminary will have impact on other people. They will pass on their wisdom, open the scriptures, preach, teach, and fellowship with other believers. This spreads the impact wider than we can ever imagine. 1 student attending seminary could have an impact on thousands of people around the globe.

Gender 

Neuter – Seminary is for everyone! There are many people who, unfortunately, see seminary as a men only place. This stems from many things that would take far too long to go into, however, it is an archaic way of looking at things. There are several denominations that take women as pastors, and even if a woman is not wanting to be a pastor, seminary is still a great option! Many seminaries offer a wide range of degrees, designed to set people up for a lifetime of ministry in various roles. Outside of the pastorate, seminary prepares men and women to run parachurch organizations, work as counselors, work as children’s directors, pastors, etc. It is even for people who have no desire to work in full time ministry, and just want to learn more about the faith so they can continue to serve and witness where they are! In short, seminary is for everyone who wants to learn more about the faith!  

Tense

Seminary spans tenses! It has taken place for hundreds of years, perhaps longer depending on the definition of seminary. It is currently happening in schools across the globe, and educating and training Christian leaders for the next generation will continue in the future as well.

Voice

There is actually a good amount of people who are speaking about seminary, both globally and in terms of gender. As is with most of things in America, the focus seems to be focused on seminaries that are within the US. There are numerous good seminaries around the world that are training and equipping leaders. It used to be that seminary was a male dominated, and only men were speaking about it. But there has been a shift in culture that has been good, and needs to continue!

Mood

Seminary will affect your mood in a wide array of ways! Some of them good and some of them bad. There are moments of great satisfaction and joy that come with studying the Word of God on a deeper level, joy that comes from the relationships that are formed over the years studying together. But at the same time, there are moments of frustration, stress, and even anger. Throughout the course of completing a seminary degree, most students will experience the full range of emotions.

Lexical Form

At the core, seminaries are schools, typically graduate, that are tasked with teaching students about the faith. That being said, there are different kinds of seminaries that exist. Some focus more on academic scholarship, and some focus more on practical ministry.

Inflected Meaning

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into seminary! And the things that are listed above are only scratching the surface. Attending seminary is a huge step and commitment in someone’s life, and is not one that should be entered into lightly. It should be approached with much prayer, advice, and careful thought. It is trying season of life that is setting students up to serve in their callings more effectively. There will be times where you will love seminary and moments when you hate it and wonder why you signed up in the first place! But ultimately it is a means to a life serving Christ.

Recommended Resources

www.parsingseminary.com; seminarylife.blog; How to Stay Christian In Seminary; What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary

Scripture Verses

2 Timothy 2:5

Parsing and Formatting

Parsing

Ok, so what in the world is parsing? It sounds super intimidating, and to be perfectly honest, it is really intimidating! Even after 3 years of Greek I still get nervous when I look at a parsing box on a test! Here is what it looks like:

Taken from Bill Mounce: http://doxa.billmounce.com/bbg3_answers.pdf

What is going on in this picture? It is actually relatively simple at the core!

  • The first box is telling you what word is being examined.
  • Person of the word (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) or the case of the word (if you don’t know what cases are, don’t worry. Neither do I.) After that is the
  • Number (plural or singular) f
  • tense (past, present, future, etc) or the gender.
  • Voice (active or passive) and the
  • Mood.
  • Lexical Form (how it appears in the dictionary)
  • Inflected meaning. Inflected meaning is the box where we determine how the word should be translated in light of the details that we just looked at.

Formatting

The articles here are going to follow almost the identical format as is listed above. In order to fully parse an issue, we must look at all of the different categories that are part of parsing.

  1. Person / Case – This is going to introduce the personal issue, or the case that we will be examining during the article.
  2. Number – How many people does this issue affect and why? Or will it impact other people as well such as family members, others in class, etc.
  3. Gender – Is this something that applies to both men and women? Or is it specific to one only?
  4. Tense – When is this issue taking place? Past, present, or future. And where are the impacts taking place?
  5. Mood – How will this affect the mood of the person or people who are involved?
  6. Voice – Who is currently speaking about this issue? Who should have a voice that doesn’t? Who has a voice that needs to be speaking about the issue.
  7. Lexical Form – what is the purest form of this topic? How would it appear if it were to show up in a dictionary?
  8. Inflected Meaning – In light of all of the information that we just looked at, how should a seminary student view this topic? How do all of these individual pieces of information inform us and speak to the larger context of seminary?

I can’t wait to start parsing issues with you!

Welcome to Parsing Seminary!

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.


John Calvin

Welcome to Parsing Seminary everyone! I wanted to take a moment and explain my heart behind this site, how the posts will look, and the reason that they will the way that they do.

First, Parsing Seminary exists to help seminary students, or students in Bible college at any level make sense of the things that happen, and how those things can inform the seminary experience on the whole. For example: how should time management affect the overall seminary experience? How does the incarnation of Christ inform our experience in school? How do scholarships affect how we should look at school? All of these and far more are just some of the things that we will be taking a look at!

Let’s take just a quick look at parsing. If any of you have ever taken a Biblical Language class, or know someone who has, chances are that you know something about parsing. Parsing is breaking apart a word, examining the details of the word, and then deciding how that word should be translated in light of the details. There is a standard set of questions that we must ask when we parse a word, and those are ‘What is the: Person / Case, Number, Gender, Tense, Voice, Mood, Lexical Form, and Inflected Meaning’ Once we have determined these aspects of the word, this tells us how we should interpret the word, and how it provides context to the rest of the sentence.

That is the hope for this site. That by parsing different topics, the details will provide more information to the whole picture, and those details will help us interpret the topic more accurately. In the next post, we will look at how the posts will look, and which details will be expanded upon. Plus it will include an example or parsing! Both in Greek, and a sample format for the articles that you will be seeing.