The Problem With Words

By | February 14, 2009

I’m about half way through Tom Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision his answer to John Piper’s The Future of Justification. Sadly, I had to pay for Wright’s book, whereas Piper’s is a free download (though you can buy it from Amazon if you really wish). I’ll leave others to argue about the theology for the moment (see this post for some older links). Wright’s new book is one of the few theology books that have ever had me laughing out loud. I found this passage absolutely hilarious – though it may just be ex-translators like me who are quite so tickled by it.

This situation, frustrating and confusing to those without Greek and even to some who have it, is further complicated by the tendency for words, like bright three-year-olds, not to sit still where you told them to, but to wander around the room, start fiddling with things they weren’t supposed to touch, form new friendships (especially when they bump into their Latin cousins, but that’s another story), and generally enjoy themselves at the expense of the exegete who is trying to keep them under control.

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