Ex•e•ge•sis

Coming from the Greek word exēgeomai, which means to lead or draw out, exegesis is the art and science of drawing out the original intended meaning of a text. We cannot understand what a particular Scripture means for us today if we have not first taken the time to come to grips with the original…

Lex•i•con

A lexicon is simply another name for a dictionary. Both “lexicon” and “dictionary” came into English from Latin and both of them mean essentially the same thing. “Dictionary” was native to Latin—“lexicon” came from the Greek into Latin before being imported into English. For various historical reasons, however, scholars typically refer to dictionaries of ancient…

Un•jar•gon•ed—New Series

The language of Biblical Studies can be complex. Yet though words like lexicon and exegesis, synoptic and syntax may sound foreign at first, the realities they refer to are of vital interest to anyone who is interested in the serious study of Scripture. Over the next several weeks we will be “unjargoning” these and several…

Un•jar•gon•ed Dates Quiz

This quiz is based on the last few months of un•jar•gon•ed, during which we have covered several dates of importance from the Reformation of the early sixteenth century. Try to match the date to the correct event—only one choice will be correct. If you get a question wrong, take the time to go back and read…

Unjargoned Review

The past several weeks of unjargoned have covered a selection of significant dates in church history from the time of the Reformation. Not all of the events we have discussed have been positive, all of them are important to remember. While we have not covered every significant event, or even come close, we will be…

1560

Publishing of the complete Geneva Bible, a veritable treasury of ‘firsts’ among English translations of the Bible. While building on the tradition of Tyndale, it was the first English Bible to be translated entirely from the original languages in both Old and New Testaments. Beginning with the separate publication of the New Testament in 1557,…

September 25, 1555

Peace of Augsburg signed, ending almost ten years of intermittent conflict between the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, and the protestant princes of the Schmalkaldic League. The conflict began in 1546 and by the following year Charles had decimated the forces of the league, determined to undo the reformation once and for all. It didn’t…

1545

Beginning of the first session of the Council of Trent. This council, which, with several interruptions, concluded its work in 1563, was to define Roman Catholicism for the next four hundred years. Indeed it would be somewhat of a misnomer to think of “Roman Catholicism” as an organizationally or theologically unified entity before the decisions…

1537

Publication of  “Thomas Matthew’s” Bible. This Bible, printed in Antwerp less than a year after the martyrdom of Tyndale, was the first English Bible to be officially licensed for legal distribution in England. With his dying breath, Tyndale had prayed for the Lord to “open the King of England’s eyes.” Through the work of John…