The Minister and His Greek New Testament

January 11-12, 2019

Teaching God’s Word is paramount among a pastor’s priorities. However, the demands of ministry are numerous and varied, making it easy for pastors to slip in their comprehension and utilization of the biblical languages. In this forthcoming Alumni Academy, Dr. Rob Plummer along with several other professors will offer guidance for pastors who are trying to get back on track in their Greek language skills.

This Alumni Academy is unique in that it will offer different tracks depending on the attendee’s skill level. The Beginner Track is for those who need to go back to the basics of the Greek language and how it can be studied for the sake of sermon preparation. The Intermediate Track will explore topics like verbal aspect and translation theory and how they aid our sermon preparation. The Advanced Track will discuss increasingly complex issues like verbal discourse and putative citations.

Along with the Friday-Saturday Alumni Academy, participants are encouraged to attend Dr. Plummer’s Greek Review course held on campus at SBTS, January 9-13, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This course will give attendees even more time to review Greek grammar and read simple selections from the Greek New Testament.

All attendees of this Alumni Academy will receive an edition of B&H Publishing’s Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament Series


Rob Plummer

Dr. Plummer is a New Testament scholar with a heart for helping pastors use their Greek New Testaments in their sermon preparation. To this end, he developed Daily Dose of Greek, a service that provides daily videos of brief instruction on the Greek grammar of one verse in the New Testament. He is also a co-author of Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament (B&H, 2015).

Steve Runge

Dr. Runge is a visiting professor at Southern. He serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software. He has a Doctor of Literature degree in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He’s the author of the High Definition Commentary for the books of Romans and Phillipians (Lexham Press, 2014).

Jonathan Pennington

Dr. Pennington has produced works on both Greek and Hebrew vocabulary, in addition to the book, Reading the Gospels Wisely. His research interests include the Gospels, the history of interpretation, hermeneutics, and the theological interpretation of Scripture. He is currently writing the Pillar NT Commentary on Matthew.

Brian Vickers

Dr. Vickers currently serves as the assistant editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has written Justification by Grace Through Faith: Finding Freedom from Legalism, Lawlessness, Pride, and Despair (P&R Publishing, 2013) , and has published articles in Trinity Journal, Eusebia, Gospel Witness, and The New Holman Bible Dictionary.

Peter Gentry

Dr. Gentry has an expansive knowledge of biblical languages. He served on the faculty of Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College for 15 years and taught at the University of Toronto, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Tyndale Theological Seminary. He is currently editing Ecclesiastes and Proverbs for the Göttingen Septuagint Series and is giving leadership to the Hexapla Institute.

Tyler Flatt

Tyler is a professor of Humanities at Boyce College. He was trained in the Greek and Latin classics at Harvard and has taught beginning and intermediate courses in both languages, covering a wide variety of periods and genres. He is currently working on a translation, edition, and exposition of Erasmus’ Annotations on the Gospel of John for the Collected Works of Erasmus project (University of Toronto Press).


Monday-Friday, January 9-13 (pre-conference course)

Dr. Plummer’s Greek Review course

Friday, January 13

12:30 p.m. Conference Check-in (Heritage Hall foyer)
1:30 p.m. Session I (Plenary) – Maintaining or Reviving Your Greek in Ministry – Rob Plummer (Heritage Hall)
3 p.m. Session II

Beginner Track – Restarting the Engine, part 1 – Rob Plummer (Norton 101)


Intermediate Track (option 1) – A Layman’s Guide to Verbal Aspect – Peter Gentry (Norton 195)


Intermediate Track (option 2) – Erasmus on Learning Greek and the Power of Philology – Tyler Flatt (President’s Reception Room)


Advanced Track – The Death of Deponency: A Proper Understanding of the Middle Voice – Jonathan Pennington (Norton 102)

4 p.m. Session III

Beginner Track – Restarting the Engine, part 2 – Rob Plummer (Norton 101)


Intermediate Track (option 1) – “In the Greek, this means…”: Word Studies in the Sermon – Brian Vickers (Norton 195)


Intermediate Track (option 2) – Erasmus’ Annotations on the Greek New Testament – Tyler Flatt (President’s Reception Room)


Advanced Track – The Putative Citation of Enoch in Jude – Peter Gentry (Norton 102)

Saturday, January 14

9 a.m. Session IV

Beginner Track – First John for Sermon Prep: Translation and Theology, part 1 – Rob Plummer (Norton 101)


Intermediate and Advanced Track – Philippians for Sermon Prep: Translation and Discourse Analysis, part 1 – Steven Runge (Norton 195)

11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Session V (Plenary) – The Greek Verb: The Current State of the Discussion – Steven Runge (Heritage Hall)
2 p.m. Session VI

Beginner Track – First John for Sermon Prep: Translation and Theology, part 2 –  Rob Plummer (Norton 101)


Intermediate and Advanced Track – Philippians for Sermon Prep: Translation and Discourse Analysis, part 2 – Steven Runge (Norton 195)

Legacy Hotel

Comfortable, convenient lodging for Alumni Academy.

Located on the historic campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., The Legacy Hotel offers modern amenities, friendly service, high-tech capabilities, a convenient location, plus something no other conference center can provide: Southern Seminary.


Southern or Boyce Alumni Free
Prospective Students Free
IMB worker Free
KBC pastor or ministerial leader Free
Others $75
*Greek Review option additional $75 for all

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Rates do not include meals or lodging.

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There are no pro-rated conference registration fees available. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds, less a $15.00 processing fee per registrant, will be granted for all cancellations received in writing by December 28th. Refunds will not be granted for any reason after that date.

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