UBS Handbooks

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Nord Zootman | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Nov 14 2014 8:19 PM

I'm trying to decide which upgrade path I should take so am considering some of the individual resources. I am a pastor and use Logos along with another software in sermon preparation. I am not an academic, but do use the original languages. (My Greek is better than my Hebrew). How many of you have found the UBS handbooks useful in sermon prep?

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 14 2014 8:56 PM

Nord Zootman:
How many of you have found the UBS handbooks useful in sermon prep?

I'm mostly preparing Bible studies (rather than sermons), but the UBS handbooks have had a particular use for me. They help you engage not only with what the word would have meant to its original audience but also how to go about expressing that in cultures that are vastly different. That "translation" into our cultural milieu is where this resource is really useful.

I've not found much else that helps with that aspect in the way these volumes do.

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 14 2014 9:21 PM

The Handbooks concentrate on conveying biblical concepts in other cultures. That may not always be useful for a pastor in NA, however in many sections the cultural pointers can clarify one's thinking quite a bit.

The Handbooks tackle controversial textual/interpretative problems (rather than purely theological issues). The presentation is usually even-handed. You won't agree with everything in it, but you get to see how questions can arise. The analysis makes reference to the original languages, but is written for English readers.

As far as exegesis goes, the Handbooks can be very helpful at a phrase or clause level. They are not designed to process wider sweeps of text, to illuminate your exposition.

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Danny Parker | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 14 2014 9:32 PM

I find UBS one of the handful of resources I almost always use when doing exegesis in preparation for a sermon. I find it very useful for examining the text. I too have decent Greek skills, less so in Hebrew. As it seeks to communicate the text in translation, I find it does a good job of exposing the nuances of the text.

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 12:05 AM

UBS is one of my favorite commentaries for understanding textual meaning.  I work in other languages, so for me it is indispensable for coming up with good translations.  A pastor or evangelist who works with more than one culture would find UBS valuable for that same reason--bridging language and culture.  

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 1:01 AM

I love them, always use them...

גַּם־חֹשֶׁךְ֮ לֹֽא־יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ וְ֭לַיְלָה כַּיּ֣וֹם יָאִ֑יר כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה כָּאוֹרָֽה

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 1:02 AM

Note they are translators handbooks and so focus entirely on translation not homiletics but its an important step in the process.

גַּם־חֹשֶׁךְ֮ לֹֽא־יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ וְ֭לַיְלָה כַּיּ֣וֹם יָאִ֑יר כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה כָּאוֹרָֽה

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Graham Owen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 4:10 AM

Like others here I find them very useful. They act as a link between the original text and what I am reading in English. I personally find the discussions on how to convey the concept in a different language or culture useful because they challenge me to think about whether I am communicating the ideas effectively myself. I guess if I was to summarise what I get from them then I would say that I usually get one or more insights that make me think more deeply about the text and/or the way that I communicate the text and that must be a good thing.

God Bless

Graham

Pastor - NTCOG Basingstoke

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Frank Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 9:59 AM

I find them very helpful in study and preparation also!

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 10:19 AM

Nord Zootman:

I'm trying to decide which upgrade path I should take so am considering some of the individual resources. I am a pastor and use Logos along with another software in sermon preparation. I am not an academic, but do use the original languages. (My Greek is better than my Hebrew). How many of you have found the UBS handbooks useful in sermon prep?

I have found the handbook particularly helpful when I am done with my study particularly when teaching to a young crowd. The handbooks in particular labor to help me think through how to communicate what the original was saying in a language that might not have the words or grammar to express the original exactly. The handbooks have become one of my favorite commentaries for helping me think through how to restate the text accurately, yet accessibly. 

Jacob Hantla
Pastor/Elder, Grace Bible Church
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Nord Zootman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 15 2014 1:01 PM

Thanks for your responses. Really helpful - now i just need to decide if I can spend the money!

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