Verbum Dei: Word of God

For today’s Essential Vocab we look again into Muller’s dictionary of Greek and Latin theological terms and specifically at the term, Verbum Dei or Word of God. As you will see, it is important especially in nuanced theological discussion to distinguish between these four meanings of Word of God as well as to observe theirContinue reading “Verbum Dei: Word of God”

Variae Lectiones (Variant Readings)

variae lectiones: variant readings; specifically, variant readings in the several ancient codices of Scripture that led to debate concerning the infallibility of the scriptural Word. Richard Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology, Term: variae lectiones. First, the Reformed Scholastics, or the Third-Wave Reformers, understood that there wereContinue reading “Variae Lectiones (Variant Readings)”

Reason and Theology

“usus rationis: the use of reason; specifically, the use of reason in theology.” Richard Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology, Term: usus rationis. Can the use of reason be abused in the work of theology? We know that human reason enables the Christian to come to manyContinue reading “Reason and Theology”

Textus Receptus

“Textus Receptus: the Received Text; i.e., the standard Greek text of the New Testament published by Erasmus (1516) and virtually contemporaneously by Ximenes (the Complutensian Polyglot, printed in 1514 but not circulated [i.e., published] until 1522), and subsequently reissued with only slight emendation by Stephanus (1550), Beza (1565), and Elzevir (1633). Richard Muller, Dictionary ofContinue reading “Textus Receptus”

The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit

Happy New Year one and all. After a brief hiatus in celebration of being married to my most splendid wife and co-laborer for 20 years, it is time to once again assume the blogging mantle. Thanks to Dr. Van Kleeck Sr. for doing all the heavy lifting while I was gone. We pick up againContinue reading “The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit”

Scripture Is Its Own Interpreter

“Scripturam ex Scriptura explicandam esse: Scripture is to be explained from Scripture one of several forms of a maxim employed by both Lutheran and Reformed orthodox to indicate the normative authority and self-authenticating character of Scripture over against the Roman Catholic contention that the church has absolute authority to explain the text.” Richard Muller, DictionaryContinue reading “Scripture Is Its Own Interpreter”

Sacred or Holy Scripture

“Scriptura Sacra: Sacred or Holy Scripture The Protestant scholastics elaborated the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura into an entire dogmatic locus.” Richard Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology, Term: Scriptura Sacra. Where part of the Reformer’s battlecry was the five solas; the Protestant scholastics came after themContinue reading “Sacred or Holy Scripture”

Principium (Principle)

“principium: principle, fundamental or foundational principle namely, that from which anything proceeds in whatever manner” Richard Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally From Protestant Scholastic Theology, Term: principium In theological argumentation there are two principium: principium cognoscendi and principium essendi. The former is the ground and foundation of theological knowledge –Continue reading “Principium (Principle)”

Preaching the Word

Praedicatio Verbi Dei Verbum Dei est: The preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God. Richard Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally From Protestant Scholastic Theology, Term: Praedicatio Verbi Dei Verbum Dei est. For the Protestant Scholastics and for us here at StandardSacredText.com, there are three ways inContinue reading “Preaching the Word”

The Perspicuity of Scripture

“perspicuitas: perspicuity, clarity of thought, lucidity; one of the traditional attributes of Scripture. The attribution of perspicuitas to Scripture does not imply that all passages are clear; rather, the point is that all thins necessary to salvation are clearly stated.” Richard Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Terms: Drawn Principally From Protestant Scholasticism, Term: perspicuitas.Continue reading “The Perspicuity of Scripture”