Titus Divisions

Just starting to think about a six-week preaching series on Titus. As is my usual practice, I’ve drawn up a table of divisions/paragraphs/sections etc. See below:

What is quite interesting is the number of paragraphs that are introduced by asyndeton (ø). There seems to be an unusually high number of them.

More details to follow when I’ve done some more work…


Luke 4v14-15

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written…

14 Καὶ ὑπέστρεψεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ πνεύματος εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν. καὶ φήμη ἐξῆλθεν καθ᾽ ὅλης τῆς περιχώρου περὶ αὐτοῦ.

15 καὶ αὐτὸς ἐδίδασκεν ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς αὐτῶν δοξαζόμενος ὑπὸ πάντων.

16 Καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς Ναζαρά, οὗ ἦν τεθραμμένος, καὶ εἰσῆλθεν κατὰ τὸ εἰωθὸς αὐτῷ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῶν σαββάτων εἰς τὴν συναγωγὴν καὶ ἀνέστη ἀναγνῶναι.

17 καὶ ἐπεδόθη αὐτῷ βιβλίον τοῦ προφήτου Ἠσαΐου καὶ ἀναπτύξας τὸ βιβλίον εὗρεν τὸν τόπον οὗ ἦν γεγραμμένον,

Why do Bible publishers and commentators insist on dividing Luke 4:14-15 from 4:16ff. There are no discourse features which suggest there is a division, in fact there are a lot of cohesive features:

  • There is a long series of καί conjoined clauses running from v14 down to v17 (at least)
  • there is repetition of ‘synagogue’ between v15 and v16 (also v20)
  • and the idea of teaching (v15 cf. vv18-19, 20, 22)
  • the geographical notes are linked (Galilee (v14) and Nazareth (v16)) – this also ties in to later (v22-24)

If Luke had intended vv14-15 to be read separately from v16ff you would expect at the very least, a δέ at the start of v16…?

Luke Divisions

Part of working ahead of time in semon prep, means that you need to know what your are preaching and when, well in advance. This means planning sermons programmes carefully. In order to plan a year’s worth of sermons in Luke, I put together an Excel spreadsheet to help me work out where are some suitable places to divide the book into preach-able chunks. Here’s my spreadsheet:

Luke Divisions