[B-Greek] Definition of "parsing"

Ross Assink ross.assink at gmail.com
Thu May 14 12:59:23 EDT 2009


In my Greek class, I teach parsing as identifying nouns, pronouns, verbs, etc.

Ross Assink, MDiv
The River Academy
Wenatchee, WA
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  From: Nelson Kloosterman 
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  Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:32 AM
  Subject: [B-Greek] Definition of "parsing"


  Dear list,

  I invite you to referee a quiet discussion on the definition of "parsing."

  I had included on my course exam a section for identifying Greek words in a
  passage, a list of  verbs, pronouns, and nouns. In my instructions, I asked
  the student to "parse" the words supplied. Some students understood the
  requirement to "parse" to mean "identify a verb." They therefore
  misidentified the masculine singular accusative pronoun of HOS, thinking it
  was a form of the verb EIMI.

  Dan McCartney's glossary in the back of the latest edition of Machen's New
  Testament Greek for Beginners defines parsing as identifying verbs.

  In your working with Greek, does the English verb "to parse" properly refer
  to "identify the form of Greek nouns and pronouns" as well as Greek verbs?
  If not, what English verb would you use to describe such a mixed list?

  It's worth only four points on the exam, so don't spend lots of time on
  this.

  Just curious.

  Nelson Kloosterman
  Professor of Ethics and New Testament Studies
  Mid-America Reformed Seminary
  Dyer, IN
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