Welcome to my blog - New Testament Greek Geek! My primary aim with this site is to provide valuable tools and information regarding biblical studies. In our fast pace society, new topics and conversations about the Bible are springing forth daily. I hope to engage both new and old topics through essays, book reviews, and ramblings. Futile debates and quarrels regarding theological/doctrinal viewpoints are not advocated here. My prayer is that this blog would provide edification and encouragement for its readers and advance the cause of Christ.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


I’m going through the basics of German while simultaneously learning theological terms. If anyone can recommend free online sources let me know (jjcovert@liberty.edu)! Right now I’m working through Memrise’s Academic Theological German: NT Vocab. I’m hitting the basics hard and should be through April Wilson’s Quickly German in a few weeks to a month. I’ve changed the language on my phone to Deutsch. My settings screen looks like this:

Friday, April 7, 2017

New Job!

I work for DePaul Community Resources now. It’s an excellent company with such rewarding work. I’m a home mentor providing services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This job couldn’t have come in a more timely manner. My hours tend to be Mon-Fri 845AM–245AM but sometimes they vary. After work today I cleaned the house I practiced German and did some dissertation research. Always trying to kill two birds with one stone:

Also sollen auch die Männer ihre Weiber lieben wie ihre eigenen Leiber. Wer sein Weib liebt, der liebt sich selbst.
Denn niemand hat jemals sein eigen Fleisch gehaßt; sondern er nährt es und pflegt sein, gleichwie auch der HERR die Gemeinde.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Luke's Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer: Luke 11:2b-4

This morning I read Luke 11. This chapter contains Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer. It’s different from Matthew’s version. What differences can you detect?

Luke 11:2b–4 (ESV)
2b “Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

Matthew 6:9b–13 (ESV)
9b “Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

NFL Game

I'm not really a sports guy but Thursday night I attended my first NFL game. My wife's uncle is an NFL referee so he was able to get us free tickets to see the Dolphins play the Bengals in Cincinnati. My favorite part of the game was watching Bruce ref. He started out refereeing the peewees but aspired to go to the top. We rode down with my in-laws who are dedicated Dolphin fans. Even if you don't like sports it's a fun experience. You immediately have a connection with anyone wearing your team's jersey. Here's a couple pics from the game: 

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Move

Exactly one week ago we were moving. We moved from Wake Forest to Thaxton (basically Bedford), Virginia. We’re living with my parents for a couple months to save money until we get our own place in Lynchburg. Lots of friends showed up for the move. I’m eternally grateful for their sweat and tears as we labored together. Not even a week later Ashley found out she got hired at Depaul Community Resources as a specialist for foster care. The next day I got hired at Liberty University as an Academic Advisor for online students. We’re so thankful for pieces coming together. It’s easy to stress over the unknown. We want to security. We want comfort. The Christian faith requires patience, waiting, and trusting!

Last Friday (June 10th!)
The next day at our new home! Put to work immediately :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The End is Near :(

I breathe a large sigh of relief as my spring semester ends. Don't get me wrong, I loved every moment of it. I just forgot what it's like to breath. With three courses (Introduction to Theological French, Current Issues in NT Studies, and Exegesis of John), I struggled to keep my head above water. I'm happy that I was able to submit a paper for the ETS conference amidst my crazy schedule. I've got several projects I'm working on and am taking preparations as I zero in on the final semesters of my PhD. These have been some of the best days of my life. I will cherish my academic training for all of my days. The professors, my mentor, and my colleagues/classmates have all helped contribute to shaping and molding me both academically and spiritually. I'm so thankful for every person God has directed to my path. I've never been a believer in accidents or coincidences. I believe in divine orchestration. I believe God acts intentionally in who he places in our lives and it's a privilege to interact with each and every one of them. I've got several posts coming concerning my projects, current reading list, and future goals. For now, I'll go work the grind from 5PM–1230AM.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My Day

Invested 8 hours towards French today. If my brain isn't too fried I might remember some of it tomorrow. Trying to read as much French as possible to keep fresh. Right now my daily Bible readings come from the Greek but primarily the French translation. I'm hoping to submit a paper for ETS by March 31. I'll be dealing with the procession of the Spirit in John 15:26: Quand le Défenseur sera venu, celui que je vous enverrai d'auprès du Père, l'Esprit de vérité qui vient du Père, il rendra lui-même témoignage de moi. Stay tuned for more about this. Also, my review of Campbell's Advances in the Study of Greek will be posted by Friday! 


Managed a quick work out with the wife tonight!