Grammatical Phrasing or Sentence Flow layout
I will often take time in my exegesis , especially of the Epistles, to lay out the thought of the passage in a “phrasing” or “sentence flow” format that leaves the main thoughts (subject/verb) on the left and indents supporting clauses and phrases. I describe or highlight grammatical or logical ties between the phrases. Sometimes I place these grammatical notes (in English) at the end of the line in parentheses. Other times I have used the MS Word Reviewer Comments to write notes about the grammatical constructions, which then appear in the markup on the right. In the attached example view from MS Word, I’ve done both.
I also highlight terms on which I may need to do a word study, a cultural or geographical background study, or a doctrinal study.
My question to others is how do you use features in the BW editor, MS Word, MS OneNote, etc. to create similar sentence flow diagrams?
William Mounce, A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996).
Scot McKnight, “New Testament Greek Grammatical Analysis,” in Introducing New Testament Interpretation, ed. Scot McKnight (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989).
George H. Guthrie and J. Scott Duvall, Biblical Greek Exegesis (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998)
Bryan Smith, The Way of the Word Teacher’s Edition (Greenville: Bob Jones University Press, 2000)
William Graham MacDonald, Syntactic and Thematic Greek Transcription of the New Testament (BibleWorks, 2008)
William Graham MacDonald, Greek Enchiridion: A Concise Handbook of Grammar for Translation and Exegesis (BibleWorks, 2005)
Sentence flow diagram in OneNote?
Part of my curiosity in posting the question above was to see if anyone was using MS OneNote for this type of diagramming. If so, what does it look like? How do you do it?
Are there other internet sites, blogs, or forums that demonstrate these diagrams? I have seen them called "phrasing," "sentence flow diagram," "structural analysis," "semantic diagraming," "tracing the argument."
Thank you for your response.
Any already using OneNote for sentence diagrams?
Thanks for the link to your reviews. I refer to the BW Leedy NT Diagrams and the MacDonald Greek Transciptions as aids when I'm trying to determine phrase and clause relations. Thanks for pointing out resources available in Libronix (Lexham and opentext.org syntax outlines). The Libronix training video on sentence outlines shows me that it has more graphical flexibility than a word processor, but I like to add in comment ballons. It doesn't seem to allow that--I'll have to experiment.
The previous OneNote discussion prompted me to start this thread, asking for examples of how others structure their grammitcal or syntactical flows. I'm curious if someone is already using OneNote to make sentence flow diagrams, and if so, how. It would save time on my learning curve too. :)
Thanks for sharing your Hebrew study. That's a good format idea for longer narrative passages.
I usually phrase outline Epistle paragraphs as I study through them. The grammatical or structural comments I place in comment balloons. Then on the next page of my exegesis template (not shown above) I place word definitions, cultural/geographical information, and theological comments.
I've attached a MS Word version of my exegesis template. The basic structure came from a seminary friend a few years ago. The context questions come from Fee, NT Exegesis.