The Quotable Rob Plummer

I’m reading Rob Plummer’s excellent new hermeneutics primer, and I’m planning to post a full review after I’m finished. But I just came across a line that was so good that I had to share it now. Every preacher needs to hear this one:

“I tell my students to hold onto the biblical text like a rider in a rodeo holds onto a bull. And, I also warn them that the only persons in the rodeo ring not on bulls are clowns.”

40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, p. 105

8 Responses to The Quotable Rob Plummer

  1. Matt Svoboda May 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    I just want to point out that I used to be Dr. Plummers neighbor!

    And now I will be purchasing his book!

  2. Spencer Haygood May 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    Outstanding! You better believe I’ll be using that in my classes. Thanks!

  3. Mike Bird May 18, 2010 at 2:20 am #

    That is definitely quotable. I like Bob, because I think he might be the only NT guy I’ve met who is shorter than me!

  4. Matthew Staton May 18, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    That’s a great visual for an important truth.

  5. Colby Garman May 18, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    When I use to watch his Greek grammar videos my wife would here me laughing in my study and thought I had taken a break to watch The Office. I hope I can get this on Kindle.

  6. D.J. Williams May 18, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Great line. I’m so grateful to have enjoyed his biblical wisdom and sense of humor in college as a prof.

    One of my favorite college memories is the day my roommate and I skipped Greek to catch up on some work we’d neglected for another class, only to have Dr. Plummer call our room on speakerphone live in class. Priceless.

  7. ndefalco May 18, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Dr. Plummer’s Greek class was the best D+ I’ve ever enjoyed making.

    But, seriously, he has the kind of career I want. Teach at a college/master’s level and go on short-term mission trips in the summer.

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