Peruse This Discussion if You Like

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Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Wes Hedrick on February 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Though I’m late coming into the conversation, here goes. I am grieved to think that if peruse looses the meaning “to read carefully,” English will have lost one of its crisper words. “Read this document carefully” is more clumsy than “Peruse this document.” But, the final word is usage. Are there any reasons for prescribing lexicographically? 🙂

  2. Mark L Ward Jr on February 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    That was a very good comment. I’m glad you posted it. In my heart I feel the way you do. I think “comprise” and “compose” provide a good example. There’s a useful distinction we’re losing.

    But right now I fear more the opposite danger, that people will continue to live in the dark land of LP and have their Bible interpretation darkened by the darkness in that dark land!

    English is beautiful—”supple,” as someone put it once. It would be a shame for it to go down the tubes. Strike that. Reverse it. It _is_ a shame. But the answer can’t be staking claims on individual words. That won’t work anyway. It has to be creating a culture in which words are valued and savored. So the best way to preserve “peruse” is probably to get rid of television and text messaging.

    Or, seriously, to see a work of the Spirit of God in either saving or re-moralizing our culture. May God do that by His grace!

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