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Phrasing Cheat Sheets (Printable PDFs)

We have prepared these cheat sheets that will help you memorize the passes of Phrasing, the types of phrases, the relationships and a non-exhaustive list of conjunctions and prepositions with their respective relationships and examples.

The 5 Passes

The 5 Passes

Type of Phrases

Type of Phrases

The Phrasing Relationships

The Phrasing Relationships

Conjunctions and Prepositions

Conjunctions and Prepositions

Genitive Relationships

Genitive Relationships

Nothing New, Nothing More Glorious. (Romans 1:1-7, part 2)

Paul was not a volunteer for the gospel; he was set apart for the gospel. In other words, to announce the good news became a purpose in his life. As Peter said:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV

Paul’s gospel was not a different one than the one the other apostles preached. His gospel was about Jesus, in whom we have found, perfectly expressed, the excellencies of God. This gospel was not a new recipe or invention, but “just” a restatement of the promises found in the Old Testament through the prophets, the good news about the Son of God, the Messiah.

This Jesus, Son of David and Son of God, human and divine, who was crucified in weakness, died as a man, and resurrected in the power of God, is Paul’s Lord. He is the one who did not commit sin, but yet died for our sins.

This is the Gospel. The Lord is inviting the rebels (the sinners, you and me) to receive His grace and forgiveness, to submit to His kingdom, to live in obedience to the faith in Him because we love Him. It is a calling to belong to Him. This is not about feeling religious, but about stating allegiance.

Jew or non-Jew, man or woman, rich or poor, no matter who you are, you are invited to hear God’s good news about His Son. The most important thing in your life, in order to know who you are, is to know to whom you belong.

Comparison of methods

Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Josué Pineda

My Credentials in One Word (Romans 1:1-7)

What are your credentials? What qualifies you for the position you hold, the rank you have achieved, or the work you do?

The introductory paragraphs of the book of Romans, as is typical for Paul’s writings, are full of content. He writes about his identity in Christ, about the recipients and about God, and he writes about these things even more than he does in the introductions to his other letters. In this particular case, he also includes detailed information about the gospel.

What are your credentials?

Paul introduces himself as a slave belonging to the Messiah. If we were to focus on just this portion we would already have much to say, but for now let me simply point to the fact that introducing himself in this way automatically introduces Jesus as his Lord. Paul also presents himself as one who was called to be an apostle. He did not decide to be an apostle, nor a part of the delegation that Jesus chose, nor to volunteer to be sent on behalf of the Messiah. He was rescued, while being a rebel against the kingdom. He was set apart. He was taken from the inner side of the gates of Hades and brought to the kingdom of Jesus’ marvelous light, to officially announce the praises of Him who rescued him.

So what are Paul’s credentials? As he introduces himself to the Romans, we see that all of his credentials are connected to Jesus; His identity and His work. Paul’s credentials can be summed up in one word: Jesus.

What about you? Who are you in Christ? What are your credentials?

Comparison of methods

Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Josué Pineda

Hojas de Ayuda (PDFs imprimibles)

Hojas de ayudaLas conjunciones son una parte importante en el Análisis de Discurso y a menudo pueden facilitar el proceso de selección de relaciones para una conexión en particular.

En vista de esto, hemos preparado para ustedes estas hojas de ayuda que pueden imprimir para ser utilizadas como referencia. Estas contienen un listado de conjunciones del Griego y del Español y las posibles relaciones lógicas asociadas a cada conjunción. Además hemos incluido un ejemplo para cada una de ellas.

También hemos preparado una nueva referencia revisada para las 18 relaciones lógicas, en la cual se presenta cada relación con su respectiva descripción y conjunciones comunes en el Español y el Griego, con un ejemplo para cada una, y todo esto en una sola página.

Cheat sheet

Las 18 relaciones lógicas

Greek conjunctions

Conjunciones griegas

English conjunctions

Conjunciones del Español

Epaphroditus Fund

Epaphroditus Fund

As we move toward the completion of our third round of Introducción al Arcing (Introduction to Arcing course in Spanish), we are preparing the very first Advanced course for Spanish-speaking students. We have called this course El Flujo de Pensamiento de las Oraciones de la Biblia (The Flow of Thought of Biblical Prayers), and aim to not only teach the students how to advance their Arcing skills, but also challenge them into a life of prayer according to principles of Scripture.

Paul was well supplied as the result of the fragrant offering given by the Philippians through Epaphroditus. In order to release this course, we need joyful Philippian-like givers who are willing to supply well those in need of biblical training for their personal study, families and ministries.

We are looking for joyful Philippian-like givers who are willing to supply well those in need of biblical training.

We are hoping to have 25+ students, primarily from Latin America. While some students have the means to pay for the course, most do not as they live outside the Western world, in countries were finances are tight. Thus, to give all interested students the opportunity to participate we need to raise at least $1,250. This would provide 15 full scholarships and 5 partial scholarships, besides the $25 already subsidized from the enrollment fee.

Would you help us expand our Biblearc Global Initiative through the Epaphroditus Fund?

Give now (Check “Give a Scholarship”)

Update: Praise the Lord, $1400 has been given, which goes beyond our goal! We will joyfully put the extra toward further equipping Spanish-speakers theologically.

Cheat Sheets (Printable PDFs)

Cheat sheetsConjunctions are an important part of discourse analysis and can often trim down the logical relationship possibilities for a given connection in a significant way.

In view of this, we have prepared for you these cheat sheets which you can print for reference, with conjunctions in Greek and English and their associated logical relationships, each including an example.

In addition, we have prepared a new and revised reference to the 18 logical relationships which presents each relationship’s description and common conjunctions in English and Greek, along with a clear biblical example—all on a single page.

Cheat sheet

The 18 logical relationships

Greek conjunctions

Greek conjunctions

English conjunctions

English conjunctions

New Read Module: Pages and My Divisions

Introducing two new features that are taking the Read module to the next level.


  1. Now you can change the way you visualize the Read module, via pages or endless scroll.
  2. In pages mode, the text is automatically broken up into columns so that you can read shorter lines.
  3. You can also hide the verse numbers to study the text as the original readers did. (This works great with “My Divisions” below.)


My Divisions

  1. There is a new button on the top-right of the Read module which gives you the ability to create your own text divisions and headings.
  2. As you begin making your own divisions, new options icons appear at the beginning of each paragraph you have identified.
  3. Click this icon to create a heading, choosing the appropriate level it belongs to.
  4. Now the text will have your own divisions and headings, with the easy ability to switch between this and the standard pericope headings provided with each Bible version.My DivisionsOutline 5
  5. Once your divisions are complete, you may view, copy and print your own outline of the text.

Note: your custom divisions are available across all your projects.

New Online Course: The Logic of the Epistles | Colossians

I never thought I would be able to study the Bible this well for myself. This Biblearc course was instrumental in giving me the knowledge and tools I need to read a passage, digest it, and understand the flow of thought and main points.

Sarah Firth
Former student
The Logic of the Epistles | Philippians

The Logic of the Epistles | Colossians

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April 20th – May 25th

The Logic of the Epistles | Colossians is a completely new online, interactive, advanced Arcing/Bracketing course. Our study will be based on the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians and will include some exciting new features to the Arcing and Bracketing modules which will launch with the start of this course. Don’t miss it!


Standard enrollment $149 ($139 with early enrollment)
One-on-one enrollment $249 ($239 with early enrollment)

Enrollment page

Lectures The first week of the course will begin with a recorded introduction video, followed by five live, interactive, 2-hour lectures. Lectures will occur on Mondays. The class will be broken up into discussion groups, each of which will take a turn participating in the weekly lecture via Google “Hangouts On Air.” The other groups will watch the lecture live and participate via Google Hangout’s text chat feature. All lectures will be immediately archived and then available to students at their convenience.

Discussion groups An integral part of this course will be the 3-5 person discussion groups. Each student will choose a discussion group time from the options below and then meet with their group each week via video chat. Students will use this time to work through the primary assignment for the week, as well as sharpen and challenge one another as they wrestle through the text of Colossians. Both standard and one-on-one enrollment include the discussion group.

Group time options Wed at 7am | Wed at 9pm | Thurs at Noon | Thurs at 7pm
(All times are in CDT. Click to view them in your local time.)

Assignments This course includes six primary assignments which will be promptly corrected by the instructor and returned each week. In addition, students are invited to complete six optional assignments. The optional assignments will not be corrected, but will be covered in each week’s lecture. Through these twelve assignments, we will arc/bracket through the entire book of Colossians.

Lecture times As stated above, live lectures will take place on Mondays. The precise time of the lecture each week will be determined by the discussion group participating in that lecture. This will ensure maximum participation. The lecture times for each week will be determined by the groups and then announced to everyone during the first week of the course. (Note: Missing a live lecture for scheduling reasons is not a problem as the archive will be immediately available.)

Course length This is a 6-week course.

Prerequisites Completion of Introduction to Arcing, Introduction to Bracketing or Arcing 101

One-on-one enrollment One-on-one enrollment allows you to benefit from a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Past one-on-one enrollees have rated this time with 4.7/5 stars in the post-course survey.

Instructor Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load Between the lectures (2 hrs/wk), group time (1-2 hr/wk) and assignments (~4 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 8 hours per week on this course.

Grading Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency in Arcing or Bracketing can receive an increased star rating on their Biblearc account. Star ratings (still in development) will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the arcs and brackets of those users who have had training in these methods.

Google Hangouts This course uses Google’s “Hangouts on Air” to facilitate the live lectures, and ordinary Google Hangouts to facilitate discussion groups. All participants will be required to register for a free Google+ account if they do not already have one. (We will provide you information on how to do so.)

Enrollment page

Additional information: Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Teachers Training Seminar

Has Arcing (or Bracketing) helped you dig deeper into God’s Word?

Do you desire to equip others at your church with this tool?

The following seminar is meant to help you with principles, ideas, and advice for teaching Arcing or Bracketing at your church.

PART I: Creating interest at your church (17:37)
PART II: Class formats and resources (53:01)

PART III: Using Biblearc class functionality (2:51)
Question and Answer (13:53)
PART IV: Teaching devotionally (34:00)

Resources for teaching Arcing or Bracketing