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Dear Pastors, I am so positively impressed with one of your staff that i just had to write and tell you about him. He is Dr. James Phillips who teaches a class at Valley Baptist in the New Testament every Wednesday evening using the original Greek language. What a wonderful class' Not only is Dr. Phillips knowledgeable in the Greek New Testament but he is a talented teacher as well. With his charming manner, loveable personality, delightful pertinent stories, he makes the class interesting even for those who know no Greek at all. I have been looking for a class like Dr. Phillips' ever sine I moved to Bakersfield four years ago. Having studied advanced Hebrew Bible at Fuller Seminary, I'm fluent in Biblical Hebrew and also familiar with Biblical Aramaic. I know enough Greek to be able to read the NT with understanding (though I still need a dictionary). Jim Phillips can analyze any word in the New Testament from memory. He teaches the first and only Bible study I have found in this city that deals with the original Greek text. Most Baptist degrees are pitifully weak, especially in the Bible languages. That's one reason I'm not a Baptist. Dr. Phillips is a rare exception an anomaly. a Baptist whose education has made him fair minded, politically noncomforming and vocal about the abuses against the poor and oppressed. He is also hard working generous thankful, and kind. Jerry Scarpita M.A. Middle East Languages. This is part of a letter written to the church where Jim teaches his Greek classes. We thought you might like to read what this student said about his teacher. May God bless Jerry in his work for the Lord.