# Thursday, December 07, 2006

No, I'm not starting some "Quote of the Day" feature. But here's a good excerpt from Robertson's Grammar (did you know it is available from Logos?) that I had to post:

It is not necessary to give in detail many examples of the articular inf. in the N. T. I merely wish to repeat that, when the article does occur with the inf., it should have its real force. Often this will make extremely awkward English, as in Lu. 2:27, ἐν τῷ εἰσαγαγεῖν τοὺς γονεῖς τὸ παιδίον. But the Greek has no concern about the English or German. It is simply slovenliness not to try to see the thing from the Greek standpoint. But we are not to make a slavish rendering. Translation should be idiomatic. It is hardly worth while to warn the inept that there is no connection between the article τό and the English to in a sentence like Ph. 1:21, ἑμοὶ γὰρ τὸ ζῆν Χριστὸς καὶ τὸ ἀποθανεῖν κέρδος. Here the article τό has just the effect that the Greek article has with any abstract substantive, that of distinction or contrast. Life and death (living and dying) are set over against each other. See further Mt. 24:45; Lu. 24:29; Ac. 3:12; 10:25; 14:9; 21:12; 25:11; Ro. 4:11, 13, 16, 18; 13:8; 14:21; 2 Cor. 8:10 f.; 9:1; Ph. 1:23, 29; 2:6; 4:10; 1 Th. 3:2 f.
Robertson, A. (1919; 2006). A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research (1065). Logos.

Update (2006-12-08): Really, this isn't going to be a daily feature. I just read another good one and need to blog it. This is from Donald Guthrie's essay, "The Development of the Idea of Canonical Pseudepigraphy in New Testament Criticism" (available online at BiblicalStudies.org.uk):

... The fact is that Baur's literary criticism was dominated by his dogmatic presuppositions and since these had to be maintained at all costs, it was no embarassment that pseudepigraphic writings became more normal in the extant Pauline Canon than genuine works. (Guthrie, p. 46)

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Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:32:47 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jim West did it, so did Stephen Carlson. Loren Rosson did it too. I figured I had to do it as well. So I took the quiz.

Turns out that I'm an "Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm". I'm described as:

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

Fairly accurate, apart from the bit about being in the final stages of a Ph.D., though I suppose I have found a way to make a living from my tastes in reading.

Post Author: rico
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:07:30 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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The blog hyperekperisou has published the first Patristics Carnival. It is patterned after the Biblical Studies Carnival (on which see Dr. Jim West's installment for December ... excellent job, Jim; apologies for not mentioning it sooner).

I was actually mentioned on the Patristics Carnival, for my current look at the Didache. This was a mixed blessing, however, because it painfully reminded me about the languishing of that particular series. Yes, I do need pick that one up again. December is always a busy month, but I'll see what I can do.


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006 9:26:20 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Monday, December 04, 2006

Apologies again for the quiet. I haven't stopped blogging, really.

I have been working on getting the all-new PastoralEpistles.com up and running, though. The good news is that the blog is now a "team blog". Participants at present include:

  • me
  • Perry L. Stepp
  • Lloyd Pietersen
  • Ray Van Neste

More info has been posted at PastoralEpistles.com. So check it out. And at least be sure to update your feed reader to the new address of the feed, http://pastoralepistles.com/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRss.

Post Author: rico
Monday, December 04, 2006 11:19:06 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Thursday, November 30, 2006

If you've read Metzger's Early Versions, then you've heard of the Sogdian version of the NT. And likely that's all you've heard.

If you want to know more about the language called Sogdian, now you can! Check out the Sogdian Primer. The intro notes that most Christian texts found in the Sogdian language are translations from Syriac.

More intros to Iranian languages are available at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~iranian/.

Post Author: rico
Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:23:03 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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Just a few updates since I haven't made any real posts for awhile. Apologies for that, life has been busy.

You may know that I dabble with another blog at PastoralEpistles.com. That site will undergo some major changes in the next few weeks. I'm installing different software and another contributor will come aboard. So keep your eyes peeled there. Other regular contributors are welcomed, so if you have a hankerin' to blog about the pastorals (directly or indirectly) then please contact me.

Also, if you visit the site instead of just read in an aggregator, you may have noticed the Amazon.com links on the side. It is a small experiment to see what happens if I actually recommend a book and provide a link to Amazon. Or if I recommend a gift of some other sort. [you know, the perfect gift for any bibliophile on your holiday shopping list (including me, perhaps?) is surely a gift certificate to Amazon.com]. I'm interested to know what you think about the Amazon links. Is it tacky? Dumb? Just fine? Drop a comment or send an email to let me know what you think if you have a strong opinion.

Since SBL, I've been thinking about allonymity. Michael Bird posted recently about Wayne Brindle's paper at SBL on the topic (Brindle's paper was on the evangelical response to Marshall's proposal of allonymity). Bird uses Hebrews as a counterexample, but I don't think Hebrews has anything to do with it due to it's anonymity (no author claimed, at least in MSS that we have today). Whatever one might posit about authorship, one surely has to weigh what the text itself purports. Hebrews says nothing explicit, so-called allonymous texts make explicit claims that appear to be deceptive. And that seems to me to be a completely different ball o' wax. My position aligns better with that of Witherington and Towner. Anyway, I have a post on the topic brewing, but I'll probably post it at PastoralEpistles.com once the revamping is complete. So you'll have to wait.

Post Author: rico
Thursday, November 30, 2006 10:02:25 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Please note that the software that runs this blog, dasBlog, has been updated (to v1.9). Therefore I'll likely be attempting an update of the server later today (Tuesday). If strange things are afoot, that is likely the culprit.

I'll post again when the update is complete ... or when I've reverted back to v1.8.

Update: I think the update to 1.9 stuck. If you have problems, please drop me an email (address on sidebar ... ) Thanks!

Post Author: rico
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:45:43 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Monday, November 27, 2006

Apologies for the extended radio silence, but I'm back. ETS and AAR/SBL were great, as usual. Plenty of good papers and, more importantly, there was much meeting with old friends and making of new friends. Since there has already been a decent amount of SBL chatter, I won't add to it. But I will say that I've posted PDF versions of all three of the papers I presented (along with handouts) on my personal web site.

Also — on the weird side, if you see Tyler Williams (of Codex) you should ask him about the dream I had that he played a prominent role in ...

Short abstracts and links to download papers are below.

2006 National Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)

  • Paper: Subjects and Predicates and Complements, Oh My! Searching the New Testament with Sensitivity to Syntax
  • Conference Handout
  • Abstract: Logos Bible Software have implemented an edition of the OpenText.org Syntactically Annotated Greek New Testament. One facet of OpenText.org's work isolates clause boundaries. Within each clause, subjects, predicators, complements and adjuncts are identified. This enables searching of the Greek New Testament with sensitivity to clause-level criteria. This advance raises certain questions: How should syntactic annotation be used? What sorts of things can be searched for?
    This paper examines different sorts of searches that can be pursued from the starting point of a word. Questions like "When is [word] used as a subject?" or "What verbs are used when [word] is a subject?" will be examined and discussed.

2006 National Conference of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

  • Paper: Modifiers in the Pastoral Epistles: Insight for Questions of Style?
  • Conference Handout
  • Program Unit: Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics
  • Abstract: OpenText.org have completed a preliminary syntactic analysis of the Greek New Testament. One level of their analysis is the Word Group level. A word group is a group of words that consists of, at minimum, a head term. It also contains any terms that modify the head term and additionally specifies the type of modification as that of definer, qualifier, relator or specifier.
    Stylistic analysis has been largely bound to examining criteria such as word usage and morphology along with perhaps sentence length or co-occurring words. The OpenText.org Word Group Analysis allows for stylistic analysis of the corpus at a different level. Does modifier usage offer any insight for comparative studies of the Pastoral Epistles and the generally accepted Paulines?
    This paper examines modifier usage inside of epistolary prescripts in epistles traditionally attributed to Paul. The goal is to show that components of epistolary prescripts use modification for different purposes. This conclusion is well known, but by reaching the conclusion using only the OpenText.org Word Group Analysis, the subsequent value of the OpenText.org annotation for the analysis of style becomes evident.
  • Paper: Syntax Searching and Epistolary Form Criticism
  • Conference Handout
  • Program Unit: Syntactically-Tagged Databases of the Greek NT: Overview & Training Seminar
  • Abstract: This paper works through examples of proposed epistolary forms, searching for suggested form structure using the OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament as primary corpus. The following forms will be examined:
    • Disclosure Form
    • Greeting Form
    • Request/Petition Form
    • Joy Expression
    • Charge Form
    Will a syntactically analyzed Greek New Testament such as the OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament provide assistance in defining and isolating potential instances of forms in the New Testament?
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Monday, November 27, 2006 3:43:12 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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