#RecentRelease: Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament

Hot off the press from Zondervan is Con Campbell’s Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Earlier this year I had the privilege of reading this excellent work and I cannot recommend it more highly! This type of book is long overdue and fills a very large gap for students who want to continue their Greek long after their class is over. When I was a student I remember lamenting the fact that there was not an accessible book like this—now those days of lamenting are over!

So, do yourself a favor and order a copy or two of this fine work today!

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Greek Geek Advice

My good friend Tavis has a great post on to improve your Greek. Do heed his advice!

Abbey House Sojourner

Today’s post is an excerpt from an email I sent to a fellow seminary student who asked how to continue to improve his Greek. He has finished his required courses in Greek for seminary, but wants to keep growing in it. The references to Dr. Varner are specific to this student’s questions about taking a class with one of the best teachers of Greek anywhere (he teaches Bible and Greek at both The Master’s College and The Mater’s Seminary). Here is my advice, based on things I actually do:
I failed to maintain my own Greek after the first year. Although I had taken three Greek classes in the summer following the required exegesis, within a year I was a bit rusty. To prevent this happening I suggest a couple of things:
1. Read, read, read the Greek NT and Apostolic Fathers.
2. Take Dr. Varner’s 2 Peter/Jude class being…

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Forthcoming Books: Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament

Baylor Press is scheduled to publish two new volumes in their BHGNT series later this summer. James (A. K. M. Adam) and Colossians (Con Campbell) should hit the shelves this July and August. This is a fantastic series, and one every student of the Greek New Testament should have on their bookshelf.

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In the Mail: Codex Sinaiticus

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While I was in Seattle for a conference this weekend, a review copy of the Codex Sinaiticus, Facsimile Edition came in the mail. Having seen this beautiful work a number of times at ETS/SBL, I have longed for a copy. But the list price of $799 would be more than my rent, and I would be sleeping on the couch months if I ever spent that. Thankfully the folks over at CBD have decided to bless us all by offering Codex Sinaiticus at the unreal price of $199! That, my friends, is a steal!

I look forward to posting my reviews of this important work in the next few weeks. Until then, here is a bit of info on Sinaiticus:

Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest known complete manuscript featuring the full canon of the Christian Bible in Greek. It was originally produced in the middle of the 4th Century (app. 350A.D.) in the south-eastern Mediterranean. Originally Codex Sinaiticus was produced on parchment whose total number exceeded 730 leaves, or approximately 1,460 pages. It contains the oldest complete New Testament, and at one time contained the entire Old Testament.

Sections of Genesis and other areas of the Pentateuch were damaged or lost over the centuries. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the OT text remains, and is now preserved in this facsimile edition. The importance of the 4th Century to Christian history cannot be understated, and Codex Sinaiticus is our greatest witness to that era, especially in understanding how Christians had begun to understand their canonical Scriptures.

Hendrickson Publishers, in conjunction with the British Library, is now releasing a limited number of full color facsimiles of the entire Codex Sinaiticus. This edition includes both the Old and New Testaments, represented by “life size” pages (13.5″ x 16.5″).

Totaling 828 pages, the facsimile edition comes in hardback binding accompanied by a sturdy slip case that is designed to provide support the weight of the facsimiles pages (app. 25 lbs) and prevent them from tearing away from the back binding, as is common with many large hardback books. Finally the Codex Sinaiticus facsimile edition comes with a 32 page booklet that provides a brief outline of the provenance, history, and discovery of this immensely valuable piece of history.

A Forthcoming Greek Grammar from Rod Decker

Professor Rod Decker, who teaches New Testament and Greek at Baptist Bible Seminary recently announced over at his blog that he will soon be publishing a first-year Greek grammar entitled Learning Koine Greek. Tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release, Dr. Decker says he has been working on LKG for the last four years. Prof Decker is no stranger to the world of Koine Greek. He has published a monograph on Mark in the “Studies in Biblical Greek” series called Temporal Deixis of the Greek Verb in the Gospel of Mark with Reference to Verbal AspectKoine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers, and a forthcoming  handbook on Mark’s Gospel in the “Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament.” He also writes quite a bit on Greek grammar on his blog. I look forward to his contribution to Greek language study and will most certainly be picking up a copy of LKG once it is released.