Category: Greek

Göttingen Sigla

Abram K-J is reviewing Logos’s electronic edition of the Göttingen Septuagint, and he asked if I had created or come across any aids for those trying to read the cryptic Göttingen apparatus for the first time. This pdf was created by Miles Van Pelt and is posted here with permission. It is a brief list…

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More from Rodney Decker on LKG

Rodney Decker has posted the Table of Contents for his forthcoming Learning Koine Greek. A couple quick thoughts: I like the title of chapter 15: “Passive Voice and Middle-Only Verbs” I also like the way he has included in the titles of chapters 14, 16, 17, and 20 words indicating tense and aspect. For example, chapter…

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A Promising New Greek Grammar

Rodney Decker describes his forthcoming elementary Greek grammar—Learning Koine Greek–as a combination of Goetchius and Mounce with up to date discussion of middle voice, verbal aspect, etc. He also says it will have “a heavy emphasis on reading actual Greek texts from the very beginning” (NT, LXX, Pseudepigrapha, and Apostolic Fathers). I really like the sound…

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Was Greek Spoken at Qumran?

For the most recent answer to this question and an argument for exactly how the members of the Qumran community employed the Greek language, see the latest issue of the journal  Dead Sea Discoveries. Matthew Richey, “The Use of Greek at Qumran: Manuscript and Epigraphic Evidence for a Marginalized Language,” Dead Sea Discoveries 19, no.…

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4Q174 and Isaiah 8:11

What value have the non-biblical Dead Sea Scrolls for the biblical scholar? The document linked below provides just one example. While researching for a paper on Isaiah 8:11-22, I became quite captivated by a textual problem in Isaiah 8:11 (BHS 8:11 “b”). Working on this problem piqued within me an interest in the non-biblical Dead…

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“Making Sense of Qoheleth”

That is the title of the paper I wrote for our Septuagint seminar last fall. If you are interested, have a look: “Making Sense of Qoheleth” Here is the introduction: This paper offers a qualification to the stereotypical description of the Septuagint translator of Qoheleth. The translator is typically described as one of the most…

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Spring 2012 in Review

Spring 2012 was challenging to say the least. Here is where my head was from January through May: Targumic Aramaic There were about ten of us in this seminar. Last semester we went through Dr. Russell Fuller‘s outlines of Aramaic grammar and then read all of Aramaic in the Bible. This semester we read and compared…

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