Perhaps the most exciting and ambitious project of 2018 is the end-of-year release of Part 1 of the Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Graeca on December 26, 2018. We talked to both Rick Brannan, the profoundly-expertised-Greek-guru-resident-scholar-guy at Faithlife/Logos, and Kyle Anderson, Content Production Manager at Faithlife, about the process of getting these volumes into a searchable format previously unrealized (his actual title is Information Architect and Team Manager, Content Innovation). There is a fascinating story here concerning the intersection of ancient texts with the Internet, and the importance of making significant works both utilitarian and delightful to end users. [Read more…]
by Ryan Lytton
*Editor’s note: This is the second of two Fuller Seminary interviews conducted by Ryan Lytton (the first interview was with Amos Yong). He recently had the opportunity to interview Christopher B. Hays, who is the D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Chair of the Old Testament Department at Fuller Theological Seminary in California.
In this interview, Hays discusses the importance of studying the ANE, current happenings at Fuller (the move from Pasadena to Pomona), and career advice for potential future academics. [Read more…]
Words and photos by Kevin Grasso
With a total of 14 talks from scholars throughout Israel and Canada, and over 60 people in attendance, this year’s Workshop on Biblical Hebrew Linguistics and Philology at the Hebrew University (HU) in Jerusalem was an all-around success. [Read more…]
This is short notice, but if you can make it out to Jerusalem in less than two weeks’ time, you’ll enjoy the privilege of attending BHLaP 2018 (that acronym stands for Biblical Hebrew Linguistics and Philology).* The event, convened by Edit Doron and Robert Holmstedt, will feature 18 scholars from around Israel, and a half dozen from Canada. [Read more…]
Brill volumes have a special place in my heart. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing as bound physical monographs, with utmost attention to detail in their craftsmanship of cloth-bound covers and gold-letter embossing, but the aesthetics also extend to the written text. [Read more…]
by Alan Taylor Farnes
In 2007, James R. Royse published his exceptional study on the scribal habits of six early New Testament papyri. In his work, Royse revolutionized text critics’ understanding of the text-critical canon lectio brevior potior or, “the shorter reading is preferred”1 by demonstrating that the scribes he studied tended to omit more than they added. In its place he coined a new canon which he called lectio longior potior or, “the longer reading is preferred.” [Read more…]
by Christoph Heilig*
Two weeks ago, Tavis Bohlinger wrote a blogpost in which he encouraged students and scholars of the New Testament to focus on the “common dialect,” ἡ κοινὴ διάλεκτος of the Greek language—that is, the Greek spoken roughly between 300 BCE and 300 CE. In the German-speaking sphere, from which I come, many students of theology still learn “Classical Greek” as it was used between 500 and 300 BCE (well, at least the Attic dialect of that time). [Read more…]
Learning to read Koine (or biblical) Greek is essential, if you are training for church ministry, an academically focused career in biblical studies, or simply as a means to reading the New Testament in its original language.
Even while I was in seminary, however, there was pressure to learn to read Attic, or Classical Greek. I was inspired to expand my narrow horizons beyond the NT, to begin reading Homer, Sophocles, and Plato. Indeed, even on this blog, we recently posted an article encouraging people to read widely throughout the corpus of Classical Greek literature. [Read more…]
by Tavis Bohlinger*
Yesterday we celebrated International LXX Day by publishing an essay on The Origin of the LXX. Today we are pleased to present the second half of that essay, because, well, we just love the Septuagint here at Logos (this proves it).
Plus, this gives us the chance to extend the 30% discount on select LXX resources, so you can boost your Logos digital library (see list below; if you don’t yet have Logos Bible Software, check this out). Don’t forget that today is the last day of the sale. [Read more…]
Over 70 volumes of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (P.Oxy.) have been published in print. These volumes are expensive and typically available only in well-stocked libraries. But the first 15 volumes (1898–1923), covering over 1,800 ancient papyri retrieved from the sands of Oxyrhynchus, will soon be available for Logos Bible Software. That includes the transcriptions, the photographic plates, the notes and commentary on contents, the discussion of dates and importance, and more. All of this material, from cover to cover of the first fifteen volumes, is included in the Logos edition.