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Bloomsbury Companion to Discourse Analysis, ed. Hyland and Paltridge

This collection of essays aims to “provide a way into this complex and wide-ranging field [of analyzing discourse] for beginning researchers in the area of applied linguistics” (15). They hope to provide “teachers, students, and researchers with a way of theorizing and investigating both spoken and written discourse.”

The first part of the book contains essays on various methods of discourse analysis. These methods may be executed on written or oral discourses and may stem from various methodological schools of thought. There are essays on narrative analysis, genre analysis, corpus approaches to discourse analysis, and more that are someone less relevant to biblical studies (although see below for a couple that are quite relevant)….

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Sing and Learn New Testament Greek, by Kenneth Berding

This week’s Featured Resource is Ken Berding’s Sing and Learn New Testament Greek: The Easiest Way to Learn New Testament Grammar (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008).  (CD Hardcopy)       (Audio Download) Among those who have rigorously attempted to teach or study Koine Greek, many will agree that memorizing paradigms and how to parse are equally the most important and the most difficult part of learning the language.  Since paradigms are the foundation for parsing and parsing is part of the foundation for translation,…

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New Testament Theology Annotated Bibliography

In 1787, J. P. Gabler delivered his oration on the distinction between biblical and systematic theology. Since then, NT theology has developed into a wide field of its own. The following bibliography provides the major works of the field along with annotations on the methodology and importance of the works. If you would want to enter into the field of NT theology, you should probably start with Hasel, then read Ladd. Beyond these two, which give a basic (and admittedly conservative) grasp of NT theology, you may move into the other works with different methodologies and various viewpoints…

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History of New Testament Research Vol. 1: From Deism to Tübingen, by William Baird

For students and scholars in biblical studies, particularly in the field of New Testament, a robust comprehension of the history of interpretation of the New Testament is an inestimable resource for successful study and research. As per the various resources in this area, William Baird’s three volume History of New Testament Research (HNTR) is an unquestionable standard. The following review will concentrate on Volume 1, however many of the comments made here are indicative of the set as a whole….

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Discourse Analysis Annotated Bibliography

Discourse analysis is a sub-discipline within linguistics that is used to analyze discourse at a level larger than the sentence. Before discourse analysis evolved, linguists were concerned primarily with morphemes, words, phrases, and at most, sentences. But linguists in the latter half of the twentieth century began developing tools and theories for analyzing paragraphs, sections, and entire discourses. These discourses may be oral or written, and discourse analysis is intended to handle both mediums of communication….

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A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism

A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism, edited by Matthias Henze, offers a wide selection of essays on the overarching techniques of early biblical interpretation, as well as particular examples from specific texts (i.e. Use of the Scripture in the Community Rule, in The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, or in the Genesis Apocryphon)

41rfiH0yyVLThe introductory essay by James Kugel (comprising Part 1 of the volume) is especially helpful. He begins by outlining historical factors that contributed to the rise of early biblical interpretation, focusing particularly on the Babylonian exile. Among the returnee’s from Babylonian deportation, there was not only an increasing need to reestablish Israelite society with the scriptures of Israel,…

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Book Deal: A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, $5 on Kindle

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This is a massive, 1,055 page book that “offers a groundbreaking treatment of the Puritans’ teaching on most major Reformed doctrines, particularly those doctrines in which the Puritans made significant contributions. Since the late 1950s, nearly 150 Puritan authors and 700 Puritan titles have been reprinted and catalogued by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson in their 2006 collection of mini-biographies and book reviews, titled, Meet the Puritans. However, no work until now has gathered together the threads of their teaching into a unified tapestry of systematic….

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Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People, by Constantine R. Campbell

Constantine Campbell is a lead contributor on the latest discussions concerning verbal aspect theory and has put his knowledge of the language to good use with his most recent book on Union with Christ. Not only is Dr. Campbell worth noting because he is a highly proficient Greek scholar and professor, but he is also jazz musician who knows the value of practice and hard work and uses these insights to inform his approach to maintaining your knowledge of the language. With excellent reviews from Craig L. Blomberg….

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Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, by G. K. Beale

Beale is widely known for publishing extensively on the New Testament’s use of the Old. This work provides the student with a distilled outline of his entire exegetical method for interpreting the OT in the NT. In chapters 1 and 2, Beale introduces the reader to the discipline of Old in the New studies, surveying various interpretive and methodological developments….

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