Romans 13 and Government Restrictions

It has been over two months since the known world has shutdown, in order to level the number of cases of Covid-19. This has affected almost every aspect of life, churches included. But there have been a number of churches in various parts of the world that consider this governmental restriction from gathering publicly to […]

Book Highlight: The Handbook of the Study of the Historical Jesus (PB at $311 US)

If you have $311 (USD) lying around and want to invest it in one of the most complete resources on historical Jesus studies, you will want to pick this up: Tom Holmén and Stanley E. Porter (eds.), The Handbook of the Study of the Historical Jesus. 4 vols. Leiden: Brill, 2011. xxii, 3652 pp. The […]

Use of the English Language

I realize that speakers of a language are free to use that language in any way that they wish in order to communicate with others, and that anything I happen to think or say about such usage will probably do very little to influence trends within usage. Nevertheless, there are a number of uses of […]

New Testament Scholarship—A Lament

Is it just me who sees the steep decline in the quality of New Testament scholarship? I don’t think so. I look at the numerous textbooks that are being published—I know, these do not, let me repeat, do not count as scholarship—and they are full of all sorts of useless nonsense designed to keep the […]

Revisiting the Popular but False Dichotomy Between Knowledge and Practice

I recently came across a quotation which stated something along the lines of: “It doesn’t matter how much theological knowledge you have if it doesn’t change the way you live.” Something like that. Something involving the pitting of the mind against the heart, like head knowledge vs. heart knowledge, or knowledge against lifestyle, or information […]

Professor Petr Pokorn‎‎ý Dies

I was saddened to learn from my colleagues at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, that my long-time friend Petr Pokorný has died. They have shared with me an obituary written to commemorate his passing, and his funeral service, with a standing-room only crowd, was held last Saturday. Petr was born on 21 April […]

Recent Volume of BAGL

The Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics journal recently published their eighth volume (2019), containing four essays, all relating to or utilizing a Systemic Functional linguistic approach. Both Stan and I have an article in this volume. The abstracts taken from the website are reproduced below. Stanley E. Porter, “Recent Developments in Systemic Functional Linguistics: A […]

Top 5 Viewed Posts of 2019

Stan and I have taken a brief break from posting for the past couple of months, due to general busyness and adapting to new circumstances, but we are back. For our first post, of 2020, we wanted to take a look at our most viewed posts in 2019 and highlight them for you. In reverse […]

Upcoming ETS, IBR, and SBL Annual Meetings in San Diego, CA

The annual meetings are always a highlight of the academic year. This year’s annual meetings are in sunny Southern California, where both Stan and I were born and raised, although closer to Los Angeles than San Diego. Stan hasn’t lived there since the 90s, and I haven’t lived there since 2011. It will be good […]