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 […]

SNTS in Marburg

The Society for New Testament Studies (or Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas) held its annual meeting in Marburg, Germany, this past 30 July to 2 August. There were about 400 total attendees, including accompanying people, who enjoyed fantastic meals together, a trip to a local country restaurant, and a wonderful organ concert. (Photo taken from http://www.snts2019.com.) […]

Book Announcement: Dvorak and Dawson (eds), “The Epistle of James: Linguistic Exegesis of an Early Christian Letter”

The first book in the Linguistic Exegesis of the New Testament (LENT) series has been recently out: James D. Dvorak and Zachary K. Dawson (eds.), The Epistle of James: Linguistic Exegesis of an Early Christian Letter (LENT 1; Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2019). The book contains a number of essays that address critical issues in Jamesian study […]

I Kiss Celebrity Christianity Goodbye

Much has been said about Joshua Harris and his recent announcement that he is separating from his wife and dissociating from Christianity. If you don’t know what’s been going on, you can read about the gist of it here. TGC recently posted a reflection written by several of his friends, expressing hope that he would […]

Book Announcement: Porter, Land, Pang (eds.), “Linguistics and the Bible”

Finally, proceedings from the 2016 Bingham Colloquium, with the theme of “Linguistics and the Bible: Retrospects and Prospects,” has been published: Stanley E. Porter, Christopher D. Land, and Francis G.H. Pang (eds.), Linguistics and the Bible: Retrospects and Prospects (McMaster New Testament Studies Series 9; Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2019). This book contains a collection of essays […]

Freedom of Speech, Racism, and Higher Education

In the midst of participants at a recent Trump rally in North Carolina chanting “Send her back!” and the heightened racial tension that currently exists in America, a professor of a prominent law school recently was reported to have made a statement on immigration policy that advocated more whites and fewer non-whites. Professor Amy Wax […]