Why Is It Called “Passion” Week? Etymology to the Rescue

This week, we celebrate and remember the final week of Jesus’s life and ministry before his death and resurrection, both events being cornerstones of the Christian faith. It is often called Passion Week, and the events leading up to his death are often called the Passion of the Christ (just like the movie!). But a […]

The Latest Issue of BAGL

One of the few journals in biblical studies that focuses on Greek linguistics is Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics (another one is Filología Neotestamentaria). The recent issue of BAGL 7 (2018) contains a wide range of articles on Greek linguistics from various linguistics approaches. The volume is a hefty 241 pp. including indexes. The contents […]

Thoughts on the ETS Ontario/Quebec Regional Meeting

Last weekend, on September 15, I attended and presented a paper at the regional ETS meeting at Heritage Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The theme this year was “The Holy Spirit and Revival.” For a small region, there were a total of 20 parallel sessions (in which 11 papers were from McMaster Divinity College […]

45th International Systemic Functional Congress at Boston College

My colleague, Christopher Land, and I presented a paper on “Modeling Negation in Ancient Greek” at the 45th International Systemic Functional Congress hosted by Boston College from 23-27 July 2018. The Boston College site was a beautiful and impressive venue for the congress of about four hundred participants, a much bigger audience than the thirty […]

Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 in Auckland, New Zealand, 27-30 June 2018

I was invited to be a part of a special section of the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 held at Auckland University in New Zealand, 27-30 June 2018, and to present a sessional paper at the conference attended by about eight or nine hundred participants. The Sociolinguistics Symposium is the largest sociolinguistics conference in the discipline, and […]

In Memoriam: M.A.K. Halliday

One of the great linguists of the modern era, Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday—best known as M.A.K. Halliday and as the originator of Systemic Functional Linguistics—passed away from natural causes at the age of 93 (April 13, 1925—April 15, 2018). Halliday received his BA in Chinese language and literature from the University of London, did some […]

The Latest Issue of JGRChJ: Articles on Greek Language and Papyrology

I recently received my copy of the latest volume of the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, which contains articles from all three of the co-bloggers here, among several other intriguing ones. Due to the recent closing of Sheffield Phoenix Press, which has published the journal since its inception, this volume is the first with […]