Biblical Languages

2019 ETS Septuagint Studies Sessions

Not too long ago I mentioned the fact that the Septuagint Studies section that I help co-chair (with John Meade) at ETS was accepting paper proposals from the general call. You can read more about the history of our section — which began as a trial meeting back in 2015 — right here. Part of the great thing about being a section, aside from having a six-year time frame to work with, is that we get an invited session and an open session. So it’s double the fun. (more…)

New IBR Research Group: Linguistics and the Biblical Text

It’s been pretty quiet on here for a while and there is one simple reason for that: Moving from Cambridge to Charlotte while getting ordained and prepping  new classes as a brand new professor. Chaotic, but simple. But now that the semester is slowing down and our new house is mostly put together, things will hopefully pick up a little more on the blog.

Another new thing that has entered my life over the last six months is helping to organize a new research group for the annual meeting of the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR). I have been a member of IBR for a number of years and have enjoyed attending the sessions, which tend to fall on the day between the ETS and SBL conferences. I’ve always found that appropriate since from a theological and academic perspective that is exactly where IBR belongs. Historically, IBR has always been broadly evangelical but places more emphasis upon participation in the biblical studies academy proper. Most of the book reviews I have written have been published in the associated Bulletin for Biblical Research (BBR), which usually provides good reading. (more…)

Septuagint Scholar Interview: John A. L. Lee

Today I have the distinct pleasure of presenting my interview with Dr. John A. L. Lee, who is honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Ancient History Department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. You will read more about his educational and teaching background below, but Lee is widely recognized as a leading scholar of Greek language and lexicography.

His doctoral work, completed at the University of Cambridge in 1970, was foundational for how scholarship now understands the language of the Septuagint, especially the Greek Pentateuch. (It also set the trajectory for my own doctoral dissertation, also on Septuagint lexicography.)

N.B. There is now a library of fourteen scholar interviews, with more on the way in due course.
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