Current Writing

This is a description of the various writing projects that I am working on at present or only very recently finished. I try to keep this page fairly up-to-date, but things inevitably get lost in the chaos. This was accurate as of May 2019. You can also check out my CV for more details about older completed projects.

Reader’s Septuagint

My most recent project — and certainly largest by page number — was a reader’s edition of the Septuagint, which I co-edited with Greg Lanier of RTS-Orlando. I have written a lot about this here and there. Here is the original book announcement. Greg and I also put together a dedicated blog site, where you can also log errata if you find any. Greg and I have also done two interviews about it: one with Exegetical Tools and another with the New Books Network. I also wrote a brief article for Credo Mag about it. You can find a few other discussions of the work here.

Doctoral Dissertation

For virtually all of the four years that I was working on Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition, I was also a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. My dissertation focused on the language change evident within the textual history of the book of Judges in Greek. The dissertation was a contribution to the ongoing discussions about the language of the Septuagint and how best to go about Septuagint lexicography.

I submitted the dissertation in August of 2018 and defended not too long afterwards in November 2018 (somewhat oddly, at SBL in Denver, CO . . . long story). Since that time I have received a contract for publication and will be undertaking some minor revisions over the next year. It should appear in 2021. If you can’t wait that long, you can at least read the abstract.

Books

I have a few other things going in the book/edited volume category, but none of them can be revealed in all that much detail.

First, I have a project very close to completion that I also produced with Greg Lanier. It will be published this year and is closely related to the Septuagint Reader, and will compliment it nicely. Since our work together on the Reader, we’ve developed a great rhythm and share a number of similar interests. In fact, not only do we have this near-completed project, but Greg and I have two further projects in the hopper. One of those should be under contract very soon. The other is in the proposal phase but looks pretty positive.

I am also co-editing with W. Edward Glenny a fairly large-scale volume pertaining to research methods in Septuagint scholarship. I has been underway for a few years now, and we’re mostly collecting final versions of chapters from the contributors. More details will follow, but this project should be in print by the end of 2020.

Articles, Contributions, Etc.

I have a handful of things that are forthcoming. Two of them are articles that will appear in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses and Journal for the Study of the Old Testament this year (so I am told). These have to do with a textual and semantic problem in the Confessions of Marcus Aurelius, and conceptual blending in Psalm 51 — slightly random, I know. I also have two essays that will appear in edited volumes. First is an essay discussing the particularities in the Hellenistic Egyptian background of two words: παιδάριον and νεανίσκος. Secondly is an investigation of the authorship of a curious and disputed early modern Septuagint concordance that has been sitting in the Bodleian Library at Oxford for a few centuries.

The main writing project I am working on at the moment is an article that came out of a seminar I participated in last year at the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge (see here). The article is going to be much broader than my initial presentation, and aims to look some problematic aspects of talking about “Septuagint Greek.” As part of the background investigation, I dip into some pretty interesting issues surrounding the ancient Greek grammarians and their effect on medieval and early modern views of language, so it’s been fun (and complicated). That is theoretically coming out in 2020 with the rest of the essays in that seminar.

As usual, I have a few book reviews coming out, and am working on a few others.

Popular Writing

Although I have not done so in a while, in the past I have written for The Gospel Coalition, and hope to do so more in the future as time allows.

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