We are very excited about our new MA in Biblical Studies at St Mary’s University, taught by the team from the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, which will be available from September 2017 (first classes mid-September). We’ve designed the MA around our research interests and expertise, so you’ll be getting us at our best and most enthusiastic! It will ideal preparation for doctoral work in Biblical Studies, or as continuing development for those in Christian ministry as priests, pastors, ministers and the like. Continue reading →
Here’s a valuable introduction to how scholars date ancient papyri—and our oldest copies of the biblical texts are papyri—by Larry Hurtado from his excellent blog. Well worth reading if this is an area of mystery to you—and well worth recommending to students as a helpful ‘way in’ to the topic.
My good friend Will Ross, a Cambridge PhD student working on the Septuagint, has provided a ‘first thoughts’ review of Takamitsu Muraoka’s new grammar of Septuagint Greek, A Syntax of Septuagint Greek (Leuven: Peeters, 2016). Muraoka is a master of Greek, especially on the LXX, and has already provided us with a superb lexicon (see Will’s video introduction) and Hebrew-Greek index of the LXX, both of which must be considered the ‘state of the art’. Here’s the ‘blurb’ on the book: This is the first ever comprehensive Continue reading →
I’m looking forward to the paperback edition of this book (£95 in hardback—ouch!) so that I can learn from it. Kate Cooper of Manchester University, in the meantime, has provided us with a very helpful review here which summarises the central thesis of the book well, and hints at some of the key implications for reading the New Testament—thanks!
Here’s an excellent introductory short (6 minutess 37 seconds) video by my friend Will Ross on Septuagint lexicography from the Daily Dose of Greek vlog. He helpfully introduces the theme, and illustrates well by showing differences in approach in the two main Septuagint Greek lexical (Lust, Eynikel and Hauspie, and Muraoka). Worth a few minutes of your life!