My friend the New Testament scholar Richard Burridge has worked on a new English translation of Mark’s Gospel, seeking to be as true as possible to the word order, verb tenses, word-plays and puns in Greek, and the like. I’ve read sections of this and it’s fascinating—at times it sounds rather Yoda-like in its word order, and that helps recognise the strangeness of Mark’s writing in our English-orientated world. Richard is giving a live performance of his translation with Justin Butcher reading the narrator, Andy Continue reading →
Sean A. Adams. Greek Genres and Jewish Authors: Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2020. xvii + 430 pp. $79.95. ISBN 978 1 4813 1291 2. This excellent study does exactly what it says it will do: explore the way Jewish authors used and adapted Greek genres of writing between 300 BC and AD 135. Dr Sean Adams shows an astonishing and impressive breadth of engagement with the primary sources for this period, and has put us in his debt Continue reading →
Here’s the opening post of an interesting new blog which is appearing in the run-up to the publication of the free Tyndale House Greek New Testament. Dr Dirk Jongkind, a fine textual critic, has worked for some years on producing an edition of the Greek NT which can be made freely available without the copyright restrictions on other editions which currently exist. He and Dr Pete Williams, the other editor, are blogging about the process of producing this edition. I’ve had the privilege of Continue reading →
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.