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For the past 25 years, debate regarding the nature of tense and aspect in the Koine Greek verb has held New Testament studies at an impasse. The Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis examines recent developments from the field of linguistics, which may dramatically shift the direction of this discussion. Readers will find an accessible introduction to the foundational issues, and more importantly, they will discover a way forward through the debate.

Originally presented during a conference on the Greek verb supported by and held at Tyndale House and sponsored by the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University, the papers included in this collection represent the culmination of scholarly collaboration. The outcome is a practical and accessible overview of the Greek verb that moves beyond the current impasse by taking into account the latest scholarship from the fields of linguistics, Classics, and New Testament studies. For both students and seasoned scholars, this is a must-read for anyone who is serious about the grammar of the verb in the Greek New Testament.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 688
Vendor: Lexham Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1577996364
ISBN-13: 9781577996361

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New Testament studies have debated the Koine Greek verb for 25 years--reaching an impasse when it came to both tense and aspect.

Now, a group of scholars offer a new take on this debate. Originally presented as part of a conference on the Greek verb at Tyndale House, Cambridge, the chapters in The Greek Verb Revisited represent scholarly collaboration from the fields of linguistics, classics, and New Testament studies--resulting in a new perspective that allows the reader to approach the Greek verb in a fresh way.

The Greek Verb Revisited not only offers a rare glimpse into the background of the debate over the Greek verb, but also explains the significance of this discussion and provides a linguistically-sound way forward.



Contributors include:
--Rutger J. Allan (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
--Michael Aubrey (Faithlife Corporation)
--Rachel Aubrey (Canada Institute of Linguistics, Trinity Western University)
--Randall Buth (Biblical Language Center)
--Robert Crellin (Faculty of Classics, Cambridge)
--Nicholas J. Ellis (BibleMesh)
--Buist Fanning (Dallas Theological Seminary)
--Christopher J. Fresch (Bible College of South Australia)
--Peter J. Gentry (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
--Geoffrey Horrocks (Faculty of Classics, Cambridge)
--Patrick James (The Greek Lexicon Project; Faculty of Classics, Cambridge)
--Stephen H. Levinsohn (SIL International)
--Amalia Moser (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
--Christopher J. Thomson (University of Edinburgh)
--Elizabeth Robar (Tyndale House, Cambridge)
--Steven E. Runge (Lexham Research Institute; Stellenbosch University)

Author Bio

Steven E. Runge (LittD, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) serves as a research associate in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, as director of the Lexham Research Institute, and as scholar-in-residence at Faithlife Corporation.

Christopher J. Fresch (PhD, University of Cambridge) teaches biblical languages and Old Testament at Bible College of South Australia, an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. His research focuses on Greek and Hebrew languages, linguistics, and the Septuagint.

Editorial Reviews

The Greek verb is the engine of the language, driving the direction in which clauses, sentences, paragraphs and whole works go. The editors of this fine book have brought together an impressive international group of scholars to assess and expand the state of our knowledge of the Greek verb in antiquity. This is no mere "academic" (read, irrelevant) enquiry: they do this in order to illuminate reading of key Greek texts, especially the New Testament and the Greek Old Testament, and achieve that aim very well with lots of examples and ideas to use. Scholars and students of the New Testament and the Greek Old Testament will find their reading of these important texts deepened, strengthened and (in places) corrected by this fine book. These scholars bring together expertise in classics, linguistics and New Testament studies in highly fruitful cross-disciplinary interaction and together move this conversation about the Greek verb forward much more quickly than might have happened through each working alone. I hope it receives the wide use it deserves as the conversation continues.
--Steve Walton, professorial research fellow in New Testament, St Mary's University, Twickenham (London), UK
A collection of essays from the 2015 Cambridge Verb Conference, The Greek Verb Revisited is the most significant book on the Koine Greek verb to be published in over a quarter century. The essays in this volume are well-informed by up-to-date research in linguistics and present a good mix of theoretical and practical treatments of the Greek verb. Comprehensive, correct, and current, this book ought to be mandatory reading for anyone serious about the grammar of the verb in the Greek New Testament, for both students and seasoned scholars alike.
--Stephen C. Carlson, post-doctoral research fellow, Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
Steve Runge and Chris Fresch are to be congratulated for bringing together such important contributions to our understanding of the verb in Koine Greek. This volume reflects the cutting edge of the ongoing discussion. It should now be the starting point for students and scholars, as most previous discussions must now be considered outdated. Contributors do not agree on all the details, but we can see a clear consensus forming and these very capable scholars have left us all in their debt. This will certainly be required reading for my course on advanced Greek as I cannot recommend it highly enough!
--Roy E. Ciampa, PhD, Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
This inter-disciplinary collection of studies will now provide a basis for any further work on the Greek verb, and it is clear that refining our understanding of Greek verbs is crucial for an accurate grasp of any Greek sentence.
--Larry Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature & theology, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

The Greek Verb Revisited (ed. Runge and Fresch) is an exceptional and ground-breaking volume which opens new vistas of interpretation for our understanding of the diachronic development of ancient Greek and its interpretation.
--Michael P. Theophilos, senior lecturer, Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages, Australian Catholic University
The Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis offers a coherent and compelling account of the Greek verb through the combined efforts of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of linguists and scholars. Crucially, this notable volume also demonstrates the incomparable fruitfulness of long-term multidisciplinary collaborative scholarship. It is hoped that this exemplary collegial collaboration will help inspire a new wave of similar projects in biblical studies to move the discussion forward on any and all issues of consequence.
--Randall K. J. Tan, PhD, vice president, biblical research, Global Bible Initiative
This book is fascinating and hard to put down despite some of the technicality of the treatments. I particularly appreciated the multidisciplinary representation (classical, biblical, linguistic) and diachronic perspective from Homer to modern Greek. Helpful frameworks are provided to understand the Greek verb such as semantics, pragmatics, and discourse information structure. Through all of this, particular conclusions continue to reverberate in my thinking: Certainly, the augment in the indicative marks past time (allowing for pragmatic uses); most likely the Greek verb system is primarily aspectual (as opposed to tense-based); and clearly the choice of verbal aspect is exegetically significant (amplifying our need to properly understand it). I am already incorporating insights gleaned from The Greek Verb Revisited in my pedagogy and research.
--Fredrick J. Long, professor of New Testament and director of Greek instruction, Asbury Theological Seminary; international coordinator of ΓΡΚ Greek Honor Society, GlossaHouse
This is an important volume that deserves careful consideration. It will no doubt occupy a significant position within modern discussions of the Greek verbal system, and rightly so.
--Constantine R. Campbell, PhD, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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    Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis edited by Steven E. Runge and Christopher J. Fresch is a collection of scholarly essays presented at the Tyndale Fellowship 2015 meeting, sponsored by the University of Cambridge School of Arts and Humanities and Lexham Research Institute. Runge and Fresch have brought together a fascinating presentation of forward-moving linguistic research that frames a longstanding conversation around the function and application of the Greek verb. Runge and Fresch help to push the conversation past an aspect-only dialog and into new space with more room for a new paradigm to flourish.

    As expected, Greek Verb Revisited is academically oriented and probably best situated for intermediate or advance students of New Testament Greek. The volume opens with an excellent forward from Andreas J. Kstenberger, recounting his personal journey and adoration for the work presented. Runge and Fresch have divided the essays into three major sections: (1) Overview, (2) Application, and (3) Linguistic Investigations. The organization of the volume seems somewhat random, but the content therein is magnificent. The first section aims to position the overall conversation, past and present, within the larger framework of the volume. There are four chapters focusing on tense and/or aspect, with no obvious organizational intent, which looks to move the conversation towards new ground. While each of the essays has strengths, the essay by Nicholas J. Ellis, that establishes a cognitive-linguistic framework, is outstanding and Ellis use of Matt. 2:20 is appropriate. The second and third sections are where the bulk of the volume is spent. There is much that could be said about the chapters in these sections, but most of which is beyond space here. Runges chapter on nonnarrative discourse was fascinating. Runge is easy to follow and he does a great job bringing the reader into his discussion while remaining humble and honest about the need for further research (p. 265). Again, much more could be said about each essay individually, but as a collection of essays this volume is sure to be a staple for further engagement in the years to come.

    It is both exciting and encouraging to see an unfolding of new movement in research regarding the function and application of the Greek language, especially the Greek verb. Greek Verb Revisited is both up-to-date and academically stimulating. The contributors include, Peter Gentry, Stephen Levinsohn, Buist Fanning, Rutger Allan, and many more names of equal caliber. At nearly 650 pages, this volume is not for the faint of heart. But, those who specialize in or enjoy linguistics will find this volume to be a goldmine of rich discovery. Some essays are more difficult to follow than others, and this varies from topic and author. But, overall those with a preexisting knowledge of the language and a familiarity with the ongoing dialog on Greek verbs will be pleasantly surprised by the tone of this volume. Additionally, for those who love to explore bibliographies for their next research project or rabbit trail read, each of the essays include a sizable list of referenced resources that will come in handy. For future use, Runge and Fresch have included a detailed subject/author index and an index of ancient sources. This will allow for relevant information to be retrieved as the need arisesan appropriate and welcomed addition.

    Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis edited by Steven E. Runge and Christopher J. Fresch is nothing short of groundbreaking. The essays included are forward-looking and up-to-date with the latest conversations, and, in fact, push those conversations towards a much-needed end. If you are looking for a volume that presents the most recent advances in the Greek language, while remaining academically practical for exegesis and textual analysis, then nothing should stand in the way of this book finding space on your shelf. It comes highly recommended for those engaged or looking to engage in the conversation.
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