In this volume, a leading expert brings readers up to date on the latest advances in New Testament Greek linguistics. Stanley Porter brings together a number of different studies of the Greek of the New Testament under three headings: texts and tools for analysis, approaching analysis, and doing analysis. He deals with a variety of New Testament texts, including the Synoptic Gospels, John, and Paul. This volume distills a senior scholar's expansive writings on various subjects, making it an essential book for scholars of New Testament Greek and a valuable supplemental textbook for New Testament Greek exegesis courses.
Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He has authored or edited dozens of books, including How We Got the New Testament and Fundamentals of New Testament Greek.
Porter has produced numerous excellent books on New Testament Greek and has shown himself to be a master of Greek grammar, syntax, idiom, and text. In this latest study he draws on his masterly learning and prodigious reading and research in this area to examine such subjects as discourse analysis, structural linguistics, sociolinguistics, verbal aspect, word order, and hyponymy. He also considers such examples as the literary analysis of John's Gospel and a new approach to the Trinity. Porter is always judicious, informative, and creative. I warmly commend this book.
-Anthony C. Thiselton,
emeritus professor of Christian theology, University of Nottingham
No one in recent decades has matched Stanley Porter in the breadth of his interests in linguistic analysis of the Greek New Testament. Some have worked on, say, verbal aspect theory or on discourse analysis or on sociolinguistics, but Porter has worked on all three and on several other subdisciplines as well--and this both at the theoretical level and at the level of the exegesis of specific biblical texts. This fine volume is neither an introduction to the subject of linguistics and Greek nor a comprehensive survey of the current state of play. Rather, it provides a score of fresh essays illustrating the innovative and stimulating work of the most prolific scholar currently working in these fields.
-D. A. Carson,
research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Stanley Porter has spent thirty years studying Greek grammar and linguistics. In his Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament we benefit from his expertise. Porter is not only a fine scholar but also an excellent teacher and communicator. Indeed, Porter succeeds in taking the mystery out of linguistics! His book is brilliant in conception and rich with examples and exegetical insight. Students, pastors, and veteran interpreters will benefit from this book.
-Craig A. Evans,
Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College
In this collection of studies, most of them previously unpublished, Porter makes a compelling case for New Testament students to familiarize themselves with principles of modern linguistics. For those who already have such an introduction, the book makes an excellent intermediate-level textbook for a class or seminar, and it reminds scholars and commentators of the vast reservoir of largely untapped methods for honing exegesis. Particularly useful are the broad cross-section of methods canvassed and the thorough bibliography for each topic.
distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary