Monthly Archives: March 2016

On the Precipice of Annihalation

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! Resurrection implies a reordering of power, an apocalyptic upheaval of the world, an inversion of the pyramid of privilege, so that those ruled over in fear are raised to reign in divine glory. The resurrection of … Continue reading

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Cognition and Functionalism in Language Systems

. If we are to study language as communication, then we will need to take into account the properties both of human communicators and of the situations in which linguistic communication occurs. Indeed, a further important claim of functionalism is … Continue reading

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A Fresh Perspective on the Greek Verb in JETS

. Greek is an aspect-prominent language. This means verbal aspect (ὄψις) in Greek is an uncancelable semantic feature of every verbal form (including the oblique mood forms). In fact, verbal aspect is encoded in every verbal stem (the ‘future’ is … Continue reading

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Pitre on Jesus and the Last Supper

In celebration of Maundy Thursday, it seems appropriate to draw attention to this fascinating interview with Brant Pitre on Historical Jesus research and the Last Supper. Pitre is not always persuasive, in my opinion, but his presentation of the evidence … Continue reading

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Resurrection and Interpretation

. The nature of Holy Scripture, and of its interpreters and their acts of interpretation, may all be understood out of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The task of biblical interpretation is a function of the nature of Scripture; the … Continue reading

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Tense and Aspect Operators in RRG

. For those interested, Michael Aubrey has uploaded his Master’s thesis on the Greek perfect to Here is the abstract: This thesis attempts to expand the theoretical and methodological basis for operators within Role and Reference Grammar for purposes of language … Continue reading

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The Truest Heroism

. The Christian gospel firmly declares two equally necessary truths. Jesus is the hope of the nations, Jesus is what the entire human race really longs to see, the person whose presence heals all wounds and griefs; and Jesus is … Continue reading

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