Mellel: Still my word processor of choice
Way back when I got my first Mac and slowly became a tech ninja master, I adopted two major apps that completely revolutionized my work: Bookends (a bibliography manager) and Mellel (a word processor). Bookends continues to be a fantastic program that I recommend, though I now use a program called Sente. But my word processor choice Mellel has not changed. I use Mellel for my academic writing....
The Nails in Jesus' hands and feet
Something I knew, then forgot, and am now pondering as I work on my thesis: Both Matthew and Mark do NOT mention Jesus’ hands and feet being nailed to the cross, nor are they part of the story of the resurrection. Luke mentions them in the resurrection, but doesn’t mention the holes. Only John discusses the holes in Jesus’ hands and side (not feet). Nailing would have been...
Ps 22 and the Gospel of Peter
While working on my dissertation on Matthew I stumbled across this little interesting tidbit from Origen’s hexapla. Origen helps us understand other early Greek translations of the OT. Anyway, it relates to the Gospel of Peter because in that apocryphal Gospel Jesus cries from the cross “My power, My power, why have you forsaken me?” Seems like an odd change, perhaps hints of...
iGreek - a reference app for Biblical Greek →
Very happy to have my latest project live on the app store. Check out iGreek for your iPhone!
50% off ParseGreek and FlashGreek Pro →
In celebration of the Christmas season I’m offering 50% off ParseGreek and FlashGreek Pro until Jan 1. Spread the Word!
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library →
If you haven’t seen this new resource on the Dead Sea Scrolls yet, you need to! An unbelievably well done job. Now we need the bible software companies to make these into modules for us!
10 iOS apps PLUS The Singing Grammarian. Totally free !
A modest suggestion to all bibliobloggers
I don’t do a ton of biblioblogging anymore, but I do still try and follow, and do post on occasion. The problem, as Mark Goodacre has recently discussed, is that there are so many blogs. A way forward, possibly, is an increased use of twitter. I find I am actually reading a lot more blog posts than I use to, but I’m almost always going to them via twitter because I follow the reader...
alexwgold asked: Hey Daniel, I was wondering if your FlashGreek Pro program included "A New Testament Greek Primer" from S.M. Baugh, and if not, if/when that would be a possibility. I'm in a Greek class over at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and am looking into your app :). Thanks! - Alex
FlashGreek has arrived!
The evolution of the flashcard has just landed on the iTunes app store! This app has been in the making for many years and I’m really excited to release it to the world. FlαshGrεεk puts multimedia Greek flashcards on your iOS device. What do I mean by multimedia? an image mnemonic audio a scripture example additional info on the word (part of speech, applicable English derivatives,...
My guest post on the Jesus Creed blog →
Check out my guest post on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog
Update: Someone at RBL please explain this Book...
Update: thanks to Mark Goodacre for giving me some explanation - its why I love the internet! He said on FB: “This is the old style JBL book review of a collection — it simply lists the contents with no actual comment or analysis. There were quite a few like that at the time. The same format may still exist but I don’t recall having seen it recently.” __________ Okay, I...
ch.2 of my Greek textbook
For those interested in the unfolding saga of my Greek textbook, ch.2 is embedded below. What do you think? Ch2 Signs and Sounds of Greek
I think most NT scholars have been aware that the term “socio-rhetorical” is being used in different ways in the field. Vernon Robbins is the name tied to the origins of socio-rhetorical criticism, and more recently David DeSilva as well. There is a socio-rhetorical SBL group for these like-minded folk. At the same time we have the prolific Ben Witherington III (I always refer to him...
Draft 1 of my Greek textbook Introduction
I’ve finished writing a short introduction to my Greek textbook. If you have time or the interest, read it and let me know what you think! Greek intro draft 1
New Hermeneutics Textbooks I've Chosen
I’m teaching hermeneutics at the undergraduate level this fall. I have taught the course once before, two years ago, and have decided to change the textbook. I inherited the textbook from the previous teacher and it is a decent textbook, but I wanted to change it up a little bit. Previously we had used Grasping God’s Word. One of the reasons I’ve thought it necessary to...
A new way of teaching Greek pt.5 - Wow factor
See pt.1 here, pt.2 here, pt.3 here, pt.4 here It isn’t a stretch to say that we are entering into a new era of publishing. E-books outsell print books now. At the same time, the major Bible software guys have great iPad apps to carry around your library on your tablet device. There are also companies like vook, Inkling, and Apple’s free iBooks Author that make it possible to...
A new way of teaching Greek pt.4 - Equipping
See pt.1 here, pt.2 here, pt.3 here Most Greek teachers shy away –better yet downright discourage - the use of Bible software in the introductory courses for biblical Greek and biblical Hebrew. I was one of those for quite some time. Now I’m a tech whiz: I use accordance and Logos like a boss, I teach others how to do it, and I regularly get questions from friends, colleagues, students,...
A new way of teaching Greek pt.3 - What
See pt.1 here and pt.2 here As I mentioned in my first post, once this new curriculum came, I had the trouble of having no textbook. I evaluated every major intro Greek textbook, some lesser known textbooks, and even an unpublished one from another seminary. Nothing was going to work and I had to spend a huge chunk of my summer writing an intro Greek textbook. I preliminarily called...
A new way of teaching Greek pt.2 - How
See pt.1 here So what is the how of teaching Greek with a more conceptual approach in only 1 semester? It wasn’t easy for any of us, but I think it was acceptable. The first thing I had to do was be militant about homework. At the graduate level we expect 9 hours of homework each week. The reality is that some classes are well under that, some are about that, and language classes are...
The best way to prepare for Introduction to NT... →
On the weekend a soon to be seminary student in the US emailed me to ask about the Singing Grammarian. During our email exchange it dawned on me that my publication The Singing Grammarian not only is a great addition to any intro Greek class, but it would be a phenomenal way to prepare to take intro Greek in seminary or Bible college. I think any student of mine would agree. For those of you who...
A new way of teaching Greek pt.1 - Why
Last summer I mentioned on my blog that a change in curriculum necessitated that I write a new intro grammar. I won’t go on about all of the great changes, but the short of it was that prior to the change, we required 1 full year of Greek for all M.Div. students, and no Hebrew. The curriculum change couldn’t add more hours to language - ideally all of us would love to require 2 full...
ΠαrsεGrεεk Now available for Android ! →
It has arrived. ParseGreek has been doing great on the iTunes app store and now I’m pleased to announce that ΠαrsεGrεεk is now available for Android. Thanks for the support and happy studying!
my new website - NT Greek Resources →
I have been over the past few years creating more and more resources for the study of NT Greek. These resources have found their home on my site deinde.org for many years. Given the amount of stuff I now have for Greek, I thought it was time to make a fresh site devoted to my Greek resources. So I’m very happy to announce that ntgreekresources.com is live today. Hope you enjoy it.
Greek Parsing App
Finally ! At long last, I’ve released my Greek parsing app. Many thanks to my partner in crime Laurie Perrin, the coding ninja behind ΠαrsεGrεεk. Here is the appstore link: http://tinyurl.com/d2ggzvq Check ou the YouTube demo here: http://youtu.be/MN_aNJsuujI See the webpage for it here: http://tinyurl.cc/parsegreek The Android version is soon to come !
Bible Software Training (and more!) →
I’m officially introducing a little side business online today (I’ve been doing it locally for a little while already). If you are looking to utilize the full potential of Bible Software (Logos or Accordance) but need some help, get some one on one training with me ! Training for Sente Bibliographic software is also available. For more information, check out the link.
Craig Evans talks about the new “Jesus Discovery” patio tomb. Check it out!
Simon Gathercole's 2011 Hayward Lectures →
3 Great lectures by a great NT scholar. Check em out!
Ehrman / Evans debate now online
The debate I posted about last time is now available for the world to see on YouTube. Many thanks to myself for editing and posting the videos ;-) http://ow.ly/8LCA4 http://ow.ly/8LCD5
The Ehrman / Evans Debate(s): some musings
I had the privilege of being at both nights of the first annual Religion Soup debate that took place at St Mary’s University and Acadia University. I’ve heard (read) at least two people say that Ehrman won the first night. I must admit it is hard for me to judge debates. I work hard on focusing on the arguments but that is clearly not the only factor in a debate. It is also difficult...
Google Scholar Citations →
Many thanks to Patrick McCullough for pointing this one out. Google Scholar citations builds upon the power of google scholar and allows you to keep a list of your own works. With this list in place, Google scholar then tracks how often your citations are cited by others. It is a bit of ego-surfing, but nothing wrong with that! Patrick mentioned that it would be nice to be able to create a...
Christ at the Checkpoint conference (Mar 5-9,... →
A topic I have a keen interest in peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. It interests me more than others, partly, because early in my life as a Christian I was taught and bought into traditional dispensationalism. Built into that system, typically, is a staunch belief that the promises of the land in the OT still belong to Jewish people, and in particular the modern nation of Israel. My...
2 years of the changed status quo?
2 years ago Michael Heiser made a post that bugged some people noting that Logos has changed the status quo in bible software. In our new curriculum we have begun to integrate Bible software more heavily into our language courses (which I teach). Because of this, I have begun to work more heavily with Logos. I have begun to appreciate Logos Bible software more, all the while continuing to heavily...
Porter's intro Greek grammar and teaching Greek
A recent review of Stanley Porter, Jeffrey T. Reed and Matthew Brook O’Donnell’s new intro textbook in RBL by Laurence M. Vance is affirming of the textbook’s contents on the one hand, but damning as far as actually using it to teach intro Greek on the other. I am inclined to agree with Vance’s review, though it pains me to say so. I enjoy Stan Porter’s work...
languages and the NT PhD
I’m coming even later to the game than everyone else, but in case for some insane reason you follow my blog but not any other better and more popular biblical studies blogs, the conversation revolves around language requirements for PhD students in NT. Larry Hurtado started (and continued) the discussion here, here, and here. Some fellow PhD students (from a different school) take issue...
Parsing app in the Works
There are a number of iOS and/or Android apps on the market aimed at the biblical scholar or student. The majority fall into the category of “Bible or text”, with the next groups being related usually to vocabulary—including my multimedia flashcard apps. What isn’t there for the struggling Greek and Hebrew student is a parsing app—something to practice parsing over and over. I...
Doubting Morton Smith and Secret Mark →
Being Craig Evans’ student and now colleague, I have heard him speak on many occasions about Secret Mark. This article is a very clear presentation of his thoughts on the issue of Secret Mark.
Principal Parts Got You Down?
A friend of mine suggested I make a flashcard set for principal parts drilling. After I looked at the data I have collected for my multimedia flashcards, I realized this was something I would be able to do. So for those of you interested in Greek Principal Parts flashcards, it is now available on Deinde for $4 (Mac or iOS, with Mental Case). The set covers every verb that occurs 10x or more,...
Ancient Lives | Help us to Transcribe Papyri →
U of Oxford is opening up the untranscribed/translated Oxyrhynchus papyri to the public for ‘arm-chair archaeologists’ to help out. You can read more about the project here. If you are teaching an upper level Greek course, why not consider an assignment that includes your students working on one of these documents?
Interview with Danny Zacharias: The Singing... →
Thanks to Matthew Montonini for the interview on my latest publication.
The Online Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English... →
Wow !! Every NT, LXX, and ancient Greek scholar needs to know about this new resource. LSJ is one of the best lexicons — but add to it a simple searchable interface and BEST OF ALL live links to all of the ancient texts which LSJ mentions. What a huge undertaking! Accordance and other Bible Software offer live links in their lexicons, but only to the scriptures. Because of TLG’s...
How long were biblical manuscripts used? →
In my last post I mentioned the discussion among some bloggers. Craig Evans has recently posted an article on bibleinterp on the subject as well. A good read!
How Long Were Manuscripts Used? Evans, Hurtado,... →
Larry Hurtado blogged recently on how long ancient manuscripts were used. Ben Witheringon III followed up on Hurtado’s blog as well. As both of those scholars know, Craig Evans has been doing work on this. At this year’s Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint lectures Craig Evans discussed the issue briefly, and then in more detail at SEBC’s Legacy Conference. You can here the SEBC...
Kostenberger rebuke →
A very fine rebuke of Kostenbergers complementation position.
I liked Mozy when it came along. Then I liked dropbox more. But SugarSync is the bomb. I even like it better than MobileMe. If you aren’t yet backing up, sign up now! And if you are an avid dropbox user, so was I! Sugarsync is better. You have the dropbox type folder (your magic briefcase) AND can sync any folder on your computer. Plus 5GB instead of 2! And right now, get another half gig...
The Singing Grammarian →
I’ve been talking about this project for many moons but it is now a reality. You can now purchase my 18 songs (with video presentations) for learning intro Greek grammar through Kregel academic. In the coming months the publisher will be advertising them more than this mere blogpost, but I at least wanted to let my blog readers know — The Singing Grammarian is out and ready to help you...
Shibboleth - unicode typing →
Logos Bible Software has created a very nice little program (only PC unfortunately) for typing in unfamiliar unicode fonts. Check it out!
In praise of Glo
Those who know me in my work setting know that I rely heavily on Bible software, specifically Accordance Bible Software. It is the best of the bunch - but for those stuck with a PC Bibleworks and Logos are good too. But one very important group that I don’t think these platforms reach is the average church-goer. They don’t need the raw searching power, access to the original language...