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New Volume on First Century Language in Land of Israel

By | April 17th, 2014|Categories: ancient Greek, Blog, Gospel of John, Hebrew alive, Hebrew in First Century, Koine Greek, New Testament, NT textual criticism, reading biblical languages, synoptic gospels|

The Language Environment of First-Century Judaea, edited by Randall Buth and R. Steven Notley, (Brill, 2014, ISBN 9789004263406) has finally appeared. Here is a PDF of the table of contents and preliminary chapter "Introduction: Language [...]

Word Order, Focus-CC (Contextualizing Constituent, Topic) Inversion, Enclitics in Greek

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: Biblical Hebrew, biblical language fluency, Blog, Contextualizing Constituent, enclitic, Greek accents, Greek pedagogy, Greek word order, Koine Greek, Koine pronunciation, Living Koine, quiet spot tracking, reading biblical languages|

While reading Philemon this morning I noticed what might be considered an inversion of Focus--Contextualizing Constituent (aka Topic) in the pre-verb area. The default order with two marked items, a CC and Focus, is normally [...]

Relevance Theory and the Problem of Tense-Aspect in Biblical Hebrew

By | September 15th, 2013|Categories: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew verb, Hebrew in First Century, Koine Greek|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Genesis 22 is a common narrative text that is used in introductory biblical Hebrew courses. There are several points of syntax and narrative style in that passage that are often overlooked by both beginning-intermediate [...]

We’ve Begun Biblical Hebrew Instructors Fluency Workshop July 2013 in Fresno

By | July 10th, 2013|Categories: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew verb, biblical language fluency, Blog, Hebrew alive, Hebrew as second language, Hebrew in First Century, Hebrew Language Academy, Reading biblical languages, second language acquisition, TPR|Tags: , , |

We've begun our Biblical Hebrew Instructors Fluency Workshop in Fresno.  We will be posting photos on our Facebook page as well as updates during the workshop. For a video from the first day, here.

What is wrong with calling the Hebrew verb “an aspect”?

By | May 27th, 2013|Categories: ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew verb, Hebrew as second language, Reading biblical languages|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The biggest problem with calling the Hebrew verb “an aspect” is the English language. This problem also applies to any language that clearly differentiates aspect from tense, like most of the European languages including Greek. [...]

A review of “Living Koine Greek Introduction Part One”

By | January 10th, 2013|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, Greek immersion, Greek pedagogy, Koine Greek, Living Koine, second language acquisition|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On January 3rd, a review of BLC's "Living Koine Greek Introduction Part One" was posted on the blog "Priceless Eternity." While the reviewer is anonymous, the blog "is run by a college student... currently aiming [...]

Randall Buth on Peter Burton

By | October 23rd, 2012|Categories: ancient language acquisition, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew verb, biblical language fluency, Blog, Hebrew alive, Hebrew as second language, listening to the Bible, Reading biblical languages, second language acquisition, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I first met Peter at SBL's annual meeting in 1997. A true friendship was formed that has covered the past fifteen years but has now been sadly cut short.  Peter was interested in seeing students [...]