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Anyway, the kind folks at Logos sent along a review copy of the 9 vol bundle. This method is based on Dr. Runge’s previous work on Greek Discourse. (By the way, Michael Halcomb has an extensive review. This is just one part of it – the historical present.)
The Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament revolutionized how we read the New Testament by applying discourse markers to the Greek text. Now, Steven Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesisoffers readers a book-length treatment of discourse linguistics and how it can be applied to New Testament exegesis and interpretation. In Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, Steven Runge introduces a function-based approach to language, and seeks to describe grammatical conventions based upon the discourse functions they accomplish. This volume does not reinvent previous grammars or supplant previous work on the New Testament. Instead, Runge reviews, clarifies, and provides a unified description of each of the discourse features. That makes it useful for beginning Greek students, pastors, and teachers, as well as for advanced New Testament scholars looking for a volume which synthesizes the varied sub-disciplines of New Testament discourse analysis.
The approach in Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament is cross-linguistic. Runge looks at how all languages operate before he focuses on Greek. He examines linguistics in general to simplify the analytical process and explain how and why we communicate as we do, leading to a more accurate description of the Greek text. The approach is also function-based—meaning that Runge gives primary attention to describing the tasks accomplished by each discourse feature.
Dr. Runge has a new work coming out on Romans in the same methodology:
The Lexham Discourse Handbook: Romans guides readers through the Greek text, integrating insights from the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament. Runge explains how the various discourse devices each contribute to the overall flow and structure of the book by providing a unifying analysis of the text. His approach complements traditional approaches by helping readers understand the exegetical implications of the writer’s choices. The handbook offers sustained commentary on the text, but does not engage issues like background, setting, and audience that preoccupy traditional commentaries. Instead, Runge applies his years of research in discourse grammar to a running exegesis of the Greek. If you have been disappointed by the lack of discussion about structure, discourse flow, and rhetorical strategies in modern commentaries, then the Lexham Discourse Handbook: Romans is for you.
The Lexham Discourse Handbook: Romans is designed to serve as a companion to the High Definition Commentary: Romans. The Commentary provides practical application and custom graphics to better help you apply your exegesis of Romans to preaching and teaching. TheHandbook describes the exegetical decision-making that led to the conclusions and application in the Commentary. The Lexham Discourse Handbook: Romans fills an important gap in the study of Romans by providing a practical analysis of discourse features rarely covered by commentaries.
The Handbook also provides a practical, scholarly model for those interested in learning to do discourse analysis. The Discourse Grammar provides the theory and explanation, the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament provides annotations of all their occurrences. The Lexham Discourse Handbook: Romans synthesizes that data and applies the theory to tackle the tough exegetical questions pastors and teachers face in studying Romans.
Over the next few weeks, I will review this produce. As one who loves the language of Mark – who finds it an intentional aspect of the Markan dialogue – and thus one who will naturally enjoy discussions on Greek discourse, I cannot wait!!!
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