Where have I been?

I really don’t know.

I’ve been focused on working on highly technical posts, nothing else has happened on this blog. Between researching and studying pronominal clitics and slowly and surely building up my morphological parser, I just haven’t had time for much else in my free time.

In terms of work, though, I am now officially employed at Logos Bible Software. Thus far, I’ve done a good bit of writing up descriptions for prepublicaiton books and collections. That’s been fun. It has been extremely nice not to have a job that I hate. Writing about books is much more up my alley than other things I’ve been doing for work over the past months. This is especially true since I’ve had the opportunity to write up pages for some awesome Greek books that deserve a wider reading than they currently receive.

Some of my favorites include:

W. F. Moulton’s translation of Georg Winer’s A Treatise on the Grammar of New Testament Greekone of the few pre-papyri grammars that continues to deserve close reading. Winer-Moulton’s discussion of word order and discontinuous phrases is particularly illuminating and is far superior to that of even Robertson.

A collection of Friedrich Blass’ works, including Thackeray’s translation of his New Testament grammar. Let me tell you, that grammar is a beautiful book. In a number of ways, I prefer it over BDF. The larger discussions in Blass-Thackeray are often far more helpful than the terse little bits that you get from BDF. Hot. I say. Hot.

William Simcox’s two volumes on the language and authors of the New Testament. Simcox and Robertson didn’t get along on a couple points, but Robertson consistently used him as a dialoging partner in his big grammar. His Writers of the New Testament is very cool in its inclusion of contemporary texts with commentary for comparison in an appendix.

I’m also excited about posting a couple more Greek books this coming week – Tregelles and James Hope Moulton, in particular. I’ll probably write about them when they arrive.

And for the record: No. I don’t get money for this. I just write about books and I had the change at work to write about some books that I’ve been wanting to see in Logos for at least four years. I’m writing because I’m excited that they’re coming finally.

Honorably mentioned (books I didn’t write about, but am equallyexcited to see produced digitally:

Adolf Deissmann New Testament Studies Collection (2 Vols.) — I shouldn’t need to say anything about this guy.

George Milligan Collection (3 Vols.) — Co-author of The Vocabulary of the New Testament with James Hope Moulton.

Georg Curtius Greek Studies Collection (4 Vols.) — did more to change the study of the Greek verb than anyone else in history. This is the ground breaking verbal aspect study.