Exciting Opportunities in the Midst of a Pandemic

(I should have written this post earlier, but it took me awhile to figure out the pragmatic implicature of Mike’s tweet to me 😉)

Though we are experiencing a global crisis, one positive outcome has been the creation of multiple online seminars and forums in an effort to maintain human connection and remove boundaries for people around the globe to participate in academic discussion. Of particular interest to us are two forums, and we want to ensure our readers know about them.

First, there is the Cambridge Septuagint Series, headed up by Marieke Dhont and Jim Aitken. This forum takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It provides a great opportunity to read the Greek Old Testament with others and to learn more about Septuagint research. Marieke and Jim have assembled a wonderful group of presenters who either guide the group through a Greek text (Tuesdays) or lead a discussion on an aspect of the study of the Septuagint (Thursdays). I have enjoyed the sessions I have been able to attend (sadly, the timing is a bit late for those of us in Australia) and had a fun time leading the group through Amos 5 a couple of weeks ago. If you are interested in attending, click the link above and get in touch with Marieke.

Second, Jim Aitken has taken his (documentary) papyri reading group online.* The documentary papyri are a vitally important resource for the study of post-classical Greek as well as for our understanding of the Hellenistic world. If you are interested in either or both of those, visit the above link to find out how to get in touch with Jim and join the group. Also, my obvious bias aside,** there is no one better than Jim to guide you through documentary papyri.

*This group normally runs at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity during term time.
**Jim was my doktorvater.

There are also a couple of resources that ought to be of interest. First, Mike Aubrey recently recorded a video of his excellent paper on the Greek Perfect.* Second, friend-of-the-site Christoph Heilig has put together the google doc Public Research Papers in NT Studies. It is worth checking on this every week, as it is updated regularly.

*This paper was originally given at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in April 2019, and it will be published in the forthcoming volume Linguistics and New Testament Greek: Key Issues in the Current Debate, edited by David Alan Black and Benjamin Merkle.

If you know of other online seminars, papers, etc. related to the study of Koine Greek, feel free to comment below!