Ancient Greek Footnotes from July, 2020

I have greatly appreciated the degree to which my co-authors and contributors have stepped up in June and July. Rachel and I moved across the country this summer which filled much of our time and ability to study and write here. Still, I have been collecting notables from around the web from this month, at least I can share with our readers here what has caught my attention in linguistics and Ancient Greek.

All the links below open in a new tab…just as a warning.


There were some engaging discussions over at B-Greek this month. I particularly enjoyed this one on syntax in the Epistle to Diogenetus. Additionally, Stephen Carlson produced a substantial amount of discussion on a topic that has always held my curiosity: the articulation of NP’s in prepositional phrases. I fell behind in the discussion, but I hope to take some time with it this weekend, since Rachel and I are in the middle of a rather larger project working on prepositional phrases, ourselves.

Relatedly, I also need to follow up on a thread on the use of ἐκ πίστεώς μου in LXX Habakkuk 2:4. I have some thoughts on the question, but have not had the time to contribute.

Oh, and Matthew Longhorn noted that some papers from a long-ago SBL session on the Greek perfect are finally being published. He also found a new book dealing with communicative approaches to teaching Greek and Latin.


Will Ross was pleased to announce the T&T Clark Handbook of Septuagint Research (Amazon), which which he had the pleasure of editing with the estimable Ed Glenny. Ed and Will conceived of the volume as a sibling to Jim Akten’s Companion to the Septuagint (Amazon).

The publisher’s description:

“Students and scholars now widely recognize the importance of the Septuagint to the history of the Greek language, the textual development of the Bible, and to Jewish and Christian religious life in both the ancient and modern worlds. This handbook is designed for those who wish to engage the Septuagint in their research, yet have been unsure where to turn for guidance or concise, up-to-date discussion that goes beyond the introductory level. The twenty-five chapters in this volume aim to break down the barriers involved in the technical debates and subspecialties as much as possible and thereby to equip readers to conduct their own research.

“Each chapter is written by a leading Septuagint scholar and focuses upon a major area of research in the discipline, providing an overview of the topic, key debates and views, a survey or demonstration of the methods involved, and points to ongoing research questions. This Handbook also provides a brief, annotated bibliography of important secondary resources at the end of each chapter, a volume glossary, and a detailed survey of literature for Septuagint studies as a whole. Written to encourage active engagement with the most important issues in the field, this Handbook provides an essential resource for specialists and non-specialists alike.”

It’s pricey, but from the list of contributors and topics, it looks to be worthwhile for the field.

Will Ross also gave us a wonderful interview with Seth M. Ehorn about the Baylor Handbook on the Septuagint Series and his new volume on the first seven chapters of 2 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees 1-7: A Handbook on the Greek Text, (Amazon). Seth is co-editing the series with Sean Adams.

Logos has Gary Chamberlain’s The Greek of the Septuagint: A Supplemental Lexicon on pre-pub.

Finally, Brent Niedergall wrote a great review of John A. L. Lee’s The Greek of the Pentateuch (Amazon). Brent found it quite engaging despite its textual topic: “insiring and impressive.” Agreed!

Textual Criticism

Peter Gurry pointed out some literature on the text of the Pauline Corpus over at the Evangelical Textual Criticism Blog. Additionally, he participated in a seminary with John Meade and SIL colleague of mine and Rachel’s, Drew Maust, on Bible translation and textual criticism from the Text and Canon Institute at Phoenix Seminary: Video from SIL Textual Criticism and Translation Webinar.

Elijah Hixson, also at the ETC Blog pointed out some forthcoming books on NT textual criticism.

Documentary Papyri

Papyrus Stories has an excellent discussion on a document signed by Cleopatra.

Greek (and Latin) Pedagogy

Seumas University (i.e. Seumas MacDonald’s efforts in providing living language-oriented classes for Greek and Latin) is continuing and growing this year and July saw some lovely materials, including a cheat sheet of Greek grammatical terms. Seumas also provided some reflections on using roleplaying games in his Latin classes. It sounds like it went well! Sadly, new classes started on July 19th, so we’ve all missed out. One of these days, I’d like to take his Greek 271: Intro to Conversational Greek for post-beginners, which is designed for those who have already taken Greek classes, but want to begin developing some proficiency in speaking Ancient Greek, too.

Of course, contributors here, Andrew Keenan and Travis Wright, have also begun a new online education venture for learning Greek and Hebrew, which you can read about here: A New Opportunity to Learn Greek and Hebrew.


Brent Niedergall is continuing his series comparing Greek lexicons, this point examining BDAG & Brill’s G-E. Spoilers: consulting more than one dictionary can shift how you interpret the significance of the evidence.


The Classical Language Toolkit announced their alpha release of CLTK v.1.0 and James Tauber revived an old web app for practicing typing Greek (and don’t forget that he is continuing his series through Greek morphology. Part 44 appeared at the beginning of July and Part 45 just went up a few days ago!)

Logos Bible Software is producing some public domain editions of ancient texts in BDAG’s bibliography.

And now July is over. I hope that I’ll be able to find some time for some real research and writing of my own in August.