This piece picks up from Obscenity in Paul? The Question of σκύβαλον, examining how the word σκύβαλον is used in agricultural contexts. Philo, particular, is rich in such examples and makes for fruitful discussion. I'm using the digital edition of Philo, with the Loeb Greek text in Logos Bible Software. The translations are my own and not... Continue Reading →
Is there profanity in Paul? It's sort of an old question. There's a certain appeal to the idea for some perhaps and the fact that σκύβαλον can be glossed 'dung' or 'manure' likely encourages the possibility to extend its English rendering a little further.
Brill's Etymological Dictionary of Greek by Robert Beekes has been sitting quietly on prepublication page at Logos.com for about two and a half years now. It languished for some time, particularly because it was priced, as all Brill books are, exorbitantly high. That seems to have changed recently. It's now on pre-order for $104. rather... Continue Reading →
The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek Publisher's description: "This is the first full-scale reference grammar of Classical Greek in English in a century. The first work of its kind to reflect significant advances in linguistics made in recent decades, it provides students, teachers and academics with a comprehensive yet user-friendly treatment. The chapters on phonology... Continue Reading →
Languages often have multiple means of communicating the same thing. Lexical inventories overlap; grammatical forms might share related functions.
Compounding and Cogntive Processes in Word Formation with ὑδροποτέω and its relatives: Discussions of lexical semantics often make assumptions about how meaning works: that the meaning of a word is compositional, the sum-total of its parts. Sometimes this assumption is intentional (structuralist semantics). Other times, it is merely a result of a folk understanding of... Continue Reading →
Panagiotis Filos has written a review of The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek that was published a couple weeks ago. It's worth taking the time to read. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.03.46 (Review of the Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek) Filos is far more positive about the lexicon than John Lee was. But given that Lee... Continue Reading →
What reasons are there for a Greek speaker to use a reflexive pronoun with a verb rather than the middle voice?