What Benefit Discourse Analysis?

That question might well arise when interested persons hear of Steve Runge’s new project, the Lexham Discourse Handbook: Romans.

In the words of the author,

The project provides a close reading of the Greek, engaging it on its own terms. It analyzes how various discourse devices are used to highlight themes or organize the letter from the standpoint of discourse grammar. It is a commentary in many ways, but not in others, so I opted to call it a handbook.

I have, courtesy Steve, a sample PDF which describes his method and shows how it works in Romans 1:1ff. If you’d like to see it I’ll gladly email it, or you can just download it from Steve’s blog (once it’s posted).

Steve tells me

An inevitable question will be, “Can I get it in print?” I expect there will be a print version at some point as there was with the discourse grammar, but likely some months after the electronic version is released.

I read the sample and, as I told Steve, it left me wanting more. I think you may well feel the same.

Enter to Win A Copy of ‘The Theology of Martin Luther: A Critical Assessment’

You read that right.  The good folk at Fortress have sent along a copy of this brilliant book for me to give away.  So, tell me why you should be the lucky recipient.  As always, the most creative, humorous, witty, and intelligent response wins.

Does Martin Luther have anything to say to us today? Nearly five hundred years after the beginning of the Reformation, Hans-Martin Barth explores that question in this comprehensive and critical evaluation of Luther’s theology. Rich in its extent and in its many facets, Barth’s didactically well-planned work begins with clarifications about obsolete and outdated images of Luther that could obstruct access to the Reformer.

The second part covers the whole of Martin Luther’s theology. Having divided Luther’s theology into twelve subsections, Barth ends each one of these with an honest and frank assessment of what today can be salvaged and what’s got to go. In the final section he gives his summation: an honestly critical appropriation of Luther’s theology can still be existentially inspiring and globally relevant for the twenty-first century.

Go ahead, make your day (in comments).  I’ll pick a winner Sunday (Nov 11).

While America Votes, Israel Grabs More Palestinian Land

Israel’s Housing Ministry published tenders for the construction of 1,285 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ariel on Tuesday, in what left-wing activists said was an attempt to avoid American criticism of the move by releasing the plans during U.S. Election Day.  In all, the ministry published seven tenders, for 607 housing units in the northeast Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev; 606 units in the Ramot neighborhood in north Jerusalem; and 72 units in Ariel’s B section.

Bibi Netanyahu is the world’s most immoral criminal.  His government is the most corrupt in modern history and he should be tried in the International Court in the Hague for crimes against humanity.  Thank heaven above that there are decent Israelis who recognize Netanyahu for what he is.

In the past, the Obama Administration strongly objected to expansion of neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and in West Bank settlements. Sources on the political left said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have requested that the publication of the tenders be pushed forward, fearing that an Obama victory would trigger increased pressure against new Israeli construction.  Peace Now, which disclosed the publication of the tenders, said the act was “Netanyahu’s real answer to Abu Mazen; after the Palestinian president yet again clearly reiterated he is obligated to the two-state solution, Netanyahu answered with the construction of thousands of new housing units in the settlements and East Jerusalem.”  “It seems as though Netanyahu is not convinced that his pal Romney will win the U.S. election and has taken the cowardly step of publishing the tenders precisely on Election Day… in order to avoid public attention,” the NGO added.

No, we won’t be silent and we won’t turn a blind eye to Netanyahu’s crimes and one day he will be held accountable for them.

Today is the Day!

Emidio Campi will be at Union Theological Seminary in New York tonight presenting on ‘The Reformers and Islam’. You will WANT TO GO if you are nearby. Campi is stunningly brilliant and his work is top of the line.

Date: November 6, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Union Theological Seminary, New York
Topic: The Reformers and Islam

Don’t miss it.  

Professor Campi was educated at the Waldensian (reformed) Theological Faculty in Rome, at the University of Tübingen and at the Comenius Theological Faculty in Prague, where he completed doctoral studies in Theology and History. He holds doctoral degrees from both the Comenius Faculty and the University of Tübingen.

He has served as General Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation, based in Geneva, and as Pastor to the Waldensian Congregation in Florence. From 1989 until his retirement in 2009 he taught at the University of Zürich, latterly serving as Professor Ordinarius of Church History and Director of the Swiss Reformation Studies Institute in the University.

Professor Campi’s many scholarly publications include Michelangelo e Vittoria Colonna. Un dialogo artistico teologico ispirato da Bernardino Ochino, Torino: Claudiana, 1994; Peter Martyr Vermigli. Humanism, Republicanism, Reformation, Geneva: Droz, 2002 [ed. in collaboration with Frank James III and Peter Opitz]; Heinrich Bullinger und seine Zeit. Eine Vorlesungsreihe, Zurich: Theologischer Verlag, 2004; The Architect of the Reformation. An Introduction to Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575), Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House 2004 [ed. with Bruce Gordon].

His current research projects include scholarly editions of the church ordinances of the major Swiss reformed cities, and continuing research on the Italian reformer Pietro Martire Vermigli. He is also preparing a history of the World Student Christian Federation. Professor Campi serves on many editorial boards in the fields of Reformation scholarship and church history more generally.

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On The Anniversary of Leonhard Goppelt’s Birth

On the 6th of November, 1911, New Testament exegete and Theologian Leonhard Goppelt was born.  His contributions to New Testament studies are impressive and cover everything from the use of the Old Testament by the New to commentary to New Testament theology.  He was an exceptionally learned man.

The good news is that he is finally – though belatedly – coming to the public’s attention.  A fine biography was published a few years back and last year a conference was held which discussed his work.  And now, a Festschrift is forthcoming (due in the next year or two).

I’ve posted various bits and pieces on Goppelt over time and those posts are available here.  I hope you’ll spend some time today reading a bit of Goppelt.  My first encounter with him was through his amazing Typos: The Typological Interpretation of the Old Testament in the New.  That book…  wow.  A real eye opener.

At any rate- Happy Goppelt Day!