You’re Invited to Hear Dr. Danny Akin in Houston, Fri-Sun, March 27-29 for FREE Conference

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Friday, March 27th – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 28th – 7:00pm
Sunday, March 29th – 9:00am & 10:30am

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There is NO CHARGE to attend. Click here to see full announcement at the Founders Baptist Church website. Location of Founders Baptist: 24724 ALDINE WESTFIELD RD. SPRING, TX 77373

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Linguistics and the Greek Verb Conference Announcement!

Phillip Marshall:

Looks like a wonderful conference. Hats off to Chris Fresch for helping to get something like this rolling, along with a tremendous cast of characters (yes, *characters*!). Wish I could be there. Maybe Mike Aubrey can go and live-blog every phoneme for us! :)

Originally posted on Old School Script:

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I am very excited to announce “Linguistics and the Greek Verb: Recent Discussions and their Implications for NT Exegetes” — a Greek linguistics conference taking place in Cambridge, England, this July!

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The aim of the conference is to bring together NT scholars, linguists, and Classicists to discuss the Greek verbal system in a way that is clear and that moves the conversation forward while acknowledging and respecting the discussions of the past three decades within Biblical Studies. (If you would like to read the backstory of this conference, see my post “How We Got to Where We’re Going: A Story.”) I am incredibly excited about this conference. Not only will we have some phenomenal speakers from within the Biblical Studies guild, but we will also have the benefit of learning from Classicists, voices often not heard in Biblical Studies.

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OT Scholar Ronald F. Youngblood dies at age of 82

I’ve been tied up with enough things over the past few weeks to manage to have missed this news until today. On July 5, 2014, Dr. Ronald Youngblood passed into glory. He taught Old Testament/Hebrew for Bethel Seminary at both the Saint Paul, MN and the San Diego, CA campuses (retiring from the latter in 2001). A fine gentleman and faithful, godly biblical scholar, he will be missed. Here are links to some of the sites reflecting on his life and service.


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Wanna’ Study Biblical Greek This Summer at Southwestern Seminary in Houston?

ANNOUNCEMENT:  I’m teaching Turbo Greek at Southwestern Seminary-Houston starting Tuesday, May 13 .  We will cover a full year of Biblical Greek in 10 wks.  The Greek course meets Tuesdays/Fridays from 8am to noon. In order for the course to make we need enough people committed by the end of the day tomorrow–Friday, May 9.  Please email me (psmarshall AT gmail DOT com) if you need details and I’ll get you set up.

Also, you could contact the following about enrolling ASAP:

Hudson Hanks (
Director of Business & Student Services
713.634.0011 ext. 222

Please spread the word if you know anyone who is interested!

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Grace in the Grocery Aisle

Phillip Marshall:

I really appreciated the perspective that this post provided. I’ve always liked the proverb about oxen, clean mangers, and the strength that an ox supplies, but how she used it in the context of weary days and wishing them away was insightful. Take and read.

Originally posted on Women Walking Wisely:

Woman in Grocery Store I hate grocery shopping.  Hate is a strong word.  Do I really hate grocery shopping?  Let me think about it . . . YES.

I don’t know what it is about grocery shopping that I deplore.  Maybe it’s figuring out menus, lists, etc.  Maybe it’s the wearisome monotony of walking the same aisles week after week.   Maybe it’s how it invades my valuable Saturday afternoons. Whatever it is . . . I disdain it.

One afternoon I headed off to the grocery store with a list in my hand and an over-sized, pity-party, life-is-miserable attitude in my heart.  I was exhausted, ticked off, and ready to quit.  I was sick and tired of taking care of everyone else, but never having time for me.  Me.  Me.  Me.

My frustration did not abate as I shopped.  It grew.  That grocery shopping trip was the last straw.  As I angrily stomped down…

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Tom Schreiner in Houston Fri-Sun March 28-30

Come hear Dr. Tom Schreiner at Founders Baptist in Spring, TX this Fri/Sat/Sun! FREE Spurgeon Conference.


  • March 28, 2014 / 7:00pm
  • March 29, 2014 / 7:00pm
  • March 30, 2014 / 10:30am & 6:30pm
  • Topic: The Upside Down Kingdom
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Tom Schreiner

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Hebrew Humor for the Holiday (that’s Spring Break for non-UK folks)

I cannot take credit for the following; my MA student (at HBU) ImageBenjamin Summers forwarded these to me months ago. But they *are* enjoyable.


Q: Why don’t Bible translators ever buy matte paint?

A: Because they’re always looking for a good gloss.


Q: Which Hebrew letter is nothing to sneeze at?

A: Allergic nun.


Q: Which Old Testament authors found the most gems and nuggets of wisdom?

A: The miner prophets.


Q: What kind of machine would Siskel & Ebert use to determine whether a film gets a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down?

A: Their critical apparatus.


Q: What story did the Hebrew professor tell around the campfire?

A: The tale of the headless relative clause.


Q: What flavor gum does a rabbi chew?

A: Tar gum.


Q: How is an exegete different from a submarine captain?

A: One searches through a periscope while the other searches through a pericope.


Q: If you don’t practice using a lexicon, why will your translation stink?

A: Because not brushing up gives you HALOT-osis.


Q: The sentence topic that was just here – where did it go?

A: It left dislocation.


Q: Why couldn’t the overly humble student tell a direct object from an adjunct prepositional phrase?

A: He just didn’t know how to take a complement.


Q: What moral lesson can we learn from identifying verbless clauses?

A: What’s right isn’t always copular, and what’s copular isn’t always right.

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