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HBU Theology Conference This Week: FREE SESSIONS

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In case you’re interested, there is a conference going on at Houston Baptist University at the end of this week commemorating the 500-year anniversary of the *first* published Greek New Testament, an event that helped fuel the Protestant Reformation. There are FOUR FREE plenary sessions, open to the public. I list them below, followed by more info on the conference. Please feel free to come, as well as to distribute this to anyone you think would be interested in attending any of the sessions. Some fine scholars will be speaking in the plenary sessions (Timothy George and Daniel Wallace, for example, as well as HBU’s own Craig Evans, and Reformation scholar Herman Selderhuis!).

Thursday, 7:30pm: Plenary Lecture 1 (Belin Chapel): Timothy George “Erasmus and the Search for the Christian Life”

Friday, 9:00-10:15am: Plenary Lecture 2 (Belin Chapel): Craig A. Evans “Erasmus and the Beginnings of Textual Fundamentalism”

Friday, 7:30pm: Plenary Lecture 3 (Belin Chapel): Daniel B. Wallace “Erasmus and the Publication of the First Greek New Testament”

Saturday, 9:00-10:15am: Plenary Lecture 4 (Belin Chapel): Herman Selderhuis “The Impact of Erasmus´ Biblical Work on the Reformation”

For more info on the conference, the schedule, and the speakers, click here.

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HBU Theology Conference

Ad Fontes, Ad Futura:
Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture

February 25-27, 2016
Houston Baptist University

In celebration of upcoming 500th anniversary of Erasmus’ Greek text and the Reformation, the Department of Theology at HBU, in conjunction with the Dunham Bible Museum, is pleased to host the conference Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture. The conference will consider the textual and historical issues surrounding the development of the Bible, the Bible’s impact on human society across the centuries, and the future of Biblical translation and interpretation in the future. Our keynote speakers include Craig Evans (Houston Baptist University), Timothy George (Beeson Divinity School, Samford University), Herman Selderhuis (Theological University Apeldoorn) and Daniel B. Wallace (Dallas Theological Seminary). The plenary talks are free and open to the public.

Registration
The conference will be held at Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX. The conference fee is $40, which includes refreshments and coffee. Accommodations and meals are not included in the conference fee.

If you are affiliated with HBU (faculty, staff, or student), admission to the conference is free. To register please send an email from your HBU account to theology@hbu.edu, giving your name as you want it on your nametag.

Register and pay online now.

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Linguistics and the Greek Verb Conference Announcement!

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! 🙂

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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.

The conference is an…

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Hebrew: the EASY language?

Just posted this today at the HBU School of Christian Thought blog. Reblogging for those who don’t catch the SCT site regularly.

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One of our MA in Biblical Languages students did an undergrad degree in French at the University of Oklahoma.  While on a brief visit to his old alma mater recently, he snapped this picture of one of the bulletin boards in the language department. Especially intriguing is the green flyer. So . . . Hebrew is a fun, EASY language! Who knew?

Of course, my students who are in the middle of learning first-year Hebrew don’t think it’s easy (although I have heard from a number of them that they do think it’s fun).  How easy is Hebrew compared to, say, Greek? Hebrew is simpler than Greek in a number of ways, and often simpler is easier. So here are a few tidbits for the interested reader. In my Koine Greek class, we learn 24 forms of the definite article (the). In Hebrew, we learn one basic form…

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Hebrew & Greek Humor for the Holidays

One of our MABL (Master of Arts in Biblical Languages) students is showing a set of skills I had heretofore not seen in full blossom–he’s very nearly a stand-up comedian! Today he passed along some language jokes that would make any elementary Greek and Hebrew professor very proud, and thankfully, he has permitted me to post them here. Enjoy! And if you don’t smile, then please take it as definitive proof that you *need* to come study Greek and Hebrew here at HBU!  Merry Christmas!

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(1) Q: What kind of poker do Hebrew cowboys play?

A: Texas Cholem.

(2) Q: Where did extremely sick adjective go?

A: The adjectival intensive care unit.  (He himself went, by the way.)

(3) Q: What Hebrew vowel is so rare it only occurs in texts once every 75 years?

A: Halley’s Qamets.

(4) Q: What kind of airplane do Greek pronouns fly in?

A: The Pronominal Concorde, of course.

(5) Q: Which Hebrew vowel has also starred in several extremely violent action movies?

A: Steven Segol.

(6) Q: What’s the best app for studying Greek grammar?

A: Angry Verbs.

(7) Q: Why do so many young Hebrew farmers move to the city after their first crop?

A: How can you keep them on the farm once they’ve seen פְּרִי?

(8) Q: How do you know you’ve been studying Greek too hard?

A: At Christmas you see “‘Tis the season” and start trying to parse the “τις”.

(9) Q: How are many aspiring comedy careers like tsere, qamets, and chireq?

A: They’re not historically long.

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Here’s a piece that I just posted on our School of Christian Thought website at Houston Baptist University. I explore briefly what linguistics is, and why it is beneficial to study linguistics.

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Here at HBU we have a Biblical Languages program, which includes both an undergraduate degree in biblical languages (just Greek and Hebrew) and an MA in biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic).  One of the requirements that we insist on for both programs is a course in General Linguistics.  As the Director of the MABL program, sometimes I am asked questions like What is linguistics? and Why is it important to study linguistics?  In this post I will attempt to provide some brief answers to those questions.

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