Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Reeves, Erasmus, And The Biblical Languages

I enjoyed reading Ryan Reeves' post over at the Reformation21 blog this evening. He discusses the historical setting of Erasmus' Greek New Testament. Check it out here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

"Critical" Edition Complete

As part of my dissertation on the Complutense Greek New Testament, I've put together a sort of "critical" edition of the Gospel according to Matthew that walks through the variant readings of Vatican manuscripts (most, not all) for the Gospel of Matthew. It basically resembles a modern critical edition, like the Nestle-Aland. Why put this together? Well, the primary reason is collations have been historically difficult to utilize in research. The truth is they are sometimes more difficult to look at than just simply looking at a manuscript directly. This layout simply makes my collation of the Vatican manuscripts more user friendly. I finished all of Matthew this afternoon. I am making significant progress on the dissertation. The hard part–not really hard, but definitely tedious and time consuming–was reading through all of the manuscripts. Analyzing the data is not easy per se, but the rubber is finally meeting the road on the dissertation, for which I am very, very thankful. I'm scheduled to have the dissertation completed by July 2016. My defense at the Complutense University will most likely take place sometime in October. That's big news. I really think this research is going to be valuable beyond just studies on the Complutensian Greek New Testament, even though that is the focus of my own research. Anyone who's interested in textual criticism, I hope, will find this portion of my research beneficial, since it documents for the very first time what a large body of the Vatican corpus reads in the Gospel according to Matthew.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Forthcoming Book On The Complutensian Polyglot

Antonio Alvar told me that the papers on the Complutensian Polyglot presented at the Universidad de Alcalá in 2014 are being published. The title of the book is La Biblia políglota Complutense y su contexto, edited by Antonio Alvar. It should be available within the next 2-3 months. I sent him the following email today:
"Creo que el libro va a ser excelente. Es amplio en su alcance, profundo en sus investigaciones, y arroja hacia adelante el estudio de uno de los más importantes logros filológicos de España con nuevos datos. La mayoría de las discusiones sobre la Políglota Complutense simplemente son regurgitaciones de datos ya existentes. Las presentaciones en Alcalá fueron innovadoras y muy informativas. Me he beneficiado enormemente de haber asistido a la conferencia."
Here's a picture from the conference in October 2014.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I Absolutely Love To Teach

I love teaching! Being able to teach here at Capital is a huge blessing in my life. I remember getting the call from our president and receiving the invitation to come here to Greenbelt! It was indescribable. I remember the first time I walked out of our apartment here in Maryland and drove to campus knowing I was going to walk into my first seminary class. I remember the first phone call with a student before the course actually started–he thought something might be wrong because he had never got a phone call from the professor before a class started. Nothing was wrong, of course. I just love reaching out to the students and connecting with them. I remember the first email from a student after a class finished, thanking God and sharing the number one thing God did in his life through the course. There's so much more. Tonight I'm just winding down the day thinking about how amazing it is to do what I get to do. I'm so thankful to the Lord for the blessing of getting to teach!

Monday, February 1, 2016

What's Going On This Week?

1. Well, I'm about finished with the final proof of Antonio's book before sending the manuscript off to the publisher.

2. By the end of the week I'll finish moving my collation of the Vatican manuscript data over to a "critical" format (like a modern critical Greek New Testament), which will be included in my dissertation for the Complutense University.

3. I called my students for my Greek course that is starting up in a couple of weeks. I love touching base with them before the course starts and getting an opportunity to encourage them.

4. I'll be meeting with a few students this week at my office. Two of them are a husband and wife team! They are going through their master's program together. I love it!

5. Lesly has been helping some of our new staff members with learning our student services protocol and systems. She really knows her stuff when it comes to CampusVue and everything pertaining to admissions.

6. We went to the Embassy of Ethiopia today to pick up our passports and visas. We are good to go! 2 year visas!

7. I'm listening to Iowa caucus news in the background. Who's gonna win? Your guess is as good as mine.

8. Yesterday we focused on the Jewish feasts in Leviticus. I couldn't help but opening my Greek New Testament and flipping over to Luke. Do you ever do that? You know, the pastor is teaching from one place, but you just gotta go chase something down somewhere else (most of the time connected to what the pastor is teaching, of course!).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Getting Past Vocab

My friend Jacob Cerone has a post over at the Logos Academic blog that's definitely worth the read. The title is "The Open Secret to Mastering Greek and Hebrew Vocabulary (It’s Not Flashcards)." Read it here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Read "Identifying Extremes"

In a post titled "Identifying Extremes," Henry Neufeld talks Pauline authorship and scholarship that considers all the evidence . . . and perspectives. Read it here.

Did We Get A Lot Of Snow?

I can't tell you how many texts I got over the past few days: "Thomas, did y'all get a lot of snow where you are?" The answer, of course, was "Lots!" Lesly and I went out and navigated our neighborhood turned winter wonderland. It was pretty remarkable. I love walking around in the snow. I remember as a kid going out in the snow early in the morning and not coming home until super late at night. My brother and I didn't come home until we could here my dad outside calling out to us at the top of his voice, "Thoooooomaaaaaaaas . . . Roooooooooooobeeeeeeeeert . . . Thooooooooooomaaaaaaaaaaas . . . Roooooooooooooobeeeeeeeeeeert . . . ." My brother and I would have been across the street playing army with our guns. Those are probably some of the best memories of my childhood.

Well, Lesly and I didn't go outside and play army, but we sure did have fun in the snow. We even had a race! I gave her a 10 second head start. We were racing to the street light in the parking lot of the elementary school across the street from where we live. You get really tired when you're running (trying to run) through snow that comes up to your thighs. If you're looking for a workout, that beats running at the beach any day. I was exhausted afterwards!

Well, here are some pics from Snowzilla 2016!