Online: Journal of the Linguistics Institute of Ancient and Biblical Greek (JLIABG)

I learned from Rick Brannon at ricoblog that the Linguistics Institute of Ancient and Biblical Greek has published its first online issue:

Runge, Steven E. 2008. “Relative Saliency and Information Structure in Mark’s Parable of the Sower.” JLIABG 1:1-16.

From the Institute’s website:

“The Journal of the Linguistics Institute of Ancient and Biblical Greek (JLIABG) is a fully refereed on-line journal specializing in widely disseminating the latest advances in linguistic study of ancient and biblical Greek. Under the senior editorship of Stanley E. Porter and Matthew Brook O’Donnell, the journal looks to publish significant work that advances knowledge of ancient Greek through the utilization of modern linguistic methods.”

You can subscribe here to an RSS feed of the journal or sign up to receive email notices of journal updates.

According to the Institute’s page on Areas of Research Under Investigation in the LIABG, their research interests correspond very closely to several areas that I have been investigating in the Greek text of James (i.e. discourse function of conjunctions, paragraphs as discourse units, and the discourse function of vocatives). From their website…
The following list provides an indication of some the open questions for research that are currently being investigated or are of interest to the members of the Institute.
  • developing a discourse grammar of conjunctions
  • the identification and classification of the paragraph as a unit in Greek discourse
  • discontinuous constituents in Greek syntax
  • the quantitative and qualitative analysis of register
  • the morphology, grammar and discourse function of the vocative case
  • a Systemic-Functional analysis of voice in Greek

Themelios to be a FREE Online Journal

Yesterday, Rob Bradshaw of BiblicalStudies.org.uk posted here that the student journal Themelios will soon be a free online journal edited by D. A. Carson and published by the Gospel Coalition. Up until now, Rob’s site has been the online host for Themelios articles not published elsewhere.

And from Rob’s site, here’s another article on James that wasn’t in the Recent James Scholarship page yet…

Dyrness, William. 1981. “Mercy Triumphs Over Justice: James 2:13 and the Theology of Faith and Works.” Themelios 6.3 (April): 11-16.

PhD Theses Added to Recent James Scholarship

The following articles and PhD theses have been added to the Recent James Scholarship page…

Kloppenborg, John S. 2007. “The Emulation of the Jesus Tradition in the Letter of James,” in Reading James With New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of James, ed Robert L. Webb and John S. Kloppenborg, 121-50. Library of New Testament Studies, vol. 342.

Mitchell, M. M. 2007. “The Letter of James as a Document of Paulinism?” in Reading James With New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of James, ed Robert L. Webb and John S. Kloppenborg, 75-98. Library of New Testament Studies, vol. 342.

The other papers that appear in this volume of the Library of New Testament Studies will be listed here when the associated page numbers are available to me. For now, the papers by Batten, Lockett, Niebuhr, Wachob, and Watson are listed in this bibliography under 2005 as “Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 19-22, Philadelphia, PA.”

Strange, James Riley. 2007. “The moral world of James”. PhD diss., Emory University.

Botha, J. E. 2006. “Soteriology under construction : the case of James.” Acta Patristica et Byzantina, (17): 100-18.

Aymer, Margaret Patricia. 2004. “‘First pure, then peaceable’: Frederick Douglass reads James.” PhD diss., Union Theological Seminary.

Edwards, Dennis Robert. 2003. “Reviving faith: An eschatological understanding of James 5:13–20”. PhD diss., The Catholic University of America.

Miller, Jeffrey David. 2003. “Textual criticism and the epistle of James: An experiment in methodology.” PhD diss., The Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver.

Porter, Virgil V., Jr. 2003. “The use of the Sermon on the Mount in the Epistle of James”. PhD diss., Dallas Theological Seminary.

Fernyhough, Richard Neil. 2001. “Constructing the world of wealth in the Epistle of James.” MTh diss., Vancouver School of Theology.

Batten, Alicia Joan. 2000. “Unworldly friendship: The ‘Epistle of Straw’ reconsidered.” PhD diss., University of St. Michael’s College.

Jackson-McCabe, Matt A. 1998. “Logos and law in the letter of James: The law of nature, the law of Moses, and the law of freedom.” PhD diss., The University of Chicago.

Quine, Jay A. 1997. “The use of the Law in the Epistle of James.” PhD diss., Dallas Theological Seminary.

Wachob, Wesley Hiram. 1993. “‘The rich in faith’ and ‘the poor in spirit’: The socio-rhetorical function of a saying of Jesus in the epistle of James.” PhD diss., Emory University.

Church, Christopher Lee. 1990. “A ‘Forschungsgeschichte’ on the literary character of the Epistle of James.” PhD diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Webber, Martin I. 1985. “‘Iakobos ho Dikaios: Origins, Literary Expression And Development Of Traditions About The Brother Of The Lord In Early Christianity (James).” PhD diss., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology.

McGonigal, Terence Patrick. 1981. “‘Abraham Believed God’: Genesis 15:6 and its Use in the New Testament.” PhD diss., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology.

Maynard-Reid, Pedrito Uriah. 1981. “Poor And Rich In The Epistle Of James: A Socio-Historical And Exegetical Study.” ThD diss., Andrews University.

Awoniyi, Joel Dada. 1979. “The Classification of the Greek Manuscripts of the Epistle of James.” PhD diss., Andrews University.

Thanks to Jim Darlack for continuing to make more references on James available to me while I am research-challenged in Papua New Guinea. He sent me the references for all the theses listed above after using the excellent online research resources available to residents of Massachussetts. See his recent blog posting on that topic here.

Lockett’s 2008 Works on James Available

Darian Lockett (Assistant Professor of New Testament at Biola University) has two publications expected to come out in 2008 that are now available.

In the Recent James Scholarship page, the following publication has been moved from “Forthcoming in 2008” to “2008.” It was published May 20…

Lockett, Darian R. 2008. Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James. The Library of New Testament Studies. London: T & T Clark.

From the publisher: “Arguing against restricting the meaning of purity language to the individual moral sphere (as many commentaries do), the central argument of Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James is that purity language both articulates and constructs the worldview in James’s epistle. Lockett offers a taxonomy of purity language, applied as a heuristic guide to understand the function of purity and pollution in the epistle. Through this analysis the study concludes that James is not calling for sectarian separation, but rather demonstrates a degree of cultural accommodation while calling forth specific socio-cultural boundaries between the readers and the world.”

The following title is expected to be published July 12, but the Search Inside feature is already available with the Amazon Online Reader…

Lockett, Darian R. Forthcoming in 2008. “God and ‘the World’: Cosmology and Theology in the Letter of James.” In Cosmology and New Testament Theology, eds. Jonathan T. Pennington and Sean M. McDonough. London: T&T Clark.