1892 Club Housh Talk — Discourse Features and the Historical Present

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Yesterday marked the last 1892 Club meeting of the Spring 2014 semester. This gathering of PhD students, across academic disciplines, is a vital component to the PhD community at Southern Seminary. It’s one of my most anticipated times all week. It’s so anticipated that I pick my classes, rearrange writing blocks, and move my work schedule so that I can participate in this club.

The 1892 Club is a time devoted to cultivating the mind and virtue of PhD students. Professors and students are able to enjoy a wonderful cup of coffee with exquisite cheese, and have a designated space to converse over ideas. It is here where my relationships with peers and professors turn into a “think-tank”, a time for mentoring, and a cherished time for intellectual thinking. It has been through the relationships and opportunities at the 1892 Club where I have flourished in dialectical thinking, publishing ideas, and a respite of good relationships. Continue reading

Regional ETS Paper Abstract

Next month, Beeson Divinity School is hosting the ETS Southeast Meeting. I’m looking forward to this conference for two reasons. First, Daniel Treier is speaking on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture. Second, my paper was recently accepted.

Here is more information: Register here

“The Theological
Interpretation of Scripture”

Daniel Treier, Plenary Speaker
March 21-22, 2014

Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

Steven Runge (Discourse Grammar of the Greek NT; blog) was very formidable in the shaping of this paper. Greek syntax and linguistic theory is of great interest to me (ultimately, not enough to pursue PhD studies). His model has satisfied the majority of my questions surrounding the Historical Present. So, I decided to provide a brief history of research surrounding the Historical Present and use John 13 as a test case for Levinsohn/Runge’s model.

Here is my abstract:

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Pragmatic vs. Semantic Descriptions of Greek Conjunctions

Currently, I’m rereading Steven Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis. It isn’t a full-fledge discourse grammar but contains elements of discourse features when approaching the NT text.

Chapter 2: Connecting Propositions (sample PDF) is the worth the price of the book, 3-times over. In this chapter, he speaks of pragmatic definitions of conjunctions in modern grammars. The problem is, grammars utilize english and other functional categories to describe conjunctions. To provide an example, Daniel Wallace’s Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics is a case in point. Consider the amount of overlap between the following conjunctions (Wallace, Greek Grammar, 761): Continue reading