". . .Runge has made discourse analysis accessible, systematic, comprehensive, and meaningful to students of the New Testament. His presentation is clear, straightforward, and well researched. . . . I have learned a great deal from this volume and will continue to do so for many years. To students of the New Testament, I say, “ The time has come. Tolle lege!”

—Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, from the foreword

“NT Greek grammarians today are twenty years behind Hebrew scholars in applying insights from linguistics to our knowledge of the language and many applications at present are skewed. Ironically, linguists are often singularly unable to communicate. Steve Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament brings us light years forward in the application of linguistics to Hellenistic Greek providing at the same time clear and simple explanations as well as examples that will help students to analyse and exegete texts on their own. This book is five stars—one of the most significant contributions to Greek grammar in the last twenty years!

—Peter J. Gentry, Ph.D. (Near Eastern Studies, Univ. of Toronto) Professor of Old Testament Interpretation The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Steven Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament fills a significant gap in the available resources for teaching Koine Greek. Runge has taken complex linguistic notions that shed significant light on how Greek works and made them accessible to the masses. He takes us beyond morphology and syntax to explore the communicative goals that motivated the choice of particular words or grammatical constructions. The presentation is both compelling and a model of clarity. This impressive volume will provide advanced students of Greek with an effective tool for taking their Greek to the next level. It is “must read” material for every serious student of the Greek New Testament.

—Dr. Martin M. Culy, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Briercrest College and Seminary

The goal of Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament is to describe exegetically significant discourse devices. Dr. Steve Runge does so by reviewing and clarifying the claims of previous grammarians, providing a unified description that integrates traditional grammar with modern linguistics. The focus on synthesis and application makes it useful for beginning Greek students, pastors, and teachers, as well as for advanced New Testament scholars. It also unifies the varied sub-disciplines of New Testament discourse analysis under a single theoretical framework.

The linguistic approach used in the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament is cross-linguistic, meaning it looks at how languages tend to operate rather than just focusing on the Greek. Failure to look more broadly at language has led to implausible claims being made about Greek. Languages tend to operate in certain ways, following cross-linguistic patterns. Knowing this can great simplify the analytical process, leading to a more accurate description. It also allows for easier reference to other languages such as English or Hebrew.

The approach is also function-based, meaning that primary attention will be given to describing the task accomplished by each device. This function-based approach helps one to conceptualize what is happening in Greek by understanding how the comparable task is accomplished in another language.

Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, the culmination of over a decade of study and three years work, is the only complete discourse based analysis of the Greek New Testament.

See Steve Runge discuss some Discourse Grammar concepts here.

Introducing New Testament Discourse Grammar: Video Series

Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle (6 vols., including Greek and English versions)

Lexham High Definition New Testament (3 vols.)

High Definition Commentary: Philippians

Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Bundle (6 vols., including Hebrew and English versions)

Lexham High Definition Old Testament (3 vols.)

Steve Runge has a Master of Theological Studies degree in Biblical Languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, B.C., Canada, a BA in Speech Communication from Western Washington University, and a Doctor of Literature degree in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, which was supervised by Christo Van der Merwe. In preparation for his doctoral research, Steve completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education. He is also very active in the church. He and his wife were married in 1990. They have two daughters, and live in Bellingham, Washington. Steve presently serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software, and where, along with this volume, he has developed the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and the Lexham High Definition New Testament.

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