Good History of Biblical Greek/Koine Scholarship?

Decker, Rodney rdecker at
Wed Jan 23 10:07:31 EST 2002

One of the better such treatments is *The Interpretation of the New
Testament, 1861-1986,* by Stephen Neill, 2d ed. edited by Tom Wright (Oxford
Univ. Press, 1988). This deals with NT studies more generally, but I assume
from the issues you list that this is what you're seeking. If you want
*Greek* studies in a stricter sense, then perhaps a good resource would be
the introduction to a recent major grammar. In that category, perhaps Dan
Wallace's is the most recent with the most extensive introduction: *Beyond
the Basic of Biblical Greek: An Exegetical Syntax of the NT* (Zondervan,
1996). There are other "intermediate" grammars of recent vintage (e.g.,
Young, McKay, Porter), but they don't spend much time on the issues
concerning which you inquire.

Rodney J. Decker, Th.D.
Associate Prof/NT, Baptist Bible Seminary
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Klaus Nomi [mailto:a_king_ink at]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 6:24 PM
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> Subject: [b-greek] Good History of Biblical Greek/Koine Scholarship?
> I am looking for good balanced resources on the History of Biblical 
> Greek/Koine Scholarship. All I have found so far are earnest 
> Christian 
> Apology and narrow works motivated by Identity Politics (i.e. Does 
> Paul condemn Homosexuals, Inclusive Language etc). 
> What are the foundations of modern B-Greek scholarship?
> Is there a secular element within the biblical Greek community?
> What are the Historical Controversies/Conflicts?
> What Historical theories have been Discarded?
> This is the kind of questions I am looking for the answers to.
> Please excuse my English.
> -Klaus Nomi
> -a_king_ink at
> [Moderator's note: let's limit any on-line discussion to 
> bibliographic 
> suggestions, please, acknowledging readily that there may not be a 
> consensus on any one of the questions to which Klaus seeks 
> answers and that every one of these questions is one that lies 
> outside the scope of B-Greek discussion. -cwc]
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