Stone-Campbell Journal Conference has been accepted.
Here is the abstract with the particulars:
Sigh Language: Jesus’ Groans in Mark’s Gospel against their Greco-Roman Background
The goal of this paper will be to examine the two pericopae in which Jesus is said to ‘sigh’ in Mark’s narrative (7:31-37; 8:11-13). Throughout, I will examine the differences between the terminology the Markan author employs (e.g. στενάζω; ἀναστενάζω) and show that nearly all English translations mask the significant differences between his nuanced vocabulary. In addition, I will focus specifically on the latter term, ἀναστενάζω—a hapax legomenon in the NT—and its usage in ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman literature. Having situated Jesus' sighs against these socio-literary contexts, fresh insights into his actions will emerge.