Thursday, May 24, 2012

Murray Harris on Greek prepositions

An interesting new title on the subject of Greek prepositions is due out in the fall by the eminent NT scholar, Murray J. Harris.

Harris, perhaps best know for his magisterial 2 Corinthians commentary, work entitled Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament: An Essential Resource for Exegesis is being published by Zondervan Academic. With this item due out by the time SBL annual rolls around, my advice would be to wait to purchase it at the annual meeting. It is a hefty $42.99, a curious price considering it only weighs in at 192 pages.

Here is a description of the work:

Prepositions are important in the exegesis of the Greek New Testament, but they are at the same time very slippery words because they can have so many nuances. While Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament rejects the idea of a “theology of the prepositions,” it is a study of the numerous places in the Greek New Testament where prepositions contribute to the theological meaning of the text. Offered in the hope that it might encourage close study of the Greek text of the New Testament, its many features include the following: Coverage of all 17 “proper” and 42 “improper” prepositions Explores both literary and broader theological contexts Greek font---not transliteration---used throughout Comprehensive indexes to hundreds of verses, subjects, and Greek words Discussion of key repeated phrases that use a particular preposition.

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