Title:Fragments of Christianity: Fragmentary Witnesses to Early Christian Liturgies, Hymns, Homilies, and Prayers Author: Rick Brannan Price: $24.95 from Amazon, locally available from Amazon UK, DE, AU, JP, and other Amazon sites. Purchase from Amazon
What were early Christians like? How did they worship? How did they pray? How did they preach? Brannan sifted through volumes of papyrological evidence to provide transcriptions and translations of examples of prayers, homilies, hymns, liturgies, and theological treatises, each with an introduction and brief discussion. These fragmentary examples of Christian material provide a link to the people who created them and who practised their religion with them. They are direct evidence of the practice of Christianity. They date from as early as the second century through the fifth century. These papyri provide a glimpse into the lives and practice of early Christians.
To responsibly exegete the text of Second Timothy, one must become familiar with the vocabulary. But examination of word meanings involves more than simply looking up words in a lexicon and choosing a gloss that seems appropriate.
Rick Brannan evaluates the vocabulary of the Second…
Will you be at SBL in Denver this year? Have you been itchin’ to purchase an Appian Way Press book — like one of our excellent Greek readers — but you want a deal? Hey, I get it. I postpone book purchases until SBL in hopes of a sweet deal.
Well, the Appian Way Press won’t have a booth at SBL this year (or likely any year, for that matter). But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a SWEET SBL SALE. That’s right. We’ve got five books in print, and four of those might be of interest to folks at SBL. So here’s the SWEET SBL SALE deal:
We hope to publish Rick Brannan’s The Acts of Pilate and the Descent of Christ to Hades: A Greek Reader in August, 2018. It will be the second volume released in the Appian Way Greek Readers series. It is projected to be a 155 page volume with a low price of $9.95.
Greek Text: The Greek text of Tischendorf’s Acts of Pilate A and the Greek text of Tischendorf’s The Descent of Christ to Hades.
Reading Notes: Every word that occurs 20x or fewer in the Greek New Testament is noted with the form in the text, the lemma or dictionary form of the word, the part of speech, the number of NT instances, and a short gloss.
Section Heads: Section headings in English are inserted in both the Greek text and the English translation.
Intertextual Notes: Most quotations and obvious allusions have notes (in the Greek text) referring the reader to the related biblical text.
English Text: A lightly revised and modernized translation of these documents from Schaff’s Ante-Nicene Fathers volume 8 is also included.
Greek-English Glossary: A glossary of all footnoted terms is provided with glosses and all instances of the word in the Acts of Pilate and the Descent of Christ to Hades noted.
The book is almost ready! We’re reviewing the text one last time and working on the cover design. When those tasks are complete, then the book will be finalized and made available on Amazon.
Please help spread the word. We hope these readers help people focused on the Greek New Testament to expand their ability with the text and become more capable with the language.
Also, as with every Appian Way Press book, all proceeds from book sales go straight to the Brannan Adoption fund to cover costs incurred during the adoption of their third child in 2017. Adoption is expensive, and payment can be stretched out for years. Every little bit, even the small royalty from Amazon from these books, helps. Thanks for your support!
Over the past two years, off and on, I’ve been working on a new introduction and translation of the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John (1AAJn) for the second volume of Tony Burke and Brent Landau’s New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures series.
A few months back, I realized I had most of the parts required to make a reader’s edition of 1AAJn. I had keyed in the text and assigned dictionary forms (lemmas), morphology, and English glosses. I could write code to generate the rest needed, and then do some editing on the result to produce something that could be published.
We’d hoped to publish the Second Timothy volume in Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, but Rick’s progress on that has been slow due to lots of life changes with a new son. It means Rick doesn’t have much extended time to spend researching and writing that volume, and its production has lagged.
So Rick has been looking for a project he could make progress on with random spots of time, usually not more than 90 minutes or so. He thinks he’s found something to fit that bill.
In researching and writing a new introduction and translation to the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John for volume two of Burke and Landau’s New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Rick prepared an edition of Tischendorf’s Greek version of the document. The vocabulary is mostly also found in the New Testament. It is not short (28 chapters, around 3,000 words) but not long. He also followed the now standard versification (not in Tischendorf) and added morphological, lexical, and gloss information.
While this is very preliminary and may change, we thought folks would like to know that Rick is planning on creating a reader’s edition of the Greek text he prepared. It will probably be a slim volume (smaller than the normal 6×9), between 50–70 pages with all NT words occuring 20 times or less (maybe 30 times or less?) as well as all non-NT words, footnoted with grammatical information, lexical information, and glosses. When complete, it will be published in print at a reasonable price ($7.95? $9.95?) by the Appian Way Press.
If this proves useful, we will evaluate producing readers of other material (likely apocryphal/noncanonical gospels) in similar format.
Would such volumes be interesting to you? Please let us know, and please spread the word. Thanks!
It’s a long headline, but I’m not sure how to make it shorter. And it’s true; Lexham Press will be publishing my translation of the Apostolic Fathers and my introduction and translation of several Greek editions of Apocryphal gospels, manuscript fragments, and agrapha. They’re targeted for Fall 2017, which means they should be (fingers crossed!) on the tables at SBL in Boston along with other forthcoming Lexham Press titles.
I’m thrilled about this. My books are being published in the Lexham Classics series, which means my stuff is on the same page as works by Martin Luther, Louis Berkhof, and G.K. Chesterton. And the covers are pretty sweet too.
These have been available for Logos Bible Software for while (see here and here), and they’ve been well received. When folks have asked me about print editions, I’ve had to direct elsewhere. Now I’m happy to finally be able…
Also: Rick is actively working on the Second Timothy volume in the Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles series. He tells us he has a draft of the content for 2 Timothy 1 complete, and is starting on chapter 2.
These titles are on Prepub with Faithlife (more info). That means if you’re interested, you commit to purchasing at the prepub price (which is Faithlife’s lowest possible price). If enough people commit, then the books are produced, and you are charged at time of delivery (and not before). If there isn’t enough interest, then the books aren’t produced.