Finally, an Update: Introducing Appian Way Services

Wow, it’s been awhile since anything has been written here.

This is a post to inform everyone that Appian Way Press is now part of Appian Way Services, a licensed business in Washington state (some more detail in this post). In addition to publishing writings by Rick Brannan, Rick is now available for the right contract jobs through Appian Way Services.

Rick still works full time at Faithlife, LLC (and plans to for the foreseeable future); additionally he works a 5-10 hour/week gig for Clear.Bible. But there is still some time available on his schedule. If you are the principal of an academic project and need some work done, he might be able to help. Maybe you’re involved with a grant-funded project and have hit some roadblocks. Or maybe you have some sort of work involving creation, aggregation, or curation of Bible or bliblically-related data, send Rick an email (rick at rickbrannan dot com) with questions, outlines, pitches, or whatever; he’s happy to review and consult. If there’s work he’s qualified and available to do, he’ll give you a bid.

Rick has over 25 years of experience producing and curating biblically related data. Whether it involves grammar, syntax, discourse, or morphology of Biblical languages, or organization of data, or whatever, chances are he’s seen and dealt with it.

He’s defined and helped create a critical edition of the Greek New Testament (the SBL Greek New Testament), a Bible translation (the Lexham English Bible), a translation of the Septuagint (the Lexham English Septuagint), a translation, interlinear, and reverse-interlinear of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers (The Apostolic Fathers: A New Transalation and the Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear), Apocryphal Gospels (Greek Apocryphal Gospels: A New Translation) and a forthcoming edition of Old Testament Pseudepigrapha from Lexham Press.

He’s written commentaries on 1 and 2 Timothy (Appian Way Press) as well as an analysis of the discourse grammar of 2 Thessalonians (Lexham Press). He’s researched and published an edition of fragmentary papyri with translation and analysis (Fragments of Christianity).

Basically, Rick has seen just about everything regarding primary and secondary editions in the realm of academic publishing. If you have any related projects you want to talk about or need help with, please use the contact form or just email rick at rickbrannan dot com, and we’ll see if we can figure anything out.

Thanks, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


New Release: Fragments of Christianity: Fragmentary Witnesses to Early Christian Liturgies, Hymns, Homilies, and Prayers

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.
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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.

About the Author

Rick Brannan is the translator of the Apostolic Fathers in English, author and translator of Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha, and managing editor of the Lexham English Septuagint. He has also published Greek Reader editions of the Acts of Pilate and the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John. He is currently researching the Greek text of the Shepherd of Hermas for a forthcoming publication.

Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: Second Timothy — Now on @Logos Prepub!

Another @AppianWayPress book being released for @Logos Bible Software!

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LCPE-2Ti-cover Now available as a Logos Prepub!

This past winter, I published the second volume (of three planned volumes) of the Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, this one being the volume on Second Timothy.

Now the good folks at Logos Bible Software (note: I work for Faithlife, the producer of Logos Bible Software) have decided to make Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: Second Timothy available on prepub, to go along with the volume on First Timothy that was released in Logos format in 2017.

I’m stoked about this! Preorder yours in Logos format now!

Here’s the description on Amazon:

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…

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Giveaway! Two Greek Readers from Appian Way Press

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From January 21, 2019 through January 28, 2019, I’ll be running a giveaway!

I’ll be giving away two Greek Readers from Appian Way Press:


To win these books, you’ll need to enter the raffle and accomplish at least one of the tasks. Some tasks (sharing a status on Twitter) can be done daily.

While you’re at it, make sure to sign up for my newsletter, (forthcoming)!

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The Appian Way Press SWEET SBL SALE!

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AppianWayPressWill 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:

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Update on Acts of Pilate: A Greek Reader

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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.

Like the inaugural volume in the Appian Way Greek Readers series, the Acts of Pilate Greek reader will have the following features:

  • 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!

New Book: Greek Readers Edition of 1 Apocr. Apoc. John

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1AAJn-Cover-Amazon-001Over 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.

But why would anyone want a reader’s edition of this little-known text?

1AAJn-sample-002There are all sorts of reasons, but the basic reason is: The more Greek you read, the better your Greek will get. Even if the New Testament is…

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What’s next for the Appian Way Press?

AppianWayPressThis is a very good question.

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!

Lexham Press to publish my Apostolic Fathers and Greek Apocryphal Gospels

Lexham Press is publishing Rick Brannan’s Apostolic Fathers and Greek Apocryphal Gospels volumes.

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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…

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Logos about to release Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy

BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimWe’re excited! We’ve received word that Logos will publish their version of Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy on December 29! Order it from Logos at $14.99 soon to get in on the deal.

We’re excited about this because Brannan’s work provides a new angle on examining the vocabulary of the Pastoral Epistles. And we’re really excited because all proceeds (both print and Logos) go to directly support the Brannans’ adoption of their third child.

So get a great commentary (and reference work!) on the vocabulary of First Timothy and help support the Brannans’ adoption.

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.