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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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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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.

My 1 Timothy Commentary on Prepub at Logos

One of our books is headed for Logos Bible Software. Get it on prepub *and* help support the Brannan family adoption — at the same time!

Rick Brannan

BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimEver since I published my First Timothy work in print with Appian Way Press, I have been asked about whether or not the commentary will be made available for Logos Bible Software. I’m happy to say today that it will be!

Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy at

I’m excited about this because I think it is a unique and helpful commentary. But I’m really excited because, like the sales of all Appian Way Press books, all of the proceeds that I receive from the commentary sale will be used to support our adoption.

But proceeds from the Logos version are only realized if the book passes from pre-pub into production (more on the Logos prepub process). That means it would be awesome if you, your friends, and their friends all chip in $14.99 (cheaper than print!) to move this book into production.


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New Title: Building a Firm Foundation: A 12-Week Study on the Apostles’ Creed

AppianWay-BFF-Title-001Just this morning, we started working on getting Rick Brannan’s Building a Firm Foundation: A 12-Week Study on the Apostles’ Creed ready to publish. Brannan’s work is a look at the topics of the Apostles’ Creed through the lens of the Heidelberg Catechism.

The Heidelberg Catechism is designed to provide a teaching schedule for the year. It is broken into 52 “Lord’s Days”, indicating the subject matter to be taught each week.

Because the Heidelberg Catechism is designed to teach, it utilizes three main components: The Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and The Lord’s Prayer. The bulk of the catechism is concerned with the exposition of these three components. This 12-week study is essentially a study on the Apostles’ Creed that uses the Heidelberg Catechism as a foundation for examining the Apostles’ Creed in detail.

Each week’s study, then, will look to the biblical text to examine the teaching in the Heidelberg Catechism as regards the Apostles Creed with a goal of better understanding the statements in the Apostles Creed.

Just a note: While this description mentions the Heidelberg Catechism frequently, in practice the catechism itself is in the background of the study. This is not a course focused on the catechism, and Brannan’s approach is broadly evangelical.

If all goes well, we hope to have copies ready for purchase by the end of July, 2016.