Buy My Books To Help Fund Our Adoption

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adopt (the dictionary project)The Brannans are adopting. Again. And we’re asking for your help.

If you’ve been around us for awhile, you know that we have a heart for adoption. Our nearly four-year-old son Lucas is adopted. But adoption is an expensive thing. Like, really expensive. So we need some help.

Now, since you’ve been around us you also know that I’ve recently published two books through Appian Way Press. If you didn’t know, “Appian Way Press” is me (Rick Brannan), and these books are self-published. That means we’re in control of the copyright and the proceeds.

Now here’s the important part: All proceeds from all sales of Appian Way Press books are being set aside to assist with our adoption. If you’re interested, there are two ways you can help.

  • First Method: Buy the books in print from (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy). You’ll get great books on 1 & 2 Timothy, and you’ll contribute…

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Lexical Commentary Excerpt: 1 Tim 1:5

Rick Brannan recently posted an excerpt from his “Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy” —

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BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimHere’s an excerpt from my recently published Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy. The commentary below is on 1 Timothy 1:5, which is pretty much the thesis of the letter.

Verse 5

but the goal of our instruction

The word translated “goal” is τέλος. The basic meaning is that of ‘end, finish, or termination;’[1] though τέλος developed many supplemental and context-sensitive meanings over time. In this context, the meaning of ‘aim’ or ‘goal’ is appropriate as the context indicates that it is the end of the effort, thus the purpose or reason for expending the effort. The word translated “instruction” is παραγγελία, which is less common in the New Testament. The basic sense of the word is that of a message that essentially commands or orders someone (or a group) to do something.[2] This is commonly known as a charge. Consider First Clement:


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Dr. William Varner on Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on First Timothy

BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimHere’s what Dr. William Varner had to say about Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy:

Rick Brannan’s methodology for these word studies in First Timothy opens new semantic vistas because he takes into account the usage of the Greek words in contemporary Koine works like the Pseudepigrapha and Josephus. Furthermore, he illustrates the “effective” use of these lexemes in the Apostolic Fathers as well. He is careful not to be guilty of anachronism in the latter practice but simply illustrates how the word was understood in Christian literature written soon after the Pastorals. In some ways, this is a ground-breaking approach that deserves serious consideration by other commentators on the sacred text.

Dr. William Varner, Professor of Bible and Greek, The Master’s College

Purchase Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy today (from our store or Amazon)

New Publication: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy

Rick Brannan’s announcement of his new Appian Way Press title, “Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy”

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BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimIf you’ve followed me around the internet (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) then you probably know about my long-term interest in the Pastoral Epistles. I’ve always had an interest in the letters, but the disease seriously took hold around 2003, when I was single and had lots and lots of free time. I dug into these letters and didn’t look back.

Back in those days, I started writing as I studied First Timothy. I didn’t really know where it was going or what it would look like, but it was helpful in thinking through the text. I invited friends over for dinner to eat food and thrash what I’d written — some of the best feedback ever (thanks again to Eli, Vince, James, Bob, Dale, and the other Bob) —and began to produce what just today (April 20, 2016) became available for purchase on Amazon: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles:…

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Dr. Michael F. Bird on Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on First Timothy

BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimHere’s what Dr. Michael F. Bird had to say about Rick Brannan’s forthcoming Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy:

Rick Brannan has produced a robust and rigorous exegetical introduction to First Timothy. This book is a great guide to the nuances of the Greek text that interpreters need to grapple with as they attempt to interpret this letter. Whether it is women “saved through childbirth” or how “you will save both yourself and your hearers,” Brannan shows you what you need to know as you wrestle with First Timothy.
Dr. Michael F. Bird (PhD University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia.

We’re putting the final touches on the cover, and should send it to press in the next few days. We’ll let you know when it’s ready for purchase!

On Its Way: Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on First Timothy

We’re wrapping up indexing and typesetting for Rick Brannan’s forthcoming volume, Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy. If all goes well, it should be released sometime in April, 2016.

Author: Rick Brannan
Title: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy
Pages: xx, 334, with indexes
Price: $24.95

We hesitate to use the term “Word Studies” because it has negative connotations among some, but that’s what this volume is about. Brannan examines the vocabulary of First Timothy using the New Testament, the Septuagint (LXX), the Apostolic Fathers, Josephus, Philo, Christian Apocrypha, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, and whatever else can be consulted to illustrate how words were used and understood in contexts similar to their use in First Timothy. These examples are not simply listed with a citation for the reader to follow up with, but translations of these relevant examples are presented in context. The reader is introduced to a new world of material and also shown how it can be useful in one’s reading of the New Testament.

Below are some examples of the interior and the indexing.




Comments from Dr. William Varner on Brannan’s Second Timothy

Second Timothy: Notes on Grammar, Syntax, and Structure is now available for purchase! We provided a copy to Dr. William Varner, Professor of Bible and Greek at The Master’s College. Here’s what he had to say:

Many “aids” are available to help with the meaning of individual Greek words. They are called lexicons and concordances. There are also analytical lexicons that parse individual verbals and identify the cases of individual nominals. But many of us believe that the most basic level of meaning lies not in individual words but in clauses, which in turn make up a sentence and sentences which combine to make paragraphs. Only when individual words are understood by their use in clauses and paragraphs will we ever understand completely what they “mean.” Rick Brannan’s insightful volume on 2 Timothy focuses on how these clauses convey meaning. Going beyond “word studies” he shows how words relate to each other through primary and subordinate clauses.

Grammarians call this syntax, which we all know is important but it is what we often ignore in our commentaries, which often tend to be a string of individual word studies dominated by the idea that a sentence is simply the sum of its individual parts. Rick focuses on the larger ideas conveyed by these clauses and not just those words by themselves. This is the way we actually think and communicate but we have sadly ignored that fact and focused in our studies on individual words. But Rick does more than just identify syntax uses – he shows how these syntactical features relate to each to other and how Paul conveys meanings through his entire thoughts. One of the ways in which he does this is through an analysis of the entire epistle through the use of a sentence diagramming method called “sentence flows” (my term). Through this analysis you will be able to see how the Greek clauses flow through the sentence and paragraph in the way that the author directs.

This type of “commentary” is desperately needed. So move beyond your word studies into a world that recognizes how words relate to each other in larger units.  If you have enough Greek to begin, Rick Brannan will take you to the next step of discovering how Paul communicates to us not just by the lexemes but by the Logos, the message that imparts life.

Rick Brannan’s Second Timothy: Notes on Grammar, Syntax, and Structure is only $9.95! Grab a copy so you’ll have it to hand the next time you work through Second Timothy.