I sometimes think it’s a shame that Linguistics isn’t taught more widely and this is especially true with Biblical Studies where it can be a valuable subject when taught in association with Greek/Hebrew and Hermeneutics/Exegesis. A number of seminaries run Master’s degrees in Linguistics and Biblical Exegesis but for those interested in small-scale personal study, there are a couple of books worth reading. A student recently asked me for some book recommendations on the subject and I suggested the following:
Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek by David Alan Black. (There’s a full review available here)
Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation by Peter Cotterell and Max Turner.
Dr Black’s book is highly recommended: readable, scholarly and useful. (One of my professors once told me that usefulness is a much forgotten factor in academic books!) Later this summer, we will have an interview with Dr Black on our Talks With Scholars page.
For accredited, online and distance learning courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the King’s Evangelical Divinity School website.