Why Discourse Analysis Matters

Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament

Why does Paul sometimes say things like “I want you to know..”? Didn’t he want us to know everything he wrote?

Study of the Greek New Testament is too often limited to the words themselves, and not how the text hangs together as a whole. For years, Dr. Steve Runge has been incorporating the best research from linguists, translators, and biblical scholars to produce a suite of discourse-based resources from Logos Bible Software.

The newest addition is his Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis. This resource offers a book-length treatment of significant discourse devices and applies them to New Testament exegesis and interpretation. This book ships next week, so this is your last chance to get the discount while it’s on Pre-Pub!

Steve is also leading a 5-day Greek Discourse Workshop in Bellingham, Washington this summer. This workshop offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn how to apply this cutting-edge research very practically to your own exegesis. Space is limited, so you’ll need to register soon to reserve your spot.

A few days ago, Steve sat down to talk about the usefulness of discourse analysis for translating and interpreting the New Testament. This video describes the basics of discourse analysis and how it can be applied to the study of the Bible.

Remember, you have a little more time to register for the Greek Discourse Workshop. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!


  1. It’d really be great for those of us on the east coast if you recorded the workshop and made the recordings available by download or DVD.

  2. Steve Maling says

    I’m REALLY looking forward to this Workshop!

  3. Joe Bella says

    When is the deadline for the Pre-Pub discount? Thank you!

  4. Kent Hendricks says

    Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll pass it along.
    Keep in mind that the best way to learn the material is with Steve in person, where he can answer your questions, discuss the material with you, and walk you through the nuts and bolts of discourse grammar himself.

  5. Kent Hendricks says

    The Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament ships next Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

  6. Anyone who uses two _Airplane!_ quotes to illustrate his point gets my attention!

  7. JJ Miller says

    Excellent video, Steve!
    What about distance learning through FUZE, DIMDIM, or BIGBLUEBUTTON? Might add some attenders that simply can’t make the trip!

  8. Andrew D. Enyagberue says

    I ordered for the pre-pub and i believe that I am getting the Logos 4 downloadable version. Can I have the book too?
    Andrew D. Enyagberue

  9. Kent Hendricks says

    The Pre-Pub is for the electronic version of the book.

  10. Andy Anderson says

    Thanks for the tremendous work that you have put into these incredible resources! With the HDNT and the Discourse Analysis, and Discourse Gramme, when can we see a Discourse Commentary on the New Testament. I think that this would be an incredible resource to create a complete package. Keep up the great work Logos!