Over the years of the old BG mailing list and occasionally in this BG Forum Rod Decker, Professor of New Testament and Greek at Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, has been a fine teacher and a relentless inquirer. Although I've never met him face to face, I have been corresponding with him frequently ever since his years of doctoral study in Kansas City. For several years now he's been the finest living practitioner of traditional grammar/translation Greek pedagogy that I've ever known of. His NT Resources webpage (accessible at his blog site) has continued to be an essential first-resort place to search. His pedagogical publications include a fine Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers
(I read the manuscript for this one and was continually astounded at its thoroughness of treatment and helpfulness to students learning to read the GNT), a two-volume commentary on the Greek text of Mark's Gospel Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament)
, and just now forthcoming, a new primer for Biblical Greek, Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
(the first, to my knowledge, to teach Greek voice as I think it ought to be taught -- I read that manuscript too). We've known for many months now of his struggle with cancer. A blog entry today http://ntresources.com/blog/?p=3712
brings news that radiation and chemotherapy have been halted for him. This is grim news, but I thought that veteran B-Greekers would want to know about it.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)