Here is some of my background and interests:
- I've been a student of Koine Greek for roughly 27 years
- I have "just" a B.A. in Religion. My focus was biblical languages, which consisted of 4 years of Koine Greek and 1 year of Hebrew
- I did the standard SIL studies in Linguistics and Translation, etc. to become a Wycliffe Bible Translator
- I spent 6 years in Papua New Guinea with SIL/Wycliffe doing language survey work and starting a translation project before leaving due to my son's health issues
- I developed a very early (~1993?) Windows Help (WinHelp) based version of the Greek NT - "HyperGNT" for SIL, developing my own Greek font and converting Friberg's Analytical Greek NT from Standard Format (SFM) markup text files.
- I contributed to the design and direction and development of SIL's early Translator's Workplace Original Language tools for translators (I'm not sure it's changed much over the years!)
- I was the primary driver for the design, requirements and direction of SIL's Biblical Analysis Research Tool (BART), which has been used heavily by a number of folk on this forum
- I also contributed to the development and design of SIL's Greek and Hebrew KeyMan keyboards for entering Greek and Hebrew text, as well as to the design of some of SIL's initial Greek and Hebrew font offerings
- Mostly I have been spending my primary "work" time in commercial software development since leaving SIL in '97 (currently at Microsoft)
- Passionate about the promise of applying current Linguistic methodologies and approaches to Greek to reduce barriers to the truth in God's Word, whether for personal, exegetical, or translation purposes
- Incredibly excited by Steve Runge's milestone Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament volume as an example of the above
- Most recently have been enjoying working through Randy Buth's first Living Koine Greek volume – identifying with a comment in his Frequently Asked Questions section of his first volume about the frustration of spending some 25 years studying a language and essentially not being able to pray a simple prayer or fluently communicate basic messages in it - without preparation time of minutes to hours
I suppose I'm now an "independent scholar".
Glad to be joining the B-Greek ranks again!