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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Randall Buth counting coups on Stanley E. Porter

Highlights from today's biblical greek forum, Randall Buth, once again, strikes his coup-stick[1] against S.E. Porter.
You should probably avoid Porter until trying to study how not to define tense and aspect, especially with Porter's skewing of discourse terminology and application in the opposite direction from the rest of the field of textlinguistics and discourse.

Randall Buth, PhD 
Of all the biblical greek grammar authors, Porter and Wallace are in a close race for having published the most nonsense. It took most of us nearly a decade to penetrate the fog of Porter's framework only to discover there wasn't much there once it was demystified.

[1] Crow Indians counted coups to demonstrate their bravery in combat. Killing an enemy isn't brave; but, striking an enemy with a coups-stick and living through the event, showed courage. Counting coups was one of four things a warrior had to do to becaome a chief: count coups, take a horse from an enemy, lead a successful raid, and take a weapon from an enemy. The warrior that had done the most of the four qualifiers was head chief.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the nonsense that Wallace has published? Just wondering, since his "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics" was an assigned resource for Greek IV back in seminary, and I still have it and use it...

Joshua Smith

10:21 PM  
Blogger C. Stirling Bartholomew said...


Carl Conrad of b-greek has discussed this at some length. A search of the archives should turn up this discussion. I hate to repeat here. Wallace is used at many seminaries. His grammar is linguistics free. There is no visible language theory. His treatment of syntax is driven by english translation. I have more less given up discussing him since Carl Conrad and George Somsel (b-greek) have taken the torch I don't feel it worth my time to duplicate their effort.

10:44 PM  
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