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Mobile Ed: LA211 Introducing New Testament Discourse Grammar (6 hour course)

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Compare any languages and you’ll find they have similar tasks that need to be accomplished. Whether it’s creating anticipation, highlighting something important, or structuring the overall flow, the discourse devices that accomplish these tasks help us understand the meaning of the text. In this course, Dr. Runge helps you understand how these discourse devices function both in English and Greek so you can better exegete the Greek New Testament and communicate it’s meaning from the pulpit or in the classroom. Dr. Runge explores these discourse devices in easy-to-understand language and with illustrations of how we use them in English. He then shows you the exegetical significance of these devices for interpreting the Greek New Testament.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Foundations of Discourse Grammar

  • Objectives
  • Principles vs. Rules
  • Principle 1: Choice Implies Meaning
  • Example 1: Mark 5:25–27
  • Using a Visual Filter to Study Verbal Moods in the Gospels
  • Example 2: Ephesians 5:18–22
  • No Choice, No Meaning
  • Principle 2: Markedness
  • Organizational Framework
  • Markedness in Real Life
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Principle 3: Semantic Meaning vs. Pragmatic Effect
  • Examples of Naming
  • The Dude Commercial
  • Using the Analysis View to Find Pragmatic Effects of ἀδελφός (adelphos)
  • Review of the Three Principles

Unit 2: Connectives

  • Introduction to Connectives
  • Asyndeton
  • Καί (kai) and Adverbial Kαί (kai)
  • Γάρ (gar)
  • Μέν (men)
  • Ἀλλά(alla)
  • Processing Discourse
  • Δέ(de) and Narrative Τότε (tote)
  • Using the Sentence Diagramming Tool for Sermon Preparation
  • Οὖν (οun)
  • Διὰ τοῦτο(dia touto)
  • Connectives in Philippians 3

Unit 3: Forward-Pointing Devices (FPDs)

  • Introducing FPDs
  • Reference and Target
  • Questions and Pronouns
  • Adverbs
  • The Use of Μέν (men)
  • Using a Syntax Search to Find Point/Counterpoint Sets
  • The Use of Εί Μή (eimē)Exceptions
  • Use of Ἀλλά (alla)
  • Metacomments
  • Searching LDGNT or HDNT for Metacomments
  • Vocatives
  • Historical Present
  • Redundant Quotative Frames
  • Tail-Head Linkage

Unit 4: Introduction to Information Structure

  • Mental Representations
  • Structure of Information
  • Structuring Information
  • Natural Information Flow
  • Questions, Presuppositions, and Answers
  • Frames of Reference
  • File Cabinets
  • Status of Information
  • Frames of Reference: New Testament Examples
  • Frames of Reference: More New Testament Examples
  • Topical Frames
  • Setting Up a Custom Guide for Technical Commentaries
  • Topical Frames Examples
  • Temporal Frames
  • Spatial Frames
  • Contrast
  • Conditional/Exceptive Frames
  • Searching the Grammatical Constructions Dataset
  • Comparative Frames
  • Reason/Result Frames
  • Circumstantial Frames, Part 1
  • Circumstantial Frames, Part 2
  • Circumstantial Frames, Part 3
  • Using the Cited By Tool with a Custom Grammar Collection

Unit 5: Introduction to Thematic Highlighting Devices

  • Principles
  • Overspecification
  • Overspecification and Point of View
  • Searching the Referent Dataset to Examine Point of View in Narrative
  • Right-Dislocation
  • Recharacterization and Delayed Information
  • Discourse Grammar Reading Strategy
  • Thematic Addition
  • Thematic Addition Illustrated
  • Changed Reference
  • Thematic Address
  • Near/Far Distinction
  • Contemptuous Use
  • Using the Milestone Data Type in a Search

Unit 6: From Grammar to Analysis

  • What Is Discourse Analysis?
  • Course Review
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About the Instructor

Dr. Steven E. Runge serves as a scholar-in-residence at Faithlife and as a research associate in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He has a doctor of literature degree in biblical languages from the University of Stellenbosch. In preparation for his doctoral research, Dr. Runge completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar.

Dr. Runge has served as a visiting professor teaching Greek discourse grammar at Knox Theological Seminary; Dallas Theological Seminary; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; Wales Evangelical School of Theology; and Southern Seminary. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education. He is also very active in the church. He and his wife have two daughters and live in Bellingham, WA.


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Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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  1. Alessandro



  2. JesusisKing



    Is this course helpful with word studies also? Or is it just for those who know Greek?
  3. Larry Baxter

    Larry Baxter


    This is a phenomenal course! It is hands-down the most engaging and practical of the Mobile Ed courses I have taken. All thoughout the course are sprinkled very detailed short screencasts on some very advanced features of the Logos software to put into practice the principles we were learning in the course. I knew very little about discourse analysis coming into this course, and have completed it with a great appetite to learn more and to grow in my understanding of Biblical texts and in my own exegesis. Very highly recommended!
  4. Harlan P. Hock Jr
    Almost finished with this course, but will keep referring back to it. Out of all the courses Logos offers this appeared to be the most interesting to me and original in content. Others that looked interesting at first appeared to be very long winded and uninformative in the sample videos (even the $600 ones). This one is packed with relevant info and examples, which is typical of all of Runge's videos. Also several videos show how to setup Logos filters to see the course topics appear in the Bible...really cools stuff! Certainly well worth it.


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