Book now available


My book, The Interpersonal Metafunction in 1 Corinthians 1–4, is now available from Brill in eBook format. The hardback should be available in the next day or so (as of this post, the book's webpage says 22-Apr-2021).
Many of you may not realize that this book is the revised version of my dissertation, which I successfully defended way back in 2012. Because I was already working full-time and because just days after my defense my wife and I led a group of students on a study abroad trip to Europe, I just didn't get around to publishing it right away. I have, however, written a few articles since then where I outline the methodology and give examples of its use (e.g., "'Prodding with Prosody': Persuasion and Social Influence through the Lens of Appraisal Theory").
When I was awarded sabbatical in Fall 2019, Stan Porter, who was my PhD mentor at McMaster Divinity College, contacted me and told me that he had been to a conference in the not-too-distant-past where they were talking about the subject matter about which I wrote my dissertation (but not necessarily about 1 Corinthians or even the Bible). Since my subject matter was (and still is) a hot topic, he encouraged me to make the publication of my dissertation my sabbatical project. So I did, and here it is!
[Incidentally, while on sabbatical I also wrote a chapter on Martin Dibelius's form criticism of Luke-Acts for Porter and Fay, Luke-Acts in Modern Interpretation, to be published by Kregal in November 2021. Also while on sabbatical, I completed an article that eventually was published in Filología Neotestamentaria: "The Linguistics of Social Identity Theory in the New Testament" FilNeot 33 (2020): 9–36. So, in a sense, that bit of motivation from Stan Porter resulted in a busy sabbatical but also three publications!]