The purpose of this blog is to document my adventures as a student, poet, musician, and friend and to lead others to enriching resources for their own study of the Bible in its original languages and contexts in the ancient world.
Christopher Marsh is a ThM candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he focuses on the New Testament, Greek, and the Greco-Roman backgrounds of Early Christianity. His experience in music and poetry has driven him to explore the musical, poetic, and liturgical aspects of the New Testament. In his master’s thesis, he examines Colossians 1:12–20 in comparison to Jewish and Greco-Roman hymns in an attempt to determine more clearly whether or not the passage should be considered a hymn and establish where it begins and ends within the context of Colossians 1. As a worship leader and musician for almost 15 years, Christopher has led, started, or consulted for music teams at a variety of churches and ministries. If he has earbuds in, he’s probably listening to punk rock, screamo, prog, or Led Zeppelin, but he also enjoys the serenity of hiking, flyfishing, and drawing when he can find the time. With his wife and three young children, he lives in Manassas, VA where he serves his local church in worship and education ministry.
Ancient, Classical, and Hellenistic Greek Syntax and Linguistics
Poetry in the New Testament
Hebrew and Second Temple Jewish Poetry (Psalms, Septuagint, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls)
Greco-Roman Hymns and Poetry
New Testament, Hellenistic, and Early Imperial Archaeology
Roman Achaea (Athens, Corinth)
Roman Asia Minor (Ephesus, Colossae and the Lycus Valley)
Music in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity
Biblical Theology (Christology, Worship, Music, Aesthetics)