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Steve serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software.  He has a Doctor of Literature degree in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, supervised by Christo Van der Merwe. In preparation for his doctoral research, Steve completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar. This culminated in attending a workshop on discourse analysis offered by SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators, facilitated by Stephen H. Levinsohn. He has also earned a Master of Theological Studies degree in Biblical Languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, B.C., and a BA in Speech Communication from Western Washington University.

Steve has 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 were married in 1990. They have two daughters, and live in Bellingham.

He has developed the following discourse-based resources:


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  1. Andrew / Jul 17 2009

    Hey Steve,

    I was just wondering when the Discourse Grammar will be finished. I learned Attic Greek in my undergrad (from Hansen & Quinn) and was pretty comfortable in its descriptions of Aspect and Tense. I was hoping to get a hold of Discourse Grammar so as to understand a thoroughly linguistic approach to Koine.

  2. Steve Runge / Jul 18 2009


    The grammar is due out later next month, so in time for school to start. The typesetter is working on it currently. Regarding the verbal system, I have described aspects of it, but it was beyond the scope of the initial edition to try and do everything. If you are interested in a preview, the first few chapters are available in a sample on my publications page.

    I will be giving a paper on the historical present this year at SBL, blogging about it along the way. This forms has been the basis of throwing out many things, and I feel it still lacks an adequate description. How one describes the HP determines how they approach the wider verbal system. Both need reassessment. Greek does not have tense like English, but the aspect-only folks have failed IMO to complete their argument against it. A correction has been needed, yes, but I think that complete elimination is over-reaction, and misrepresenting the data. More to follow.

  3. Andrew / Jul 22 2009

    Thanks so much for the lead, Steve. I’ll get into them soon. I’m just beginning to approach the Verbal Aspect Theory and am struggling to make it around the linguistics-terminology-curve. Any suggestions? (I’ve read most of Con Campbell’s Basics of V.A., but have been helped more in the beginning chapters of Decker’s Temporal Deixis in Mark).

    I’ve enjoyed your blog, and your balance of technicality and practicality.

    in Christ,

  4. Craig Baugh / Sep 27 2009

    Will copies (CD or hardcopy) of your Discourse Grammar be available at SBL? I’m trying to decide whether I should order now or just wait to pick up a copy at the Logos exhibit. BTW, I have enjoyed reading your blog now for about nine months. I read in your posts that you spent some time around Springfield, VA and Goshen Scout Camp. All three of my boys attended Goshen during the summers, but I think it was probably after you. I live in Lorton, VA right next door to Springfield. Look forward to hearing your paper at SBL and meeting you if possible.

  5. Steve Runge / Sep 27 2009

    Craig, The goal is to have the e-version done, but the paperbacks will likely not be there in bulk.

  6. Carsten Espersen / Oct 20 2009

    Hi Steve,
    I’m somewhat confused on the LEXHAM projects. Is any of you publications out in print? If so, where might the be available?


  7. Steve Runge / Oct 21 2009

    The Lexham projects are all electronic databases at this point, available for both Mac and PC. The Discourse Grammar will be coming out in print in the coming year. With the pop-up features of the databases, I am not sure that they are suitable for print. Hope that helps.

  8. Jerry Jacques / Jan 22 2012

    Hey Steve,

    Though the content of your site are way over my head, I enjoy the headaches that I get trying to understand them :).

  9. Mason / Apr 2 2013

    Hi Steve,

    I’ve been looking for you all my life 🙂 I’ve been frustrated because very few (hardly any!) commentaries help the exegete with discerning the main idea or flow in a passage. But as I read some things about your writing it seems you try and bridge this very gap. Is that correct? I don’t know any Greek, but I considering beginning to learn just so I can follow your helps in this direction. One final question – Do you know of any resources that help with the main idea/flow regarding narratives (and especially in the OT)?

    Thanks brother,

  10. Michael Colburn / Jan 3 2014


    What theory of linguistics, discourse analysis, and/or pragmatics have you found to be most useful for analysis of the Greek text?

    Thank you!

  11. Steve Runge / Jan 3 2014

    Hi Michael,

    It depends on what you are working on. Most of what I do focuses on pragmatics and cognitive processing, so I am very reliant on Lambrecht’s “Information Structure and Sentence Form” as an update to Simon Dik’s model of information structure. If you read my discourse grammar you will find a bread trail to follow as far as developing a theoretical framework. There is no perfect theory, each was developed to accomplish a task that the other existing ones were not perceived to handle (correctly). I end up combining Construction Grammar, Cognitive-Functional Linguistics , Prototype Theory (Taylor), and Grammaticalization (Bybee). Hope that helps.

  12. Michael Harbuck / Oct 19 2014

    Hi Steve, I am an avid Logos user and a big fan of the high definition commentary series. I’m having a little bit of a problem though. I’m having difficulties replicating the look of many of the slides that are used in the high definition commentary. While I enjoy the slides that you’ve created, I also like adding additional slides along the way, but can’t get things such as the balloon callouts or sample boxes to duplicate properly, this creating a noticeable variance between your slides, which are brought over as JPEG’s, and my slides which are original PowerPoint formats.
    I was wondering if you would mind making the PowerPoint templates for the various graphic styles and formats from the Romans commentary available? That sure would make my life easier as I try to create additional slides to blend into the ones you’ve already created.
    Thank you very much, and keep up the excellent work.

  13. Steve Runge / Oct 21 2014

    In the introduction to the Romans volume there is a section called “How to use the graphics,” which has blank templates and font info for making your own slides. I will see that a similar section get added to Philippians. Thanks for the question!

  14. Robert A. Lotzer / Jun 13 2015

    Is there a Discourse Analysis 101 which you would recommend for new students, especially someone who can’t afford the Logos Software? I’m looking for something practical to get a student interested by seeing the value of the method as quickly as possible.


  15. Steve Runge / Jun 14 2015

    Hi Robert,

    There are lots of blog posts here, plus the papers and other links on the publication page, that are free for the reading. Most are intended to provide an introductory overview of a concept with practical application. If you are asking about an actual course, there are none that I am aware of. The closest would be Levinsohn’s “Self-Taught Narrative Workshop” materials, but they are not introductory ( I’d suggest you pull together a selection of readings for him or her to work through that cover the material they’d be interested in. There are also introductions to discourse analysis, like that by Brown and Yule, but these study conversational analysis more than the study of texts. They provide an overview of DA, but not of the kind normally undertaken in NT studies.

  16. Hal / Jun 23 2015

    Hey Steve

    I was wondering if there was any way I could get my hands on your article “The Greek Article: a Cognitive-Functional Approach.”

    Thank you very much,


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