Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Review of Biblical Literature Latest

Latest from the SBL Review of Biblical Literature under the NT and related heading. Is it just me or is it a particularly interesting crop this time? (Further comments at the bottom of this post).

John A. Dennis
Jesus' Death and the Gathering of True Israel: The Johannine Appropriation of Restoration Theology in the Light of John 11.47-52
Reviewed by Mary L. Coloe

Jörg Frey, Jan G. van der Watt, and Ruben Zimmerman, eds.
Imagery in the Gospel of John: Terms, Forms, Themes, and Theology of Johannine Figurative Language
Reviewed by Dorothy Lee

Zev Garber, ed.
Mel Gibson's Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and Its Implications
Reviewed by Timothy D. Finlay

Annalisa Guida and Marco Vitelli, eds.
Gesù i messia di Israele: Il messianismo giudaico e gli inizi della cristologia
Reviewed by Ilaria Ramelli

Michael W. Holmes
The Apostolic Fathers in English
Reviewed by Hennie Stander

Antti Mustakallio, ed., in collaboration with Heikki Leppä and Heikki Räisänen
Lux Humana, Lux Aeterna: Essays on Biblical and Related Themes in Honour of Lars Aejmelaeus
Reviewed by Korinna Zamfir

Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley
The Sacred Bridge: Carta's Atlas of the Biblical World
Reviewed by Oded Borowski

Ben-Zion Rosenfeld and Joseph Menirav
Markets and Marketing in Roman Palestine
Reviewed by Michael Trainor

C. Kavin Rowe
Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke
Reviewed by Joel B. Green

Gregory Tatum
New Chapters in the Life of Paul: The Relative Chronology of His Career
Reviewed by Eve-Marie Becker

Gerd Theissen
The Bible and Contemporary Culture
Reviewed by Christian Danz

The Gregory Tatum book is of particular interest to me for a couple of reasons. I have long been fascinated in Pauline chronology, and I like the sound of this book, which I had not previously heard of, which echoes the title of John Knox's Chapters in the Life of Paul. From the review, it seems clear that Tatum dates Galatians after 1 Corinthians, which is, I think, right and I blogged on this a good deal last year. I hunted around for Tatum's book and found it incredibly hard to locate, a great shame for so recent and so interesting a book. I have ordered it for the library here, and noticed that Tatum is a Duke PhD (1997) and his dissertation was also on Pauline chronology.

The review of Mel Gibson's Passion sits alongside my much more negative review of the same book. I received an email from the editor of the collection not long after my review was published suggesting that I did not give the reader a sense of the essayists' articles. My response is that I attempted to characterize the collection as a whole, drawing attention to the common themes and general thrust of the book, at the same time as pointing to the book's difficulties. Finlay's review therefore compliments mine to the extent that he provides a brief summary of each of the essays individually.

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