Friday, August 29, 2008

Review of Biblical Literature Recent

Catch-up post on recent reviews added to the SBL Review of Biblical Literature under the NT and related heading; tons of material of interest here:

Paul J. Achtemeier
Jesus and the Miracle Tradition
Reviewed by Michael Labahn

Roland Boer, ed.
Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies
Reviewed by David W. Williams

Maria Brutti
The Development of the High Priesthood during the Pre-Hasmonean Period: History, Ideology, Theology
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Leslie Houlden, ed.
Decoding Early Christianity: Truth and Legend in the Early Church
Reviewed by Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Karen L. King
The Secret Revelation of John
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton

Douglas E. Oakman
Jesus and the Peasants
Reviewed by Ernest van Eck

Richard Liong-Seng Phua
Idolatry and Authority: A Study of 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1 in the Light of the Jewish Diaspora
Reviewed by Scott E. McClelland

Tom Thatcher, ed.
What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies
Reviewed by Cornelis Bennema

Nancy M. Tischler
Thematic Guide to Biblical Literature
Reviewed by Gerbern Oegema

Valerie M. Warrior
Roman Religion
Reviewed by Honora Howell Chapman

Francis Watson
Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles: Beyond the New Perspective
Reviewed by James D. G. Dunn

Efrain Agosto
Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul
Reviewed by Stephan Joubert

L. William Countryman
Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today
Reviewed by Will Deming

April D. DeConick
The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says
Reviewed by Arie W. Zwiep

Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik, eds.
Jewish Believers in Jesus
Reviewed by Elizabeth Boddens Hosang and Bart J. Koet

Roland Boer
Rescuing the Bible
Reviewed by D. A. Carson

April D. DeConick
The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek

John H. Elliott
1 Peter: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Reviewed by Pheme Perkins

Jane DeRose Evans
The Coins and the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Economy of Palestine
Reviewed by Mark R. Fairchild

Albert V. Garcilazo
The Corinthian Dissenters and the Stoics
Reviewed by Stephan Joubert

Suzanne Watts Henderson
Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark
Reviewed by W. R. Telford

Pheme Perkins
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels
Reviewed by Peter J. Judge

Wayne G. Rollins and D. Andrew Kille, eds.
Psychological Insight into the Bible: Texts and Readings
Reviewed by E. H. Scheffler

Phillip Sigal
The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospel of Matthew
Reviewed by Roland Deines
Reviewed by Dorothy Jean Weaver

Jan G. van der Watt
An Introduction to the Johannine Gospel and Letters
Reviewed by Tom Thatcher

Kevin L. Anderson
"But God Raised Him from the Dead": The Theology of Jesus' Resurrection in Luke-Acts
Reviewed by Lidija Novakovic

Norbert Baumert
Sorgen des Seelsorgers: Übersetzung und Auslegung des ersten Korintherbriefes
Reviewed by Helmut Schwier

Adela Yarbro Collins
Mark: A Commentary
Reviewed by Edwin Broadhead

Douglas R. Edwards and C. Thomas McCollough, eds.
The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity: Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir

Mary Gerhart and Fabian E. Udoh, eds.
The Christianity Reader
Reviewed by Mark Reasoner

Rowan A. Greer and Margaret M. Mitchell
The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church
Reviewed by D. Jeffrey Bingham

Christiana de Groot and Marion Ann Taylor, eds.
Recovering Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters of the Bible
Reviewed by Athalya Brenner

Andrew M. Mbuvi
Temple, Exile and Identity in 1 Peter
Reviewed by David G. Horrell

André Munzinger
Discerning the Spirits: Theological and Ethical Hermeneutics in Paul
Reviewed by Lee S. Bond
Reviewed by Victor Paul Furnish

Stephen W. Need
Paul Today: Challenging Readings of Acts and the Epistles
Reviewed by Steve Walton

Barclay M. Newman, ed.
The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition
Reviewed by Steven R. Johnson

Bridget Gilfillan Upton
Hearing Mark's Endings: Listening to Ancient Popular Texts through Speech Act Theory
Reviewed by W. R. Telford

Jan G. van der Watt
An Introduction to the Johannine Gospel and Letters
Reviewed by D. A. Carson

Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Thatcher, eds.
John, Jesus, and History, Volume 1: Critical Appraisals of Critical Views
Reviewed by Jan G. van der Watt

Timothy K. Beal and Tod Linafelt, eds.
Mel Gibson's Bible: Religion, Popular Culture, and The Passion of the Christ
Reviewed by William Telford

Douglas R. Edwards and C. Thomas McCollough, eds.
The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity: Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers
Reviewed by Cynthia M. Baker

David Flusser, with R. Steven Notley
The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius
Reviewed by Robert L. Brawley

Dan Jaffé
Le talmud et les origines juives du christianisme: Jésus, Paul et les judéo-chrétiens dans la littérature talmudique
Reviewed by Oskar Skarsaune

Philip S. Johnston, ed.
The IVP Introduction to the Bible
Reviewed by Douglas Estes

Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta
Acta Andreae Apocrypha: A New Perspective on the Nature, Intention and Significance of the Primitive Text
Reviewed by Lee Martin McDonald

Sara Parvis and Paul Foster, eds.
Justin Martyr and His Worlds
Reviewed by Shawn W. J. Keough

Jaroslav Pelikan
Reviewed by John B. F. Miller

F. E. Peters
The Voice, the Word, the Books: The Sacred Scripture of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Reviewed by Kirk R. MacGregor

Geza Vermes
The Resurrection: History and Myth
Reviewed by Tony Costa
Reviewed by Michael R. Licona

Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Thatcher, eds.
John, Jesus, and History: Volume 1, Critical Appraisals of Critical Views
Reviewed by Mark A. Matson

David Catchpole
Jesus People: The Historical Jesus and the Beginnings of Community
Reviewed by Paul Foster

Zev Garber, ed.
Mel Gibson's Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and Its Implications
Reviewed by W. R. Telford

Thomas J. Kraus
Ad fontes: Original Manuscripts and Their Significance for Studying Early Christianity: Selected Essays
Reviewed by Christopher Tuckett

Amy-Jill Levine, ed., with Maria Mayo Robbins
A Feminist Companion to the New Testament Apocrypha
Reviewed by Heike Omerzu

Yuzuru Miura
David in Luke-Acts: His Portrayal in the Light of Early Judaism
Reviewed by Steven Cox

Stephen W. Need
The Gospels Today: Challenging Readings of John, Mark, Luke and Matthew
Reviewed by Peter J. Judge

Birger A. Pearson
Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature
Reviewed by Philip L. Tite

Richard D. Phillips
Reviewed by Knut Backhaus

Brant Pitre
Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile: Restoration Eschatology and the Origin of the Atonement
Reviewed by John A. Dennis

Laurence M. Vance
Guide to Prepositions in the Greek New Testament
Reviewed by Paul Elbert

Robby Waddell
The Spirit of the Book of Revelation
Reviewed by Jan A. du Rand

Mark Wilson
Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical, and Theological Perspectives
Reviewed by Jan G. van der Watt

Magnus Zetterholm, ed.
The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity
Reviewed by James H. Charlesworth

Greek Study Day 2008

I used to enjoy attending (and sometimes speaking at) these when I was in the UK. I encourage you to get to it if you can:

7th Annual Greek Study Day, 15th September 2008
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Bookings now being taken! The Greek Study Day is aimed at those teaching New Testament Greek in universities and colleges. It provides an opportunity to hear about different methods and textbooks, to share experiences and to develop new ideas and approaches for teaching.

Full details and booking form (MS Word)

Another JGrRCJ article -- Targum Isaiah 53 and the NT

There is another addition to the latest volume of the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism (2008):

5.4Jintae KimTargum Isaiah 53 and the New Testament Concept of Atonement

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More on BBC Passion DVD

There is a little more on the release of the BBC Passion DVD (see previously BBC Passion DVD Cover and Release Date and for full coverage, BBC Passion): the Bible Society have announced the release of their resource pack, including the DVDs, in "mid September". Details here:

Bible Society: The Passion

Henry Chadwick Memorial Service

The Times Obituaries announces a memorial service for Henry Chadwick, at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on 27 September, 2pm. Further details at that link. Previous posts on Henry Chadwick will shortly be available under the label below.

Review of Biblical Literature Latest

Latest from the SBL Review of Biblical Literature under the NT and related heading. In the tradition of always bigging up fellow-bibliobloggers, it is good to see a strong review for Michael Bird's new book. Since I am teaching Paul this term, I am encouraged to read it:

Michael F. Bird
The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective
Reviewed by Martin Meiser

William P. Brown, ed.
Engaging Biblical Authority: Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture
Reviewed by Craig L. Blomberg

Reta Halteman Finger
Of Widows and Meals: Communal Meals in the Book of Acts
Reviewed by Steve Walton

Ronald E. Heine
Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought
Reviewed by Martin C. Albl

James A. Metzger
Consumption and Wealth in Luke's Travel Narrative
Reviewed by Kenneth Litwak

Ruth Anne Reese
2 Peter and Jude
Reviewed by Wilhelm Pratscher

David M. Scholer, ed.
Social Distinctives of the Christians in the First Century: Pivotal Essays by E. A. Judge
Reviewed by Tsalampouni Ekaterini

I will also catch up with the backlog of RBL alerts soon.

Teaching Notes: Life and Letters of Paul I

Each autumn ("fall") since 2006 I have taught a course that once belonged to Ed Sanders, "The Life and Letters of Paul". The title is perfect, especially for someone like me whose interests are more historical than theological. This is now the third time I have taught this course at Duke and this time I have expanded enrollment to over 100 students. This represents something of a challenge, but a challenge I enjoy. People talk much less in a bigger group, but at the same time the occasion somehow feels more major and a bit less low key. The larger group allows gives one a real variety of students, and I was happy to discover yesterday that I have the full range of students from freshers (still called "freshmen" here, a term British universities abandoned decades ago) to finalists ("seniors").

The age range requires some thought. In the UK, most universities now group into different "levels" and it would be unusual to have first years with finalists. In this class, I have some people just out of high school, who will be doing their first university writing for me, and others who are right at the end of their Duke careers, with tons of writing experience. I am lucky, though, to have three excellent teaching assistants and what we will do together is to make sure that the freshers are encouraged along the way.

I have introduced a couple of changes since I last taught the course. One thing is to introduce a third piece of assessment. I tended to find that there was some anxiety among Duke students about a whole course being assessed on just two pieces of work, a "mid-term" and a final examination. Several of them would be worried about the long gap between October and December without any sign that they were sustaining or improving on their mid-term grade. So this time I am giving them three pieces, the mid-term paper in early October, an exegesis paper in November and a final paper in early December. The mid-term is their first chance to delve into nitty gritty introductory, historical questions and to do lots of targeted reading in preparation. The exegesis paper will then encourage them to test their skills with the primary text. The final paper will see how well they have coped with assimilating the course as a whole.

One plus this semester is that appear to have been given a room with windows in it, over in the Social Sciences building. So we are borrowing from other Arts and Sciences departments rather than from the Divinity School, as previously.

In future teaching notes this semester, I hope to reflect on the way that we are learning about Paul this semester. One of the big tasks for next week is to see whether I can get the punters as interested in Pauline chronology as I am. This is not an easy task. For most students, Pauline chronology is about as exciting as the Synoptic Problem, and we all know how much fun that is.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Four million visits

At the weekend, the New Testament Gateway received its four millionth visitor. This million has taken 20 months (three million visits today, 11 December 2006), similar in time to the previous million (two millionth visitor today, 12 May 2005) but it is encouraging that so many are still finding the site useful. Those numbers include both the New Testament Gateway proper and this blog, but not my other sites like the Q website or Aseneth. Many thanks to you all for your continued support and encouragement. And I hope to be giving out some exciting news on the future of the New Testament Gateway soon.

Hello again, by the way. I have been away from the blogging machine for a while, enjoying England and France (Viola has pictures on The Americanization of Emily, with more to come soon). Term is under way here at Duke now and I am right back into teaching mode, with some teaching notes to come soon, I hope.

More Paula Fredriksen articles

Regular readers will know of my enthusiasm for Paula Fredriksen's scholarship, and also for her making available so much of her scholarship online. Her web page now boasts PDF reproductions of eighty of her articles and reviews. The newer additions are mainly reviews, all of them worth reading. Thanks too to the anonymous web presence who is supplying all these for us. A reminder of the URL:

Paula Fredriksen

Just imagine how much easier life would be if all scholars did this. This reminds me that I have a couple of articles of mine I should upload.