Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tyndale Bulletin 69/2

thumbnailArticles in TynBul 69.2 (Nov 2018)
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'Mosaic Covenant' as a Possible Referent for Νομοσ in Paul   Matthew B. Leighton (IBSTE, Barcelona)
Any serious enquiry into Paul's view of the law must include lexical considerations regarding the meaning of νόμος ('law') itself. A general consensus has emerged that νόμος predominantly refers to Mosaic legislation. A few scholars, however, have suggested that νόμος should sometimes be taken as a synecdoche for the Mosaic covenant administration. This article attempts to substantiate the plausibility of that referent by appealing to precursors for it in the OT and intertestamental literature, examples of a few of Paul's uses of νόμος, and linguistic considerations related to word choice.  

Moral Transformation Through Mimesis in the Johannine Tradition  Cor Bennema (Union School of Theology)
Johannine ethics is a problematic area for scholarship but recently there has been a breakthrough. In this new era of exploring Johannine ethics, the present study examines the concept of moral transformation through mimesis. The argument is that when people live in God's world, their character and conduct are shaped in accordance with the moral beliefs, values, and norms of the divine reality, and that mimesis proves to be instrumental in this process of moral transformation. The study also explores how Johannine Christians in the late first century could imitate an 'absent' Jesus and what they were seeking to imitate.  

'King of Kings' in Other Words: Colossians 1:15a as a Designation of Authority Rather Than RevelationChristopher S. Northcott (Lincoln Road Bible Chapel, Auckland)
Colossians 1:15a is typically understood to designate Jesus as the way in which the otherwise unknowable God can be known by human beings. Support for this conclusion is drawn from Hellenistic Judaism, Greek philosophy, and theology merely inferred from the 'image of God' concept in Genesis 1:26-28. However, a more satisfactory reading of this verse sees in it a presentation of Jesus as Yahweh's representative ruler of the earth. There are several supports for this reading: (1) the explicit development of the 'image of God' concept in Genesis; (2) parallel uses of the 'image of God' concept in ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman sources; (3) the modification made to the preposition in Colossians 1:15a; (4) an alternative reading of the word 'invisible'; and (5) the subsequent phrase in Colossians 1:15b, 'firstborn of all creation'. By describing Jesus in such a way, he is presented as the legitimate ruler of the world, potentially in deliberate contrast to the world rulers of that day: the emperors of Rome, who were thus viewed by the merit of their special relationship with their gods. 

Hebrews 12:18-24: Apocalyptic Typology or Platonic Dualism?Gareth Lee Cockerill (Sierra Leone, West Africa)
Those who have approached Hebrews either from the point of view of apocalyptic eschatology or from the perspective of neoplatonism have often misinterpreted the two 'mountains' in Hebrews 12:18-24. The first understand these 'mountains' as representing the Old and New Covenants; the second, the earthly and heavenly worlds. This paper argues that the two 'mountains' represent two present possibilities. The first is the present state and future destiny of the disobedient who are excluded from fellowship with God; the second, the present state and future destiny of the faithful who enter into that fellowship. 
        This interpretation is substantiated by a careful examination of the text and confirmed by the way this interpretation fits with Hebrews' rhetorical strategy and use of the Old Testament. Crucial to the argument is the total lack of continuity between the two mountains that would be essential to substantiate either of the traditional interpretations.

'Tantum in Domino': Tertullian's Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7 in His Ad Uxorem  Coleman Ford (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville)
Tertullian of Carthage (c. AD 155–240) is most remembered for his adherence to the Montanist sect and subsequent moral rigidity. While various opinions exist as to the Montanist influence upon his writings, signs of such adherence are evident from an early period. This is true of his treatise Ad uxorem, written in the early third century. His views of marriage, specifically in light of the Pauline injunctive from 1 Corinthains 7:39, provide readers with an early, and relatively unexplored, perspective on Christian marriage. This essay examines this early treatise from Tertullian, and his interpretation of Paul, in order to better understand the complexities of Tertullian's early view of marriage. Addressing the work of Elizabeth Clark on this topic, this essay presents the tantum in Domino ('only in the Lord') phrase as pivotal for understanding Tertullian's view of marriage (and subsequent remarriage) as a created good.  

The Pactum Salutis: A Scriptural Concept or Scholastic Mythology?
Paul R. Williamson (Moore Theological College, Sydney)
One of the three foundational covenants Reformed/Covenant theology is built upon is the  Pactum Salutis or covenant of redemption. This refers to an intratrinitarian covenantal agreement, purportedly made before the creation of the world, to secure the salvation of God's elect. The theological rationale and exegetical support for such a pre-temporal covenant is set out and examined, and it is argued that there are serious exegetical problems with the alleged biblical foundations for such a theological construct.  

Justification by Faith 1517–2017: What Has Changed?Anthony N. S. Lane (London School of Theology)
Justification was a key issue at the Reformation, and Protestants and Catholics have polarised over it. There was a brief moment of agreement at the Regensburg Colloquy in 1541, but this was swept away by the Council of Trent, whose Decree on Justification (1547) took care to demarcate itself from Protestantism. Hans Küng initiated a new approach, seeking points of agreement rather than difference. That approach eventually gave birth to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999). This does not pretend that no differences remain but claims that they are acceptable. It is fruitful to consider the differing concerns of each side.
The focus of this paper is what may or may not have changed in Protestant–Catholic relations on justification, not the changing picture of modern biblical studies. In particular, I will not be looking at the New Perspectives (plural) on Paul nor at John Barclay's recent magnum (if not maximum) opus. 

Dissertation Summaries
The Process of Producing the Standard Inscription of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud/Kalu        
J. Caleb Howard (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
In spite of the fact that the Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions have been known and read for a century and a half, the mechanics of their production are still poorly understood. Studies thus far have relied mainly on references to production in Neo-Assyrian letters and inferences from the final forms of Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions. Textual variation between manuscripts of the same composition and the formats and execution of the inscriptions are largely untapped sources of information for the mechanics of production.

The Gospel of Matthew in a Sixth-Century Manuscript Family Scribal Habits in the Purple Codices 022, 023 and 042  Elijah Hixson (University of Edinburgh)
The past fifty years have seen a number of studies devoted to scribal habits. This line of research begins with E. C. Colwell, who proposed a method to determine scribal habits in the 1960s in order to attempt to quantify the types of claims Westcott and Hort made about what scribes would have been more likely or less likely to do. James R. Royse refined the method in his 1981 dissertation on P45, P46, P47, P66, P72, and P75, finally published in 2008. A number of other studies in scribal habits have appeared along the way, mainly focused on manuscripts dated to the third, fourth, and fifth centuries.  

'A Table in the Wilderness?': The Rhetorical Function of Food Language in Psalm 78   Michelle A. Stinson (Trinity College, Bristol)
Across time and cultures, the daily need to eat and drink has ordered and consumed human life. It is not surprising that this preoccupation with food is also reflected in the biblical text. While scholars have shown a far-reaching and protracted interest in food and meals in the New Testament, little attention has been directed to this topic in the Hebrew Bible (HB). Food texts in the Psalter remain largely untouched.  

Where Is God in the Megilloth?: A Dialogue on the Ambiguity of Divine Presence and Absence 
Brittany N. Melton (University of Cambridge)
The Introduction begins with observation of apparent divine absence in each of the Megilloth (Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, and Esther) based on the facts that God never appears or speaks in any of these books and that there is a lack of divine mention in two. This theme spurs the question: Where is God in the Megilloth? However, answering this question is complicated by the complexity of conceptualising divine presence and absence in the Hebrew Bible.

The Expository Times 130/3

Table of Contents Alert
The Expository Times- Volume: 130, Number: 3 (December 2018)
Samuel, Symbol of Discernment (1 Samuel 3)
A Study of Paul's Identity in Acts
Book of the Month
Reception History at its Best
Sermons for the Christian Year
6th January: Epiphany of the Lord: Matthew 2.1–12
13th January: Baptism of the Lord: Isaiah 43.1–7; Psalm 29; Acts 8.14–17; Luke 3.15–17, 21–22
20th January: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany: Isaiah 62.1–5
27th January: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany: Nehemiah 8.1–3, 5–6, 8–10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12.12–31a; Luke 4.14–21
Worship Resources
Worship Resources for January: The Baptism of Christ
Book Reviews
Book Review: Re-Modelling Biblical Hermeneutics
Book Review: Seeing Double
Book Review: The Wisdom of Mani
Book Review: Liturgy in New Testament Manuscripts
Index of Books Reviewed
Index of Books Reviewed
And Finally…
And Finally… The Difference a Colon Makes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Biblical Theology Bulletin 48/4

Table of Contents Alert
Biblical Theology Bulletin- Volume: 48, Number: 4 (November 2018)
Presenting the Issue
What Becomes a Tradition
Esther: Subverting the "Capable Wife"
Distinguishing Emotions of Guilt and Shame in Psalm 51
Unlawful for a Jew? Acts 10:28 and the Lukan View of Jewish-Gentile Relations
Reading Inclusion Backwards: Considering the Apostolic Decree Again in Fresh Context
Book Reviews
Book Review: How Human is God?: Seven Questions about God and Humanity in the Bible
Book Review: Just Deceivers: An Exploration of the Motif of Deception in the Books of Samuel
Book Review: Searching the Scriptures: Studies in Context and Intertextuality
Book Review: Peter in Early Christianity
Book Review: Intermediate Greek Grammar: Syntax for Students of the New Testament
Book Review: Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire: Ideology, the Bible, and the Early Christians
Books Received
Books Received

Journal of Theological Studies 69/2

Naked But Not Ashamed: A Reading of Genesis 2:25 in Textual and Cultural Context
Sarah G Turner-Smith
The Alleged Anonymity of the Canonical Gospels
Simon Gathercole
A New Witness to the 'Western' Ordering of the Gospels: GA 073 + 084
Matthew Crawford
Has Jesus Read What David Did? Probing Problems in Mark 2:25–26
Max Botner
'Your Reasoning Worship': ΛΟΓΙΚΟΣ in Romans 12:1 and Paul's Ethics of Rational Deliberation
Ian W Scott
The Rest of Paul's Imprisonments
Ryan S Schellenberg
'Lasst uns zur Freundlichkeit Gehen': A Saying Misattributed to Papias of Hierapolis
Stephen C Carlson
Constantine, Cookery, and Sacrifice
David Woods
A Blind Spot in the Study of Fourth-Century Christian Theology: The Christological Exegesis of Theophanies
Bogdan G Bucur
A New Coptic Witness to the Acts of Pilate (Gospel of Nicodemus): P.Newark Museum ACC. 75.98
Michael Zellmann-Rohrer
The Sermo Asceticus of Stephen the Theban in Sahidic Coptic
Alin Suciu
The Reception of Evagrian Psychology in the Ladder of Divine Ascent: John Cassian and Gregory Nazianzen as Sources and Conversation Partners
Jonathan L Zecher
The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media. Edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr. and Elsie R. Stern
Terry J Wright
Who Needs the Old Testament? Its Enduring Appeal and Why the New Atheists Don't Get It. By Katharine Dell
Lindsey A Askin
Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross, 2 volumes. By Gregory A. Boyd
Andrew Hay
Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at Seventy. Edited by Joel Baden, Hindy Najman, and Eibert Tigchelaar
H G M Williamson
Can No Physician Be Found? The Influence of Religion on Medical Pluralism in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Israel. By Laura Marie Zucconi
Lindsey A Askin
Hebrew Lexical Semantics and Daily Life in Ancient Israel: What's Cooking in Biblical Hebrew? By Kurtis Peters
Nathan MacDonald
An Introduction to the Study of the Pentateuch. By Bradford A. Anderson
Walter J Houston
The Formation of the Pentateuch: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Europe, Israel, and North America. Edited by Jan C. Gertz, Bernard M. Levinson, Dalit Rom-Shiloni, and Konrad Schmid
Anselm C Hagedorn
Deuteronomium 12-34, 12,1 – 23,15. By Eckart Otto
Deuteronomium 12-34, 23,16 – 34,12. By Eckart Otto
Pekka PitkÄnen
New Perspectives on Old Testament Prophecy and History: Essays in Honour of Hans M. Barstad. Edited by Rannfrid I. Thelle, Terje Stordalen, and Marvyn E. J. Richardson
O Y Fabrikant-Burke
Interpreting Quoted Speech in Prophetic Literature: A Study of Jeremiah 2.1–3.5. By Samuel Hildebrandt
Jack R Lundbom
Proverbs. By Lindsay Wilson
Suzanna R Millar
Time in the Book of Ecclesiastes. By Mette Bundvad
Tova L Forti
The Dynamics of Violence and Revenge in the Hebrew Book of Esther. By Francisco-Javier Ruiz-Ortiz
Brittany N Melton
Tracing Sapiential Traditions in Ancient Judaism. Edited by Hindy Najman, Jean-Sébastien Rey, and Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar
Lindsey A Askin
Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World. Edited by Mladen Popović, Myles Schoonover, and Marijn Vandenberghe
Sebastian Selvén
Resurrection of the Dead in Early Judaism, 200 bcece 200. By C. D. Elledge
Daniel Hayter
Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander. Edited by George J. Brooke and Renate Smithuis
Kevin J Cathcart
Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society. Edited by David A. Fiensy and James Riley Strange
Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, volume 2: The Archaeological Record from Cities, Towns, and Villages. Edited by David A. Fiensy and James Riley Strange
Alan W Todd
Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeology and Literature of the Qumran Caves. By Hanan Eshel. Edited by Shani Tzoref and Barnea Levi Selavan
Charlotte Hempel
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Composition of the Bible. By Eugene Ulrich
Devorah Dimant
Philo of Alexandria: An Intellectual Biography. By Maren R. Niehoff
Courtney J P Friesen
Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary. Volume 6a: Judean Antiquities 11. By Paul Spilsbury and Chris Seeman
William Horbury
From Jesus to His First Followers: Continuity and Discontinuity. Anthropological and Historical Perspectives. By Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce
Halvor Moxnes
Theologie des Neuen Testaments, Band 3: Historische Kritik der historisch-kritischen Exegese. By Ulrich Wilckens
Robert Morgan
Mark. By Darrell Bock
Rikk E Watts
Where is the Wise Man? Graeco-Roman Education as the Background to the Divisions in 1 Corinthians 1–4. By Adam G. White
Mark D Given
P.Beatty III ( P 47): The Codex, Its Scribe, and Its Text. By Peter Malik
H A G Houghton
New Essays on the Apostolic Fathers. By Clare K. Rothschild
Shawn J Wilhite
Christianity in the Second Century: Themes and Developments. Edited by James Carleton Paget and Judith Lieu
Mina Monier
Dire Dieu: Principes méthodologiques de l'écriture sur Dieu en patristique. Actes du colloque de Tours, 17–18 avril 2015. Edited by Bernard Pouderon and Anna Usacheva
Ilaria L E Ramelli
Purity, Community, and Ritual in Early Christian Literature. By Moshe Blidstein
Alistair C Stewart
Justin against Marcion: Defining the Christian Philosophy. By Andrew Hayes
Mina Monier
Origenes: Grieche und Christ in römischer Zeit. By Alfons FÜrst
Joseph S O'Leary
Canon Law and Episcopal Authority: The Canons of Antioch and Serdica. By Christopher W. B. Stephens
Thomas Graumann
Die Synoden im trinitarischen Streit: Über die Etablierung eines synodalen Verfahrens und die Probleme seiner Anwendung im 4. und 5. Jahrhundert. Edited by Uta Heil and Annette von Stockhausen
Peter Gemeinhardt
The Human Factor: 'Deification' as Transformation in the Theology of Hilary of Poitiers. By Janet Sidaway
Ellen Scully
Fortunatianus Aquileiensis: Commentarii in evangelia. Edited by Lukas J. Dorfbauer
Fortunatianus of Aquileia: Commentary on the Gospels. English translation and introduction by H. A. G. Houghton, in association with Lukas J. Dorfbauer
Fortunatianus redivivus: Bischof Fortunatian von Aquileia und sein Evangelienkommentar. Edited by Lukas J. Dorfbauer
Ivor J Davidson
Knowledge, Language and Intellection from Origen to Gregory Nazianzen: A Selective Survey. By Anna Usacheva
Elena Ene D-Vasilescu
Jewish, Christian, and Classical Exegetical Traditions in Jerome's Translation of the Book of Exodus: Translation Technique and the Vulgate. By Matthew A. Kraus
M J Kramer
Sulpicius Severus' Vita Martini. Edited by Philip Burton
David Woods
A New Reconstruction of the Text of 2 Corinthians in Pelagius's Commentary on the Pauline Epistles. By Wilbert P. Stelzer
J K Elliott
Prosper Aquitanus: Liber epigrammatum. Edited by Albertus G. A. Horsting
Michael Winterbottom
Late Antique Letter Collections: A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide. Edited by Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts
Benjamin Laird
Philologie, herméneutique et histoire des textes entre Orient et Occident: Mélanges en hommage à Sever J. Voicu. Edited by Francesca P. Barone, Caroline MacÉ, and Pablo Ubierna
Raymond J Laird
Leontius of Byzantium: Complete Works. Edited by Brian E. Daley
Dirk KrausmÜller
The Architecture of the Cosmos: St Maximus the Confessor, New Perspectives. Edited by Antoine Lévy, Pauli Annala, Olli Hallamaa, and Tuomo Lankila with the collaboration of Diana Kaley
Adrian Guiu
A Celtic Christology: The Incarnation According to John Scottus Eriugena. By John F. Gavin
Adrian Guiu
Out of the Cloister: Scholastic Exegesis of the Song of Songs, 1100–1250 (COMM 6. 6). By Suzanne LaVere
Stefan Fischer
The Avignon Papacy Contested: An Intellectual History from Dante to Catherine of Siena. By Unn Falkeid
Margaret Harvey
Kirche, Kunst und Kanzel: Luther und die Folgen der Reformation. By Ralf Bothe
Charlotte Methuen
Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae. By Benjamin R. Merkle
Richard A Muller
Undomesticated Dissent: Democracy and the Public Virtue of Religious Nonconformity. By Curtis W. Freeman
Jennifer G Jesse
The Eternal Covenant: Schleiermacher on God and Natural Science. By Daniel James Pedersen
Anette Hagan
The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions. Volume III: The Nineteenth Century. Edited by Timothy Larsen and Michael Ledger-Lomas
David M Thompson
Newman's Early Roman Catholic Legacy, 1845–1854. By C. Michael Shea
Roderick Strange
The Pope and the Professor: Pius IX, Ignaz von Döllinger, and the Quandary of the Modern Age. By Thomas Albert Howard
Serenhedd James
The Lambeth Conference: Theology, History, Polity and Purpose. Edited by Paul Avis and Benjamin M. Guyer
Stephen Platten
The Oxford History of Anglicanism. Volume IV: Global Western Anglicanism, c.1910–present. Edited by Jeremy Morris
Colin Buchanan
T&T Clark Companion to Henri de Lubac. Edited by Jordan Hillebert
Paul McPartlan
Theological Radicalism and Tradition: 'The Limits of Radicalism' with Appendices. By Howard E. Root. Edited by Christopher R. Brewer
Peter Webster
Divine Simplicity: A Biblical and Trinitarian Account. By Jordan P. Barrett
R T Mullins
The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ. By Oliver D. Crisp
Robert C Fennell
Christ's Humanity in Current and Ancient Controversy: Fallen or Not? By E. Jerome Van Kuiken
Donald Fairbairn
The Testimony of the Spirit: New Essays. Edited by R. Douglas Geivett and Paul K. Moser
Mark Wreford
The Soul of Theological Anthropology: A Cartesian Exploration. By Joshua R. Farris
J P Moreland
Exemplarist Moral Theory. By Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski
Mark Hopwood
Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from Social Science. Edited by Daniel K. Finn
Daniel Cosacchi
Beginnings: Interrogating Hauerwas. By Brian Brock and Stanley Hauerwas. Edited by Kevin Hargaden
Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
Un/familiar Theology: Reconceiving Sex, Reproduction and Generativity. By Susannah Cornwall
Robin Gill
Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear. By Matthew Kaemingk
Nathaniel Gray Sutanto
Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins. By Alberto L. GarcÍa and John A. Nunes
Paul R Hinlicky
The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue. Edited by Terrence Merrigan and John Friday
Lincoln R Rice
@ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds. By Teresa Berger
Karen O'Donnell
Books Received
Books Received: (of which space precludes the publication of a review)
Erratum and Corrigendum