Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 16/1

1. Editorial
Anthony Le Donne.
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 1 - 1, 2018

2. Exit the ‘Great Man’: On James Crossley’s Jesus and the Chaos of History
Simon J. Joseph.
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 3 - 22, 2018

3. A Chaotic Jesus: A Response to Simon Joseph
James Crossley.
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 23 - 30, 2018

4. What is History? Reading John 1 as Historical Representation
Rafael Rodríguez.
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 31 - 51, 2018

5. Memory as Method: Some Observations on Two Recent Accounts
Andrew Gregory.
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 52 - 61, 2018

6. Implications and Prospects of Jewish Jesus Research
Bruce Chilton.
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 62 - 79, 2018

Expository Times 129/9

Table of Contents Alert
The Expository Times- Volume: 129, Number: 9 (June 2018)
Why Is the Woman of Endor Portrayed as a Heroine?
Visions of Jesus Animate Israel's Tradition in Luke
Priest, Shaman, or Witch Doctor? and
Book of the Month
'Person' and Identity in Paul's Thought
Sermons for the Christian Year
1st July: 6th Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 5.21–43
8th July: 8th Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 6.1–13
15th July: 8th Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Samuel 6.1–5,12b–19; Psalm 24
22nd July: 9th Sunday after Pentecost: Jeremiah 23.1–6; Psalm 23; Mark 6.30–34, 53–56
29th July: 10th Sunday after Pentecost: Psalm 14.2–3; Colossians 2.1–7
Worship Resources
Worship Resources for July: 9. Minister as Artist 1—Painting the Light
Book Reviews
Book Review: Eloquent or Accurate: Can a Translation be Both? Samuel L. Bray & John F. Hobbins, Genesis 1–11: A New Old Translation for Readers, Scholars, and Translators
Book Review: Intercultural Bible Reading: Hans de Wit & Janet Dyk (eds), Bible and Transformation: The Promise of Intercultural Bible Reading
Book Review: Orthodoxy Christianity and Contemporary Politics: George E. Demacopoulos & Aristotle Papanikolaou (eds), Christianity, Democracy and the Shadow of Constantine
Book Review: The Difference Between Sacrament and Superstition: Cathal Doherty SJ, Maurice Blondel on the Supernatural in Human Action: Sacrament and Superstition
Book Review: Assyrian, Wolf, Fold…: Josette Elayi, Sargon II, King of Assyria
Book Review: The Religious Roots Of Unbelief: Dominic Erdozain, The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx
Book Review: Never Just the Same Again: Michelle Fletcher, Reading Revelation as Pastiche: Imitating the Past
Book Review: God, Creation, and the Question of Evolution: Ken Ham, Hugh Ross, Deborah B. Haarsma & Stephen C. Meyer, Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design
Book Review: Ancient Jewish and Christian Education: Karina Martin Hogan, Matthew Goff & Emma Wasserman (eds), Pedagogy in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
Book Review: A Picture of Creation: Othmar Keel & Silvia Schroer, Creation: Biblical Theologies in the Context of the Ancient Near East
Book Review: The 'Story' of Proverbs: Ryan P. O'Dowd, The Story of God Bible Commentary: Proverbs
Book Review: Let a Roman and a British Ensign Wave: Catherine Pepinster, The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis
Book Review: The Claim of Humanity in Christ: Alexandra S. Radcliff, The Claim of Humanity in Christ: Salvation and Sanctification in the Theology of T. F. and J. B. Torrance
Book Review: Incest—Family Affairs have Damaging Consequences: Johanna Stiebert, First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible: Sex in the Family
Book Review: Invented Religions? Steven J. Sutcliffe & Carole M. Cusack (eds), The Problem of Invented Religions
Book Review: Living Contradictions: Robert R. Williams, Hegel on the Proofs and the Personhood of God: Studies in Hegel's Logic and Philosophy of Religion
Index of Books Reviewed
Index of Books Reviewed
And Finally…
And Finally…

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Biblical Interpretation 26/2

1. ‘Revenge for My Two Eyes’: Talion and Mimesis in the Samson Narrative

Helen Paynter.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 133 - 157, 2018

2. Embedded Written Documents as Colonial Mimicry in Ezra-Nehemiah

Christopher M. Jones.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 158 - 181, 2018

3. Before Authorship: Solomon and Prov. 1:1

Jacqueline Vayntrub.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 182 - 206, 2018

4. Dialectic of Seizing and Leaving Behind: Mark’s Young Man in Gethsemane

Stephen B. Hatton.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 207 - 218, 2018

5. Haunting Empty Tombs: Specters of the Emperor and Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

Matthew James Ketchum.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 219 - 243, 2018

6. The Construction of Paul’s Self in His Writings: Narrative Identity, Social Memory and Metaphorical Truth

Simon Butticaz.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 244 - 265, 2018

7. Bible and Transformation: The Promise of Intercultural Bible Reading, edited by Hans de Wit and Janet Dyk

Efrain Agosto.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 267 - 269, 2018

8. Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse, edited by Gay L. Byron and Vanessa Lovelace

Angela Parker.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 270 - 272, 2018

10. Making Men: The Male Coming-of-Age Theme in the Hebrew Bible, written by Stephen M. Wilson
Gwynn Kessler.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 280 - 283, 2018

11. Jeremiah Invented: Constructions and Deconstructions of Jeremiah, edited by Else K. Holt and Carolyn J. Sharp

Steed Vernyl Davidson.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 284 - 286, 2018

12. The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew, written by Patrick Schreiner

James P. Grimshaw.
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 287 - 289, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tyndale Bulletin 69/1

Articles in TynBul 69.1 (May 2018)
May 2nd 2018, 11:25, by (Tyndale Member)
Covenant, Typology, and the Story of Joseph Samuel Emadi (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Critical scholars traditionally assert that the Joseph story (Genesis 37–50) does not develop any of the covenantal themes prominent in Genesis 1–36. By considering Joseph's relationship to the kingship, seed, land, and blessing promises of the Abrahamic covenant, this article concludes that the Joseph story provides a significant development of the Abrahamic covenant. Joseph is an anticipatory fulfilment of the covenant and thus provides literary and redemptive-historical resolution to the Genesis narrative. Joseph also points forward to a more complete fulfilment of the patriarchal hopes expressed in the Abrahamic covenant. These observations provide evidence from within Genesis itself that the author intends Joseph to be read typologically, anticipating God's eschatological work through the Messiah. 

Hosea's Marriage Reconsidered Robin Routledge (Mattersey Hall College)
Whilst there is general agreement that Hosea 1–3 contains prophetic sign-acts, biographical information is sparse, and some argue that it is unwise to try to reconstruct details of Hosea's marriage(s). This article argues from the premise that the historical context of sign-acts, insofar as it may be discerned, is significant for interpretation, and seeks to re-examine proposed historical scenarios and present a partial reconstruction. Issues include the interpretation of ('eshet zenunim), translated 'wife of whoredom', in 1:2, and the identity of the unnamed woman in 3:1. The article concludes that 'eshet zenunimis best understood, proleptically, to relate to Gomer's adultery after her marriage to Hosea, and that 3:1-5 points to the restoration of their earlier relationship. This view best fits the text and the parallel with Israel's spiritual adultery, forgiveness, and restoration by her divine husband. 

A Possible Scriptural Precedent for Paul's Teaching on Divorce (and Remarriage?) in 1 Corinthians 7:10-15 Brian Peterson (Lee University)
This paper argues that in the same way Jesus' and the Pharisees' positions on divorce were rooted in the Torah, so, too, Paul, a man steeped in the Hebrew Scriptures, may have been influenced by the Torah when formulating his own teaching on a believer's freedom to remarry when abandoned by an unbelieving spouse. Here it is argued that Paul may have drawn upon the marital life of Moses, who appears to have remarried a Cushite woman after being abandoned by his wife Zipporah due to his Abrahamic faith. 

'He Shall Be Called a Nazarene': The Non-Citation of Matthew 2:23Jared M. August (Baptist Bible Seminary)
Numerous scholars have sought to identify the OT quotation to which Matthew 2:23 alludes. However, when the grammatical details of each of Matthew's fourteen formula-citations are considered, it is apparent that Matthew did not intend to allude to any specific OT passage in 2:23. On the contrary, Matthew simply sought to develop the general OT expectation that the Messiah would come from humble origins, a reality consistent with Jesus' upbringing in Nazareth. This thesis is demonstrated through an analysis and comparison of the fourteen formula-citations in Matthew's Gospel. It is concluded that the formula-citations can be divided into two groups: (1) those which cite an OT passage (1:22; 2:15, 17; 4:14; 8:17; 12:17; 13:14, 35; 21:4; 27:9) and (2) those which develop an OT theme or expectation (2:23; 5:17; 26:54, 56).

Detaching the Census: An Alternative Reading of Luke 2:1-7 David J. Armitage (Leicester)
This paper offers an alternative approach to Luke 2:1-7, assuming for argument's sake that Luke's presumed chronology agreed with modern reconstructions in placing Quirinius' census some years after Herod's death. It is proposed that, on this basis, a coherent reading of the text is feasible in which the reference to Quirinius marks 2:1-5 as a digression, bounded by distinct transition markers, describing events several years after Jesus' birth. This digression, which claims that Joseph and Mary registered in Bethlehem in AD 6, despite having resided in Nazareth for several years, emphasises the family connection to Bethlehem and therefore to David. 

Mê ekloumenoi in Galatians 6:9 Aaron Michael Jensen (Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary)
The final phrase of Galatians 6:9, mê ekloumenoi, is today almost universally understood as a conditional participle, placing a strong warning on the end of Paul's encouragement to persist in doing good. This article argues on grammatical, contextual, and historical grounds that the participle would be better understood as having a 'manner' shading and as expressing the ceaseless nature of the eschatological harvest as an exhortation to ceaseless service in the present. 

Ethics and Imitatio Christi in 1 John: A Jewish PerspectiveMavis M. Leung (Evangel Seminary, Hong Kong)
This paper focuses on one of the ethical features of 1 John, namely 'the imitation of Christ'. It argues that this ethical feature is related to the believers' identity and vocation as the people of God. Just as in the OT Israel is obliged to reflect God's nature in everyday life, the believers must take on Jesus' character as their character and follow in his footsteps to surrender one's own life for the benefits of others. The result of this paper indicates that the weight of the Jewish ethical thoughts in the formation of Johannine ethics is more important than often acknowledged. 

Construct a Fortress Against the Devil: John Chrysostom's Plea to Build Churches in the CountrysideMichael Strickland (Amridge University)
Given Chrysostom's famous concern for the poor, it is perhaps surprising that he made multiple appeals to rich, land-owning Christians to build churches in the countryside. In fact, Chrysostom preferred that the poor be helped by building churches for them rather than giving them gifts directly. However, it is clear that he was less concerned with architecture and aesthetics and more with evangelisation. Chrysostom saw church buildings, with 'full-time' ministers, as a way not only to bless the poor of the countryside, but as a means for Christian instruction. Thus, he appealed to rich Christians by challenging them to build more churches. Rather than building baths, or taverns, or hosting markets, why not build churches to establish an eternal legacy, constructing 'a fortress against the devil, for that is what the church is'? 

Dissertation Summaries
Retribution in the Canonical Psalter  Steffen G. Jenkins (Union School of Theology)
Prayers against enemies have caused concern to readers of the Psalms since earliest times. This dissertation approaches such prayers in their context within the Psalter as a book, paying attention to the shape and structure of the whole Psalter, and asks whether such an approach can shed light on a close reading of prayers for retribution.

Pauline Language and the Pastoral Epistles  Jermo van Nes (Evangelische Theologische Faculteit)
After a short introduction explaining the highly disputed status of the Pastoral Epistles (PE or Pastorals) in New Testament studies, Part I ('The Linguistic Problem of the Pastoral Epistles') serves as a history of research on the so-called linguistic problem of the PE. Tracing its roots, Chapter 1 ('Origins of the Problem: Founding Figures') discusses some of the key figures in the emerging debate over the peculiar language of the PE in relation to the question of their authorship. 

Paul's Use of Jewish Traditions Stefan Bosman (University of Aberdeen)
Despite the common practice of appealing to Jewish texts to inform a historic reading of passages in the Pauline Hauptbriefe, close in-depth tradition-historical studies have been limited. Furthermore, even among these tradition-historical studies, one finds a great diversity of approaches. Differences of opinion exist in terms of: (1) whether post-Pauline Jewish texts should even be considered as instructive; (2) what constitutes an entity that may be compared, e.g. mere traditions or initially only whole documents; and (3) when one can speak of a tradition having influenced a particular text.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bulletin for Biblical Research 27/4

The Passed as Threat and Hope: Reading Joshua with Numbers
Lissa M. Wray Beal
461 – 484

Parallels and Patterns between Luke and Acts
James R. Edwards
485 – 502

Is "High Human Christology" Sufficient? A Critical Response to J. R.  Daniel Kirk's A Man Attested by God
Richard Bauckham
503 – 526

 Case for the Authenticity of Luke 23:17
Frank F. Judd Jr.
 527 – 538

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Horizons in Biblical Theology 40/1

1. Sing Us the Songs of Zion: Land, Culture, and Resistance in Psalm 137, 12 Years a Slave, and Cedar Man
Mari Joerstad.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 1 - 16, 2018

2. Should the Church Be Committed to a Particular Order of the Old Testament Canon?
Gregory Goswell.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 17 - 40, 2018

3. Idols and Land Grabs, Ancient and Modern: Creation and Ecotheology in Ezekiel 6; 35:1-36:15
William Briggs.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 41 - 64, 2018

4. On Distracting and Disappearing Joy: An Exegetical Comparison of the Ethiopian Eunuch and the Slave-Girl Rhoda in Acts
Jesse J. Lee.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 65 - 77, 2018

5. Rereading the Ark Narrative: An Exilic Word of Hope and Warning
Matthew D. Beach.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 78 - 91, 2018

6. Inside the Whirlwind: The Book of Job through African Eyes , written by Jason A. Carter
Kenneth Ngwa.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 93 - 98, 2018

7. The Death of Jesus in Matthew: Innocent Blood and the End of Exile , written by Catherine Sider Hamilton
Wongi Park.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 99 - 102, 2018

8. Ritual Water, Ritual Spirit. An Analysis of the Timing, Mechanism, and Manifestation of Spirit-Reception in Luke-Acts , written by David J. McCollough
Mitzi J. Smith.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 103 - 106, 2018

9. The Genesis of Liberation: Biblical Interpretation in the Antebellum Narratives of the Enslaved , written by Emerson B. Powery and Rodney S. Sadler Jr.
Timothy J. Sandoval.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 107 - 110, 2018

10. Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies , written by Ken Stone
Brandon R. Grafius.
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 111 - 114, 2018