Archive for September 6th, 2007

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Sep
07

Another Semester in the Halls of Ivy

Yale’s fall semester began today. Although I may visit a few other courses during the two-week “shopping period,” my schedule will most likely consist of:

REL 654 Sibling Rivalries: Israel and “The Other” (Joel Kaminsky)
REL 687 Greek Exegesis: Hebrews (Harry Attridge)
REL 835 Iconography of Christian Art (Jaime Lara)

I’m particularly excited/terrified about Hebrews, given Dean Attridge’s status as a leading interpreter of this particular letter. In addition, I’m planning to audit Reading Knowledge of German (a necessity for NT studies, and one that will hopefully make me a more attractive PhD applicant!). Attention, Jim West… I’ll be directing all my German questions to you. 😉

06
Sep
07

Christ and the Cross in Stories of Redemption

A recent announcement from Augsburg Fortress Publishers:

What does it mean to be saved, and how can we make sense of the Christian claim that Christ died for our sins?

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Concentrating on thirteen of the most important figures in that long arc—from its biblical roots to its most controverted contemporary expressions—Brondos unfolds the thought of each theologian as articulating a distinctive story of salvation or atonement.

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06
Sep
07

RBL Highlights: 9/5/07

A few highlights from this week’s Review of Biblical Literature:

Roger S. Bagnall and Raffaella Cribiore
Women’s Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800
Reviewed by Carolyn Osiek

Mark J. Boda and Gordon T. Smith, eds.
Repentance in Christian Theology
Reviewed by David H. Wenkel

M. Eugene Boring
Mark: A Commentary
Reviewed by Darrell L. Bock

David B. Gowler
What Are They Saying about the Historical Jesus
Reviewed by Mary J. Marshall

Larry W. Hurtado
The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins
Reviewed by James F. McGrath
Reviewed by Joseph Verheyden

Hillel Newman, edited by Ruth Ludlam
Proximity to Power and Jewish Sectarian Groups of the Ancient Period: A Review of Lifestyle, Values, and Halakhah in the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Qumran
Reviewed by Gerbern Oegema

Jerome H. Neyrey
The Gospel of John
Reviewed by Mary L. Coloe




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