Archive for November 30th, 2007


New: From Jesus to the Gospels

A recent announcement from Fortress:

Helmut Koester Reveals Traditions Behind the Gospels

In From Jesus to the Gospels: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context Helmut Koester, one of today’s foremost New Testament scholars, offers a lifetime’s insights into the message of the historical Jesus and the practices and trajectories that shaped the Jesus tradition.

Koester’s vast knowledge of the ancient world and the literature of the early Christian movements informs these historically and theologically astute essays.

Topics include the early “Q” community, extracanonical sayings of Jesus, early liturgical practices, the theologies of the canonical Gospels, and impulses toward Gnosticism and beyond.

Helmut Koester is John H. Morison Research Professor of Divinity and Winn Research Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chair of the New Testament Board of the Hermeneia commentary series.

Order your copy today!


BAR Highlights: 11/30/07

More recent archaeological news from Biblical Archaeology Review:

Nehemiah’s Wall Found?

Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar has announced that she has identified parts of the wall said to have been built by Nehemiah and the returnees from the Babylonian Exile.

Cause of the Flood?
An environmental archaeologist suggests that a comet striking the earth caused the great flood preserved in the tales of many cultures.

Inscribed Sarcophagus

German excavators in Egypt have uncovered a Pharaoh’s sarcophagus covered with hieroglyphic writing.

Digging Armageddon

A profile of the dig, and the diggers, at Megiddo. The dig’s Web site now features streaming video; visit

Lupercal Found?
Excavators in Rome have discovered a cave decorated with well-preserved colored mosaics and seashells that may be the cave revered as the place where Romulus and Remus, the mythical founders of Rome, were suckled by a she-wolf.

Synagogue Mosaic Floor Found in Galilee

The synagogue dates to the Roman and Byzantine periods and the mosaic includes a depiction of a workman with a woodworking tool.

Totally Tut
The Times of London, to mark the opening of the Tut exhibit in England, has published a special section all about the Boy King.

Island Inscription
An inscribed piece of coral reef, discovered on an island in the Persian Gulf, has added five new words to the Old Persian lexicon.

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