Archive for February, 2009

27
Feb
09

OUP Sale at Dove

Some of these titles look pretty good (alright, a lot of these titles look pretty good):

Ashton, John
Understanding the Fourth Gospel
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
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Bryan, Christopher
Render to Caesar: Jesus, the Early Church, and the Roman Superpower
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
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Conway, Colleen M
Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco-Roman Masculinity
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
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Dunderberg, Ismo
Beloved Disciple in Conflict? Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas
(Oxford University Press, 2006)
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Ehrman, Bart D
New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 4th ed
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
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Elliott, J K (ed)
Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
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Elliott, J K (ed)
Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
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Friesen, Steven J
Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins
(Oxford University Press, 2001)
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Gregory, Andrew Christopher Tuckett (eds)

The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers
Volume 1: The Reception of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers
(Oxford University Press, 2006)
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Volume 2: Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers

(Oxford University Press, 2006)
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Hill, Charles E
Johannine Corpus in the Early Church
(Oxford University Press, 2004)
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Hodge, Caroline Johnson
If Sons, Then Heirs: A Study of Kinship and Ethnicity in the Letters of Paul
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
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Keefer, Kyle
New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
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Meech, John L
Paul in Israel’s Story: Self and Community at the Cross
(Oxford University Press, 2006)
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Metzger, Bruce M Bart D Ehrman
Text of the New Testament, 4th edition
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
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Murphy-O’Connor OP, Jerome
Paul: His Story
(Oxford University Press, 2004)
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From the Oxford Early Christian Gospel Texts Series

Kraus, Thomas J Michael J. Kruger, Tobias Nicklas (eds)
Gospel Fragments
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
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Tuckett, Christopher M (ed)
Gospel of Mary
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
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Forthcoming Publications

Bagnall, Roger S (ed)
Oxford Handbook of Papyrology
(Oxford University Press, 2009)
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Murphy-O’Connor OP, Jerome
Keys to First Corinthians: Revisiting the Major Issues
(Oxford University Press, 2009)
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27
Feb
09

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: How Can Such a Small Gospel Be So Much Fun?

Thanks to Mark Goodacre and Tony Chartrand Burke for pointing me in the direction of this hilarious animated short based upon Infancy Gospel of Thomas 9. As I occasionally discuss apocryphal gospels with my students, I’m going to recommend it to them. I hope they (and you, of course) enjoy it as much as I did!

Here is the text, as rendered by Harold Attridge and Ronald F. Hock in The Complete Gospels (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1994):

9:1 A few days later Jesus was playing on the roof of a house when one of the children playing with him fell off the roof and died. When the other children saw what had happened, they fled, leaving Jesus standing all by himself. 9:2 The parents of the dead child came and accused Jesus: “You troublemaker you, you’re the one who threw him down.” 9:3 Jesus responded, “I didn’t throw him down – he threw himself down. He just wasn’t being careful and leaped down from the roof and died.” 9:4 Then Jesus himself leaped down from the roof and stood by the body of the child and shouted in a loud voice: “Zeno!” – that was his name – “Get up and tell me: Did I push you?” 9:5 He got up immediately and said, “No, Lord, you didn’t push me, you raised me up.” 9:6 Those who saw this were astonished, and the child’s parents praised God for the miracle that had happened and worshipped Jesus.

26
Feb
09

Yay for Adela Collins!

No sooner did I mention her name on this blog than I discovered an upcoming conference in her honor! And one of my current professors, the remarkable Judy Kovacs, will be giving a paper on Clement of Alexandria. Maybe I’ll play hooky for a couple days and head to Columbus. 😉

Relevant Details:

The conference begins on Sunday night March 15th at 7:00pm with the keynote address by Loveday Alexander followed by a reception. This will take place at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in the Centrum; the address for MTSO is 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH, 43015. As you pull in to the main entrance of MTSO, the Centrum is just to the right of the library (the first building you will see as you pull in); proceed up the stairs to the right of the library to the Centrum. (Please visit http://www.mtso.edu/about/directions.htm for directions to the school.)

Parking is free and ample.

On Monday the 16th, the program starts at 8:45am, and all sessions will take place on the campus of The Ohio State University at the Blackwell Inn, the conference hotel on campus. There is parking nearby at the Tuttle Parking Garage (G-8, building number 088 on the downloadable map found at http://tp.osu.edu/visitorsmain/parking/parkingmap.shtml). The Blackwell is one block north of the garage (H-8, building 254 on the map). Directions to the Blackwell can be found at http://www.theblackwell.com/page/attend-an-event/directions. There are some construction issues that will force you to turn south from Lane Avenue onto Neil Avenue instead of onto Tuttle Park Place, where the Blackwell is located. But Neil Avenue intersects Tuttle Park Place right where the Blackwell is. See http://fod.osu.edu/news/ for a description of the detour. The easiest place to eat lunch that day will be at the Blackwell’s restaurant, the menu for which will can be found at http://www.theblackwell.com/page/dining/. There are other restaurants on Lane Avenue and even more on High Street, but you may need to drive to those.

On Tuesday the 17th, the conference moves back to MTSO, and begins 8:45am again. You will be welcome to join us for lunch at MTSO’s dining hall if you wish to do so. There will be no charge for lunch that day. Otherwise, there are some restaurants in downtown Delaware, which is about 3 miles north of the campus. The conference will end at 5pm.

26
Feb
09

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: Actually Groundbreaking?

Nick Norelli notes that Chris Tilling has posted an extremely erudite and thorough review of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006). While I’m often skeptical of Bauckham’s scholarly conclusions, I’m always impressed by the intellectual depth and rigor of his arguments, and I regret that I haven’t had a chance to read the entire book (although I did read some rather extensive portions prior to the review session at the SBL Annual Meeting in 2007). Chris opines that it “is a major contribution to New Testament scholarship, a bomb thrown into the playground of ‘historical Jesus’ scholarship”; furthermore, it is “[p]erhaps the single most important book to have been written on the historical Jesus in decades… [and] will rightly be at the centre of the developing debate over the coming years.” Although I must preface my comments with the reiteration that I have not read the book in its entirety, I’m deeply skeptical of these claims, particularly the last. The competition for this honor is simply too fierce; E.P. Sanders’ Jesus and Judaism (the inaugural winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion) and the volumes of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew series (the last of which will be released this spring) immediately come to mind. While it may be years before the matter can be definitively settled, Sanders’ dramatic revival of Jesus’ apocalypticism, together with Meier’s meticulous journey throughout every aspect of his life and ministry, seem more likely to have a lasting influence.

The most significant source of my skepticism surrounding the overall impact of Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, however, concerns its ability to transcend–or at least forcibly engage–disparate poles of New Testament scholarship. This was apparent to me at the review session which responded to the book at the SBL Annual Meeting. The reviewers (one of whom was Adela Collins, a professor of mine at YDS) were largely, if not completely, unconvinced by Bauckham’s claims. Prof. Collins, in particular, pointed out that the establishment of a new literary category for the gospels does not remove the problem which the miracles pose for any post-Enlightenment exegete; they remain beyond the bounds of critical history, and must be accepted or denied as a matter of faith. In short, it appears that those who would have agreed with Bauckham’s conclusions before the publication of the book embraced it enthusiastically, while those who would not, did not. The validity of its claims aside, this does not strike me as the mark of a groundbreaking work–which, by definition, should radically redefine the course of the discipline in which it appears. Albert Schweitzer’s The Quest of the Historical Jesus, with its inescapable indictment of the “liberal lives of Jesus,” is an obvious example of such a work; similarly, while many of conclusions given in Sanders’ Paul and Palestinian Judaism have been strongly challenged or even dismissed, virtually every treatment of Pauline thought or the nature of Second Temple Judaism in the past three decades has been forced to respond to it in some way. Thus far, I do not see this sort of transformative power or monolithic shadow in store for Jesus and the Eyewitnesses.

26
Feb
09

New Testament Notes: Week 7 (Wednesday)

Notes on historical considerations surrounding Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, arrest, and excecution, from the last lecture before spring break… where has the semester gone???

RELC 122 Notes: 2/25

24
Feb
09

NYT Reviews The Fire Gospel

Michael Faber’s latest novel revolves around the chance discovery of a new gospel containing an eyewitness account of the crucifixion of Jesus. I’m sure that it will be a great read (Faber’s previous offering, the award-winning The Crimson Petal and the White, was excellent); as I perused the review, I was reminded of the controversies, claims, and counterclaims which swirled about in the wake of the publication of the Gospel of Judas by the National Geographic Society in 2006. Those were the days…

Books of The Times: A 5th Gospel Can Be Like a 5th Wheel

24
Feb
09

(Relatively) New From SBL: Movies, Noah, and Philo

Another publication announcement culled from the depths of my inbox. The first title looks especially good; I’ve become increasingly interested in cinematic depictions of biblical themes, and of Jesus in particular, in recent years.

Images of the Word: Hollywood’s Bible and Beyond
David Shepherd

Images of the Word: Hollywood’s Bible and Beyond is a collection of essays by leading international scholars in the field of Bible and film. Recognizing the increasingly global nature of both media and religion, the volume focuses on the ways in which the Bible is interpreted and visualized not only within Hollywood but also far beyond it. Cutting-edge analysis of films from France, Canada, Sweden, India, and elsewhere reveals that the Bible’s visualization is culturally rooted and contributes to the shaping of a particular culture, including its perception of the Bible itself. Essays range across the canon from Exodus to Ecclesiastes to Revelation, interacting with films of various national traditions and periods from Blackton’s Life of Moses (1909) to Karunamayudu (1978) to Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999). The volume engages the breadth of current scholarly interest in this interdisciplinary field, including the critical reading of “Bible films,” the exploration of biblical motifs and themes within contemporary cinema, and concluding responses to the essays from both a biblical scholar and a film scholar.

Paper $25.95 — ISBN 9781589832756 — 240 pages — Semeia Studies 54 — Hardback edition www.brill.nl

Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Conversations and Controversies of Antiquity
Dorothy M. Peters

As father of all humanity and not exclusively of Israel, Noah was a problematic ancestor for some Jews in the Second Temple period. His archetypical portrayals in the Dead Sea Scrolls, differently nuanced in Hebrew and Aramaic, embodied the tensions for groups that were struggling to understand both their distinctive self-identities within Judaism and their relationship to the nations among whom they lived. Dually located within a trajectory of early Christian and rabbinic interpretation of Noah and within the Jewish Hellenistic milieu of the Second Temple period, this study of the Noah traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls illuminates living conversations and controversies among the people who transmitted them and promises to have implications for ancient questions and debates that extended considerably beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Paper $29.95 — ISBN 9781589833906 — 276 pages — Early Judaism and Its Literature 26 — Hardback edition www.brill.nl

Studia Philonica Annual XX, 2008
David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, editors

The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly journal devoted to furthering the study of Hellenistic Judaism, and in particular the writings and thought of the Hellenistic-Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 B.C.E. to circa 50 C.E.). This volume includes articles, a special section on Philo’s De Abrahamo, a bibliography section, and book reviews.

Hardback $42.95 — ISBN 9781589833944 — 268 pages — Studia Philonica Annual 20




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