Archive for April, 2009

30
Apr
09

RBL Highlights: 4/30/09

Alright, after this one I’m really taking a break… promise. 😉

William S. Campbell, Peter S. Hawkins, and Brenda Deen Schildgen, eds.
Medieval Readings of Romans
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton

Adrian Curtis
Oxford Bible Atlas
Reviewed by George Athas

Lois M. Farag
St. Cyril of Alexandria, a New Testament Exegete: His Commentary on the Gospel of John
Reviewed by Hennie Stander

Terence E. Fretheim
Abraham: Trials of Family and Faith
Reviewed by Hallvard Hagelia

Susan Haber; edited by Adele Reinhartz
“They Shall Purify Themselves”: Essays on Purity in Early Judaism
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Justin K. Hardin
Galatians and the Imperial Cult: A Critical Analysis of the First-Century Social Context of Paul’s Letter
Reviewed by Mark D. Nanos

Susan R. Holman, ed.
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society
Reviewed by Preston M. Sprinkle

Henry Ansgar Kelly
Satan: A Biography
Reviewed by James A. Metzger

Dale B. Martin
Pedagogy of the Bible: An Analysis and Proposal
Reviewed by Renate Viveen Hood

Kenneth Schenck
Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews: The Settings of the Sacrifice
Reviewed by Jason A. Whitlark

F. Scott Spencer
The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles
Reviewed by Gregory E. Sterling

30
Apr
09

Hilarious!

Alright… I know that I just announced a brief hiatus from blogging, but this comic (courtesy of one of my students; thanks, Lindsey!) was too funny to ignore:


30
Apr
09

"I shall return."

The now-familiar words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, which he uttered as he evacuated the Philippine Islands in March 1942 in the wake of a Japanese invasion, only to fulfill his vow three years later…

And I’m sure that if Gen. MacArthur were alive today, and were a biblioblogger, and were inundated with all of the work and other craziness surrounding the finals period, he would repeat the exact same phrase, promising to resume his blogging duties as soon as the semester came to an end.

So, while I’m taking a temporary hiatus from blogging over the next few days as I finish everything up, don’t forget about me… because I shall return (and it definitely won’t take three years)!

23
Apr
09

New Testament Notes: Week 14 (Wednesday)

Some brief notes on the development of early Christian eschatological expectations:

RELC 122 Notes: 4/23

21
Apr
09

Coming to UVA: John M. Perkins

This just in:

Activist, pastor and bestselling author John M. Perkins,
founder of the Voice of Calvary Ministries, will present two lectures at the
University of Virginia.

Perkins will engage in a conversation with U.Va. religious studies professor
Charles Marsh, director of the Project on Lived Theology, on Wednesday,
April 22 at 7 p.m. in the McLeod Hall auditorium.

On Thursday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, Perkins will give a seminar,
“American Evangelicalism and the Practices of Peace,” at St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church’s parish hall, 1700 University Ave.

Perkins is a sharecropper’s son who grew up in New Hebron, Miss. amidst dire
poverty. Fleeing to California at age 17 after his older brother’s murder at
the hands of a small-town marshal, he vowed never to return to the South.
But after a religious experience in 1960, Perkins returned to Mendenhall,
Miss. to develop a ministry in poor rural communities. While in Mississippi,
his support and leadership in civil rights demonstrations resulted in
repeated harassment, beatings and imprisonment.

Perkins is the author of “A Quiet Revolution: Restoring At-Risk Communities”
and “Let Justice Roll Down,” a memoir of his childhood in the segregated
South and his call to racial reconciliation and community building.

Perkins has been a regular speaker at the annual Urbana Youth Leadership
Conferences, and he has served on the boards of Bread for the World, the
National Black Evangelical Association and Koinonia Partners in Americus,
Ga. His writings on faith, racial reconciliation and poverty have appeared
in Sojourners, Christianity Today and Urban Family. In 1989, Perkins founded
the Christian Community Development Association, the organizational
infrastructure of the faith-based community-building movement, which now
includes 8,000 individual members, 500 member organizations and sites in
more than 100 cities.

These lectures are part of the 2009 Spring Institute on Lived Theology:
American Evangelicalism and the Practices of Peace: The Lived Theology of
John M. Perkins, which is sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology.

For information on the Project on Lived Theology, visit
www.livedtheology.org. For information, call 434-924-6743 or e-mail
livedtheology@virginia.edu.

Media Contact

Dan Heuchert
Media Relations
(434) 924-6857
danh@virginia.edu

20
Apr
09

Vigen Guroian on NPR

UVA’s own Vigen Guroian recently appeared on NPR’s Speaking of Faith. Check it out here.

17
Apr
09

Summer Project: Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History

This week I splurged a bit, and allocated a portion of my forthcoming tax refund to a book purchase: Loeb Classical Library’s two-volume edition of Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History. While I’ve had these on my wish list for some time, I was especially inspired by a recent conversation with Prof. Harry Gamble–who noted that few courses, even at the graduate level, systematically examine the work in its entirety. I’m planning to read through it this summer. Anyone want to join me? 😉

16
Apr
09

New Testament Notes: Week 13 (Wednesday)

An introduction to the Catholic Epistles: the Letter to the Hebrews, and the First Letter of Peter:

RELC 122 Notes: 4/16

16
Apr
09

RBL Highlights: 4/16/09

Highlights from the most recent Review of Biblical Literature:

H. Ausloos, F. García Martínez, M. Vervenne, J. Cook, and B. Lemmelijn, eds.
Translating a Translation: The LXX and Its Modern Translations in the Context of Early Judaism
Reviewed by Tuukka Kauhanen

Lytta Basset
Holy Anger: Jacob, Job, Jesus
Reviewed by Jutta Jokiranta

Elizabeth V. Dowling
Taking Away the Pound: Women, Theology and the Parable of the Pounds in the Gospel of Luke
Reviewed by James A. Metzger

Kathy Ehrensperger
Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement
Reviewed by Thomas R. Blanton IV

Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea L. Weiss, eds.
The Torah: A Women’s Commentary
Reviewed by Susanne Scholz

J. Cheryl Exum and Ela Nutu, eds.
Between the Text and the Canvas: The Bible and Art in Dialogue
Reviewed by Hennie Stander

Harry Alan Hahne
The Corruption and Redemption of Creation: Nature in Romans 8.19-22 and Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
Reviewed by Ron Fay

George Heyman
The Power of Sacrifice: Roman and Christian Discources in Conflict
Reviewed by Giovanni Battista Bazzana

Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons
Illuminating Luke: Volume 3: The Passion and Resurrection Narratives in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting
Reviewed by Hennie Stander

Elizabeth A. McCabe
An Examination of the Isis Cult with Preliminary Exploration into New Testament Studies
Reviewed by John S. Kloppenborg

Kathryn McClymond
Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice
Reviewed by Leigh Trevaskis

Saul M. Olyan
Disability in the Hebrew Bible: Interpreting Mental and Physical Differences
Reviewed by David M. Maas
Reviewed by Hector Avalos

Karel van der Toorn
Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Frank Polak

16
Apr
09

New From Baker/WJK: Hebrew Bible

Via Dove. Among these titles is a study of the prophets’ relevance for the modern world by a former professor of mine, Carolyn Sharp. I can think of no one more qualified to write such a book.

Evans, Craig A, Emanuel Tov (eds)
Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective
(Baker Book House, 2008)
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Hess, Richard S
Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey
(Baker Book House, 2007)
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Matthews, Victor H
Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods
(Baker Book House, 2007)
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Seitz, Christopher R
Prophecy and Hermeneutics: Toward a New Introduction to the Prophets
(Baker Book House, 2007)
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Sparks, Kenton L
God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship
(Baker Book House, 2008)
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Niditch, Susan
Judges: A Commentary
(Westminster John Knox, 2008)
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Davies, Philip R
Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History-Ancient and Modern
(Westminster John Knox, 2008)
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Sawyer, John F A
Concise Dictionary of the Bible and Its Reception
(Westminster John Knox, 2009)
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Sharp, Carolyn J
Old Testament Prophets for Today
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