Jan 17, 2009
Lynn Cohick, one of the coauthors of The New Testanment in Antiquity, has a interesting post on Paul's Roman's citizenship. Cohicl argues that "it is possible that both his parents had been slaves, taken from the Jewish Homeland during one of its altercations with the Roman military machine. They were granted freedom and Roman citizenship, married, and could then bestow Roman citizenship on their son, Paul. If, however, Paul’s father was a citizen, but his mother was not, then their marriage was not licit, and Paul would have taken his mother’s status. As he was a Roman citizen, it is clear that his mother was a Roman citizen – we can only guess as to whether his father was as well."
You can read the entire post here.
Regular readers of this blog are awware of the fact that I often publish links to books that are reviewed in the Review of Biblical Literature. Those of you who enjoy thoser reviews might be interested to know that RBL now has its own blog which can be accessed here.
Jan 16, 2009
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
James W. Aageson
Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church
Reviewed by David J. Downs
Reinhard Achenbach, Martin Arneth, and Eckart Otto
Tora in der Hebräischen Bibel: Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte und synchronen Logik diachroner Transformationen
Reviewed by Kent Reynolds
Bruce Chilton, ed.
The Cambridge Companion to the Bible
Reviewed by Douglas Estes
Naomi G. Cohen
Philo's Scriptures: Citations from the Prophets and Writings: Evidence for a Haftarah Cycle in Second Temple Judaism
Reviewed by Torrey Seland
James D. G. Dunn
The New Perspective on Paul
Reviewed by J. R. Daniel Kirk
Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Reviewed by Ken Olson
Tryggve N. D. Mettinger
The Eden Narrative: A Literary and Religio-historical Study of Genesis 2-3
Reviewed by Howard N. Wallace
St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeology
Reviewed by Jonathan L. Reed
Hate the Evil, Hold Fast to the Good: Structuring Romans 12.1-15.1
Reviewed by Carl N. Toney
Emerson B. Powery, Brian K. Blount, Cain Hope Felder, and Clarice J. Martin, eds.
True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary
Reviewed by Gosnell Yorke
"Nicht vergeblich empfangen"! Eine Untersuchung zum Zweiten Korintherbrief als Beitrag zur Frage nach der paulinischen Einschätzung des Handelns
Reviewed by Günter Röhser
Leonard J. Swidler
Jesus Was a Feminist: What the Gospels Reveal about His Revolutionary Perspective
Reviewed by Eve-Marie Becker
Reviewed by Kathleen E. Corley
Anthony C. Thiselton
Hermeneutics of Doctrine
Reviewed by Dirk J. Smit
Jan 15, 2009
The latest edition of the Church Leaders Intelligence Report makes reference to a recent Harris poll that asked which religious texts are the "Word of God"? According to the poll, "Slender majorities of all adults believe all or most of the Old Testament (55%) and the New Testament (54%) are. Still, only 37% and 36% believe all of these texts are the Word of God. Interestingly, only 26% believe the Torah is the Word of God, even though it is the same as the first five books of the Old Testament."
Jan 14, 2009
I posted on the topic of the old idea that the high priest had a rope tied to his ankle before he went to minister into the temple before (you can access that post here). Although this tradition has been referenced often both in pulpit and print, it appears to be rather late and almost likely apocryphal. See Todd Bolen's good post on the matter here.
Some might be interested in this online Septuagint interlinear that you can access here. Update: This link no longer works and I have not been able to locate another LXX interlinear.
If you want to access a Greek text you can try here or here.
Jan 13, 2009
Several blogs are discussing the article written by Helmut Koester on "New Testament Scholarship through One Hundred Years of Harvard Theological Review." I have not yet had the chance to read the article. In any case, the article is available as a pdf here.
Jan 12, 2009
Peter Beck writes, "I heard it in the Army. I heard it in advertising. I heard it in seminary. That old adage just won’t go away. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach." Go here to read why Beck rightly thinks this adage is wrong.
Alan Bandy has posted seven tips for interpreting symbols in the Apocalypse, i.e. the book of Revelation. His seven tips are.
1. Recognize the symbolic imagery associated with the description of people and beings, colors, numbers, institutions, places, and events.
2. Look for interpretations of those symbols within the vision.
3. Determine if the symbol stems from an allusion to the Old Testament.
4. Compare it with other apocalyptic writings to see if it is a common symbol with a relatively standard meaning.
5. Look for any possible connections between the symbol and the cultural-historical
6. Consult scholarly treatments of the symbol in commentaries and other works.7. Remain humble in your conclusions.
For a fuller explanation see the post here.