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"It is all too easy to say that the Bible is myth because its adherents consider it true, or because it provides the central set of images and symbols for the Jewish and Christian religions, or because it ascribes to the divine the results of natural causation. Certainly the Bible does the first two, and if it is correctly understood, it does the latter as well. But that does not mean it is a myth. An elephant is not a table because it has four legs. The reason these equations between the two types of literature can be made is that they rest on definitions that fail to deal seriously with the characteristic thought patterns of the two."
John N. Oswalt, The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 45.
Mar 11, 2010
I have been working through the Gospels recently and really looked forward to getting into Adela Yarbro Collins' Mark commentary. I have heard some good things about this work but unfortunately my other responsibilities have kept me from a thorough and appropriate review. So to least get something out I have decided to at least post the publishers description and some links
Professor Adela Yarbro Collins brings to bear on the text of the first Gospel the latest historical-critical perspectives, providing a full treatment of such controversial issues as the relationship of canonical Mark to the "Secret Gospel of Mark" and the text of the Gospel, including its longer endings. She situates the Gospel, with its enigmatic portrait of the misunderstood Messiah, in the context of Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the first century. Her comments draw on her profound knowledge of apocalyptic literature as well as on the traditions of popular biography in the Greco-Roman world to illuminate the overall literary form of the Gospel.
The commentary also introduces an impressive store of data on the language and style of Mark, illustrated from papyrological and epigraphical sources. Collins is in constructive dialogue with the wide range of scholarship on Mark that has been produced in the twentieth century. Her work will be foundational for Markan scholarship in the first half of the twenty-first century.
You can see more about the book here at Fortress Press or better yet see this link to Amazon and use the "look inside" feature.
Thanks to Fortress Press for the review commentary
Several bloggers have noted that Richard Bauckham has a new homepage. Among other things the site has unpublished lectures and essays available as pdfs. The unpublished lectures include:
Canonicity of the Gospels
Johannine Jessus & Synoptic Jesus
Orthodoxy in Christology
The Women & the Resurrection
James at the Centre
Losing & Finding Self
Surrounded by Truth
Jesus & the Renewal of Nature
Mission as Hermeneutic
The Pooh Community
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity; Twentieth Anniversary Edition with a New Introduction
Reviewed by Richard Valantasis
Kate Cooper and Julia Hillner, eds.
Religion, Dynasty, and Patronage in Early Christian Rome, 300-900
Reviewed by Ilaria Ramelli
April D. DeConick
The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation: With a Commentary and New English Translation of the Complete Gospel
Reviewed by Stephen Patterson
David A. deSilva
Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation
Reviewed by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Terence L. Donaldson
Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE)
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz
Masters of the Word: Traditional Jewish Bible Commentary from the Eleventh through the Thirteenth Centuries (vol. 2)
Reviewed by Günter Stemberger
Michael Philip Penn
Kissing Christians: Ritual and Community in the Late Ancient Church
Reviewed by Candida Moss
Stanley E. Porter, ed.
Paul: Jew, Greek, and Roman
Reviewed by Christoph Stenschke
Micah Ross, ed.
From the Banks of the Euphrates: Studies in Honor of Alice Louise Slotsky
Reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins
Turid Karlsen Seim and Jorunn Økland, eds.
Metamorphoses: Resurrection, Body and Transformative Practices in Early Christianity
Reviewed by V. Henry Nguyen
Rivka Ulmer, ed.
Pesiqta Rabbati: A Synoptic Edition of Pesiqta Rabbati Based upon All Extant Manuscripts and the Editio Princeps
Reviewed by Peter Tomson
Jan de Waard, eds.
Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Proverbs
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Approaches to Paul: A Student's Guide to Recent Scholarship
Reviewed by Nijay Gupta
Mar 10, 2010
Michael Patton has an interesting post on the advantages of the onsite seminary experience versus the online seminary experience here.
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I recently submitted a book review to the Criswell Theological Review for a book entitled Paul, His Letters, and Acts. In the book the author Thomas Phillips tries to argue for two Pauls, the one in Paul’s epistles and the portrait of Paul in Acts. While such a case might be made, I think that Phillips would have done well to heed the following statement from David Peterson’s recent Acts commentary.
“Although there are many points of contact—and there is value in comparing the evidence of Acts with the letters where possible—Luke offers a different perspective on Paul's ministry. Some have taken this to mean that Luke was misinformed, or deliberately misleading, or presenting an ideal or legendary Paul. But it is important to remember the occasiona1 nature of Paul's letters, the limited scope of Luke’s description of Paul, and his own distinctive agenda in writing.”
David G. Peterson, The Acts of the Apostles, Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2009), 19.