Sep 17, 2016

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Kevork B. Bardakjian and Sergio La Porta, eds.
The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective
Reviewed by Olga Vardazaryan

Rodney J. Decker
Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
Reviewed by James F. McGrath
Reviewed by Steven Thompson

Brian R. Doak
The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel
Reviewed by Debra Scoggins Ballentine

Israel Finkelstein and Nadav Na’aman, eds.
The Fire Signals of Lachish: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin
Reviewed by Fred L. Horton

Reuven Hammer
Akiva: Life, Legend, Legacy
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz
Reviewed by Pieter de Vries

F. Stanley Jones, ed.
The Rediscovery of Jewish Christianity: From Toland to Baur
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Reviewed by Jonathan M. Potter

Tremper Longman III
Reviewed by Bálint Károly Zabán

Timothy Mackie
Expanding Ezekiel: The Hermeneutics of Scribal Addition in the Ancient Text Witnesses of the Book of Ezekiel
Reviewed by Christopher Dost

Joseph A. Marchal
Philippians: Historical Problems, Hierarchical Visions, Hysterical Anxieties
Reviewed by Katherine A. Shaner

Sheila E. McGinn, Lai Ling Elizabeth Ngan, and Ahida Calderón Pilarski, eds.
By Bread Alone: The Bible through the Eyes of the Hungry
Reviewed by Vicky Balabanski

Peter Oakes
Reviewed by Matthew V. Novenson

Preston M. Sprinkle
Paul and Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation
Reviewed by Kenneth D. Litwak

Sep 16, 2016

Journal of Biblical Literature 135:3

The lasted volume of the Journal of Biblical Literature is now out. Here is a list of the articles with links to abstracts.

Editor’s Foreword. Snared by Words? (Proverbs 6:2): On the Perils of Editing
Adele Reinhartz

Demons in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
Anne Marie Kitz

Rereading 1 Kings 17:21 in Light of Ancient Medical Texts
Andrew R. Davis

The “God of the Fathers” in Chronicles
Troy D. Cudworth

Where Art Thou, O Hezekiah’s Tunnel? A Biblical Scholar Considers the Archaeological and Biblical Evidence concerning the Waterworks in 2 Chr 32:3–4, 30 and 2 Kgs 20:20
Mary Katherine Yem Hing Hom

The Destruction of the Samaritan Temple by John Hyrcanus: A Reconsideration
Jonathan Bourgel

The Compositional Development of Qumran Pesharim in Light of Mesopotamian Commentaries
Bronson Brown-deVost

Baruch’s Jerusalem: The Conception of Jerusalem in 1 Baruch 4:5-5:9
Ruth Henderson

Semitic Poetic Techniques in the Magnificat: Luke 1:46–47, 55
Hugo Méndez

One of the Days of the Son of Man: A Reconsideration of Luke 17:22
Ryan P. Juza

On Paul’s Second Visit to Corinth: [Palin], Parsing, and Presupposition in 2 Corinthians 2:1
Stephen C. Carlson

Paulus als Yischmaelit? The Personification of Scripture as Interpretive Authority in Paul and the School of Rabbi Ishmael
Michael Benjamin Cover

Jesus’s Testimony before Pilate in 1 Timothy 6:13
Michel Gourgues

Emotional Physiology and Consolatory Etiquette: Reading the Present Indicative with Future Reference in the Eschatological Statement in 1 Peter 1:6
Troy W. Martin

Sep 15, 2016

A Piece on Peace and Decision Making

Eric Davis has a thoughtful post here on using peace as a way of making decisions might not be the best way to go.

Richard Bauckham Festschrift

Eerdmans is publishing a new collection of essays in honor of Richard Bauckham. You can read more about it here but the table of contents are as follows.

Part 1: Thematic Studies

The Birth of God and the Resurrection of Life
Jürgen Moltmann

Time and Eternity: Richard Bauckham and the Fifth Evangelist
Jeremy S. Begbie

Parmenides, Particularity, and Parousia: Identifying the One Who Will Come to Judge the Living and the Dead
Trevor Hart

The Bible and Wider Culture: Animals as a Test Case
David Brown

Worship and Divine Identity: Richard Bauckham’s Christological Pilgrimage
Larry W. Hurtado

“The Agent of the King Is Treated as the King Himself ”: Does the Worship of Jesus Imply His Divinity?
Philip Alexander

Christianity without Paul
James D. G. Dunn

Part 2: Textual Studies

God Put Jesus Forth: Reflections on Romans 3:24–26
N. T. Wright

Jesus the Baptist: The First Temptation of Christ
Sean M. McDonough

Giving the Kingdom to an Ethnos That Will Bear Its Fruit: Ethnic and Christ-Movement Identities in Matthew
Philip F. Esler

Mark’s Gospel for the Second Church of the Late First Century
Bruce W. Longenecker

The Book of Revelation and the Hekhalot Literature
James R. Davila

A Stone from the High Priest's Breastplate?

I think a fair amount of skepticism is warranted, but this story about a possible stone of the high priest's breastplate is certainly interesting.

Sep 14, 2016

Bible Interpretation

Sep 13, 2016

I'm Sure Some of Our Wives Have Thought about This

Theology Nerd’s Wife Has Book Detector Installed.

Eric Cline on the Sea Peoples

Eric Cline answers the questions, "Who are the Sea Peoples and what role did they play in the devastation of civilizations that occurred shortly after 1200 BCE?" at ASOR's The Ancient Near East Today here.

Sep 12, 2016

Carefully Reading Luke 24 and the Christological Hermeneutic

Matt Waymeyer has a good discussion here on Luke 24 and its implications for the so-called Christological hermeneutic.

Sep 11, 2016

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

James P. Allen
The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir

Mark J. Boda, Frank Ritchel Ames, John Ahn, and Mark Leuchter, eds.
The Prophets Speak on Forced Migration
Reviewed by Bob Becking
Reviewed by James S. Lee

Philip Church, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft, eds.
The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible
Reviewed by Boris Paschke

Matthew C. Easter
Faith and the Faithfulness of Jesus in Hebrews
Reviewed by Bryan J. Whitfield

Trine Bjornung Hasselbalch
Meaning and Context in the Thanksgiving Hymns: Linguistic and Rhetorical Perspectives on a Collection of Prayers from Qumran
Reviewed by Daniel K. Falk

George W. Houston
Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity
Reviewed by H. Gregory Snyder

Outi Lehtipuu
Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian Identity
Reviewed by Shelly Matthews

Simon Mainwaring
Mark, Mutuality, and Mental Health: Encounters with Jesus
Reviewed by John W. Fadden

Gregg S. Morrison
The Turning Point in the Gospel of Mark: A Study in Markan Christology
Reviewed by Elizabeth Struthers Malbon

Robert J. Myles
The Homeless Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew
Reviewed by Warren Carter

Eleuterio Ruiz
Das Land ist für die Armen da: Psalm 37 und seine immer aktuelle Bedeutung
Reviewed by Áron Németh

James M. Todd
Remember, O Yahweh: The Poetry and Context of Psalms 135–137
Reviewed by Beat Weber

Ronny Vollandt
Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch: A Comparative Study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources
Reviewed by John Kaltner

Walter T. Wilson
The Sentences of Sextus
Reviewed by Justin M. Rogers

Al Wolters
Reviewed by Anthony R. Petterson

The Proper Sequencing of Adjectives

English language nerds will enjoy this post on the challenges of putting your adjectives in the right order.

HT. Ben Blackwell