Jul 10, 2020

The Latest Issue of the 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. 

Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston, eds., Reading Revelation in Context: John’s Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism
Reviewed by Michael Naylor

Cilliers Breytenbach, ed., God’s Power for Salvation: Romans 1,1–5,11
Reviewed by Gudrun Nassauer

Aidan Dodson, Sethy I, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife
Reviewed by Nicky Nielsen

James D. G. Dunn, Jesus according to the New Testament
Reviewed by Tobias Ålöw

Lutz Edzard, Manuel Sartori, and Philippe Cassuto, eds., Case and Mood Endings in Semitic Languages: Myth or Reality?
Reviewed by H. H. Hardy II

Shalom E. Holtz, Praying Legally
Reviewed by Alan Lenzi

JoAnna M. Hoyt, Amos, Jonah, and Micah
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Song-Mi Suzie Park, 2 Kings
Reviewed by Steven L. McKenzie

Andrew W. Pitts, History, Biography, and the Genre of Luke-Acts: An Exploration of Literary Divergence in Greek Narrative Discourse
Reviewed by Daniel L. Smith

Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni, Textbook of Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea, Volume 3: Dossiers 51–300.6; 488 Commodity Chits
Reviewed by Jerome Lund

Annette Schellenberg and Thomas Krüger, eds., Sounding Sensory Profiles in the Ancient Near East
Reviewed by Margaret Cohen

Giuseppe G. Scollo, The Strength Needed to Enter the Kingdom of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Luke 16,16 in Context
Reviewed by Mark A. Proctor

Jean-Louis Ska, A Basic Guide to the Old Testament
Reviewed by Andrew Steinmann

Peter J. Tomson, Studies on Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries
Reviewed by Amy-Jill Levine

Edward W. Watson and Martin M. Culy, Quoting Corinthians: Identifying Slogans and Quotations in 1 Corinthians
Reviewed by H. H. Drake Williams III

Jul 9, 2020

Teaching Amos

Nancy Guthrie talks to Michael McKelvey about teaching Amos here.

Jul 8, 2020

Maimonides' Interpretation of Numbers 13-14

The Jewish interpreter Maimonides had an interesting take of the well known failure of Israel at Kadesh-Barnea. In essence he argues that although Israel did fail, it was part of God's plan to have them fail, a ruse as it were to ensure that Israel would spend extended time in the wilderness. The view is fairly convoluted so you will have to read it for yourself here. By the way, I am not buying this interpretation.

Jul 7, 2020

Is Philippians 2:5-11 a Hymn?

Nijay Gupta doesn't think so in this post. I am a bit agnostic about the issue. But Nijay nails it when he asks, "what's at stake." Much ado about nothing might be too strong but I don't think deciding one way or another moves the needle much one way or the other in the exegesis of the passage.

Jul 6, 2020

A List of New Testament Textual Commentaries

Elijah Hixson has compiled a helpful list of New Testament textual commentaries and posted them on the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog here.

Jul 5, 2020

The Latest Issue of the 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. 

John Ahn, ed., Landscapes of Korean and Korean American Biblical Interpretation
Reviewed by Adam F. Braun

Bob Becking, Ezra-Nehemiah
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

James H. Charlesworth, ed., The Unperceived Continuity of Isaiah
Reviewed by Csaba Balogh

André Flury, Erzählungen von Schöpfung, Erzeltern und Exodus
Reviewed by Annette Schellenberg

Paula Fredriksen, When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation
Reviewed by Joel Marcus

Jesús Girón Izquierdo, “Maestro, dónde vives?” (Jn 1,38): Estudio exegético-teológico sobre la función del adverbio “dónde” (ποῦ) en el evangelio de Juan
Reviewed by Francis Macatangay

Donald A. Hagner, How New Is the New Testament? First-Century Judaism and the Emergence of Christianity
Reviewed by James P. Sweeney

Geoffrey Herman and Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, eds., The Aggada of the Bavli and Its Cultural World
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Mark McEntire, Not Scattered or Confused: Rethinking the Urban World of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Mary Mills

Jac D. Perrin, Family 13 in St. John’s Gospel: A Computer Assisted Phylogenetic Analysis
Reviewed by Stephen C. Carlson

Gil Rosenberg, Ancestral Queerness: The Normal and the Deviant in the Abraham and Sarah Narratives
Reviewed by Susan E. Haddox

Tyler Smith, The Fourth Gospel and the Manufacture of Minds in Ancient Historiography, Biography, Romance, and Drama
Reviewed by Jo-Ann A. Brant

Hendrik Stoppel, Von Angesicht zu Angesicht: Ouvertüre am Horeb. Deuteronomium 5 und 9–10 und die Textgestalt ihrer Folie
Reviewed by Florian Oepping

Miles V. Van Pelt and Gary D. Pratico, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary in Context
Reviewed by Sarah Baker

Michael R. Whitenton, Configuring Nicodemus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Characterization
Reviewed by Mark A. Matson