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How We Got The New Testament, by Stanley Porter

Stanley Porter, the President and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Ontario Canada, has recently published the substance of his 2008 Hayward Lectures, delivered at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia. 717SQG3Wp8LThe volume is broken down into three (somewhat lengthy) chapters, as insinuated by the subtitle; Text, Transmission, Translation.

Chapter one opens with an overview of the major historical players involved within the history of textual criticism (Erasmus, Tregelles, Tischendorf, Westcott, Hort, Nestle, etc)….

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This Jesus: Martyr, Lord, Messiah, by Markus Bockmuehl

Ever since Martin Kähler’s 1892 publication (‘The so-called historical Jesus and the historic, biblical Christ’) a division between the ‘Jesus of history’ and the ‘Christ of faith’ has been a distinctive feature of both biblical studies and systematic theology. The gist of Kähler’s reading is that the Christ of faith, enshrined for us in the New Testament, is so colored by the theological faith commitments of Jesus’ early followers that the historical Jesus is hidden from plain sight.

In ‘This Jesus’ Markus Bockmuehl (MB), the Dean Ireland’s Professor at Keble College Oxford, seeks to demonstrate, “that it can be historically legitimate to see Jesus of Nazareth in organic and causal continuity with the faith of the early Church” (8)….

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, ed. Samuel Balentine

Any pastor, academic, or student of theology will be impressed with the list of contributors assembled for this project, as many of the authors comprise the foremost names in biblical and theological studies around the world. While not intending to be exhaustive, the OEBT seeks to elucidate biblical persons, places, and themes for their theological significance. This encyclopedia is therefore a reference work with a very particular aim–to thoroughly expound the theological significance of a particular set of central subjects, not to provide a brief definition an exhaustive list of subjects. Since this encyclopedia set covers a variety of subjects, it seems fitting to treat each subject separately as the means of evaluating the work as a whole….

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History of New Testament Research Vol. 1: From Deism to Tübingen, by William Baird

For students and scholars in biblical studies, particularly in the field of New Testament, a robust comprehension of the history of interpretation of the New Testament is an inestimable resource for successful study and research. As per the various resources in this area, William Baird’s three volume History of New Testament Research (HNTR) is an unquestionable standard. The following review will concentrate on Volume 1, however many of the comments made here are indicative of the set as a whole….

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A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism

A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism, edited by Matthias Henze, offers a wide selection of essays on the overarching techniques of early biblical interpretation, as well as particular examples from specific texts (i.e. Use of the Scripture in the Community Rule, in The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, or in the Genesis Apocryphon)

41rfiH0yyVLThe introductory essay by James Kugel (comprising Part 1 of the volume) is especially helpful. He begins by outlining historical factors that contributed to the rise of early biblical interpretation, focusing particularly on the Babylonian exile. Among the returnee’s from Babylonian deportation, there was not only an increasing need to reestablish Israelite society with the scriptures of Israel,…

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Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, by G. K. Beale

Beale is widely known for publishing extensively on the New Testament’s use of the Old. This work provides the student with a distilled outline of his entire exegetical method for interpreting the OT in the NT. In chapters 1 and 2, Beale introduces the reader to the discipline of Old in the New studies, surveying various interpretive and methodological developments….

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Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures Volume I

James H. Charlesworth, the Princeton Professor and editor of the standard two volume The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, noted that the recently edited volume, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures Volume I, is “…high on the list of the most important publications in biblical studies over the past twenty-five years” (xi). Richard Bauckham, James R. Davila, and Alexander Panayotov have together produced an exciting addition to the area of Old Testament Pseudepigrapha studies….

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