The NT was born in a Hellenistic and Jewish environment, but no matter how Jewish it was, it cannot escape its Hellenic influence. Moreover, the entire Western world owes its origins to Greek scholarship in various fields including philosophy, literature,…
In 1911, Albert Schweitzer wrote Paul and His Interpreters, which not only summarized the history of Pauline interpretation but also located Paul within Judaism. In the last century there has been a stream of different approaches to Paul, from classical liberalism, to a history….
The Verbal System of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Qumran Hebrew Texts, by Ken M. Penner
Ken Penner tackles an important but neglected area of study: the morphological value of Hebrew verbs in the Dead Sea Scrolls. That is, are the Hebrew verb tenses in the DSS aspect-, mode-, or time-prominent….
N. T. Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Andrews University and was formerly the bishop of Durham. He has written several books on Paul, including What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?, Paul: In Fresh Perspective, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Paul and His Recent Interpreters, and Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978–-2013 among many other books and essays….
Anyone studying Christianity faces the task of dealing also with Greco-Roman culture. If affected Christianity in multiple ways, from the early philosophical ideas of Plato and Aristotle that filtered down to the Stoics and Epicureans of the time of the….
Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers, by Rodney J. Decker
Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers, by Rodney J. Decker (Kregel Academic, 2007), 310 pages. Many students wonder what to do to keep their Greek. Rodney Decker was a fantastic Greek professor that obviously cared deeply about his students’ knowledge of the language. His recent grammar Reading Koine Greek breaks some new pedagogical ground and includes many helpful exercises and practice that professors can use in the classroom and that students can use on their…
This volume came out at the same time as, and as a good complementary volume to the Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography. Although there is not much overlap in the content, they are two important fields in linguistics (or in lexicography’s case, a field associated with linguistics) that those of us in biblical studies must take heed of….
There is a shortage of user-friendly resources for learning biblical Aramaic. Recently, Miles van Pelt published a grammar with a reader that goes through every Aramaic verse in the OT. There are some helpful grammatical and morphological notes throughout, but not…
All That the Prophets Have Declared: The Appropriation of Scripture in the Emergence of Christianity, ed. Matthew Malcolm
This book was the product of a symposium in Perth Australia at Trinity Theological College. Key speakers were Larry Hurtado, Roland Deines, Allan Chapple, and Mark Seifrid. As the title indicates, the papers focused on the use of Scripture in early Christianity and what we can glean from that for knowledge about the emergence of early Christianity, and topic very well connected with Hurtado’s work….
Richard Longenecker is a senior scholar and professor emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. As such, he exhibits a dexterity with a wide breadth of academic sources that springs from a life committed to biblical investigation….