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Collation of Tributes to the Magnificent Life of I. Howard Marshall

The New Testament world lost a giant when I. Howard Marshall died on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Immediately, testimonies began popping up all over the web about ways Marshall had influenced men and women in the classroom and out of it. Since I never met Dr. Marshall but have appreciated his work, I thought I could join the tribute train by collating the testimonies of others into one place. If you have any more, please comment below so I can add them to the post….

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Hezekiah’s Long Lost Seal, Book Deals, and New Books

This week the internet exploded when archaeologists found a seal from Hezekiah in Jerusalem. The seal contains the phrase לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה–at least I’m trusting the person who knows paleo-Hebrew script to have that correct! The translation is “Belonging to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, King of Judah.” What an exciting find! Of course this doesn’t “prove” that the Bible is true,…

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How to Get Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

One of the sessions at SBL in Atlanta (2015) brought together three editors of mainstream journals to discuss the process of selecting and editing journal articles for publication in their journal. Much of the process is common sense, but it was most helpful to hear the differences between the journals that were represented and their estimated statistics on article selection vs. rejection and the kinds of articles….

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Recent Trends in Discourse Analysis in Biblical Studies

In Constantine Campbell’s latest book, Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament, he summarizes in two chapters the use of discourse analysis by New Testament scholars over the past few decades. A summary of these chapters and some evaluative comments might be helpful for those interested in discourse analysis….

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Reading the Old Testament by Lawrence Boadt and Historical Criticism

I would classify this work as first Christian, second critical, and third Catholic. While I’m not Catholic, the benefit of a Catholic textbook on the OT is that it includes discussion of the other seven Greek intertestamental works that are important for NT backgrounds (and, of course, for seeing to where the stream(s) of the OT flow). Moreoever, Boadt enlists Pope Pius XII’s support for a critical approach to the OT based on his Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943). More recently in 1989, Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) called for a “criticism of criticism”….

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Measuring Style Shift in Paul’s Writings

From the volume Paul and Pseudepigraphy (PAST 8) (which I briefly summarize and evaluate here), one essay stood out as particularly important for contemporary debates over Pauline style. Many recent studies have emphasized the possible input of co-authors and the possible freedom of amanuenses, but many scholars still ignore these possibilities and argue for pseudonymity based on style. The argument is common with Ephesians/Colossians, as well as the Pastorals, and also 2 Thessalonians….

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Articles on Martin Hengel’s Life and Work

I found this paragraph in a post by Wayne Coppins: For further reflections on Martin Hengel’s life and work, see esp. my translation of his essay “A Young Theological Discipline in Crisis” in Earliest Christian History (cf. e.g., Larry Hurtado 1 and Michael Bird) and Roland Deines’ heavily documented essay in this same volume. See also e.g. Roland Deines, John Dickson, Larry Hurtado 2, David Neff, Daniel B. Wallace, and The Telegraph. Check these out, especially the ones with personal stories about students and professors dining with Hengel at his home, which I…

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Hafemann’s Review of Beale’s NT Biblical Theology

Scott Hafemann reviewed G. K. Beale’s NT Biblical Theology at least year’s annual ETS conference. Beale has recorded some replies to Hafemann’s concerns. Here, I provide a summary of Hafemann’s critiques and Beale’s replies, as well as an evaluation of the discussion. Hafemann first objects to Beale’s method of reading the OT in light of its “transformed” fulfillment in the NT, citing Beale’s agreement with Hays’ theory of creative transformation of meaning in light of Christ’s fulfillment. He also suggests…

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Carson’s 7 Elements of NT Theology

The variety of views on biblical theology current in the academy are interesting, perplexing, and at times daunting. Finding the most faithful methodology for reading Scripture as both historical and theological is perhaps one of the most pressing Christian academic pursuits today. D. A. Carson’s article on NT Theology lists seven elements that he believes are essential for NT Theology.[1] Seven Elements 1) Theology cannot be left out (contra Baur), nor can it be divorced from history (contra Bultmann). 2)…

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