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

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)….

Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish-Babylonian Aramaic, by Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal

Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish-Babylonian Aramaic, by Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal

I took Aramaic last year and really enjoyed it. In addition to the biblical texts, we translated some older Aramaic inscriptions and I got to see a bit of the diachronic development of the language. But I was quite a bit removed from Jewish-Babylonian Aramaic, the language of the Babylonian Talmud.

Grammar Jewish-BabylonianSiegal’s grammar, Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish-Babylonian Aramaic, seeks to introduce the student to this period of Late Aramaic. He divides Aramaic (following Fitzmyer) into the following periods in his introduction….

Devotions on the Greek New Testament, ed. Duvall & Verbrugge

Devotions on the Greek New Testament, ed. Duvall & Verbrugge

This work includes contributions from various New Testament seminary professors such as Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Scot McKnight, Ben Witherington III, and many others. Each devotional is a brief two pages or so. They begin with either a brief sentence from the Greek New Testament or with a paragraph. The author then explains anything difficult about the sentence or paragraphs, breaking down the meaning of words, syntax, grammar, and anything else notable….

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

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….

A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism

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,…

Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People, by Constantine R. Campbell

Constantine Campbell is a lead contributor on the latest discussions concerning verbal aspect theory and has put his knowledge of the language to good use with his most recent book on Union with Christ. Not only is Dr. Campbell worth noting because he is a highly proficient Greek scholar and professor, but he is also jazz musician who knows the value of practice and hard work and uses these insights to inform his approach to maintaining your knowledge of the language. With excellent reviews from Craig L. Blomberg….

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

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….

Your Go-To Online Summer GERMAN Course

Need to learn German for graduate programs? I highly recommend Erasmus Academy’s online seminar course in German. I took this course in the summer of 2012 and it was one of the best language courses I’ve taken. This year in runs May 18-July 8 (8 weeks total). The deadline to sign up is May 1. If you do take the course, please remember to tell the professor that Todd Scacewater referred you….

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures Volume I

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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