New Books

History, Ideology, and Bible Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Devorah Dimant

This New Book is a collection of essays from Devorah Dimant, who has spent the last forty five years studying the Qumran texts. The first essay is an invaluable history of research from the 1950’s until today. The essays then fall into three parts: “The Qumran Library,” focusing on collections in the community; “The History of the Qumran Community,” which consists of one 30pp essay; “Themes in the Qumran Literature,” which touches on various ideas such as resurrection and restoration, the temple,…

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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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Understanding Biblical Theology, by Edward Klink and Darian Lockett

The website Books At a Glance posts substantive summaries (~3,000-6,000 words) of new books so busy students, pastors, and scholars can stay on top of what comes out. These summaries are more helpful than book reviews, which typically contain only around 300-500 words of summary. Books At a Glance also posts reviews and author interviews and runs a blog.

I have posted a book summary on Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice by Edward Klink and Darian Lockett….

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Paul and Pseudepigraphy, ed. Porter and Fewster

I just finished up my review of Paul and Pseudepigraphy (PAST 8). This volume wasn’t quite what I expected. As the editors note, the book is not comprehensive, nor does it solve any issues conclusively. The first section deals with critical/methodological issues, the second deals with debated Pauline letters, and the third with non-canonical pseudepigraphy to focus on reception history rather than authenticity. I was looking for a work that would give a lot of history of research and essays on…

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New Int’l Dictionary of NT Theology & Exegesis (5 vols.)

In case you haven’t seen this new set from Zondervan, you should check out the recently published New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis. It is a 5 volume set and it’s edited by Moises Silva, who is well-known for his linguistic acumen, so this set is likely to be freer from linguistic fallacies that befell earlier similar projects (the Barr has been set high…….. sorry, couldn’t resist a terrible pun). I’m trying to get my hands on the…

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Richard Hays’ Reading Backwards: SBL Review Session

Last week at SBL I attended a review session on Richard Hays’ new book, Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness. The reviewers included Marcus Bockmuehl, Marianne Thompson, and Francis Watson. The reviews were mostly positive, with most of the reviewers asking pretty tame (yet good) questions that either challenged small points of the book or gave slight push-back to Hays’ methodology. Hays in this work tried to do for the Gospels what he did for Paul, using his…

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Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek (2015)

What looks to be an incredible resource will be published in 2015 by Brill. It’s the Dictionary of Ancient Greek, translated from the Italian version by Franco Montanari. Its features are: The principal parts of some 15,000 verbs are listed directly following the entry and its etymology. For each of these forms, the occurrence in the ancient texts has been certified. When found only once, the location is cited. Nearly all entries include citations from the texts with careful mention…

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Zondervan Now Printing Word Commentaries

At ETS/SBL last week I received a copy of Ralph Martin’s commentary 2 Corinthians, Volume 40: Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary). I am very pleased to see that Zondervan has taken over printing the Word commentaries. I’m not sure if they will continue printing revised editions or if they will be replacing old commentaries. But the English and Greek fonts are much more reader friendly than Word Press’s fonts, which I found atrocious. Martin’s volume seems to me a slight updating…

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Festschrift for Doug Moo

This week a Festschrift was released in honor of Doug Moo, entitled Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. It has a great collection of essays by Beale, Carson, Verbrugge, Wright, Schreiner, etc., and an interesting dual set of essays by Dunn and Westerholm: Dunn on what is right about the Old Perspective, and Westerholm about what is right about the New Perspective! Much thanks to Doug Moo for his long faithful career in biblical studies…

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