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Review of New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis, ed. Moisés Silva

The New International Dictionary of New Testament and Exegesis (NIDNTTE), ed. Moisés Silva, is a complete reorganization and revision of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (NIDNTT), ed. Colin Brown. Brown’s edition was itself a translation, revision, and expansion of Theologisches Begriffslexikon zum Neuen Testament, edited by Lothar Coenen et al. This original German edition was produced by more than 70 German academics and pastors. The NIDNTTE therefore touts a respectable pedigree, with both of its predecessors becoming standard reference works for NT scholars….

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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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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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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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Greek 2 Resources for Winter 2015

I’m posting here the resources I’m using for my Greek 2 class this winter. If you are learning Greek or need to refresh, you may not have seen some of these resources and they can all be quite helpful. The following resources are required. Bruce Metzger, Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek Daniel Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament D. A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies   The following resources are recommended. I recommend one…

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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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