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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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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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Trimm’s “YHWH Fights for Them!” (Divine Warrior in Exod)

I just finished my review on Charlie Trimm’s published dissertation “YHWH Fights for Them!”: The Divine Warrior in the Exodus Narrative. My dissertation (in progress) involves a good amount of work on the divine warrior and divine builder motif in Ps 68, so I really reaped a lot of benefit from Trimm’s work. In ch. 2 he extracts themes and motifs from the poetic Divine Warrior texts; in ch. 3 he argues that Exod 1-14 contain these themes and motifs;…

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Tutor in NT Position Open at Westminster College

I found today there is a position open at Westminster College in Cambridge for Tutor in NT. You can find the job information and application forms here: Application deadline is Dec. 12.

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Review Published on Calaway’s Sabbath and Sanctuary

My review has been published on Jared Calaway’s The Sabbath and the Sanctuary: Access to God in the Letter to the Hebrews and its Priestly Context (WUNT II). For the full text, click here. Calaway’s published dissertation was an interesting read, especially given his exploration of the similarities between Hebrews and Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice. Such a connection warranted a full study in itself, given the heavenly tabernacle scene in the Qumran document. I was less impressed by his reading of Hebrews,…

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