Thursday, October 19, 2017

Biblical Theology Bulletin 47/4

Vetus Testamentum 67/4

1. A Mother’s Refrain: Judges 5:28-30 in Cultural Context
Robin Baker.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 505 - 518, 2017

2. The Biblical Hebrew “Store Cities” and an Amarna Gloss
Krzysztof J. Baranowski.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 519 - 527, 2017

3. Justice and the City: A Reading of Amos 3:9-15
Jonathan Ben-Dov.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 528 - 545, 2017

4. Intersectionality, Gender Liminality and Ben Sira’s Attitude to the Eunuch
Helena M. Bolle and Stephen R. Llewelyn.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 546 - 569, 2017

5. Who Conquered Hebron? Apologetic and Polemical Tendencies in the Story of Caleb in Josh 14
Gili Kugler.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 570 - 580, 2017

6. La fin du récit sacerdotal de la création : Gn 2,4a ou Gn 2,3 ?
Alfred Marx.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 581 - 588, 2017

7. On the Compositional Models for Ezekiel 38-39: A Response to William Tooman’s Gog of Magog
C. A. Strine.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 589 - 601, 2017

8. Ezra in Egypt? The Significance of Hananyah’s Mission
Karel van der Toorn.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 602 - 610, 2017

9. Separation and Creation in Genesis 1 and Psalm 104, A Continuation of the Discussion of the Verb ברא
Ellen van Wolde.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 611 - 647, 2017

10. Kultur und Identität. Wörtliches Übersetzen in der Septuaginta
Carsten Ziegert.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 648 - 665, 2017

11. Dan 7:2 עִם לֵילְיָא ‘by night’?
Takamitsu Muraoka.
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 667 - 670, 2017

Tyndale Bulletin 68/2

Articles in TynBul 68.2 (Nov. 2017)
Oct 16th 2017, 16:07, by (Tyndale Member)
The Challenge of the Canaanites
William Ford (Belfast Bible College)

The negative biblical portrayal of the Canaanites appears to contrast sharply with the wider portrayal of YHWH's relationship with humanity and with Israel in particular, raising a challenge for reading these parts of the Bible as Scripture. This article considers this portrayal by drawing together key biblical references to the Canaanites into two sections: Canaanites as a whole, and as individuals. Four potential images are evaluated as possible summaries of the biblical portrayal of the Canaanites: sinners, danger, warning, and challenge, with the last being the most appropriate. The Canaanites' proximity to Israel, both geographic and moral, raises both a negative and positive challenge. Israelites can become Canaanites and vice versa, depending on their response to YHWH.

Form and Experience Dwelling in Unity: A Cognitive Reading of the Metaphors of Psalm 133
Wen-Pin Leow (University of Aberdeen)

This article uses the cognitive approach to analyse the metaphors of Psalm 133 while concurrently using a study of the remaining Psalms of Ascents to understand the underlying world-view that Psalm 133's metaphors are based on. Such an approach reveals that the subjects of the metaphors of Psalm 133 are connected at a deeper conceptual level. This conceptual relationship allows the psalmist to both describe the blessings of brotherly unity and to provide a literary parallel of the experience of those blessings through the psalm's form.

Diagnosing Religious Experience in Romans 8
Mark Wreford (University of Nottingham)

In this article, I consider Paul's use of adoption language in Romans 8 and argue that religious experience played an important role in its development. By looking closely at what Paul says about adoption and life in the Spirit, I try to identify what kind of experience this language might be articulating. Further, I suggest that it is necessary to consider how biblical scholars can best ensure they take account of religious experience when performing exegesis, offering a heuristic definition of religious experience which moves beyond the language of the NT itself, but is not conceptually anachronistic, to address a lack in the literature.

The Meaning of Cheirographon in Colossians 2:14 Revisited
Kyu Seop Kim (Chongshin University)

In this article we explore the uses of cheirographon in ancient papyri and ostraca and conclude that cheirographon does not refer to a debt certificate, contrary to scholars' consensus (except for Peter Arzt-Grabner). Instead, cheirographon was used to express various handwritten declarations including receipts, loans, contracts, and records of oath in ancient Greek papyri. In particular, cheirographon and its cognate words are used in the formula of declaration and with the expression of oath in Colossians 2:14 can be interpreted in this context. Declaration or oath on the observance of religious regulations was significant in ancient paganism and Judaism. Thus, cheirographon tois dogmasin in Colossians 2:14 can be read as the handwritten document which contains the declaration or oath with regard to the observance of religious regulation.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 as a Christological Reworking of the Shema
Martin Feltham (Macquarie University)

This article draws upon Richard B. Hays's observations regarding the way in which an 'allusive echo' can signal a broad intertextual interplay with a precursor text. I argue that the affirmation in 1 Timothy 2:5 that 'there is one God' is an 'allusive echo' of the Shema which points the attentive reader to an extended and carefully crafted intertextual interplay with the Shema and its Deuteronomic setting. I trace the way that 1 Timothy 2:5-6 reworks the Shema in the light of the story of Jesus Christ to affect the christologically driven opening up of God's people to all nation.

Reassessing Jude's Use of Enochic Traditions (with Notes on their Later Reception History)
Peter J. Gentry (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary);  Andrew M. Fountain (Toronto)

A particular reference in the book of Jude to Enoch is commonly claimed to indicate canonical status for 1 Enoch. The origins and textual transmission of the Enochic traditions are described and reassessed for non-specialists and correlated with claims for inspiration made before, during, and after the period of Second Temple Judaism. The function of Jude's use of Enoch is interpreted within the literary structure of his work and the context of the NT, with implications for the later history of Christianity and Islam

Knowing the Divine and Divine Knowledge in Greco-Roman Religion
Eckhard J. Schnabel (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

In his 2007 Tyndale Biblical Theology lecture, Brian Rosner has shown that the notion of being known by God is an important, albeit neglected, theme in the Old and New Testament. He explored the three relation notions of belonging to God, being loved or chosen by God, and being a child or son of God. After a concise survey of relevant biblical data in the Old and New Testament, he described the value of 'being known by God' in terms of warning, humility, comfort, and security. The following paper explores Greek and Roman religious texts with a view to establishing whether the notion of 'being known by God' surfaces in the context in which the early Christian movement engaged in missionary work, seeking to win polytheists for faith in the one true God and in Jesus Messiah. New Testament scholars do not seem to have explored the subject of the Greek and Roman gods 'knowing' human beings. Similar to Rosner's biblical theological essay, which surveyed texts without in-depth discussion of exegetical details and historical context, the following essay is wide-ranging, considering primary texts written over a large span of time, from Homer's epics (which continued to be read in the first century), the Homeric Hymns, Xenophanes' fragments, Callimachus' Hymn to Demeter, Cleanthes' Hymn to Zeus, Hesiod's Theogony, Cicero's De natura deorum, and Plutarch's religious texts to the Greek Hymns in the Furley/Bremer collection and the Lydian confession inscriptions.

Dissertation Summaries

Discourse Markers in the Septuagint and Early Koine Greek with Special Reference to the Twelve
Christopher James Fresch (Bible College of South Australia)

Discourse markers (e.g. de, alla) comprise a functional category. They narrow or explicate discourse relations, instructing the reader on how to process the discourse and build a mental representation of it. In so doing, they aid the reader in the comprehension task, reducing cognitive effort and facilitating successful communication. Unfortunately, these considerations rarely feature in discussions on Greek discourse markers. Instead, their functions are often conflated with the semantics of their surrounding contexts of use and with the functions of their translational glosses. This often results in less precision in one's comprehension of the flow and structure of the discourse.

A Critical Examination of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method in the Catholic Epistles
Peter J. Gurry (Phoenix Seminary)

The present research provides the first sustained study of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM), a computerised tool developed by Gerd Mink which has become an 'essential tool' to the editors of the most widely used critical editions of the Greek New Testament (NA28/UBS5). Its main use has been on the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) for the Catholic Epistles, which now forms the basis of the NA and UBS editions. The ECM volume on Acts was published in 2017 and plans are underway to apply the CBGM to the entire New Testament. However, because it was designed to address the problems of textual contamination and coincidental agreement, the CBGM has significance far beyond the confines of biblical studies. The overarching purpose of the method is to improve our understanding of the text's history and to help reconstruct the text's starting point, or the 'initial text'. Both of these goals are subjected to close scrutiny in this thesis.

Journal of Theological Studies 68/2

New issue alert
The Journal of Theological Studies
Volume 68 Issue 2
October 2017

Ethical Reading: The Transformation of the Text and the Self
Hindy Najman
Faith and Existential Security: Making Deuteronomy 8 Respond to a Current Sociological Theory
Zoltán Schwáb
An Essence–Energy Distinction in Philo as the Basis for the Language of Deification
Tikhon Alexander Pino
Two Lost Lines of the Coptic Hermas in BnF Copte 130 (2) F. 127
Dan Batovici
Melito's Peri Pascha 1–5 as Recovered from a 'Lost' Leaf of Papyrus Bodmer XIII
Brent Nongbri; Stuart George Hall
The Parable of The Lame and The Blind In Epiphanius and its Relation to Jewish Sources: New Texts
Ophir Münz-Manor
P.Mich. inv. 4461KR: The Earliest Fragment of the Didascalia CCCXVIII Patrum Nicaenorum
Lincoln H Blumell
Revisiting the Date of Chrysostom's Homilies on Genesis
Doru Costache
Under the Spell of John Philoponus: How Chalcedonian Theologians of the Late Patristic Period Attempted to Safeguard the Oneness of God
Dirk Krausmüller
Royal Marriage and Conversion in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum
Máirín MacCarron
Exodus 32 and the Figure of Moses in Twelfth-Century Theology
Philippa Byrne
After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology. Essays in Honor of Carol A. Newsom. Edited by Patricia K. Tull and Jacqueline E. Lapsley
Deborah Kahn-Harris
Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred. Edited by Jorunn Økland, J. Cornelis de Vos, and Karen J. Wenell
Mary E Mills
Being Human in God's World: An Old Testament Theology of Humanity. By J. Gordon McConville
Arthur Keefer
Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation. By Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi
Megan Warner
Immigrants and Innovative Law: Deuteronomy's Theological and Social Vision for the רג. By Mark A. Awabdy
Katherine Southwood
Women of War, Women of Woe: Joshua and Judges through the Eyes of Nineteenth-Century Female Biblical Interpreters. Edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Christine de Groot
Heather A McKay
1 and 2 Kings: An Introduction and Study Guide: History and Story in Ancient Israel. By Lester L. Grabbe
Nathan MacDonald
Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and their Functions in the Book of Kings. By Helen Paynter
David G Firth
Hezekiah and the Compositional History of the Book of Kings. By Benjamin D. Thomas
J G McConville
Joel. By Christopher R. Seitz
Raymond van Leeuwen
Micah: A Commentary Based on Micah in Codex Vaticanus
Anthony Gelston
Zechariah and his Visions: An Exegetical Study of Zechariah's Vision Report. By Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Christopher J Thomson
A Commentary on the Psalms. Volume 3 (90–150). By Allen P. Ross
Megan Daffern
Das Buch der Psalmen: Psalm 90–151. By Manfred Oeming and Joachim Vette
John Goldingay
Job the Unfinalizable: A Bakhtinian Reading of Job 1–11. By Seong Whan Timothy Hyun
Barbara Green
God and Politics in Esther. By Yoram Hazony
Brittany N Melton
Studies on Baruch: Composition, Literary Relations, and Reception. Edited by Sean A. Adams
Marko Marttila
Turning Proverbs towards Torah: An Analysis of 4Q525. By Elisa Uusimäki
Suzanna R Millar
Vetus Latina: Die Reste der Altlateinischen Bibel, 6/2: Esra 1. (4: Esra I 7,3 bis Schluss). Edited by Bonifatia Gesche
J K Elliott
The Old Testament in Syriac according to the Peshiṭta Version, Part IV, Fasc. 6: Canticles or Odes; Prayer of Manasseh; Apocryphal Psalms; Psalms of Solomon; Tobit; I(3) Esdras. Edited on Behalf of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament by the Peshiṭta Institute
Anthony Gelston
The Many Faces of Herod the Great. By Adam Kolman Marshak
Amy Marie Fisher
Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts. By Daniel Lynwood Smith
Mark Reasoner
Puzzling the Parables of Jesus: Methods and Interpretation. By Ruben Zimmermann
Chris Keith
Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context. By Simon J. Joseph
David W Chapman
Matthew's Response to an Early Missionary Issue: Meaning and Function of the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matt 20: 1–16.) By Vinko Mamić
Joshua E Leim
The Tragic in Mark: A Literary-Historical Interpretation. By Jeff Jay
Morna D Hooker
Vetus Latina: Die Reste der altlateinischen Bibel, 17: Evangelium secundum Marcum (6: Mc 8,11 – 9,46.)
H A G Houghton
Luke–Acts and Jewish Historiography: A Study on the Theology, Literature, and Ideology of Luke–Acts. By Samson Uytanlet
Kylie Crabbe
Paul's Witness to Formative Early Christian Instruction. By Benjamin A. Edsall
Frances Young
Paul's 'Spirit of Adoption' in its Roman Imperial Context. By Robert Brian Lewis
Bradley J Bitner
The Righteousness of God: A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation. By Charles Lee Irons
Alexander N Kirk
The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament. By Matthew W. Bates
Wesley Hill
Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity. By Sally Douglas
Lilly (SJ) Nortjé-Meyer
The Apostles in Early Christian Art and Poetry. By Roald Dijkstra
Martin O'Kane
Theologische Orakel in der Spätantike. Edited by Helmut Seng und Giulia Sfameni Gasparro
M J Edwards
The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. By Alan Kreider
W. Brian Shelton
Origeniana Undecima: Origen and Origenism in the History of Western Thought. Papers of the 11th International Origen Congress, Aarhus University, 26–31 August 2013. Edited by Anders-Christian Jacobsen
Joseph S O'Leary
Cyprianus: De habitu virginum; Pseudo-Cyprianea I. Edited by P. Mattei and L. Ciccolini
Michael Winterbottom
Studi sul linguaggio in Gregorio di Nissa. By Chiara Curzel
Matthieu Cassin
The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century. By Andrew Cain
Philip Rousseau
Evagrius and his Legacy. Edited by Joel Kalvesmaki and Robin Darling Young
Angela Tilby
On Augustine. By Rowan Williams
Mark Clavier
Theodoret: De Graecarum affectionum curatione. Heilung der griechischen Krankheiten. Translated by Clemens Scholten
Josef Lössl
Makarios/Symeon in östlicher Überlieferung. Macarius/Symeon in Eastern Tradition: Beiträge des VIII. Makarios-Symposiums, Bergvik 2014. Edited by Martin Tamcke
Grigory Kessel
The School of Antioch: Biblical Theology and the Church in Syria. Edited by Vahan S. Hovhanessian
Raymond J Laird
La Conversion de Gaza au christianisme: La Vie de S. Porphyre de Gaza par Marc le Diacre (BHG 1570). Edited and translated by Anna Lampadaridi
Jennifer Nimmo Smith
Incorruptible Bodies: Christology, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity. By Yonatan Moss
L R Wickham
Isaak von Ninive und seine Kephalaia Gnostika: Die Pneumatologie und ihr Kontext. By Nestor Kavvadas
Valentina Duca
Maxime le Confesseur: Questions à Thalassios. Tome I: (Questions 1 à 40). Tome II: (Questions 41 à 55). Translated by Françoise Vinel. Introduction and notes by Jean-Claude Larchet
Andrew Louth
Maximus the Confessor: Jesus Christ and the Transfiguration of the World. By Paul M. Blowers
Torstein Theodor Tollefsen
Concilium Universale Nicaenum secundum: Concilii Actiones VI–VII. Edited by Erich Lamberz
Richard Price
The Great Councils of the Orthodox Churches, Decisions and Synodika. Volume 1: From Constantinople 861 to Constantinople 1872. Volume 2: From Moscow 1551 to Moscow 2000: Concilia Ecclesiae Orthodoxae Russiae seu Patriarchatus Moscoviae et Omnium Russiarum. Edited by Alberto Melloni
Richard Price
The Great Councils of the Orthodox Churches, Decisions and Synodika. Volume 3: Crete 2016. Edited by Alberto Melloni
Richard Price
Studies in Coptic Culture: Transmission and Interaction. Edited by Mariam Ayad
Janet Timbie
Sin, Interiority, and Selfhood in the Twelfth-Century West. By Susan R. Kramer
Henrietta Leyser
Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary. By Brian Davies
Luke Davis Townsend
The Trinitarian Christology of St Thomas Aquinas. By Dominic Legge
Thomas G Weinandy, OFM Cap.
Robert Holcot. By John T. Slotemaker and Jeffrey C. Witt
G R Evans
Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer. By Scott H. Hendrix
Matthew Barrett
A Christoscopic Reading of Scripture: Johannes Oecolampadius on Hebrews. By Jeff Fisher
Sandra Bihlmaier
Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism. By Thomas Albert Howard
Charlotte Methuen
Leibniz: Protestant Theologian. By Irena Backus
Daniel J Cook
The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain. By Joseph Stubenrauch
John H Y Briggs
The Freedom to Become a Christian: A Kierkegaardian Account of Human Transformation in Relationship with God. By Andrew B. Torrance
Sylvia Walsh
The Theological Project of Modernism: Faith and the Conditions of Mineness. By Kevin W. Hector
Clive Marsh
Rudolf Bultmann/Günther Bornkamm: Briefwechsel 1926–1976. Edited by Werner Zager
Robert Morgan
Liturgy as Revelation: Re-Sourcing a Theme in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology. By Philip Caldwell
Michon M Matthiesen
Conventional and Ultimate Truth: A Key for Fundamental Theology. By Joseph Stephen O'Leary
John P Keenan
Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology. By Brandon Gallaher
Paul D Molnar
Divine Simplicity: Christ the Crisis of Metaphysics. By Paul R. Hinlicky
Nathan D Shannon
Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Love and Gift in the Trinity and the Church. By Matthew Levering
Graham Tomlin
Providence Perceived: Divine Action from a Human Point of View. By Mark W. Elliott
Terry J Wright
After We Die: Theology, Philosophy, and the Question of Life after Death. By Stephen T. Davis
Jerry L Walls
The Ethics of Discernment: Lonergan's Foundations for Ethics. By Patrick H. Byrne
Edward A David
Beyond Secular Order: The Representation of Being and the Representation of the People. By John Milbank
James K A Smith
Eschatology and the Technological Future. By Michael S. Burdett
Celia Deane-Drummond
A Reformed Voice in the Ecumenical Discussion. By Martien E. Brinkman
Andrew Ong
The Concept of "Sister Churches" in Catholic–Orthodox Relations since Vatican II. By Will T. Cohen
A A J DeVille
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