Studying at Gordon-Conwell gave me a passion for Biblical theology – ”whole-Bible theology.” A nice short treatment I read recently is by T. Desmond Alexander, one of the editors of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (IVP), entitled From Eden to the New Jerusalem. In this book, Alexander is inspired by all sorts of connections between Genesis and Revelation. At many times this felt like he was channeling Greg Beale.
In the first two chapters, he makes connections between Eden and the temple, finally making the connection between church and temple as well. The third chapter follows closely, looking at the royal roles of Adam and Eve. The fourth chapter concentrates on evil and the defeat of the evil powers in Christ. Redemption and new creation are the focus of chapter five. Six and seven engage with the transformation of the world and the vitality of new life in God. Obviously Alexander is interested in how Genesis and Revelation serve as important bookends to the meta-narrative of the Bible. It was a delight to read.
You may have heard that Asbury Theological Seminary just hired Craig Keener. Craig is a friend of mine – a fantastic guy and truly one of the great NT scholars of our time. The students will adore him and the faculty will cherish his warmth and collegiality. A hearty congrats to you, Craig. I talked to Craig recently about this change over and while it was very difficult for him to leave his beloved friends and students at Palmer, he is following the guidance of God in this move – what else would you expect of him?
Like a kid on Christmas day, I love to break open my Eerdmans catalog whenever a new one comes out. While the Spring catalog tends to be less impressive than the fall one (in the run up to SBL), I was excited about a number of titles.
Jimmy Dunn has a collection of essays/lectures coming out called Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels (due May).
Arland Hultgren has penned an 800-page commentary on Romans (Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary) which can be purchased in May.
Richard Longenecker has been busy in Romans as well, producing a 500+ page introduction to Romans which is being released in view of his future NIGTC commentary on Romans. You need only wait until April to pick up this one!
Michael Stone has written a new book on Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views where he “challenges theologically conditioned histories of ancient Judaism devised by later orthodoxies, whether Jewish or Christians…” This should be very important for the study of ancient Judaism (due May).
Jodi Magness has offered forth the curiously-titled Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus – looks very interesting (April).
Looks like April and May will be exciting months!
I am teaching over the next couple of weeks on the Apostle’s Creed. In an essay I read these helpful statements by Chris Seitz on canon and creed.
Creed is more than putting out brushfires. It is letting Scripture come to its natural, two-testament expression. Just as the Old Testament leaves its father and mother and cleaves to the New, so the Scriptures cleave to the creed, and the creed to them, and they become one flesh. (“Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth”, p. 20)