Feb ’10 issue of Scottish Journal of Theology

The latest Scottish Journal of Theology looks very interesting with

– an article on ‘why we need apocalyptic’

– an article on Barth’s perspective on the role of faith in reading Scripture theologically

– two reviews on John Goldingay’s OT theology books; the first by Stephen Chapman and the second by Walter Brueggemann.

I currently don’t have electronic rights to view these nice articles and reviews so I have to wait for the print versions!  Drat!

UPDATE: I have been informed that this issue is actually viewable for free online, so ENJOY!

Keys to 1 Corinthians and J. Murphy-O’Connor

When I was taking an exegesis course on 1 Corinthians in seminary, one of our assigned textbooks was J. Murphy-O’Connor’s St. Paul’s Corinth (2002).  It was a sourcebook of archaeological and literary backgrounds and context for studying the Corinthian epistles.  As I did more research and work in 1 Corinthians, I came across is his work time and time again.

I recall being particularly impressed with his article ‘Philo and 2 Cor 6:14-7:1’ Revue biblique (1988) where he helped to diffuse the tenuous theory that this passage is a qumranic fragment; he shows that affinities can easily be detected with this passage and Philo as well.

In the recent (2009) Oxford collection called Keys to First Corinthians, M-O offers 16 articles in one volume on such topics as: co-authorship, 1 Cor. 5.3-5, 6.12-20; 7.10-11, 7.14, 8.6, 8.8, 8.1-13; 10.23-11.1, 11.2-16 (3x), house churches, Eucharist, redaction, and interpolations.  Some of the earliest articles reproduced here are from the middle to late ’70’s!

It is a bit surprising, though, that he has not written a large-scale commentary on 1 Corinthians, as he has made so many contributions to its scholarship.  [However, he gives high praise to Fitzmyer’s new commentary (Anchor-Yale)]  In any case, what a delight to have a one-stop resource to check M-O’s thoughts on this complex and important epistle.  Indeed, it is nice to have a subject and Scriptural index in the back for quick reference.

Impressively, M-O has added to each article (all 16!) a post-script where he reflects on why he wrote what he did, how it has been received, and any latter-life reflections.  He has certainly done more than give us a reproduction!

I encourage you to make sure your library has this very useful volume!

New Currents in Biblical Research

Thanks to Ekaterini G. Tsalampouni for announcing that Currents in Biblical Research has a  new issue out.  CBR is one of my favorite journals – so useful for summarizing often decades of research in a given area.  What a great resource!  I usually enjoy reading at least one article per issue.

In this new issue, Henry Nguyen summarizes ‘The Quest for the Cinematic Jesus: Scholarly Explorations in Jesus Films’, Michael Naylor looks at ‘The Roman Imperial Cult and Revelation’, and James B. Rives considers ‘Greco-Roman Religion in the Roman Empire: Old Assumptions and New Approaches’.  A good diverse group of articles (and there are more I did not mention) as well as very timely subjects for NT studies.

The New Journal EARLY CHRISTIANITY’s Show-Stopping First Issue

The new Mohr Siebeck journal, Early Christianity, has their inaugural issue planned and it will come out in April, 2010.  The journal attempts to bridge the scholarly gap between scholars of NT and scholars of early Christian history in the second and third century (and on?).

Articles in their first issue are broken down into three main topics: New Directions in Pauline Theology, New Discoveries, and New Projects.    See below some great ideas for book reviews and world-class reviewers under “New Books”.  I am particularly interested in hearing what Francis Watson has to say about Campbell’s volume!


Michael Wolter; Die Entwicklung des paulinischen Christentums von einer Bekehrungsreligion zu einer Traditionsreligion
Judith M. Lieu; “As much my apostle as Christ is mine”: The dispute over Paul between Tertullian and Marcion
Matthias Konradt; Die Christonomie der Freiheit. Zu Paulus’ Entfaltung seines ethischen Ansatzes in Gal 5,13-6,10
Jonathan A. Linebaugh Debating Diagonal Δικαιοσύνη: The Epistle of Enoch and Paul in Theological Conversation

The last one here, Jonathan Linebaugh, is a doctoral student at Durham University – a bright student whose research is very impressive.  His article was originally a paper given at the British New Testament conference – very well received from what I hear.


Peter Arzt-Grabner; Neues zu Paulus aus den Papyri des römischen Alltags
Claire Clivaz; A New NT Papyrus: P 126 (PSI 1497)
Ursula Schattner-Rieser; Ein neues Qumranfragment samaritanischer Tradition?


Eberhard BonsJan Joosten; Historical and Theological Dictionary of the Septuagint
Martin KarrerSiegfried Kreuzer; Von der Septuaginta zum Neuen Testament
Rainer Hirsch-Luipold; Ratio Religionis. Religiöse Philosophie und philosophische Religion in der frühen Kaiserzeit


Mark Reasoner; Robert Jewett, Romans
Markus Öhler; James D.G. Dunn, Beginning from Jerusalem
Martin Meiser; Martin Vahrenhorst, Kultische Sprache in den Paulusbriefen
Simon Gathercole; Tom Wright, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision
Francis Watson; Douglas Campbell, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul