NT scholar M. Eugene Boring (Brite Divinity School) has written a NT Introduction (coming Oct 2012, WJK). He is well-known for work on the Gospel of Mark and Revelation. Apparently it will be a hefty volume (700+ pages). I am still on the lookout for a good introductory textbook so — fingers crossed!
I love Currents in Biblical Research and the new 10.3 issue has a couple of interesting articles, one on the reception of the Gospel of John in the second century. Check it out.
A few years ago, when Richard Hays was in Durham (UK) for a special lecture, he told a group of us that he is knee-deep in a Gospels book and has basically turned down further offers to talk about Paul – he has spent decades studying Paul (to all of our benefit!) and is excited about researching the use of Scripture in the Gospels.
Well, I was also pleased to see the soon-coming release (July 2012) of a book he has edited on another non-Pauline text: Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation (Baylor Press; edited with Stefan Alkier). Don’t forget to wipe the drool off of your face as you read this table of contents:
1 What Has the Spirit Been Saying? Theological and Hermeneutical Reflections on the Reception/Impact History of the Book of Revelation
Michael J. Gorman
2 Models for Intertextual Interpretation of Revelation
3 The Reception of Daniel 7 in the Revelation of John
4 Faithful Witness, Alpha and Omega: The Identity of Jesus in the Apocalypse of John
Richard B. Hays
5 God, Israel, and Ecclesia in the Apocalypse
Joseph L. Mangina
6 Revelation and Christian Hope: Political Implications of the Revelation to John
N. T. Wright
7 Witness or Warrior? How the Book of Revelation Can Help Christians Live Their Political Lives
8 The Apocalypse in the Framework of the Canon
9 Reading What Is Written in the Book of Life: Theological Interpretation of the Book of Revelation Today
Marianne Meye Thompson
I WANT THIS BOOK! Where did I put that SBL wishlist…?
The latest issue of Interpretation focuses on the book of Acts with excellent contributions by folks like Carl Holladay, Kavin Rowe, Robert Tannehill, Loveday Alexander, and Pamela Hedrick. This is one worth checking out!
I am currently reviewing the FS Celebrating Paul (honoring Fitzmyer & Murphy-O’Connor) for a journal and after reading through the eclectic set of essays, I wondered: what do you say in a review? Space does not really permit in-depth discussion of the 19 essays (400+ pages). There is obviously no central thesis. Each contributor makes his or her own argument towards an issue in Paul’s letters.
So, I went looking for examples. I went on the RBL page and looked at various reviews of Festschriften. Basically, everyone struggles with this and many opt to focus on a handful of interesting essays. One example, in particular, stuck out to me and made me laugh: see here. It is what I would call a “minimalist” review (if it can be called a review! Keep in mind RBL asks for a 1000-word review that aims to be analytical and “critical” in an academic sense).
The latest HBT is now online here. It is very OT/HB heavy this issue, FYI.
I love Jimmy Dunn – he is one of the reasons I went to Durham (2006-2009). I love Jimmy’s wit and intellect, which always shine through in his lectures and writings. Recently, Jimmy reviewed M. de Boer’s Galatians commentary (WJK) in RBL, offering a gracious and also incisive critique. Check it out.