Well, whether you like or not, The Bible Translator (previously published by the United Bible Society) is now SAGE. SAGE is offering access to the most recent issue for free.
Last weekend, on Saturday afternoon, I sat down at my desk in my house and participated in the unique online academic conference on “Ecclesia and Ethics.” It was a very interesting and rewarding experience, as I got a chance to interact with people from all over the world (especially during the engaging Q & A session). If you missed the event (the last two Saturdays), the good news is that the conveners decided to allow post-event registration to give anyone access to the video recordings of the presentations (for those who gave permission, which was most of us). I have already watched a couple of them that I missed, and it is well worth the $10!
My paper was on the fact that the church tends to use the word “discipleship” as a catch-all for ecclesial ethics. However, the word “disciple” is not used even once outside of the four Gospels and Acts. I focused on Paul and basically engaged with the question – if Paul didn’t use the language of discipleship to form a vision of ethics, how might we be faithful to his moral vision? I have my own take on what could come out of this question, but I encourage you to post-register and hear/watch for yourself!
I missed almost all the papers of the first Saturday because I was very sick. I could have still watched them in bed, but I knew the video recordings were coming, so I like the option of watching them at my leisure – especially watching them while I make dinner!
For those of you “in attendance” of this conference, what were your thoughts? Did you enjoy it? What could have been done better?
When I was a PhD student in Durham (UK), I remember having a conversation with one of my advisors (Stephen Barton) and I had brought up an article by Ernest Best. I spent a few minutes referring to this “Ernest Best” and Stephen kept giving me a quizzical look. Finally he said, “Do you mean Paddy?” Apparently “Paddy” is a nickname for an noble irishman, which Best was indeed (Oh the things we learn along the way about insider lingo when we join the guild!). As I was researching for an essay today, I came across this gem of a quote from “Paddy” (deceased, 1917-2004)
What does it then mean to follow Jesus? It means to drop in behind him, to be ready to go to the cross as he did, to write oneself off in terms of any kind of importance, privilege or right, and to spend one’s time only in the service of the needs of others. — E. Best
Beverly Gaventa (soon to be at Baylor) is one of the leading NT scholars in the world. She has written and edited loads of works and she is currently writing a commentary on Romans for WJK. I have benefited greatly from her work, so I was pleased to know that a FS is coming in October to celebrate her leadership and service to the guild. Here are the details:
Details on the volume are limited at this point, so I contacted my buddy David Downs (at Fuller) and he was kind enough to allow me to share the provisional table of contents (which appears to include a very distinguished list of contributors including a word from Gaventa’s hero Lou Martyn!)
Body Piercings Revisited: Piercings and Profanations of “Bodies,” and the Character of God in Ezekiel
Jacqueline E. Lapsley
Conversion in Luke-Acts: God’s Prevenience, Human Embodiment
Joel B. Green
“Not Knowing What Will Happen to Me There”: Experiences of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts
John B. F. Miller
The Word of God and the Church: On the Theological Implications of Three Summary Statements in the Acts of the Apostles
Matthew L. Skinner
Lost in Translation: A Reflection on Romans in the Common English Bible
Richard B. Hays
Is Paul a Covenantal Theologian?
Sin’s Corruption of the Knowledge of God and the Law in Romans 1–8
Time in Romans 5–8: From Life to Life
L. Ann Jervis
“Who Hopes for What Is Seen?”: Political Theology through Romans
Creation, Gender, and Identity in (New) Cosmic Perspective: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Alexandra R. Brown
Ashes on the Frontal Lobe: Cognitive Dissonance and Cruciform Cognition in 2 Corinthians
Susan Grove Eastman
Cross and Cosmos in Galatians
Martinus C. de Boer
Unity in the Community: Rereading Galatians 2:15-21
William Sanger Campbell
The God Who Gives Life That Is Truly Life: Meritorious Almsgiving and the Divine Economy in 1 Timothy 6
David J. Downs
Jesus Christ, the End of the Law
Role Model—God’s Image—Life-Giving Spirit: Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today?
“God’s call disrupts the lives of settled people, both in biblical times and now. God sends, then and now, to transform the present world, subject to alien powers, into the world God intends. Discipleship and evangelism are, therefore, not primarily about church membership and recruitment but about an alternative way of being in the world for the sake of the world” — W. Brueggemann (“The God Who Calls, the God Who Sends”)
Mohr Siebeck’s Early Christianity has their first issue of 2013 published. This issue’s contributors include Loren Stuckenbruck on 1 Enoch as well as my buddy Ben Reynolds on apocalypticism in the Gospel of John.
On FB, Mark Goodacre posted about his new article in the June 2013 JSNT on the Nag Hammadi discovery.
I just found out about this book on FB. Very excited to see its release in September!
How can we explain the difference between the “miraculous” Christianity expressed in the Gospels and the nearly miracle-free Christianity of Paul? In this historically informed study, senior New Testament scholar Graham Twelftree challenges the view that Paul was primarily a thinker and reimagines him as an apostle of Jesus for whom the miraculous was of profound importance. Highlighting often-overlooked material in Paul’s letters, Twelftree offers a fresh consideration of what the life and work of Paul might teach us about miracles in early Christianity and sheds light on how early Christians lived out their faith.