Frank Gignac’s Introductory Grammar Revised (Skinner)

Gignac BookI just noticed that Frank Gignac’s useful little volume, An Introductory New Testament Greek Course has been revised and re-released by Catholic University of America Press. The book, originally published by Loyola University Press in 1973, was used by countless students during Frank’s three decades teaching at Catholic University. This book was the vehicle for many students with no previous exposure to Hellenistic Greek to learn the basics quickly. One of the unique features—compared with other contemporary grammars—is how quickly it gets students into the verbal system. Throughout his career, Frank was one of the leading scholars of Koine Greek in the world and possessed a voluminous knowledge of Greek manuscripts as well as the historical development of the language. In truth, he was a classicist and brought this expertise to biblical studies. This broader context, which is often lacking in other modern grammars intended for students in biblical studies, can be detected in the book as well. However, as useful as the book has been over the years, it suffered from an ancient typesetting and numerous errata.  In other words, it DESPERATELY needed to be updated. As a friend and former student of Frank’s, I am thankful that CUA Press has taken the time to produce a work that will ensure that his legacy of generous teaching and advising students can continue.

Also (if you’re interested), I noticed that book is currently available for review over at RBL.

Latest Currents in Biblical Research Oct 2015 – wow! (Gupta)

Looks to be a very interesting issue of CBR published this month (Oct, 2015). Especially interested in the articles by Samuel Emadi (intertexuality), Mark Boda (Hebrew poetry and ethics), Darian Lockett (Catholic Epistles), Steve Walton (Gospels genre), and Sara Ronis (Intermediary beings in Judaism)! 

Samuel Emadi, “Intertextuality in New Testament Scholarship: Significance, Criteria, and the Art of Intertextual Reading”

David G, Garber, Jr., “Trauma Theory and Biblical Studies”

Mark J. Boda, “Poethics? The Use of Biblical Hebrew Poetry in Ethical Reflection on the Old Testament”

Darian R. Lockett, “Are the Catholic Epistles a Canonically Significant Collection? A Status Quaestionis”

Steve Walton, “What Are the Gospels? Richard Burridge’s Impact on Scholarly Understanding of the Genre of the Gospel”

Sara Ronis, “Intermediary Beings in Late Antique Judaism: A History of Scholarship”

Syndicate Symposium on Chris Keith’s Jesus Against the Scribal Elite (Skinner)

Syndicate TheologyThe latest Syndicate symposium was posted this morning. This one focuses on critical responses to Chris Keith’s excellent little book, Jesus Against the Scribal Elite (Baker Academic, 2014). The symposium begins with an introduction from Chris Tilling and reflections from Dagmar Winter, which is followed by Chris Keith’s response to Winter’s piece.  Since I am participating in this symposium, I had a chance to read, in advance, both the articles and Chris Keith’s response to each. I think those who are interested in the issues raised by Keith’s book will find this symposium both engaging and enlightening.

Reminder: Pete Enns to Speak at Mount Olive (Skinner)

Pete Enns 2This is just a reminder that Dr. Pete Enns will be delivering our annual Vivian B. Harrison Lectures here at the University of Mount Olive on October 12-13. Pete will be speaking at 7 PM on Monday night and at 9 AM on Tuesday morning. He will also deliver our chapel message at 11 AM. This event is free to the public. If you are local, we’d love to see you on campus. Also, (just in case you don’t frequent Mount Olive), if you live in the Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington, Fayetteville, or Greenville areas, we are located within a one hour drive. If you have questions, contact information and the subject matter to be discussed are both on this promotional flyer. We look forward to seeing you there.

Why Mission? Dean Flemming Responds (Gupta)

I had a conversation a few years back with a colleague who said that he has stopped using the language of “missional” because it is faddish. As for myself, I am seeing this language everywhere, but I still highly value what it is trying to represent at its best – a holistic vision of how the on-the-move triune God seeks to redeem all his creation and the church exists to carry out the divine redemptive mission.

Dean Flemming has maintained an interest in this subject for several years, in 2013 publishing Recovering the Full Mission of God (IVP). This year Flemming has put out a nice, accessible volume in the “Reframing New Testament Theology” series called Why Mission?  Needless to day Flemming answers the titular question cogently. Below is the book description and back-cover endorsements, including my own. BTW – this is a great book to have undergrads read in a Christian gen ed class on Scripture!

DFRecent years have seen heightened interest in how to read scripture from a missional perspective. This book addresses that question by exploring both how the New Testament bears witness to the mission of God and how it energizes the church to participate in that mission. It also makes a distinctive contribution by applying a missional reading to a variety of New Testament books, offering insights into New Testament theology and serving today’s discussions about mission and the church.

“Dean Flemming has written a game-changing book on the interpretation of scripture for the mission of the church. This relatively slim but rich volume is absolutely mandatory reading for all serious students of the New Testament and for all who wish to understand the church’s participation in the mission of God. It should be on the syllabus of every ecclesially focused course on the New Testament and every biblically attuned course in ecclesiology and in missiology.” —Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD

“I am always grateful when another book by Dean Flemming appears. His writing arises out of his significant cross-cultural experience, his outstanding scholarship, and his careful listening to the Spirit in the text. This book is written clearly and is full of nourishing insight.” —Michael W. Goheen, Professor of Missiology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI; former Geneva Chair of Worldview Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC; and Teaching Fellow in Mission Studies, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“‘Why mission?’ is a critical question, one not asked or understood often enough. Here is a stirring reading of the New Testament that demonstrates a living triune God on mission, bringing redemption to the world through a living apostolic church. So much rich theological interpretation packed into a small book!” —Nijay K. Gupta, assistant professor of New Testament, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland, OR

“Since writing The Mission of God, I have felt guilty that it paid so much more attention to a missional reading of the Old than of the New Testament. This fine book relieves me of that guilt. This is an outstandingly clear and faithful exposition of what it means to read the New Testament from the perspective of, and with the intention of participating in, the mission of God as revealed in the whole Bible.” —Christopher J. H. Wright, International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership