Daily Gleanings (5 July 2019)

Chris Clearfield, Andras Tilcsik, and Brett McKay discuss complex systems, their failures, and what we can learn from these failures to apply in other fields. This discussion has a number of good takeaways. One of these relates to the concept of “tight coupling.” If you have a tightly coupled writing queue, you have one project […]

Daily Gleanings (4 July 2019)

Brice Jones discusses the probable (and problematic) recent offering for sale of P.Oxy. 83.5345 (a “first-century” Mark fragment). Larry Hurtado discusses Darina Staudt’s, Der eine und einzige Gott: Monotheistische Formeln im Urchristentum und ihre Vorgeschichte bei Griechen und Juden (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012). According to Hurtado, the book is “particularly helpful, but has received a disappointing […]

Daily Gleanings: RBL (3 July 2019)

In the Review of Biblical Literature, Gordon Zerbe reviews Fiona Gregson’s, Everything in Common? The Theology and Practice of the Sharing of Possessions in Community in the New Testament (Wipf & Stock, 2017). According to Zerbe, Gregson’s first stated interest is to discern common themes that occur across diverse examples and genres. A second core […]

Daily Gleanings: Paul in RBL (2 July 2019)

In the Review of Biblical Literature, Nicholas Elder reviews Channing Crisler’s Reading Romans as Lament: Paul’s Use of Old Testament Lament in His Most Famous Letter (Pickwick, 2016). According to Elder, The monograph’s central argument is that Paul is thoroughly indebted to the language and logic of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible lament in his letter to […]

Daily Gleanings: Attention (1 July 2019)

The Dropbox blog discusses Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (Melville House, 2019). Not surprisingly, several comments in the essay have ready application to how biblical scholars relate to the attention economy. Among these are: Actively choosing how you wield your attention is a modern-day survival skill. This is resisting the attention […]