On 5–6 April, I attended the annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference. One of the most fascinating papers was that by David Fiensy.
The paper was rather innocuously titled “Interpreting Acts: The Value of Archaeology.” But David delivered a fascinating, eye-opening discussion of disease in the ancient Mediterranean.
David’s primary evidence is archaeologically preserved in bones and (yes) fecal deposits. This may make some of the content a bit awkward. But David’s research helpfully clarifies (and likely corrects) to how we should imagine the authors and audiences of the NT.
Another very interesting paper was by Jerry Sumney on Paul’s use of pre-formed material in 1 Corinthians. Jerry’s argument leads him to paint a picture of Paul in 1 Corinthians as less antagonistic to existing leadership and tradition.
This is ultimately more consistent with the portrayal of Paul in Acts. Jerry then understands Paul’s criticisms in Galatians to derive from the very particular context that letter addresses.
Also included at the beginning of this recording is a short reflection on Christian education that I was privileged to give when the scheduled speaker wasn’t able to attend.
The latest reviews from the Review of Biblical Literature include:
- Miryam T. Brand, Evil Within and Without: The Source of Sin and Its Nature as Portrayed in Second Temple Literature, reviewed by Rodney A. Werline
- Ronald E. Clements, Jerusalem and the Nations: Studies in the Book of Isaiah, reviewed by Bo H. Lim
- John A. Cook and Robert D. Holmstedt, Beginning Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader, reviewed by Bálint Károly Zabán
- Jason von Ehrenkrook, Sculpting Idolatry in Flavian Rome: (An)Iconic Rhetoric in the Writings of Flavius Josephus, reviewed by Patrick McCullough
- David A. Fiensy and Ralph K. Hawkins, eds., The Galilean Economy in the Time of Jesus, reviewed by Ulrich Busse and by Sarah E. Rollens
- André Gagné and Jean-François Racine, eds., En marge du canon: Études sur les écrits apocryphes juifs et chrétiens, reviewed by Edmon L. Gallagher
- Jonathan S. Greer, Dinner at Dan: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sacred Feasts at Iron Age II Tel Dan and Their Significance, reviewed by Aren M. Maeir
- Helen R. Jacobus, Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme, and Philippe Guillaume, eds., Studies on Magic and Divination in the Biblical World, reviewed by Craig A. Evans
- David Marcus, Scribal Wit: Aramaic Mnemonics in the Leningrad Codex, reviewed by Christopher Dost
- Susan Marks, First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual, reviewed by Joshua Schwartz
- David R. Nienhuis and Robert W. Wall, Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection, reviewed by John Kloppenborg
- John Painter and David A. deSilva, James and Jude, reviewed by Darian Lockett
- Luis Sánchez Navarro, Escudriñar las Escrituras: Verbum Domini y la interpretación bíblica, reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow
- C. S. Song, In the Beginning Were Stories, Not Texts: Story Theology, reviewed by Michelle J. Morris