Nijay Gupta interviews Craig Keener on his new book, . Craig summarizes the book, in part, saying that Christobiography
A number of scholars are more skeptical of the Gospels’ portraits of Jesus than the evidence warrants. If someone wrote a biography today about a figure who lived fifty years ago, we wouldn’t start with the assumption that events fifty years ago are shrouded in legend and therefore reject any claim that we could not prove.
For the balance of the interview, see
Nijay’s original post. For insight into Craig’s research and writing process, see his contribution to the “Pro Tips” series.
Now available from Brill is Antti Laato’s . According to the publisher, the volume Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions
analyzes the historical, social and theological factors which have resulted in Jerusalem being considered a holy place in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It also surveys the transmission of the religious traditions related to Jerusalem. This volume centralizes both the biblical background of Jerusalem’s pivotal role as holy place and its later development in religious writings; the biblical imagery has been adapted, rewritten and modified in Second Temple Jewish writings, the New Testament, patristic and Jewish literature, and Islamic traditions. Thus, all three monotheistic religions have influenced the multifaceted, interpretive traditions which help to understand the current religious and political position of Jerusalem in the three main Abrahamic faiths.
Available from Eerdmans is the second edition of Richard Bauckham’s . According to Eerdmans, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
in this expanded second edition Bauckham has added a new preface, three substantial new chapters that respond to critics and clarify key points of his argument, and a comprehensive new bibliography.
For more information or to order, see
Eerdmans’s website, Amazon, or other booksellers.
Rick Brannan posted a couple tweets recently about 2016 articles from the
( Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 1, 2). The journal had apparently fallen out of my list of RSS subscriptions somehow, so I was grateful for the prompt. The full list of 2016 articles in JGRChJ is:
Seth M. Ehorn and Mark Lee, “The Syntactical Function of ἀλλὰ καί in Phil. 2.4”
Matthew Oseka, “Attentive to the Context: The Generic Name of God in the Classic Jewish Lexica and Grammars of the Middle Ages—A Historical and Theological Perspective”
David I. Yoon, “Ancient Letters of Recommendation and 2 Corinthians 3.1-3: A Literary Analysis”
Stanley E. Porter, “The Synoptic Problem: The State of the Question”
Greg Stanton, “Wealthier Supporters of Jesus of Nazareth”
The latest reviews from the
include: Review of Biblical Literature
Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa, eds.,
, reviewed by Pieter G. R. de Villiers Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views Tony Burke, ed.,
, reviewed by James F. McGrath Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium Andrew R. Davis,
, reviewed by Bob Becking and by Aren M. Maeir Tel Dan in Its Northern Cultic Context Stephen Finlan,
, reviewed by Joanna Dewey The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teaching: Gospel Imagery and Application Kai Kaniuth, Anne Löhnert, Jared L. Miller, Adelheid Otto, Michael Roaf, and Walther Sallaberger, eds.,
, reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow Tempel im Alten Orient Emma Loosley,
, reviewed by Robert Morehouse The Architecture and Liturgy of the Bema in Fourth- to-Sixth-Century Syrian Churches Elvira Martín Contreras and Guadalupe Seijas de los Ríos-Zarzosa,
, reviewed by Amparo Alba Cecilia Masora: La transmisión de la tradición de la Biblia Hebrea Halvor Moxnes,
, reviewed by Craig A. Evans Jesus and the Rise of Nationalism: A New Quest for the Nineteenth Century Historical Jesus Pheme Perkins,
, reviewed by H. H. Drake Williams III First Corinthians
Anthony Le Donne for noting the availability of LibriVox recordings for D. F. Strauss’s and Albert Schweitzer’s Life of Jesus . LibriVox also has apps available for Quest of the Historical Jesus Android, iOS, and Kindle users, and the iOS version (at least) allows downloading and storage for offline listening.
Select Works of Simon Kistemaker
Now garnering interest in
Logos Bible Software’s prepublication program are 6 volumes of select works from Simon Kistemaker. The collection mostly contains items related to the Gospels but also includes an edited volume of hermeneutics essays and a survey of Calvinist history and thought.