Bulletin for Biblical Research 22, no. 2

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The latest issue of the Bulletin for Biblical Research arrived in yesterday’s mail and includes:

  • Beat Weber, “Toward a Theory of the Poetry of the Hebrew Bible: The Poetry of the Psalms as a Test Case”
  • Grant LeMarquand, “The Bible as Specimen, Talisman, and Dragoman in Africa: A Look at Some African Uses of the Psalms and 1 Corinthians 12–14”
  • Craig Keener, “Paul and Sedition: Pauline Apologetic in Acts”
  • David Stark, “Rewriting Prophets in the Corinthian Correspondence: A Window on Paul’s Hermeneutic”
  • Ayodeji Adewuya, “The Spiritual Powers of Ephesians 6:10–18 in the Light of African Pentecostal Spirituality”

Adewuya’s article is a revision of his engaging lecture at this past November’s Institute for Biblical Research meeting in San Francisco. My own essay discusses “rewritten Bible,” or “rewritten scripture,” particularly with a view toward using this literature as an aide in discussions of Pauline hermeneutics.

Review of Biblical Literature Newsletter (June 15, 2012)

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The latest reviews from the Review of Biblical Literature include:

Jewish Scriptures and Cognate Studies

New Testament and Cognate Studies


Audio Hebrew Bible

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The Leningrad Codex
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At the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Francisco, I and a number of other folks picked up John Schwandt’s audio version of the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament (4th ed.). An audio version of the Hebrew Bible is also available here in “Sephardic-style modern Hebrew.” Although the audio quality is not as crisp as it is for Schwandt’s GNT recording, these Hebrew Bible recordings are an excellent, free resource. They seem to follow BHS (5th ed.), but I have not seen this fact explicitly stated on the site.

On a technical note, if you can use Mozilla Firefox, you can install the DownThemAll! addon and then reopen the page with these Hebrew Bible audio recordings. When you “right” click (or the equivalent for your operating system) some blank space on the page, the context menu should display a DownThemAll!… option. Clicking this option should display a dialog box in which all of the page’s individual, chapter-by-chapter mp3 recordings are preselected for download. Clicking Start! will then let this download run in the background while you do other things rather than requiring you to click individually on each chapter’s mp3 in order to download it.

BHS with WHM 4.2 (Logos ed.): An Erratum

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Online, things change. In the current version of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Westminster 4.2 Morphology in Logos 4, the “Text” section of the Preface refers readers to http://www.wts.edu/hebrew/whm.html for Al Groves’ “Supplement to the Code Manual for the Michigan Old Testament” (last rev. June 7, 1989). As of this writing, this URL redirects to Westminster Seminary’s homepage, but Groves’ supplement is presently still available here.

Brueggemann, “Preaching and Paradigmatic Creation”

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Walter Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann

According to Lipscomb University’s website,

Walter Brueggemann, will be the keynote speaker at Lipscomb University’s annual Preaching Workshop, Oct. 24-26. His keynote speech, “Preaching & Paradigmatic Creation,” is free and open to the public at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, in Shamblin Theatre.

For more details, see here.

Lectures on Solomon

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King Solomon in Old Age (1Kings 4:29-34)
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According to Todd Bolen,

The Memory and Identity Working Group, University of California, Berkeley is hosting a lecture entitled “Mining for Solomon” by Professor Steven Weitzman (Stanford University) on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

For more information, see here.