Daily Gleanings: Martha (8 October 2019)

In a series of guest posts, Elizabeth Schrader discusses the possibility of Martha’s being an interpolation into John’s gospel (1, 2, 3).

These posts have had some good comment activity in themselves. In addition Tommy Wasserman’s response to this series has itself now generated 90 additional comments. Not all the comments address the substance of Schrader’s proposal, but several do carefully follow up on some of the technical elements involved in it.

Daily Gleanings: New Publications (21 August 2019)

Book cover for Vanhoozer, Newly out from Lexham Press is Kevin Vanhoozer’s Hearers and Doers: A Pastor’s Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine. According to the publisher,

The value of sound doctrine is often misunderstood by the modern church. While it can be dry and dull, when it flows from the story of Scripture, it can be full of life and love. This kind of doctrine, steeped in Scripture, is critical for disciple-making. And it’s often overlooked by modern pastors.

In Hearers and Doers, Kevin Vanhoozer makes the case that pastors, as pastor-theologians, ought to interpret Scripture theologically to articulate doctrine and help cultivate disciples. scriptural doctrine is vital to the life of the church, and local pastor-theologians should be the ones delivering it to their communities.

The volume is now available at Amazon and other retailers. It is also available via Hoopla for if you have access to that service via your local public library.


In the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, Jason Ripley discusses “Glorious Death, Imperial Rome and the Gospel of John.” He summarizes,

This paper attends to the multifaceted way in which John both embraces and subverts Roman imperial values in its presentation of Jesus’ glorious death, and it situates the Fourth Gospel within the ideological complexity of
the early imperial period as a means of more precisely discerning how the Gospel of John relates to Roman imperialism. (34)

For the full essay, see the JGRChJ website.

Review of Biblical Literature Newsletter (October 31, 2012)

The latest reviews from the Review of Biblical Literature include:

New Testament and Cognate Studies

Second Temple Judaism

Currents in Biblical Research 10, no. 3

The latest issue of Currents in Biblical Research includes:

  • J. Kenneth Kuntz, “Continuing the Engagement: Psalms Research Since the Early 1990s”
  • Joel R. White, “Recent Challenges to the communis opinio on 1 Corinthians 15.29″
  • Dan Batovici, “The Second-Century Reception of John: A Survey of Methodologies”
  • Benjamin Edsall, “Kerygma, Catechesis and Other Things We Used to Find: Twentieth-Century Research on Early Christian Teaching since Alfred”
  • Simon Lasair, “Current Trends in Targum Research”