“There’s a huge wonderland between failure and perfection—and that’s reality.” – Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal
Of course, we should strive for excellence in whatever we do. But we also shouldn’t let the quixotic quest for perfection prevent us from finishing. Yes, that paper, that book, that article will have flaws. But has the opportunity to be much more useful to many more people once it’s in print than it ever will if it only ever lives on your computer while you endlessly try to remove its flaws.
The Journal of Greco-Roman Judaism and Christianity has posted four new essays to the 2018 volume:
In the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, Zachary Dawson discusses “The Books of Acts and Jubilees in Dialogue: A Literary-Intertextual Analysis of the Noahide Laws in Acts 15 and 21.” As Dawson summarizes,
This study has … identified two main elements of the theme that is symbolically articulated by the Noahide laws. First, the purpose of the Noahide laws in Acts is to oppose a contemporary Jewish isolationism that is rationalized by the Noahide laws, and more generally in their contexts of the rewritten, conditional Noahic covenant. Instead, the precepts in Acts ally with the purpose Cohen identifies in the later rabbinic literature, a means to recognize the legitimacy of different cultures and to facilitate their integration. Second, the Noahide laws in Acts carry the message that Gentiles are to honor certain Jewish customs so that Jews will not be forced out of believing communities.
For Dawson’s full essay, see the JGRChJ website.
Since the last time I mentioned the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, several new articles have been posted to the 2016 volume. These are:
- Preston T. Massey, “Women, Talking and Silence: 1 Corinthians 11.5 and 14.34-35 in the Light of Greco-Roman Culture
- Hughson T. Ong, “The Language of the New Testament from a Sociolinguistic Perspective”
- Jonathan M. Watt Geneva, “Semitic Language Resources of Ancient Jewish Palestine”
- Stanley E. Porter, “The Use of Greek in First-Century Palestine: A Diachronic and Synchronic Examination”
For context, the latter three essays are introduced by the additional entry “The Languages Of First-Century Palestine: An Introduction To Three Papers.”
For the essays or to subscribe to the JGRChJ feed, please see the JGRChJ website.
HT: Rick Brannan
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”
Chris Stevens has the latest article in the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, “John 9.38-39a: A Scribal Interjection for Literary Reinforcement.”
In the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, Raymond Jachowski discusses “The Death of Herod the Great and the Latin Josephus: Re-examining the Twenty-second Year of Tiberius.”