Wednesday, August 22, 2007

BAR Highlights: 8/22/07

More recent archaeological news from Biblical Archaeology Review:

New Tomb of Egyptian Noblewoman Uncovered
Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of an Egyptian noblewoman in Saqqara, 15 miles south of Cairo. The stone coffin is from the 27th dynasty and is part of the royal burial grounds.

Ireland’s Earliest Breweries?
Two Irish archaeologists have proposed that the horseshoe-shaped, grass-covered mounds found throughout Ireland were in fact used for brewing beer, not for cooking as previously thought. The analysis has been rather tasty.

Returning Art
The Getty Museum’s return of several artifacts to Italy is a major international case, one that may set a precedent for other countries.

Math in Translation

A new book gives English translations of significant mathematical theories from the non-Western world in historical and mathematical context.

Mesopotamian Revivalism through Art

Iraqi artists in Baghdad have been hired to paint over the concrete slabs throughout the city with images of former kings and mythical scenes from pre-Islamic history.

New: Severson on the Parable of the Sheep and Goats

A recent announcement from Wipf and Stock Publishers:

The Least of These
Selected Readings in Christian History
by Eric R. Severson
ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-106-8 / 282 pp / $31 Retail / Paper

This collection of primary documents from Christian history—all dealing with the interpretation of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats in Matthew—spans the second to eighteenth centuries.

“A unique and brilliant contribution to theological pedagogy.”
—Robert Cummings Neville, author of Behind the Masks of God

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RBL Highlights: 8/22/07

A few highlights from this week's Review of Biblical Literature. I was pleased to see that Jouette Bassler's Navigating Paul (which I used while facilitating a four-week study of Paul this summer) received three pretty positive reviews.

Jouette M. Bassler
Navigating Paul: An Introduction to Key Theological Concepts
Reviewed by William S. Campbell
Reviewed by Robert A. Bryant
Reviewed by David J. Downs

Charles B. Cousar
An Introduction to the New Testament: Witnesses to God's New Work
Reviewed by Greg Carey

Edmondo Lupieri
A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John
Reviewed by Craig R. Koester

Lee Martin MacDonald
The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority
Reviewed by David Chapman

Peter Schäfer
Jesus in the Talmud
Reviewed by Catherine Hezser