Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Give Yourselves a Pat on the Back, Readers...

Perhaps I should note this on my PhD applications...

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New: The Power of the Word

A recent announcement from Augsburg Fortress (I don't know how Mark Goodacre gets these before I do... I just got this today!):

Reading Scripture Responsibly in an Imperial Age

What kind of power does the scripture exercise? In The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire Elisabeth Sch|ssler Fiorenza, the premier scholar of feminist biblical interpretation and early Christian history, explores the difficult hermeneutical question.

Because Christian scriptures were formulated in the context of Roman imperial power, they have functioned—and still do so—in the service of empire, legitimating colonialist expansion, racist exploitation, and heterosexist discrimination.

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza
, Kirsten Stendahl Professor at Harvard University Divinity School, calls for a critical feminist decolonizing reading, capable of identifying both the destructive powers of empire and the radical democratic visions of justice and well-being that are inscribed in the scriptural text.

The author tackles the tough questions of the Bible's role in the world today and how its vision can further a more just world. She shows particularly the radical power of the Word to challenge imperial ways, the humiliation of persons, and the use of religion itself to keep people down, today as then. Finally she offers an understanding of the implications of such a program for the field and practice of biblical studies, as indispensable partner in challenging the status quo.

Order your copy today!

Students of the World, Unite!

For all you students headed to San Diego for the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting:

S17-137 Student Members' Reception
Saturday November 17, 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
MM Salon 5

The excitement is less than 10 days away!

RBL Highlights: 11/7/07

A few highlights from this week's Review of Biblical Literature:

David E. Aune
Apocalypticism, Prophecy and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays
Reviewed by Lorenzo DiTommaso

James D. G. Dunn
The Partings of the Ways: Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity
Reviewed by Peter Carrell

Hans-Josef Klauck
Ancient Letters and the New Testament: A Guide to Context and Exegesis
Reviewed by Pieter J. J. Botha

Derek Krueger, ed.
Byzantine Christianity
Reviewed by Peter-Ben Smit

Hershel Shanks, ed.
Where Christianity Was Born: A Collection from the Biblical Archaeology Society
Reviewed by Jonathan Reed

Cynthia Long Westfall
A Discourse Analysis of the Letter to the Hebrews: The Relationship between Form and Meaning
Reviewed by Gabriella Gelardini

BAR Highlights: 11/7/07

More recent archaeological news from Biblical Archaeology Review:

Fragment of Key Bible Manuscript Returned
A small section of the Book of Exodus from the Aleppo Codex, until 1947 the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, has been given to the State of Israel by the family of a man who saved it during riots in Syria in 1947.

Tut Meets the Public
Egyptian authorities have moved King Tut’s mummy into a special case to protect it from moisture, allowing the public to see the Boy King’s face for the first time.

“The House of Millions of Years”
Archaeologists are uncovering the temple of Amenhotep III, the most impressive temple building of its time.

It’s in the Cards
Remember the deck of cards that featured the 52 Most Wanted officials of Saddam Hussein’s regime? Now American soldiers in Iraq are being given decks to help them recognize and protect ancient artifacts.

Synagogue to Be Linked to Western Wall
Underground passageways will connect a rebuilt synagogue inside the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City to the tunnels alongside the Western Wall.

Muslim Temple Mount Officials Sued
A group of Israeli citizens is taking the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust in charge of the Temple Mount, to court, accusing it of deliberate destruction of Jewish antiquities.

Iraq Dam Danger
Engineers fear that an earthen dam north of Mosul, the site of ancient Nineveh, could collapse any day and cause catastrophic loss of life.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Blogger of the Month: Robert Cargill

Cargill is a doctoral candidate at UCLA specializing in the archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he has some insightful comments on these (and other) subjects. Check out his interview with Jim West here.

Gustavo Gutierrez Visits This Week

Gustavo Gutierrez will be lecturing in lovely New Haven this Thursday and Friday:

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, a priest of the Dominican order, is widely acknowledged as the "Father of Liberation Theology." As a pastor, teacher and theologian, Fr. Gutierrez has worked to establish the "preferential option for the poor" as an essential dimension of Christian life. He is currently the Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and concurrently maintains his decades-long ministry in Lima, Peru, as a priest of Cristo Redentor parish, in the poor urban district of Rimac, and as a teacher and mentor through the Bartolome de las Casas Center, a theological institute he founded for students, ministers and researchers in Peru.

Thursday, November 8, 2007
Lecture: "Archbishop Romero: A Witness of Faith"
4:30 pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven)
Reception to Follow, Luce Hall Common Room

Friday, November 9, 2007
Annual More House Lecture: "Option for the Poor and Aparecida"
4:30 pm
The Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center at Saint Thomas More
(268 Park Street, New Haven)
Reception to Follow