Thursday, March 6, 2008

RBL Highlights: 3/6/08

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

Dale C. Allison Jr.
Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present
Reviewed by Bogdan G. Bucur

John J. Collins and Craig A. Evans, eds.
Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Reviewed by Matthew Goff

Jeffrey A. Gibbs
Matthew 1:1-11:1
Reviewed by Charles L. Quarles

John H. Hayes and Carl R. Holladay
Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook
Reviewed by David Allen

William Loader
The New Testament with Imagination: A Fresh Approach to Its Writings and Themes
Reviewed by Sean P. Kealy

Jerry L. Sumney
Philippians: A Greek Student's Intermediate Reader
Reviewed by Robert Keay

New from Fortress: Faith and Human Rights

A recent announcement from Fortress:

Faith and Human Rights: Christianity and the Global Struggle for Human Dignity

Is faith friendly to human rights or not?

The UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights stands as a highpoint of twentieth-century moral deliberation, yet sixty years later human rights are widely denied, evaded, or ignored around the world. Where are religious persons in this situation? Here a philosopher and a theologian address the issues with authority, clarity, and genuine passion in a way that does not spare religion or even religious people, who have been among the most egregious violators of human rights in the world.

Faith and Human Rights
argues that the idea of human rights is not exclusively religious, but that its realization in practice requires urgent action on the part of people of all faiths—and of no faith. The authors contend that while faith has much of value to contribute here, the world's religions will require vigilant reappraisal if they are to function as genuine partners in the global struggle for human dignity. Acknowledging the ambiguous moral legacy of their own tradition, Christianity, the authors draw on Christological themes to draft blueprints for a culturally sensitive "theology of human rights."

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Bernie McGinn Comes to Yale

The legendary Prof. Bernard McGinn will be lecturing at Yale tomorrow:

Bernard McGinn
Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, Chicago Divinity School

"The Evangelical Pearl: The Last Masterpiece of Medieval Women's Mysticism"

Tuesday, March 4, 5:30 PM
Room 108, Whitney Humanities Center (Located at the corner of Church St. and Wall St.)

Part of the series Yale Lecturers in Medieval Studies (

Please join us for Professor McGinn's lecture, with a reception to follow.