Friday, August 22, 2008

This Week's Eisenbrauns Sale: Coptic Studies

Selected titles at prices ranging from 10%-40% off. Check them out here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Coming from Logos: Electronic Edition of Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries

Thanks to the folks at Logos for pointing me in the direction of their forthcoming electronic edition of the Anchor Yale Bible commentary series--83 erudite volumes digitized for quick and effecient research! While even the pre-publication price of $1499.95 is too rich for many readers' blood, and the AYBC series suffers from some editorial and authorial shortcomings when compared to Hermeneia (most notably its use of cumbersome transliteration rather than Greek and Hebrew fonts), academic professionals and serious students will still view this edition as a godsend. Order now and take advantage of some serious savings over the print series!

RBL Highlights: 8/19/08

Selections from the most recent Review of Biblical Literature:

Paul J. Achtemeier
Jesus and the Miracle Tradition
Reviewed by Michael Labahn

Roland Boer, ed.
Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies
Reviewed by David W. Williams

Maria Brutti
The Development of the High Priesthood during the Pre-Hasmonean Period: History, Ideology, Theology
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Lester L. Grabbe
Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Reviewed by Brian B. Schmidt

Leslie Houlden, ed.
Decoding Early Christianity: Truth and Legend in the Early Church
Reviewed by Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Karen L. King
The Secret Revelation of John
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton

Douglas E. Oakman
Jesus and the Peasants
Reviewed by Ernest van Eck

Richard Liong-Seng Phua
Idolatry and Authority: A Study of 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1 in the Light of the Jewish Diaspora
Reviewed by Scott E. McClelland

Tom Thatcher, ed.
What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies
Reviewed by Cornelis Bennema

Nancy M. Tischler
Thematic Guide to Biblical Literature
Reviewed by Gerbern Oegema

Valerie M. Warrior
Roman Religion
Reviewed by Honora Howell Chapman

Francis Watson
Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles: Beyond the New Perspective
Reviewed by James D. G. Dunn

New from SBL: Lamentations and Social Sciences

Two more new titles from SBL:

Lamentations in Ancient and Contemporary Cultural Contexts
Nancy C. Lee and Carleen Mandolfo, editors
Personal tragedy and communal catastrophe up to the present day are universal human experiences that call forth lament. Lament singers—from the most ancient civilizations to traditional oral poets to the biblical psalmists and poets of Lamentations to popular singers across the globe—have always raised the cry of human suffering, giving voice to the voiceless, illuminating injustice, or pleading for divine help. This volume gathers an international collection of essays on biblical lament and Lamentations, illuminating their genres, artistry, purposes, and significant place in the history and theologies of ancient Israel. It also explores lament across cultures, both those influenced by biblical traditions and those not, as the practices of composition, performance, and interpretation of life’s suffering continue to shed light on our knowledge of biblical lament.

Paper $34.95 — ISBN 9781589833579 — 288 pages — Symposium Series 43 — Hardback edition

The Social Sciences and Biblical Translation
Dietmar Neufeld, editor
The Bible is an ancient book, written in a language other than English, describing social and cultural situations incongruent with modern sensibilities. To help readers bridge these gaps, this work examines the translation and interpretation of a set of biblical texts from the perspectives of cultural anthropology and the social sciences. The introduction deals with methodological issues, enabling readers to recognize the differences in translation when words, sentences, and ideas are part of ancient social and cultural systems that shape meaning. The following essays demonstrate how Bible translations can be culturally sensitive, take into account the challenge of social distance, and avoid the dangers of ethnocentric and theological myopia. As a whole, this work shows the importance of making use of the insights of cultural anthropology in an age of ever-increasing manipulation of the biblical text.

$24.95 — ISBN 9781589833470 — 200 pages — Symposium Series 41 — Hardback edition

Upcoming Events from SBL

Courtesy of the SBL Newsletter:

Conference On Philemon
Theme: Philemon in Perspective
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
For more detailed information Click Here

International Colloquium of Egyptology. The theme: "Artists and Painting in Ancient Egypt".
Speakers include:Guillemette Andreu, Valérie Angenot, John Baines, Betsy Bryan, Nadine Cherpion, Paolo Gallo, Alfred Grimm, Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann, Melinda Hartwig, Arielle Kozloff, Lise Manniche, Richard Parkinson, Loredana Sist, Nigel Strudwick, Francesco Tiradritti, Ariane Vaneigem-Tefnin, Deborah Vischak.
The details of the program and the abstracts of the presentations will be shortly posted on their website.

Nida School of Translation Studies Seminar
Intersections – Translation, Culture, Cognitive Linguistics (Call for Papers)
Misano Adriatico (Rimini), Italy
Application Form

Twenty Sixth International Conference of The Aram Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies
The Mandaeans
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
Click Here for more info.

International Aerial Archaeology Conference
Call for papers deadline is May 31, 2008
Email Dave Cowley for more info.

Annual Meeting of the Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA)
University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia. Information on the OTSSA:
Contact person: Secretary of the OTSSA,

Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies
Sonesta Hotel
Cairo, Egypt
Click Here for more info

"Septuagint Trans Retrospect and Prospect"
Septuagint Institute
Trinity Western University
Paper Dealine: March 31, 2008
Click here for more information.