Saturday, October 4, 2008

Four New Titles from SBL

Courtesy of the SBL Newsletter:

Anatomies of Narrative Criticism: The Past, Present, and Futures of the Fourth Gospel as Literature

Tom Thatcher and Stephen D. Moore, editors

Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity
Frances Flannery, Colleen Shantz, and Rodney A. Werline, editors

Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Brad E. Kelle and Frank Ritchel Ames, editors

Matthew, James, and Didache: Three Related Documents in Their Jewish and Christian Settings
Huub van de Sandt and Jürgen K. Zangenberg, editors

RBL Highlights: 10/4/08

Highlights from the most recent Review of Biblical Literature:

Andrew Bernhard
Other Early Christian Gospels: A Critical Edition of the Surviving Greek Manuscripts
Reviewed by Christopher Tuckett

Augusto Cosentino
Il battesimo gnostico: Dottrine, simboli e riti iniziatici nello gnosticismo
Reviewed by Birger A. Pearson

Karin Finsterbusch, Armin Lange, and K.F. Diethard Römheld, eds.
Human Sacrifice in Jewish and Christian Tradition
Reviewed by James W. Watts

Joel B. Green
1 Peter
Reviewed by Paul J. Achtemeier

John Paul Hozvicka
A Primer on Biblical Studies
Reviewed by John Vassar

Finny Philip
The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology: The Eschatological Bestowal of the Spirit upon Gentiles in Judaism and in the Early Development of Paul's Theology
Reviewed by Justin K. Hardin

Varda Sussman
Oil-Lamps in the Holy Land: Saucer Lamps: From the Beginning to the Hellenistic Period: Collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority
Reviewed by Noam Adler

Ben Witherington III
Reviewed by David C. Sim

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Faith and Politics

It's that time of year...


A Dinner & Speaker Series
@ Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church Tuesday, October 7-28


6-7:30 p.m.

Are We Sure We Want to Have This Conversation?
Peter Ochs, Religious Studies, UVA
Kay Neeley, Science, Technology, and Society, UVA

PETER OCHS is Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies. He works internationally to promote Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue in the public square and in academia.

KAY NEELEY holds a Ph.D. in English and has spent the last 29 years developing frameworks to help engineers communicate with non-experts about matters of social significance.

IN OUR INITIAL SESSION, we will explore the roots of and rationale for the taboo regarding conversations about religion and politics and become better acquainted with strategies that can make such conversations both possible and productive.

Both theology and political theory are concerned with what it means to be human and with defining and creating the conditions under which human beings can flourish. Yet the relationship between faith and politics is complicated and can be contentious. Indeed, both topics are often considered out of bounds in polite conversation. This series grows out of the belief that-especially in a university community-discussion about faith and politics can be both polite and enlightening.
Our goal is to bring together people from all faith traditions-along with people who do not consider themselves to be religious-to explore various aspects of the relationship between faith and politics. We particularly hope to engage people from the University community and to make the insights of academics accessible beyond the University's boundaries.

SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BUT SIMPLE. Call 434-296-6976, fax 434-295-9567, or send an email message to Please provide contact details and let us know about any special needs you may have. For directions to the church and other details, go to or call the church office.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Via Dove: Recent Releases in New Testament and Early Christianity

Some recent releases highlighted in Dove's latest e-mail alert:

Childs, Brevard S
Church's Guide for Reading Paul: The Canonical Shaping of the Pauline Corpus
(Eerdmans, 2008)
Paperback List: $28.00 Dove Price: $17.99

Aageson, James
Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church
(Hendrickson, 2008)
Paperback List: $24.95 Dove Price: $16.99

Kim, Yung Suk
Christ's Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor
(Augsburg Fortress, 2008)
Paperback List: $29.00 Dove Price: $23.99

Ashbrook, Susan David Hunter (eds)
Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies
(Oxford University Press, 2008) Due in October
Hardcover List: $155.00 Dove Price: $125.99

Aune, David E
Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays
(Baker Book House, 2008)
Paperback List: $49.99 Dove Price: $40.99

Berding, Kenneth Matthew C. Williams (eds)
What the New Testament Authors Really Cared about: A Survey of Their Writings
(Kregel Publications, 2008)
Paperback List: $24.99 Dove Price: $19.99

Greenlee, J Harold
Text of the New Testament: From Manuscript to Modern Edition
(Hendrickson, 2008)
Paperback List: $12.95 Dove Price: $9.50

Hanson, K C Douglas E. Oakman
Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Contexts, Second Edition
(Augsburg Fortress, 2008)
Paperback List: $30.00 Dove Price: $23.99

Malina, Bruce J John J Pilch
Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Acts
(Augsburg Fortress, 2008)
Paperback List: $29.00 Dove Price: $23.99

Aland, Barbara (ed)
UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition
(Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2008)
Hardcover List: $69.95 Dove Price: $46.99

Bateman, Herbert W
Workbook for Intermediate Greek: Grammar, Exegesis, and Commentary on 1-3 John
(Kregel Publications, 2008)
Paperback List: $28.99 Dove Price: $22.99

Campbell, Constantine R
Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek
(Zondervan, 2008)
Paperback List: $16.99 Dove Price: $12.99 Due: 11/11/2008

Via Dove: Recent Releases in Hebrew Bible

Some recent releases highlighted in Dove's latest e-mail alert (I may have to track down the first of these, as we've been discussing the LXX at length in Prof. Gamble's course on the development of the canon):

Aejmelaeus, Anneli
On the Trail of the Septuagint Translators: Collected Essays
(Peeters, 2007)
Paperback List: $64.00 Dove Price: $54.99

Gafney, Wilda C
Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel
(Augsburg Fortress, 2008)
Paperback List: $22.00 Dove Price: $18.50

Kessler, Rainer Linda M. Maloney (trans)
Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction
(Augsburg Fortress, 2008)
Paperback List: $29.00 Dove Price: $23.99

Perdue, Leo G
Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires
(Eerdmans, 2008)
Paperback List: $38.00 Dove Price: $23.99

Perry, T A
God's Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible
(Hendrickson, 2008)
Paperback List: $19.95 Dove Price: $12.99

Lecture: Lovers, Madmen, and Pilgrim Poets

Coming soon to a lecture hall near you (at least, if you live in Charlottesville):

"Lovers, Madmen, and Pilgrim Poets: Imagination, Memory, and Scriptural Reasoning"

A lecture by: Barry Harvey of Baylor University

Response by: Peter Ochs of the University of Virginia

6:30-8:00 p.m., Monday, October 6th, 2008

The Center for Christian Study
128 Chancellor Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

This event is co-sponsored by the Society of Scriptural Reasoning and Splintered Light Bookstore.

Open to the public.

Barry Harvey (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology in the Honors College at Baylor University, author of Another City: An Ecclesiological Primer for a Post-Christian World, and coauthor of StormFront: The Good News of God.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Barry Harvey is Professor of Theology in the Honors College at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he teaches in the Great Texts program and the Graduate Program in Religion. He has earned degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Theology and Ethics by Duke University. He is the author of three books, Politics of the Theological: Beyond the Piety and Power of A World Come of Age (Peter Lang), Another City: An Ecclesiological Primer for a Post-Christian World (Trinity Press International), and Can These Bones Live? A Catholic Baptist Engagement with Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, and Social Theory (Brazos Press), and a co-author of a fourth book, StormFront: The Good News of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Harvey has published numerous articles in collections and scholarly journals such as Modern Theology, Pro Ecclesia, Scottish Journal of Theology, Christian Scholar's Review, First Things and Perspectives in Religious Studies. He is a member of the Board of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section, and of the Editorial Board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (DBWE). Harvey is a member of the Ekklesia Project, a network of Christians in North America from Catholic parishes, Protestant congregations, and many other ecclesial communities, working together to celebrate, assist and make known the work of those congregations and groups whose allegiance to God and the Body of Christ make discipleship a lived reality in the world. Finally, he has also participated in the Society of Scriptural Reasoning, a group that engages in an open-ended practice of reading- and reasoning-in-dialogue among scholars of the three Abrahamic traditions.

Harvey is married to Sarah Harvey, who is an ordained Baptist minister, and has two children: Rachel, who is a graduate of Baylor, and John, who is a senior in high school. He is a devotee of college basketball and loves to watch his son play competitive soccer across Texas. He lives in Hewitt, Texas.