Expurgated RBL for November 10, 2017

Expurgated RBL for November 10, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for November 10, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship, reviews of mixed volumes of scholarship and confessional literature, and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Ernst Baasland
Parables and Rhetoric in the Sermon on the Mount: New Approaches to a Classical Text
Reviewed by Samuel Lamerson

Michaela Geiger, Ruth Poser, and Charlotte Voß, eds.
Visionen im Dialog: Der Schluss des Amosbuches (Am 7–9)
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Mary E. Mills
Jeremiah: Prophecy in a Time of Crisis
Reviewed by Leslie C. Allen

Jane Lancaster Patterson
Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians
Reviewed by Kenneth Schenck

 

Reviews of Mixed Volumes of Scholarship and Confessional Literature:

John M. G. Barclay
Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews
Reviewed by Matthew V. Novenson

“Informed readers may quarrel with some of the author’s particular interpretations. (I did so at a few points where, it seemed to me, social theory was serving to snatch certain theological readings from the jaws of troublesome historical-critical objections), but all readers will be impressed by Barclay’s utter mastery of this field of research.”

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

A. Andrew Das
Galatians
Reviewed by Nijay Gupta

“The Concordia Commentary series is written for pastors and those who teach the Bible in a
confessional setting”

R. Michael Fox
A Message from the Great King: Reading Malachi in Light of Ancient Persian Royal Messenger Texts from the Time of Xerxes
Reviewed by Aaron Schart

“He especially takes the study of Michael Ward, ‘Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis’ (2008), as a model”

Joel S. Kaminsky and Joel N. Lohr
The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction
Reviewed by Valeriy A. Alikin
Reviewed by William L. Lyons

“In the modern multicultural/multireligious world, the unified reading of the Bible that respects both traditions is especially welcome.”

Gerry Schoberg
Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul: A Historical Examination of Shared Core Commitments with a View to Determining the Extent of Paul’s Dependence on Jesus
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Cockrell

“Gerry Schoberg aims to ‘show that Jesus and Paul were on the same page.'”

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Expurgated RBL for November 3, 2017

Expurgated RBL for November 3, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for November 3, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship, confessional reviews of scholarship, reviews of mixed volumes of scholarship and confessional literature, and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Michael Avioz
Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow

Seulgi L. Byun
The Influence of Post-biblical Hebrew and Aramaic on the Translator of Septuagint Isaiah
Reviewed by Arie van der Kooij

James R. Harrison and L. L. Welborn, eds.
The First Urban Churches 2: Roman Corinth
Reviewed by Richard Last
Reviewed by B. J. Oropeza

Kevin M. McGeough
The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century: Appreciations and Appropriations: III. Fantasy and Alternative Histories
Reviewed by James Harding

Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland, eds.
Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, Volume 2
Reviewed by John Lanci

Azzan Yadin-Israel
Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

 

 

Confessional Reviews of Scholarship:

Terry Giles and William J. Doan
The Story of Naomi—The Book of Ruth: From Gender to Politics
Reviewed by Christina Landman

“The themes raised are usable in ecclesiastical gender workshops. The emphasis on the performance of the Naomi story makes the book of Ruth easily adaptable for church community plays. The values highlighted from the book of Ruth can be preached to both women and men as values for spiritual as well as physical survival. These are the values of making choices for life, not seeking false security, the imperative for agency, the ever-present possibility of a new life and a second change, the challenges of a shifting identity, friendship and supporting relationships between people of the same gender, opening the eyes of society toward injustices, being independent in situations of dependency, and, finally, loyalty and kindness as religious values. The book is recommended to both conservative and mildly liberal academic readers …”

 

Reviews of Mixed Volumes of Scholarship and Confessional Literature:

 

Beth M. Stovell, ed.
Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives
Reviewed by L. Juliana Claassens

“In the final section, which focuses on Christian theology and spirituality, Cristina Gomez develops in chapter 8 a theology of motherhood that involves notions such as taking up the cross of Christ, dying with Christ, and living in the resurrection of Christ, which she brings into conversation with the experience of new mothers.”

 

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

Michael F. Bird
An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans
Reviewed by Mark Harding

“I was surprised that the imminence of the parousia in the undisputed letters is hardly mentioned here, though its nearness is palpable in most of the undisputed letters and is often interpreted as integral to Paul’s apocalyticism.”

Expurgated RBL for October 27, 2017

Expurgated RBL for October 27, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for October 27, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Sean Adams
The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography
Reviewed by Brian C. Small

Corrine Carvalho
Reading Jeremiah: A Literary and Theological Commentary
Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney

Brian R. Doak
Phoenician Aniconism in Its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts
Reviewed by Christopher B. Hays
Reviewed by Michael B. Hundley

Susan Elizabeth Humble
A Divine Round Trip: The Literary and Christological Function of the Descent/Ascent Leitmotif in the Gospel of John
Reviewed by William Loader

Robert K. McIver
Mainstream or Marginal? The Matthean Community in Early Christianity
Reviewed by Susana de Sola Funsten

Stuart S. Miller
At the Intersection of Texts and Material Finds: Stepped Pools, Stone Vessels, and Ritual Purity among the Jews of Roman Galilee
Reviewed by Matthew J. Grey

Patrick Pouchelle
Dieu éducateur: Une novelle approche d’un concept de la théologie biblique entre Bible Hébraïque, Septante et littérature grecque classique
Reviewed by Philippe Guillaume

Shively T. J. Smith
Strangers to Family: Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household
Reviewed by Andrew Mbuvi

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

Peter H. Rice
Behold, Your House Is Left to You: The Theological and Narrative Place of the Jerusalem Temple in Luke’s Gospel
Reviewed by Bart J. Koet

“The result is not a fresh reading of Luke’s Gospel at all but a repetition of a black and white opposition between Jesus and Jewish authorities, which in the past was—in different forms—one of the more common themes in New  Testament scholarship as well as in preaching.”

 

 

Expurgated RBL for October 20, 2017

Expurgated RBL for October 20, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for October 20, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Katharine J. Dell
Job: Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?
Reviewed by Philippe Guillaume

Laurentiu Mot
Morphological and Syntactical Irregularities in the Book of Revelation: A Greek Hypothesis
Reviewed by Juan Hernandez Jr.

Marco Pavan
“He Remembered That They Were but Flesh, a Breath That Passes and Does Not Return”: The Theme of Memory and Forgetting in the Third Book of the Psalter
Reviewed by Stephen Breck Reid

Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
Evagrius’s Kephalaia Gnostika: A New Translation of the Unreformed Text from the Syriac
Reviewed by Jonathan Douglas Hicks

Max Rogland
Haggai and Zechariah 1–8: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text
Reviewed by Al Wolters

R. S. Sugirtharajah, ed.
Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World, 25th Anniversary Edition
Reviewed by Nasili Vaka’uta

 

Reviews of Mixed Volumes of Scholarship and Confessional Literature:

 

Norman K. Gottwald
Social Justice and the Hebrew Bible: Volume 1
Reviewed by Gerald O. West

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

 

Greg Forbes and Scott Harrower
Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts
Reviewed by Jennifer S. Wyant

“Pastors especially will likely benefit from its theological approach”

Michael J. Gorman
The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement
Reviewed by David S. Ritsema

“Much is to be commended for Gorman’s insightful and important work, which builds upon his previous writings and, according to him, may have to suffice for his long anticipated New Testament theology”

Verlyn D. Verbrugge and Keith R. Krell
Paul and Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle’s Teachings and Practices
Reviewed by Thomas R. Blanton IV

“Krell indicates that he and Verbrugge, self-identified as ‘local church pastors,’ ‘wanted to provide a resource that will encourage pastors and Christians to be committed to stewardship,’ that is, giving one’s time, talents, and ‘treasure’ to a local church. The appeal is supported by the notion that, as Verbrugge stated in a sermon delivered prior to his death in June 2015, ‘When you read the Bible, you are not reading the words of a human being, you are reading the words that God put in the mind and in the heart of the Biblical writer.… It is God’s word to the human race.'”

Expurgated RBL for October 13, 2017

Expurgated RBL for October 13, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for October 13, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Christian Blumenthal
Gott im Markusevangelium: Wort und Gegenwart Gottes bei Markus
Reviewed by Steffen Jöris

Jonathan Klawans
Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism
Reviewed by Phillip Michael Sherman

M. David Litwa
Refutation of All Heresies
Reviewed by Simon Gathercole

Marvin Lloyd Miller
Performances of Ancient Jewish Letters: From Elephantine to MMT
Reviewed by Jason M. Silverman

Eric C. Smith
Foucault’s Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Spaces and Symbols in Ancient Rome
Reviewed by Valérie Nicolet

 

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard, and Gary A. Rendsburg, eds.
“Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?”: Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives
Reviewed by Pieter de Vries

“Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?” contains many arguments to consider seriously the substantially historical nature of the exodus

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Expurgated RBL for October 6, 2017

Expurgated RBL for October 6, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for October 6, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Mark Grundeken and Joseph Verheyden, eds.
Early Christian Communities between Ideal and Reality
Reviewed by Matthijs den Dulk

Philip Harland, ed.
Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary: II. North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor
Reviewed by D. Clint Burnett

Reinhard G. Kratz
The Prophets of Israel
Reviewed by Nathan Mastnjak

Eva Mroczek
The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity
Reviewed by Matthew V. Novenson

Vernon K. Robbins, Robert H. von Thaden Jr., and Bart B. Bruehler, eds.
Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration: A Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Reader
Reviewed by Greg Carey

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
1 Peter: Reading against the Grain
Reviewed by Andrew Mbuvi

 

Reviews of Mixed Volumes of Scholarship and Confessional Literature:

 

Timothy D. Finlay and William Yarchin, eds.

The Genre of Biblical Commentary: Essays in Honor of John E. Hartley on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday
Reviewed by Jeremy Schipper

“Robert Hubbard offers an insightful reflection on the roles of a series editor in the production and publication of commentaries. He concludes that the series editor has ‘to wear many hats: the literary critic, the pastoral counselor, the wise grandfather [as this assumes editors are men, I would suggest grandparent would be more appropriate], the angry coach, and (alas, occasionally) the cold executioner'”

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

Mark G. Brett

Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World
Reviewed by Mark R. Glanville

“The book seeks to articulate some contours of a ‘postcolonial church,’ so at the end of each chapter Brett offers trajectories for the life and witness of the church today, in the light of the failures of decolonization.”

Lee Martin McDonald
The Story of Jesus in History and Faith: An Introduction
Reviewed by Matthew C. Baldwin

“As McDonald explains in a promotional video from Baker, ‘I’m interested primarily in the Church. I’m not writing for scholars; I’m talking … to those who are preparing for Christian ministry and who will perhaps encounter a lot of critical thought, but they want to know also the faith perspective.'”

Carla Swafford Works
The Church in the Wilderness: Paul’s Use of Exodus Traditions in 1 Corinthians
Reviewed by Glenn Snyder

“As it is, this volume reads not as the coherent dissertation of a scholar but as the thematic commentary or collected sermons of a preacher whose Old Perspective reinscribes the supersession of Israel.”

Expurgated RBL for September 15, 2017

Expurgated RBL for September 15, 2017

As a service to biblical scholars, we provide a helpful breakdown of the RBL for September 15, 2017 – between reviews of scholarship and reviews of confessional literature:

 

Reviews of Scholarship:

Timothy A. Brookins and Bruce W. Longenecker
1 Corinthians 10–16: A Handbook on the Greek Text
Reviewed by James D. Romano

Colleen M. Conway
Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story
Reviewed by Gregory Mobley

Lester L. Grabbe
1 and 2 Kings: History and Story in Ancient Israel
Reviewed by Steven L. McKenzie

Ronald Hendel
Steps to a New Edition of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Arie van der Kooij

John Jarick, ed.
SOTS at 100: Centennial Essays of the Society for Old Testament Study
Reviewed by Corrine Carvalho

Jörg Jeremias
Theologie des Alten Testaments
Reviewed by Jordan M. Scheetz

Mogens Müller and Jesper Tang Nielsen, eds.
Luke’s Literary Creativity
Reviewed by Nils Neumann

Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer, eds.
The Synoptic Problem: Four Views
Reviewed by Robert K. MacEwen

 

Reviews of Confessional Literature:

Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder
When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective
Reviewed by Kimberly Russaw

“I have used When Momma Speaks as required reading for a seminary course and in local church Bible studies. In seminary settings I put Crowder’s work in conversation with Nyasha Junior’s An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation as well as select contributors to Mitzi Smith’s I Found God in Me: A Womanist Reader and Gay Byron and Vanessa Lovelace’s edited volume, Womanist Biblical Interpretation: Expanding the Discourse. In church settings I use Crowder’s chapters to introduce the probable sociohistorical realities of women in the biblical world, to critically examine biblical stories that are not often preached from the pulpit and to initiate reflective discussion.”

Allen P. Ross
A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90–150)
Reviewed by J. Clinton McCann Jr.

“In fact, Ross’s commentary seems ultimately aimed especially at those who will be preaching the Psalms. As he also states in the preface, ‘my goal has been not simply to interpret the passage, but to demonstrate a method that has proven to be effective, not just to me but to countless others who preach the word.’”