Saturday, June 29, 2013

NT Wright's Long Awaited Paul - Endorsements

Pretty exciting stuff!  I found this over on Mike Bird's blog this morning.  I quote from him all that is below:
Thanks to Nijay Gupta for collecting these endorsements on Wrights PFG:

“N. T. Wright’s long-awaited full-length study of St. Paul will not in any way disappoint. From the very first sentence, it holds the attention, arguing a strong, persuasive, coherent, and fresh case supported by immense scholarship and comprehensive theological intelligence. It is a worthy successor to his earlier magisterial studies, laying out again very plainly the ways in which the faith of the New Testament is focused on God’s purpose to re-create, through the fact of Jesus crucified and risen, our entire understanding of authority and social identity.” –Rowan Williams, Magdalene College, Cambridge

“Only once in every other generation or so does a project approaching the size, scope, and significance of Paul and the Faithfulness of God appear. Paul’s world, worldview, controlling stories, and theology spring to life through N. T. Wright’s brilliant scholarship and spirited writing. Arguing for narrative and theological coherence in Paul’s thought, Wright seeks to overcome numerous dichotomies that have characterized recent Pauline scholarship. Readers will be richly rewarded and challenged at every turn—even when they do not fully agree. Each chapter reveals something profound about the surprising faithfulness of the God freshly revealed in Jesus the Messiah and conveyed to Paul’s communities, and to us, by the Spirit.” –Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland

“Breath-taking, mind-expanding, ground-breaking, and more—it is easy to run out of adjectives to describe what N. T. Wright has already accomplished in his multi-volume account of New Testament history and theology. This fourth volume in the series is likewise a game-changer, above all for its adventurous presentation of Paul’s ‘mindset’ and theology, so thoroughly contextualized at the confluence of the apostle’s Jewish, Roman, and Greek worlds. This is Wright at his best—part historian, part exegete, part theologian, part pedagogue.” –Joel B. Green, Fuller Theological Seminary, California

“With magisterial vision, energetic scholarship, and lucid illustration, N. T. Wright unveils the mysteries of Paul’s theological imagination. This compellingly argued and absorbing study takes us beyond the bifurcation of salvation and participation that has long pervaded Pauline studies. Combining the passion of Augustine with the ambition of Barth, Wright’s Christian Origins series has inscribed itself into the canon of scripturally soaked theology, where it will remain for generations to come.”
—Sam Wells, Vicar, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, London (formerly Dean, Duke University Chapel)
Also, does the four volume collection really come in a box?

The book is projected to be released November 1, 2013.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Hosea: A Commentary Based on Hosea in Codex Vaticanus [in revision]

[The majority of the review is taken down for a bit for revisions in prep for a review in JETS, but I have left up some informal comment on the series and a recommendation]

W. Edward Glenny. Hosea: A Commentary Based on Hosea in Codex Vaticanus.  Leiden; Boston: Brill Academic Pub, 2013.  $149. Pp. i-x + 204.

The first comment about this commentary, and for that matter this commentary series, is that I love it!  Why am I so enthusiastic about this commentary series?  I am excited about this commentary series because it is commenting on the Septuagint exclusively.  What do I mean?  I mean, it is not a detailed MT to LXX comparison that generally concerns itself with expounding heavily on textual-critical issues.  Rather, what this commentary offers is insight into the theology of the text, while being informed by textual issues, etc.  Brill was keen to orient their series away from a MT to LXX comparison as part of their purpose for this series.  And I for one am glad they did.  More on the implications of these choices in my concluding remarks and recommendations.
W. Edward Glenny, in this commentary on the LXX-Hosea, has released the first of his contracted twelve commentaries on each of the Minor Prophets in Brill’s Septuagint Commentary Series.  Other such commentaries have recently appeared in this new series edited by Stanley Porter; some of which I will allude to below.  Glenny’s commentary on Hosea can be summarized in one word: unique.  It is a unique commentary for a number of reasons.  First, the obvious: it is the only commentary that I am aware of on the content in LXX-Hosea, exclusively (which also makes assessing such a commentary a real challenge).  Second, it is based on a Codex Vaticanus, and not a composite text like Rahlf’s or Göttingen’s LXX (the La Bible d’Alexandrie series on the LXX is based on composite texts).  In other words, it is (as is the rest of the Brill series) based on Vaticanus as an “artifact in its own right” (25). Third, it is based solely on the Septuagint.  That is, this commentary is not concerned with the relationship between the MT and the LXX, as noted above about the series as a whole, which seems to generally have a latent MT priority to it; but it is concerned to study the LXX on its own terms, and its own translation and theology.    For these three reasons, Glenny’s commentary is already breaking much ground.


So, what is the recommendation for this commentary?  Highly recommended, with a caveat.  The caveat is that it is much much too expensive!  The only thing this commentary series is doing wrong is that it has placed priceless comment in pricy publication.  It is actually quite sad.  The only access one will likely have to this commentary, as well as the rest of the series, is via a theological library.  However, my recommendation to pastors, students, and scholars who can access this commentary, is to access it.   It is a commentary that should be on everyone’s shelf.  The voice of the LXX-Hosea is explained carefully and expertly by Glenny, and this commentary should be read in tandem with other top Hosea commentaries that are generally MT oriented so that one’s study of the Old Testament is properly rounded.  This commentary is an instant contribution to biblical studies, including: LXX studies, OT studies, and text-critical study, among other fields, and will have immediate impact on students, pastors, and scholars alike as word spreads about the series. 

 My appreciation to Brill for the opportunity to review this book with the expectation of an objective review.

Friday, June 21, 2013

NEW Trinity College Post-graduate blog

I know! Right?!  A "new blog for those TCB post-grads"?  Hadn't they just started one a year ago called Mosissimus Mose?!  What have I been reading all along anyway?! 

Well, the active and observant reader has noticed it has been primarily Aaron White posting.  Fair enough - many reasons are behind this that are mostly made up with a crazy amount of coincidence, planning, and details-details, but all well-meaning in aims of bringing a quality blog!  Nevertheless, you will notice that I removed the subtitle for the blog.  The blog is now simply, and as it has been known, "Mosissimus Mose."  The blog will still be as it has been, bringing reviews, thoughts, theology, links, and hopefully some interviews in the coming year.  So stay tuned. BTW: MosisMose reached 12 thousand hits just toady in as many months, a good benchmark for an upstart!  

As a teaser, the post-graduate student body at Trinity College, Bristol has agreed at our currently occurring research conference to soon unveil a blog that will bring all of us doctoral students together in a blog conversation to demonstrate what is happening in our personal research and what is happening corporately at TCB.  It is a great development that I have been hoping for a long time now, and I made mention of earlier this year.  The details are still thin, but I will keep you all updated.  Many post-graduate blogs associated with programs exist around the blogosphere (Wheaton, and Durham come to mind), and for me personally have been of great benefit.  I hope, as I did even last June, that TCB's contribution will also be a solid contribution to the blogosphere, and will also showcase the contribution TCB is already making in the academic biblical and theological studies fields abroad! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Biblia Graeca is here (almost...)!

See my review here...

A new resource is soon to be released in the Fall of this year that I have been hoping for now for years.  It is called the Biblia Graeca (if that link doesn't work, see details here on Amazon).  Here is the blurb:

This edition combines the Rahlfs-Hanhart Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) with the 28th edition of theNovum Testamentum Graece. A one-of-a-kind, useful tool for pastors, scholars, and students.
- Includes critical apparatus, cross-references, and much more.
The price will likely be its greatest negative, coming in at a discounted $143.96.

This volume is much like the Biblia Sacra that combines the Masoretic Text of the OT with the Greek NT according to NA27, seen here.