The latest Review of Biblical Literature (RBL)

Here are a few interesting new reviews that  have been added to the Review of Biblical Literature (RBL). For those who aren’t familiar with this resource, RBL provides short 3-4 page summaries of recent books.

Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Thatcher, eds. John, Jesus, and History: Volume 1, Critical Appraisals of Critical Views Reviewed by Mark A. Matson

David Catchpole, Jesus People: The Historical Jesus and the Beginnings of Community. Reviewed by Paul Foster

John Granger Cook, The Interpretation of the Old Testament in Greco-Roman Paganism. Reviewed by David Lincicum

Hubertus R. Drobner; Siegfried Schatzmann, trans.The Fathers of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction Reviewed by Wilhelm Pratscher

Zev Garber, ed. Mel Gibson’s Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and Its Implications Reviewed by W. R. Telford [I’m not particularly interested in this one, but I thought some of you might be.]

Thomas J. Kraus. Ad fontes: Original Manuscripts and Their Significance for Studying Early Christianity: Selected Essays. Reviewed by Christopher Tuckett

Yuzuru Miura, David in Luke-Acts: His Portrayal in the Light of Early Judaism Reviewed by Steven Cox

Stephen W. Need. The Gospels Today: Challenging Readings of John, Mark, Luke and Matthew. Reviewed by Peter J. Judge

In this very brief book, Stephen Need (Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem) provides ten studies of New Testament Gospel passages, themes, or issues, aimed at an audience outside academic circles but one that can be expected to have a general familiarity with
the Gospel texts. . . The typical nonacademic reader of scripture (whether lay or clerical) is often so blinded by modern assumptions about the world or numbed by a lengthy tradition of sermonizing and popular exegesis that he or she is unable to ask new questions of a text or understand it against its historical and literary context. Need sets out, then, to “make constructive, critical approaches to the Gospels available to a wider circle of interested readers … [and] provide examples of how the study of the Gospels proceeds as a discipline.”

*Brant Pitre, Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile: Restoration Eschatology and the Origin of the Atonement Reviewed by John A. Dennis

Rivka Ulmer, ed., Discussing Cultural Influences: Text, Context, and Non-Text in Rabbinic Judaism. Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Laurence M. Vance, Guide to Prepositions in the Greek New Testament Reviewed by Paul Elbert
[I was disappointed to find out he uses the KJV for English translations ;-(]

Mark Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical, and Theological Perspectives Reviewed by Jan G. van der Watt

*Magnus Zetterholm, ed. The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity Reviewed by James H. Charlesworth


Okay, so I wound listing almost all of them – and there are more good ones. (Here is someone else’s list of picks). I’ve already read some of these books*, so I’m interested to see if any of these reviewers offer critiques.

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