The following new reviews have been added to the Review of Biblical Literature (RBL): (Click on the titles to go to the reviews)
*Edward Adams, The Stars Will Fall from Heaven: Cosmic Catastrophe in the New Testament and Its World. Reviewed by Lorenzo DiTommaso
. . . takes as its point of departure N. T. Wright’s view that the language of cosmic disaster in the early Jewish apocalyptic texts serves as a metaphor for expected sociopolitical change. The New Testament writers merely followed convention in this matter and indeed reflected Jesus’ own views. Whenever Jesus is reported to have used such language, as for example in Mark 13:24–27 (+ par.), he was referring to the coming destruction of Jerusalem and other radical historical changes, not the end of the world in a grand, cosmological sense. For Adams, the literary evidence fails to support this position. Instead, the major New Testament passages that contain the language of catastrophe refer to the anticipation for some form of cosmic destruction . . .
NOTE: Eddie Adams gave a riveting presentation at the British New Testament Conference where he argued that Christians met in a varieties of venues, not just in homes.
*William Sanger Campbell, The “We” Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character. Reviewed by Jean-François Racine
Campbell’s thesis is that the “we” narrator replaces Barnabas in the story as Paul’s trustworthy companion. Both Barnabas and the “we” narrator help establish Paul’s credibility and testify to the fact that the apostle’s missionary journeys and activities are prompted by divine instruction. . .
Campbell adeptly shows that the riddle of the “we” passages in Luke’s work may have valid solutions that are not necessarily historical ones.
Andrew D. Clarke, A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership. Reviewed by Stephan Joubert
Benjamin Fiore, The Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus. Reviewed by Korinna Zamfir
Fernando F. Segovia and R. S. Sugirtharajah, eds. A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings. Reviewed by Jonathan A. Draper; Reviewed by Hans Leander
Stephen Westerholm, Understanding Matthew: The Early Christian Worldview of the First Gospel. Reviewed by David C. Sim
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Daniel Hillel, The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures. Reviewed by Norman Habel
Werner G. Jeanrond and Andrew D. H. Mayes, eds. Recognising the Margins: Developments in Biblical and Theological Studies. Reviewed by Peter R. Rodgers
Matthew Levering, Ezra and Nehemiah. Reviewed by Ralph W. Klein
Graham S. Ogden, Qoheleth. Reviewed by Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger
R. J. R. Plant. Good Figs, Bad Figs: Judicial Differentiation in the Book of Jeremiah. Reviewed by Mark Brummitt
Ilse Wegner, Eine Einführung in die hurritische Sprache. Reviewed by Ignacio Marquez Rowe
Bas ter Haar Romeny, ed., The Peshitta: Its Use in Literature and Liturgy: Papers Read at the Third Peshitta Symposium. Reviewed by Robert A. Kitchen
Robert B. Stewart, ed. Intelligent Design: William A. Dembski and Michael Ruse in Dialogue. Reviewed by Christopher Heard