RBL Reviews (13 Oct)

The following new reviews have been added to the Review of Biblical Literature (RBL): (Click on the titles to go to the reviews)

New Testament:

*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


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