April 2016

Ben, Jason, and I are excited to announce the release of our most recent edited volume Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination (Fortress Press). This book has been several years in the making, the main contents of which were initially presented and discussed at an SBL event of the same name in November 2014. The volume contains 17 excellent chapters at 488 pages. The retail price is a reasonable $39.00, though Amazon and other online book sellers are currently offering it as cheaply as $24. Below I’ve pasted the book description and table of contents. We’d be delighted if you and/or your library would obtain a copy!

Since the mid-twentieth century, apocalyptic thought has been championed as a central category for understanding the New Testament writings and the lePaul and the Apocalyptic Imaginationtters of Paul above all. But “apocalyptic” has meant different things to different scholars. Even the assertion of an “apocalyptic Paul” has been contested: does it mean the invasive power of God that breaks with the present age (Ernst Käsemann), or the broader scope of revealed heavenly mysteries, including the working out of a “many-staged plan of salvation” (N. T. Wright), or something else altogether? Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination brings together eminent Pauline scholars from diverse perspectives, along with experts of Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic philosophy, patristics, and modern theology, to explore the contours of the current debate. Contributors discuss the history of what apocalypticism, and an “apocalyptic Paul,” have meant at different times and for different interpreters; examine different aspects of Paul’s thought and practice to test the usefulness of the category; and show how different implicit understandings of apocalypticism shape different contemporary presentations of Paul’s significance.

Part I.
1. Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction—Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston
2. “Then I Proceeded to Where Things Were Chaotic” (1 Enoch 21:1): Mapping the Apocalyptic Landscape—David A. Shaw

Part II.
3. Apocalyptic as God’s Eschatological Activity in Paul’s Theology—Martinus C. de Boer
4. Apocalyptic Epistemology: The Sine Qua Non of Valid Pauline Interpretation—Douglas A. Campbell
5. Apocalyptic as Theoria in the Letters of St. Paul: A New Perspective on Apocalyptic as the Mother of Theology—Edith M. Humphrey
6. Apocalyptic and the Sudden Fulfillment of Divine Promise—N. T. Wright

Part III.
7. Some Reflections on Apocalyptic Thought and Time in Literature from the Second Temple Period—Loren T. Stuckenbruck
8. The Transcendence of Death and Heavenly Ascent in the Apocalyptic Paul and the Stoics—Joseph R. Dodson
9. Second-Century Perspectives on the Apocalyptic Paul: Reading the Apocalypse of Paul and the Acts of PaulBen C. Blackwell
10. Some Remarks on Apocalyptic in Modern Christian Theology—Philip G. Ziegler

Part IV.
11. Righteousness Revealed: Righteousness of God in Romans 3:21-26—Jonathan A. Linebaugh
12. Thinking from Christ to Israel: Romans 9-11 in Apocalyptic Context—Beverly Roberts Gaventa
13. Apocalyptic Allegiance and Disinvestment in the World: A Reading of 1 Corinthians 7:25-35—John M. G. Barclay
14. After Destroying Every Rule, Authority, and Power: Paul, Apocalyptic, and Politics in 1 Corinthians—John K. Goodrich
15. Plight and Solution in Paul’s Apocalyptic Perspective: A Study of 2 Corinthians 5:18-21—Jason Maston
16. The Apocalyptic New Covenant and the Shape of Life in the Spirit according to Galatians—Michael J. Gorman
17. The Two Ages and Salvation History in Paul’s Apocalyptic Imagination: A Comparison of 4 Ezra and Galatians—J. P. Davies

Index of Names
Index of Ancient Writings


Thanks to Fuller Studios for producing this engagement between Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms.

A Word in Edgewise

University of Cambridge professor, Simon Gathercole, is soon to give his second lecture at Lanier Theological Library.  On May 7, 2016 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm Simon will offer a lecture entitled:

“The Journeys of Jesus and Jewish Geography”

The Gospels in the New Testament contain a remarkable amount of geographical information, especially in the quantity of references to areas, towns and villages that Jesus (and John the Baptist) visited. Are these genuine or fictitious?  Some Jesus skeptics have doubted the existence of places like Nazareth and Capernaum.  Even many New Testament scholars are unaware of the evidence for Gospel sites. Strikingly, however, a huge proportion of the place-names in the Gospels are paralleled in Jewish literature outside the New Testament, even down to some of the small villages.  This illustrated lecture will examine the historical evidence, some already known, some presented for the first time, for the places in…

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A colleague here at HBU, David Davis, has produced a helpful reader of key texts on images:

From Icons to Idols: Documents on the Image Debate in Reformation England

The debate over religious images was fundamental to the development of the
Reformation. Even before the Reformation, iconoclasm and the critique of image
devotion were marks of religious radicalism. Protestant reformers embraced
iconoclasm as a means of condemning Catholic corruption and illustrating their
war against idolatry. From Icons to Idols provides an accessible, important edition
of primary sources on this critical aspect of the Reformation in England. e
documents in this collection track the image debate across the sixteenth and early
seventeenth centuries, highlighting the complexities and diversity of arguments
and positions held by both Protestants and Catholics. e documents also
demonstrate the variety of individuals who engaged in the debate over images.
Included here are bishops and theologians, printers and inquisitors, cardinals and
artists, suggesting that the question of idolatry was no mere academic exercise.

Part 1: The Early Reformation | 15
Document 1
John Ryckes, The Image of Love | 19
(London, 1525)
Document 2
William Tyndale, An Answer unto Sir Thomas More’s Dialogue | 24
(London, 1532)
Document 3
Martin Bucer, A Treatise Declaring and Showing that Images
Are Not to be Suffered in Churches | 35
(London, 1535)
Document 4
Woodcut title-page, The Great Bible | 43
(London, 1539)
Document 5
John Calvin, The Sermons of M. John Calvin upon the Fifth Book of Moses
called Deuteronomy | 47
(London, 1583)
Document 6
Roger Edgeworth, Sermons, Very Fruitful, Godly, and Learned | 56
(London, 1557)
Document 7
John Hooper, A Declaration of the Holy Ten Commandments | 64
(London, 1549)

Part 2: The Elizabethan Reformation | 71
Document 8
Woodcut of Ezekiel’s Vision of Heaven, Geneva Bible | 74
(Geneva, 1560)
Document 9
Woodcut of Isaiah’s Vision of Heaven, Bishops Bible | 77
(London, 1568)
Document 10
Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, The Allegory of Iconoclasm | 79
(London, 1566–1568)
Document 11
Heinrich Bullinger, Fifty Godly Sermons | 82
(London, 1577)
Document 12
John Jewel, “Homily Against the Peril of Idolatry
and Superfluous Decking of Churches” | 89
(London, 1571)
Document 13
John Martiall, A Treatise of the Cross | 98
(Antwerp, 1564)
Document 14
Nicholas Sander, A Treatise of the Images of Christ | 109
(Louvain, 1567)
Document 15
Peter Vermigli, The Common Places of the Most Famous and Renowned
Divine Doctor Peter Martyr | 118
(London, 1583)
Document 16
Gregory Martin, A Discovery of the Manifold Corruptions of the Holy Scripture
by the Heretics of Our Days | 135
(Rheims, 1582)

Part 3: The Post-Reformation | 145
Document 17
William Perkins Two Documents | 147
Document 18
William Bishop, A Reformation of a Catholic Deformed | 161
(English Secret Press, 1604)
Document 19
Robert Bellarmine, An Ample Declaration of the Christian Doctrine | 169
(English Secret Press, 1604)
Document 20
John Heigham, The Touchstone of the Reformed Gospel | 174
(St. Omer’s Press, 1652)
Document 21
Richard Montagu, A Gag for the New Gospel?: No, a New Gag for an Old
Goose | 179
(London, 1624)
Document 22
Anonymous, “Controversii et compendium Becari” | 188

Nijay provides a good list of new stuff coming out.

Crux Sola


So, someone on social media asked me for my personal reading list for new books for 2016. Some of these are tentative release dates. If you know of books coming out that you think I would like, leave a comment – always willing to add! (NB: I am esp looking for books on Matthew, Jesus studies, NT Ethics, Philippians, 1-2 Thessalonians, Galatians, Pauline Theology, and earliest Christian history)

Sampley, J.P. Walking in Love: Moral Progress and Spiritual Growth with the Apostle Paul (Fortress)
Thiessen, M. Paul and the Gentile Problem (Oxford) – Anyone know a journal that would want me to review this?
Westfall, C. and B Dyer, The Bible and Social Justice (W&S)
Longenecker, Lost Letter of Pergamum 2.0 (Baker) – blog review coming soon!
Watson, F. The Fourfold Gospel (Baker)
Boccaccini, G. and C.A. Segovia, Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a…

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