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Church History: It’s Such an Amazingly Fascinating Field

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Three new volumes from Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht are proof that the field is experiencing a real renaissance-

Ryan M. McGraw: »A Heavenly Directory. Trinitarian Piety, Public Worship and a Reassessment of John Owen’s Theology«

There is a growing body of historical literature on the importance of John Owen. Ryan M. McGraw seeks to reassess Owen’s theology in light of the way in which he connected his trinitarian piety to his views of public worship. (More information)

Luka Ilic: »Theologian of Sin and Grace. The Process of Radicalization in the Theology of Matthias Flacius Illyricus«

In this work, the author establishes that Flacius’ theology became increasingly radicalized with time and examines aspects of this process through following two parallel tracks. One trajectory focuses on the development of Flacius’ theological thought, while the other one discusses the pivotal influences and major turning points in his life, such as being exiled from different cities. (More information)

Claudio Moreschini: »A Christian in Toga. Boethius: Interpreter of Antiquity and Christian Theologian«

The author presents Boethius in the culture of the sixth century in Italy, outlines his great cultural project and discusses the problem of his Christian faith. (More information)

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July 22, 2014 at 12:42

Handbook of Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology

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978-3-647-52201-2From the good folk at V&R- a new volume that the pentecostals and charismatics and those interested in their ‘theology’ will want to examine.

Die Annäherung zwischen der pfingstlichen und der etablierten akademischen Theologie ist inzwischen in beide Richtungen zu beobachten: pfingstliche Ansätze werden in klassischen Debatten rezipiert und pfingstliche Theologen rezipieren den Theorie- und Methodenkanon der etablierten historisch-kritischen Theologie.

In der deutschen Theologie hat eine fundierte Auseinandersetzung mit der weltweit äußerst einflussreichen Pfingstbewegung jedoch bislang kaum stattgefunden, nicht zuletzt, da die meist englischsprachigen Beiträge akademisch etablierter Pfingstler und Charismatiker hierzulande kaum wahrgenommen werden.

Dieser Band bietet einen Überblick über pfingstliche Theologien anhand einer systematischen Einführung und der Übersetzung ausgewählter Beiträge zu zentralen theologischen Anliegen. Die so vermittelte Orientierung ermöglicht eine differenzierte Auseinandersetzung mit pfingstlicher und charismatischer Theologie.

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July 22, 2014 at 10:12

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Fun Facts from Church History: the Day Calvin Completed his Commentary on the Psalms

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Jean_CalvinAfter a fairly long introduction, Calvin writes

…[I]n unfolding the internal affections both of David and of others, I discourse upon them as matters of which I have familiar experience.

Moreover, since I have laboured faithfully to open up this treasure for the use of all the people of God, although what I have done has not been equal to my wishes, yet the attempt which I have made deserves to be received with some measure of favour. Still I only ask that each may judge of my labours with justice and candour, according to the advantage and fruit which he shall derive from them. Certainly, as I have said before, in reading these Commentaries, it will be clearly seen that I have not sought to please, unless in so far as I might at the same time be profitable to others. And, therefore, I have not only observed throughout a simple style of teaching, but in order to be removed the farther from all ostentation, I have also generally abstained from refuting the opinions of others, although this presented a more favourable opportunity for plausible display, and of acquiring the applause of those who shall favour my book with a perusal.

I have never touched upon opposite opinions, unless where there was reason to fear, that by being silent respecting them, I might leave my readers in doubt and perplexity. At the same time, I am sensible that it would have been much more agreeable to the taste of many, had I heaped together a great mass of materials which has great show, and acquires fame for the writer; but I have felt nothing to be of more importance than to have a regard to the edification of the Church. May God, who has implanted this desire in my heart, grant by his grace that the success may correspond thereto!

GENEVA, July 22, 1557*

Calvin’s desire in publishing his commentary wasn’t to impress the academic world, it was to edify the Church. Few and far between (and in most places they don’t even exist) are scholars today who write commentaries for the Church. Rather, they seem much more interested in impressing one another.

As a consequence, Calvin’s commentary is still being read, because it’s still profitable while it is extremely unlikely that 99.9% of the commentaries written today will be read even a decade from now, much less 500 years from now.
*Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. xlviii–xlix).

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July 22, 2014 at 10:02

A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture

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bookJust in case such things interest you- it’s free for Kindle.

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July 19, 2014 at 09:51

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In Spite of all Our Technological Advancements…

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It’s still easier to put a BHS on the desk and a LXX next to it and open them to the same passages to compare them than it is to fight with computer software until it yields the same thing.  Saving time often means opening primary sources the old fashioned way and not bothering with high tech at all.

Books are better in print.

Total time- 13 seconds. From shelf to side by side comparison.


Written by Jim

July 18, 2014 at 16:18

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Das Karlstadt-Bild in der Forschung

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153175_a587cd3c42MARTIN KESSLE- Das Karlstadt-Bild in der Forschung

Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt (1486-1541) war der erste Wittenberger Kollege Martin Luthers, der akademisch und publizistisch für diesen eintrat. Zugleich war er der erste, der sich mit ihm überwarf. Entsprechend ambivalent wird seit jeher Karlstadts Bedeutung für die Reformation bestimmt. War er bei manchen der prototypische Verräter an der reformatorischen Einheit, wurde er bei anderen zur Identifikationsfigur für reformierte, kongregationalistische oder täuferische Elemente in der frühen Wittenberger Reformation. Martin Keßler unterstreicht die Dringlichkeit einer grundlegenden Revision des Karlstadt-Bildes, indem er die wesentlichen Beiträge zu Karlstadt seit dem 17. Jahrhundert schildert und die Hauptentwicklungen der historischen und theologischen Forschung des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts untersucht.

Another interesting sounding volume!

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July 18, 2014 at 10:33

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Jesus Christus

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Jesus Christus - Hrsg. v. Jens Schröter

In this volume the person and activity of Jesus is presented from the perspective of different theological disciplines. The background of Jesus’ activity in Old Testament writings is considered as is the relationship of his earthly career and the emergence of Christian faith. Developments in church history, caused by the earliest accounts of Jesus’ life and teaching, are outlined. From a systematic viewpoint the new relationship to God, effected by Jesus Christ, is reflected on. The contribution from practical theology looks at forms of adaption of Jesus’ person and teaching in ecclesiastical and social contexts. Finally, the role of Jesus in other religions is considered. Thus the volume presents the person of Jesus Christ as the centre of Christian faith according to the current status of research and does so in a manner which makes him accessible also for those not accustomed to theological terminology and discourse.

Sounds great.  And the author is no slouch.  [Can you tell that the Mohr Siebeck catalog arrived today?]

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July 18, 2014 at 10:26

The Text of Galatians and its History

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153323_19dd9a7923Stephen C. Carlson investigates the text of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians and analyses how that text changed over the course of its transmission in manuscript copies over several centuries. For this study, he collated ninety-two textual witnesses of Galatians and arranged them into a genealogical family tree called a stemma codicum , with assistance from a computer-implemented method used in computational biology known as cladistics . Using this global stemma, he establishes a critical text for the epistle and assesses the nature of the textual variations that occurred throughout the text’s history of transmission in over 250 significant variant readings, paying particular attention to possible theological motivations. This is the first study to produce a global stemma of any kind for a New Testament book, an accomplishment that was previously thought to be unfeasible.

Hmmm… the name of the author rings a bell…  Congrats, Stephen, your forthcoming JCB Mohr volume looks impressive.

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July 18, 2014 at 10:21

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Book of the Week

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clinesReaders of the Hebrew Bible are interested readers, bringing their own perspectives to the text. The essays in this volume, written by friends and colleagues who have drawn inspiration from and shown interest in the scholarship of David Clines, engage with his work through examining interpretations of the Hebrew Bible in areas of common exploration: literary/exegetical readings, ideological-critical readings, language and lexicography, and reception history.

The contributors are James K. Aitken, Jacques Berlinerblau, Daniel Bodi, Roland Boer, Athalya Brenner, Mark G. Brett, Marc Zvi Brettler, Craig C. Broyles, Philip P. Chia, Jeremy M. S. Clines, Adrian H. W. Curtis, Katharine J. Dell, Susan E. Gillingham, Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher, Edward L. Greenstein, Mayer I. Gruber, Norman C. Habel, Alan J. Hauser, Jan Joosten, Paul J. Kissling, Barbara M. Leung Lai, Diana Lipton, Christl M. Maier, Heather A. McKay, Frank H. Polak, Jeremy Punt, Hugh S. Pyper, Deborah W. Rooke, Eep Talstra, Laurence A. Turner, Stuart Weeks, Gerald O. West, and Ian Young.

It came out last year, just before SBL.  I’ve spent the last year reading through it off and on as time permitted and I’ve enjoyed it tremendously.  I think the authors have captured David’s ‘spirit’ and the editors have masterfully guided the whole to its grand form.

A lovely, lovely book.

Written by Jim

July 17, 2014 at 16:32

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The Jesus Movement and Its Expansion: Meaning and Mission

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freyneEerdmans have sent a copy of Freyne’s latest-

In this book Seán Freyne explores the rise and expansion of early Christianity within the context of the Greco-Roman world — the living, dynamic matrix of Jesus and his followers. In addition to offering fresh insights into Jesus’ Jewish upbringing and the possible impact of Greco-Roman lifestyles on him and his followers, Freyne delves into the mission and expansion of the Jesus movement in Palestine and beyond during the first hundred years of its development.

To give readers a full picture of the context in which the Jesus movement developed, Freyne includes pictures, maps, and timelines throughout the book. Freyne’s interdisciplinary approach, combining historical, archaeological, and literary methods, makes The Jesus Movement and Its Expansion both comprehensive and accessible.

My review should, DV, appear in about a month (which is my usual pace unless a book is extra large or extra small) here.

Written by Jim

July 17, 2014 at 09:21


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