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I mentioned these volumes back in the beginning of the Summer and I’ve finally made my way through them and had a bit of time to reflect on their significance. If you go here and click the ‘Chapters’ tab you’ll have displayed the complete Table of Contents.
Die Studie untersucht anhand gedruckter und ungedruckter Werke und Materialien das historiographische Schaffen des Zürcher Reformators Heinrich Bullinger. Im Vordergrund steht die in den 1560er-Jahren entstandene handschriftliche »Reformationsgeschichte« des Zürcher Antistes, deren Entstehung, Quellengrundlage und Quellenverarbeitung im Kontext der geschichtstheologischen Voraussetzungen und methodologischen Ansprüchen, unter denen sich Bullingers historiographisches Schaffen vollzog, untersucht und vor dem Hintergrund der humanistischen und konfessionellen Geschichtsschreibung der Frühen Neuzeit historiographiegeschichtlich eingeordnet wird. Einen weiteren Aspekt bildet die Überlieferungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte dieses für die spätere Reformationsgeschichtsschreibung fundamentalen Werkes. Neben dieser Analyse werden zahlreiche bislang unveröffentlichte Arbeitsmaterialien Bullingers historisch-kritisch ediert und detaillierte Beschreibungen der überlieferten Abschriften vorgelegt
I realize that the books are expensive. But they are so very foundational for a good understanding of the history of the Reformation that they are seriously indispensable for any research library or researcher. Primary sources are gloriously important and these volumes assemble them into one useful place. These two books are the book(s) of the week.
The publisher writes
Il volume uscirà in aprile 2015.
Via Alessandro Manzoni 20
25020 Flero BS
Oh boy. (Previously mentioned here).
Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote, Edited by Marvin L. Chaney, Uriah Y. Kim, Annette Schellenberg.
Robert B. Coote is internationally renowned for work on the Bible and the ancient Near East that crosses the usual disciplinary boundaries. Whether re-examining arcane inscriptions, conventional views of the Pentateuch, Israel’s early history, the composition of a particular book of the Bible, or the making of the Bible in the broader sense, his question has been not whether some texts are tendentious and others not, but rather how each biblical composition or re-composition pushes back against its contexts. Coote’s skill in explicating the subtle interplay between contextual foil and literary structure and content has been a major characteristic of his work.
No Stone Unturned
Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary
Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible – CSHB 5
by James K. Aitken
xiv + 140 pp., English
List Price: $28.95
Your Price: $26.06
And congrats to Jim for what looks like a fantastic and important book.
Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE)
Richard D. Nelson
This volume of the Biblical Encyclopedia series investigates the folktales, sayings, songs, etiological narratives, and written sources used by the biblical writers in coordination with evidence from archaeology, place names, inscriptions, archives, and literary texts from Egypt and ancient West Asia. The author charts the beginning of the Iron Age and the emergence of Israel and its literature, including the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the downfall of Israel, Judah in the Assyrian and Babylonian periods, Yehud and Persia, and the Hellenistic period.
Paper $38.95, ISBN 9781628370058
Hardcover $53.95, ISBN 9781628370072
314 pages • Biblical Encyclopedia 13
As driven home by Simon Joseph.
When it comes to Jesus, it is the cumulative weight of the evidence that convinces. This convergence of evidence – Josephus’ references to Jesus, the references in Paul’s letters, the embarrassing political and theological fact of Jesus’ crucifixion, the literary and theological trajectories of the Gospels, and the telling fact that the Mythicist position isnever taken by any of the Jesus movement’s many enemies, whether Jewish, pagan, Roman, or Gnostic, throughtout late antiquity – is compelling. The historical question, therefore, is not whether Jesus existed, but why theological ideas and beliefs were added to the rapidly developing Jesus story. The fact that many theological traditions were added to the story of Jesus over time does not mean that Jesus is a myth. We are better off, therefore, acknowledging that theological accretions have been added to the developing tradition rather than rejecting the tradition altogether, as the Mythicists do. We are better off cleaning up the Baby instead of throwing it out with the bath-water.
Simon and all interested in the topic will surely wish to keep an eye out for Giovanni Garbini’s forthcoming book.