Sunday, April 21, 2013

Prosperity Gospel?

This is somewhat out of my own arena of expertise, but I wanted to introduce all of you to a forthcoming book:

Beautiful cover, no? Oxford University Press seems to always do a good job creating some nice looking volumes and this one is no exception. It's a book titled, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, due out next month (May 2013) from Oxford University Press (check it out here). It's written by Kate Bowler from Duke Divinity School. During my time at Duke, I wanted to work as a research assistant and Kate was nice enough to take me on despite my zero-knowledge of American Christianity. 

This is the publication of her dissertation written at Duke under Grant Wacker and from my conversations with her as well as preliminary reviews of her book (e.g. from Mark Noll and Jonathan Walton), I think it's going to be a fantastic addition to the library of any Americanists. If you're mildly interested in the prosperity gospel, then I highly suggest you go ahead and pick up a copy of this book as soon as it's out.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

NA28 + LXX

Check this out:

I just saw that this nice volume from the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft is putting together both the Septuagint and the NT together into one massive text.

According to Eisenbrauns, this book runs at over 3,100 pages!

It will include an apparatus criticus among other things, so seems like a great resource for those of you who want access to both the LXX and NT in one book. Though at 3,100+ pages, I wonder what kind of dimensions it will have. I tried to search to find what its thickness would be but could only find its length and width dimensions and no depth.

I already own their standard Septuaginta and the recently published NA28, so I probably won't buy this, but I thought some of you might be interested. Forthcoming Fall of this year.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Google Hangout + NT studies

In one of my classes, we've had some discussions recently on the Gospel of Thomas and to my surprise, I saw that the Marginalia was hosting a live session with both Mark Goodacre and Simon Gathercole discussing the Gospel of Thomas and their very recently published books about it (respectively, here and here). Admittedly, I was taught at Duke by Mark, so there is much to his arguments I find convincing or at the very least, compelling and good arguments that need to be taken seriously. I do not know much about Simon Gathercole, though I have read his published dissertation on Romans and I had a former classmate who went off to do his NT PhD with him at Cambridge. They are both very good scholars and so this online conversation of two people thousands of miles away is a perfect example of what the intersection of technology and academia can provide for 21st century scholarship.

Check it out: