For the past several years, I have attended the friday night session of the Institute for Biblical Research which meets as an affiliate with SBL during the annual meeting. Recently, IBR launched research groups. Creig Marlowe (OT) and I co-chair a group focused on the topic: “The Relationship Between the OT and the NT.” Last year we met and discussed numerous topics in need of further research, but when it came time to vote on the most interesting subject, this topic won by a landslide: “The Use of the Old Testament in the Old Testament, and its Implications for the New Testament.” Creig and I set out to put together a fall program that could begin to break into this topic in a meaningful way that brings together both OT and NT scholars. My thought is that we would carry out a 3-year plan of study. This first year we will deal with methodological and “big picture” issues. Then, for two more fall programs, we will work through a number of case studies.
Our fall program will be on November 16 (2012), from 4PM-6PM (location TBD). Here is our tentative agenda.
It is an honor for me to serve as associate editor for the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters (with Mike Bird as head honcho) and I am enjoying my experience very much. We have a great (ever expanding) editorial board – check it out. The 2.1 issue recently came out and I wanted to make mention of it.
It is on the short end with only four articles. This is not ideal, but I came to learn quickly that this kind of business is unpredictable. We have a good number of articles coming down the pipeline, but a lot of it is a matter of timing (what is ready and what is not). In any case, many NT folks will be excited to see that N.T. Wright offers the first article called “Rom 2:17-3:7: A Hidden Clue to the Meaning of Romans?” When I first read the title, I thought, since I read Wright’s commentary, what more could I really learn about Romans? Put another way, does he have anything “new” to say on Romans?
Well, I was very glad that I had the patience to sit and read this article. It is fascinating and inspiring. I encourage you to take a look.
In addition to Wright’s piece, we have a contribution by William Walker on Romans 8 as well as a treatment of 2 Corinthians 10:5 by Michael Kibbe.
Finally, I decided to take a stab at assessing commentaries written in 2011 and some from 2012. I know what you are wondering – did he get all those commentaries for free? Sadly, no. Several of them I checked out from the library.
Hello hello! Now that the fall semester is nearly upon us, it is time for me to return to blogging. Without going into detail, let me say that it has been a very long and very challenging summer, but I am excited about this school year and eager to get into the classroom.
By the way, for those of you who are unaware, I moved this summer from Seattle to Philadelphia – I will be teaching as assistant professor this year at Eastern University. I have already met a number of my colleagues and they are great folks! I am very thankful to have this opportunity.
Eastern has a spectacularly beautiful campus with lakes and bridges and quaint manor-like buildings. The few students I have met were warm and enthusiastic.