Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 1, 2012

Reading Report, October 2012

Well, pretty much all of last month’s reading corresponded with my class reading assignments and projects.  As usual!  Along with general reading for hermeneutics (Lee, Frei, Hirsch) and a seminar on faith and scholarship (D’Elia, Carson), I also had the following projects: a presentation on prayer in the Pastoral Epistles, a presentation on 1 Corinthians 7:1-7, and a paper on social-scientific criticism focusing on Bruce Malina (Neyrey’s article in Blackwell gives an excellent summary of the discipline).

10/30/12  Ferguson, Everett. “Topos in 1 Timothy 2:8.” Restoration Quarterly 33 (1991): 65-73.

10/28/12  McKee, Elsie. “Calvin and Praying for ‘All People Who Dwell on Earth.’” Interpretation 63 (2009): 130-40.

10/27/12  John A. L. Lee, A History of New Testament Lexicography, Studies in Biblical Greek 8 (New York: Peter Lang, 2003).  Highly recommended.  I’ll never look at an entry in a Greek lexicon in the same way after having read Lee.  He has an intimate knowledge of the entire tradition of Greek lexicons produced over the centuries, and shows the deficiencies inherent in various editions and methodologies.  The book ends with over 100 pages devoted to case studies where the major lexicons are flat-out wrong in certain instances, usually because they are relying on their predecessors.  That is, someone made a fundamental definitional error years and years back, and that error has been uncritically reproduced (not just mechanically, but conceptually) through the stream of lexicons that followed because new editions did not revisit the original work that was done.

10/26/12  I. Howard Marshall on 1 Timothy 2:1-8 in The Pastoral Epistles, ICC (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999), 415-35.

10/25/12  Frei, Hans.  The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974.

10/23/12  Henry, Carl F. H.  “Narrative Theology: An Evangelical Appraisal.” Trinity Journal 8 NS (1987): 3-19.

10/18/12  Hirsch, E. D. Validity in Interpretation. New Haven: Yale, 1967.

10/16/12 Neyrey, Jerome H.  “Social-Scientific Criticism.”  Pages 177-191 in The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament.  Edited by David E. Aune.  Chichester, U.K. and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

10/15/12 Tidball, Derek J. “On Wooing a Crocodile: An Historical Survey of the Relationship between Sociology and New Testament Studies.” Vox Evangelica 15 (1985): 95-110.

10/15/12  Malina, Bruce J.  “Bible Study and Cultural Anthropology: Interpreting Texts Fairly.”  Pages 1-27 in The The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology. Revised edition.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1993.

10/15/12 Barton, Stephen C.  “Social-Scientific Criticism.”  Pages 277-289 in Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament.  Edited by Stanley E. Porter.  New Testament Tools and Studies XXV.  Leiden: Brill, 1997.

10/15/12 DeSilva, David A.  “Embodying the Word: Social-Scientific Interpretation of the New Testament.”  Pages 118-29 in The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research.  Edited by Scot McKnight and Grant R. Osborne.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

10/14/12 Horrell, David G.  “Whither Social-Scientific Approaches to New Testament Interpretation?  Reflections on Contested Methodologies and the Future.”  Pages 6-20 in After the First Urban Christians: The Social-Scientific Study of Pauline Christianity Twenty-Five Years Later.  Edited by Todd D. Still and David G. Horrell.  London and New York: T&T Clark, 2009.

10/14/12  Bruce J. Malina, “The Social Sciences and Biblical Interpretation,” Interpretation 36 (1982): 229-42.  A programmatic statement of social-scientific interpretation of Scripture by one of the foremost practitioners of the methodology.  Argues that social-scientific criticism is necessary for proper interpretation of Scripture.

10/10/12  D. A. Carson, The Intolerance of Tolerance (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012).

10/8/12  John D. D’Elia, A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).  See this post.

10/5/12  Ciampa, Roy E.  “Revisiting the Euphemism in 1 Corinthians 7.1.”  Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31 (2009): 325-38.

10/2/12  Gordon Fee, “Preaching Apocalyptic?  You’ve Got to Be Kidding!”  Calvin Theological Journal 41 (2006): 7-16.


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