For Jesus, the deeds that he does —healings, exorcisms, preaching to the poor—are all signs that God is becoming king and that Israel’s hopes for restoration are really, visibly, and tangibly happening. In other words, victory is on the horizon. The constellation of hopes associated with Israel’s restoration, of which Isaiah contributed much much to, included items like the advent of a messianic king, a new exodus, the return of the dispersed tribes to Israel, the pilgrimage of the Gentiles to Jerusalem, the defeat of national enemies, the rebuilding of the temple, Yahweh’s visitation to Zion, and the return to covenant righteousness, and all of these can be coordinated with the program and preaching of Jesus of Nazareth. This was his gospel, his declaration.
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When I got to work today, I received a nice surprise from the fine folks at Eerdmans. They very kindly sent along a copy of Mike “Biblica Hipsteria” Bird’s The Gospel of the Lord. I remember perusing the galleys last November at SBL and being impressed with what I was able to read. Congrats Mike on another the publication of another book!
When I got home I noticed that I had two packaged for me from Eisenbrausns. I have been waiting for my copy of the latest Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters to come; they accidentally shipped it to my old California address. Well to my surprise, they sent me two copies. So, I need to find one of them a new home. Thanks again to the fine folks at Eisenbrauns for sending me a new copy to my current address.
Congrats to prof Lincicum on the publication of his new book!
Originally posted on David Lincicum:
I’m delighted that this edited volume on Baur has been published, and with an impressive array of contributions (my own minor essay is the least of these!). Here’s a link to Mohr Siebeck’s site, and it’s also available on Amazon.
Here’s the info from Mohr’s product page:
Ferdinand Christian Baur und die Geschichte des frühen Christentums
Hrsg. v. Martin Bauspieß, Christof Landmesser u. David Lincicum
[Ferdinand Christian Baur and the History of Early Christianity.]
Published in German.
Ferdinand Christian Baur (1792-1860) can be seen as one of the most important sources of inspiration for the development of historical-critical research in the 19th century. His immense body of work covers many areas of the New Testament, the history of the church and of dogma. Baur’s works contain numerous ideas which can be applied to current discussion in which many fundamental questions in regard to the historical-critical method are being…
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Thanks Dr. Campbell for taking sometime to answer a few questions. When it came to choosing Colossians/Philemon, was there any specific reason why you chose to write on these two letters of Paul?
I was asked to do Colossians/Philemon! While that’s true, I’ve had a longstanding interest particularly in Colossians (and Ephesians) for its contribution to Paul’s theology of union with Christ, and the spectacular supremacy of Christ in the letter.
Because the BHGNT is very different from traditional commentaries, how did this affect how you researched and eventually wrote your BHGNT volume?
My approach is always to do my own work on the text first, then read the commentaries. The pattern was no different for the BHGNT volume. The only real difference was that I was not interested in “everything,” only syntactical and grammatical commentary.
What resources were close at hand while you were researching/writing your BHGNT?
You have done quite a bit in the field of verbal aspect. How did your previous work in this field play a part in the writing of your handbook?
This was a good opportunity to model the use of verbal aspect through two letters. I was a little surprised at how uncontroversial most of my claims really are once my approach to aspect is applied to text.
For the student or pastor who may be considering picking up your BHGNT, what is the best way to use it for teaching/preaching?
It’s a great tool for thinking through syntactical issues. It’s meant to be used alongside a normal commentary, which will address theme, context, and broader exegetical issues. But often such commentaries cannot afford the close attention to syntax that features in the BHGNT series, so the series is an excellent complement to standard resources.
Thanks again Dr. Campbell for your time. Before we go, can you tell us what you are working these days?
I’ve just completed a manuscript for a new book, due out next year, called Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. I’m now focussing on my commentary on the Johannine Epistles for Zondervan’s Story of God series.
Oh yeah, when should we expect your Evangelical Greek to hit the market?
Expect it out soon!
You can get Con’s Colossians as well as the rest of the Baylor Handbooks for 20% off the normal price. If you are a student of the GNT, you owe it to yourself to get the volumes in this series! Go and order now! Use the code BGNT at checkout.
It appears that Richard Longenecker’s long anticipated NIGTC on Romans is set to be published in next spring!
Yesterday I received in the mail two excellent books: