Some Thoughts on @Baylor_Press “Jesus of Nazareth: Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World”

image_previewA few weeks back I ordered Jens Schröter’s Jesus of Nazareth: Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World, translated by Wayne Coppins. Wayne has also translated another of Schröter’s works for Baylor, From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon—which is a must read! Although this is not a formal review, I still wanted to give some initial impressions of what I think thus far.

Schröter organizes his work into two parts: Introduction and a Portrayal of Jesus. The introduction highlights matters of historical issues, topics like research on the historical Jesus, some key players, and methodology are discussed. Schröter is known to be a careful and influential historian, all of which are clearly on display in the first part of the book.

In part two, we move from methodology to application. It is here that Schröter begins to apply what he laid out in part one to Jesus of the Gospels. He begins by looking at the birthplace of Jesus, Nazareth, and move outward from there. He discusses the geography, political landscape, religious upbringing, and other matters that influenced the life and ministry of Jesus. His chapters are organized in a somewhat chronological way, starting with Nazareth and ending with the beginning of the Christian church.

I am currently about half way through the book and I find it to be a stimulating read. Schröter is a careful historian and interpreter. He is extremely knowledgeable of the primary documents of the era, which include the DSS, Philo, Josephus and other relevant sources. But what I enjoy most about this work is that he is able to take his wealth of understanding and write in such a way that anyone can understand. This is not to say that he simplifies or dumbs down the material. Schröter instead keeps things rather concise and to the point.

Because of this, I believe that Jesus of Nazareth: Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World would make the perfect text for an undergraduate course on Jesus. Well done Baylor for once again bringing important German works to English readers. Please keep pursuing and publishing these kinds of studies. I know the cost of such works is high, so I thank you for sacrificing for us readers,

Teaching the Didache (The Teaching of ‘the Twelve’)

Clifford Kvidahl:

Great post from Dr. David Capes.

Originally posted on A Word in Edgewise:

Not long ago I taught a brief series at Christ the King Lutheran Church on the Didache, an early Christian manual on ethics, practices, leadership and eschatology.  Most scholars date it to the end of the first or beginning of the second century AD. A Greek manuscript of it—dating to about 1073 AD—was  discovered by accident in a library in Constantinople by Philotheos Bryennios in 1873 (Have you noticed how some of the best stuff is discovered by accident?  The Dead Sea Scrolls.  The Nag Hammadi library.  Chocolate mixed with peanut butter.)  The Didache was published about a decade later.  Some early church leaders wanted to include it the New Testament but Eusebius (Ecclesiastical History 3.25.1-7) reckons it among the spurious documents.Christ the King Lutheran Church

There are four essential questions which this early Christian document addresses:

  1. How are we/ Christians to live?
  2. What are our essential practices?
  3. Who is to lead us?

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#QOTD: Mike Bird (@mbird12) on Jesus and the Gospel

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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In the Mail: @Eerdmansbooks and @Eisenbrauns Edition

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.

Published at last: Ferdinand Christian Baur und die Geschichte des frühen Christentums

Clifford Kvidahl:

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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Q&A with Con Campbell on the @Baylor_Press Handbook on the Greek New Testament

My friend, Constantine Campbell, was kind enough to answer a few questions about his Colossians in the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament. With no further ado, take it away Con!

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?

In particular, Murray Harris’ books on Colossians/Philemon and prepositions, O’Brien’s commentary, Moule’s commentary, and my own Paul and Union with Christ.

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.