Monday, April 20, 2009

Kathy Ehrensperger, Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement (LNTS 325; London: T&T Clark, 2007).

Reviewed by Thomas R. Blanton IV at RBL:

The book doesn't seem to mention letter-carriers (based on the review); but in treating the relationship between Paul and his addressees in an apparently nuanced manner (so Blanton) it looks like a useful resource.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon (eds. C.A. Evans & H.D. Zacharias; SSEJC 13; LNTS 70; London: T & T Clark / Continuum, 2009) is now listed on the Continuum web-site (as published in April 2009). Here is a brief description:
A fascinating collection of essays that builds upon the growing interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture.

My paper ‘Letter Carriers in the Ancient Jewish Epistolary Material’ is on pp. 203-219.

The Table of Contents is as follows:
Introduction — C. A. Evans and H. D. Zacharias
John P. Flanagan, “Papyrus 967 and the Text of Ezekiel: Parablepsis or an Original Text?”
Gregg Schwendner, “A Fragmentary Psalter from Karanis and its Context”
Thomas Kraus, “‘He that dwelleth in the help of the Highest’: Septuagint Psalm 90 and the Iconographic Program on Byzantine Armbands”
Don Barker, “Another Look at Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1353?”
Scott D. Charlesworth, “Public and Private — Second and Third-Century Gospel Manuscripts”
Pamela Shellberg, “A Johannine Reading of Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 840”
Peter Arzt-Grabner, “‘I was intending to visit you, but . . .’: Clauses Explaining Delayed Visits and their Importance in Papyrus Letters and in Paul”
Annette Bourland Huizenga, “Advice to the Bride: Moral Exhortation for Young Wives in Two Ancient Letters”
Marianne Schleicher, “Transitions between Artifactual and Hermeneutical Use of Scripture”
Larry Hurtado, “Early Christian Manuscripts of Biblical Texts as Artifacts”
Stephen Reed, “Physical and Visual Features of Dead Sea Scrolls Scriptural Texts”
Eduard Iricinschi, “‘A thousand books will be saved’: Manichean Manuscripts and Religious Propaganda in the Roman Empire”
Kirsten Nielsen, “The Danish Hymnbook: Artifact and Text”
David Chalcraft, “Some Biblical Artifacts in Search of a Sociological Theory”
Dorina Miller Parmenter, “The Bible as Icon: Myths of the Divine Origin of Scripture”
Peter M. Head, “Letter Carriers in the Ancient Jewish Epistolary Material”
Juan HernĂ¡ndez, “The Apocalypse in Codex Sinaiticus”