August 25, 2010
Move Over, Tom Wright
This week a bunch of academic books go to the printer. And I get a final opportunity to check over my own contributions. The idea is for the editor to look over the big stuff, the meta issues, and anything known to have been problematic and needing resolution. I’m generally able to limit my probings accordingly. But sometimes I fail. This happens when the book exerts irresistible pull back into the text—to read portions, to reflect again, to browse the footnotes, to be reminded of key arguments. While capitulating to this slows me down and puts me behind in other tasks, I generally consider it a good sign. The book is working its magic. And that means it’s likely to do the same for other readers like me. I’ve been experiencing this once again over the past two or three days. Want to know what the book is?Continue reading "Move Over, Tom Wright"
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September 23, 2009
July 15, 2009
Martin Hengel, 1926-2009
Many readers of this blog will have already learned that a great New Testament scholar, Martin Hengel, died on July 2. In case you have missed it, there is an excellent obituary by Roland Deines at the Society of Biblical Literature site. For those of us who cut our scholarly teeth on Hengel’s scholarship, he was a figure of heroic proportions. I still recall my amazement as I approached my reading of the first English printing of his Judaism and Hellenism—volume one was the text and volume two was “notes and bibliography”! And who else could pour so much into slender volumes on Crucifixion or The Atonement?
Read Deines’s piece and learn more about this remarkable scholar and Christian! Then read one of his books.
February 19, 2009
A Bird’s-Eye View of Paul
A Bird’s Eye View of Paul. That’s what Mike Bird’s book is called in the U.K. We call it Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message. And you thought the Brits were the ones with the humorless, stiff upper lip. Well no, that would be us in the U.S.A. We were going to try to mess with his Aussie humor too, but it wasn’t allowed.Continue reading "A Bird’s-Eye View of Paul"
January 7, 2009
Foaming at the Blurbs
There’s been quite a kerfuffle out there in blogdom here and here and here over Scot McKnight’s endorsement of N. T. Wright’s forthcoming book, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (due June 2009). You can read the endorsements, or blurbs, here. Now, from a publisher’s and an author’s standpoint, that’s a pretty nice spread of folks urging you to read the book, whether you agree or not. And my friend Scot, who knows how to blurb (and now saves his ammo for a select few, salted his endorsement with his considered opinion of some of Wright’s “neo-Reformed” opponents!
We’ve been expecting some fur to fly when the book comes out. But this much over just a blurb? Well, while we do try to be high minded, even handed and above the fray, I can’t help saying that this sort of thing warms the cockles of a publisher’s heart. And it provides an interesting window onto a sector of evangelicalism.
(And thanks to Mike Bird and a few others for stepping into the bloggy fray with the gift of reason and clarity.)
June 20, 2007
The Grain of Sand That Creates the Pearl
During the AAR/SBL meetings last November in Washington, D.C., I was at the IVP book booth when I saw John Dominic Crossan standing in front of a large stack of Craig Evans's new book, Fabricating Jesus. He had his hand on the stack but seemed uncertain as to whether or not he should pick up a volume.
So I walked over to him and in a light hearted way said, "Don't worry. Craig doesn't say anything bad about you!" Of course Crossan knew Craig and knew the two disagreed on a number of issues. So with a twinkle in his eye and a bit of an Irish brogue in his voice, he said, "It is my gift to be an irritant. I am the grain of sand that creates the pearl."
We chatted for several more minutes, but I began to think about how Crossan and others such as those in the Jesus Seminar have indeed raised the bar for conservative scholars, forcing them to elevate their game. And so today we often find those like Crossan and those like Evans paired as peers in debates.
As Crossan began to leave I picked up a copy of Evan's book and handed it to him. "Please take a copy. I don't want to make you pay for it," I said. He thanked me. But perhaps we should be thanking him.
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