Saturday, 31 January 2009
I managed to submit a paper proposal for the Paul and Pauline Literature Programme Unit. Let's wait and see whether my paper will be accepted.
Friday, 30 January 2009
Philip S. Alexander
The Targum of Lamentations: Translated, with a Critical Introduction, Apparatus, and Notes
Reviewed by Jan-Wim Wesselius
Temple Themes in Christian Worship
Reviewed by Mary L. Coloe
Paul C. Burns, ed.
Jesus in Twentieth Century Literature, Art, and Movies
Reviewed by Tsalampouni Ekaterini
Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney
John Day, ed.
Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir
Exegesis in the Targum of Psalms: The Old, the New, and the Rewritten
Reviewed by Joachim Vette
William A. Ford
God, Pharaoh and Moses: Explaining the Lord's Actions in the Exodus Plagues Narrative
Reviewed by Hee Suk Kim
Reviewed by Brian D. Russell
J. Harold Greenlee
The Text of the New Testament: From Manuscript to Modern Edition
Reviewed by J. K. Elliott
Robert H. Gundry
The Old Is Better: New Testament Essays in Support of Traditional Interpretations
Reviewed by Michael F. Bird
Thomas Krüger, Manfred Oeming, Konrad Schmid, and Christoph Uehlinger, eds.
Das Buch Hiob und seine Interpretationen: Beiträge zum Hiob-Symposium auf dem Monte Verità vom 14.-19. August 2005
Reviewed by Philippe Guillaume
Stuart S. Miller
Sages and Commoners in Late Antique 'Erez Israel: A Philological Inquiry into Local Traditions in Talmud Yerushalmi
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz
Francis J. Moloney
The Living Voice of the Gospels
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
The Mouth of the Lord Has Spoken: Inner-biblical Allusions in Second and Third Isaiah
Reviewed by Christophe Nihan
U. B. Schmid, with W. J. Elliott and D. C. Parker
The in Greek IV: according to St. John: Volume 2: The Majuscules
Reviewed by Marcus Sigismund
Kenton L. Sparks
God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship
Reviewed by Arthur Boulet
Reviewed by Jeffrey A. Gibbs
Jesus and the Impurity of Spirits in the
Reviewed by Mark D. Batluck
Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld
Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament
Reviewed by V. George Shillington
Thursday, 29 January 2009
The invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director, effective July 1, 2010. The premier scholarly and professional association of biblical scholars, the SBL has a current membership of more than 9000, a staff of 25, and an annual of about $3,000,000. It is a constituent society of the . The mission of the SBL is “to foster biblical scholarship,” a mission it carries out through opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development of its members; organizing congresses for scholarly exchange; facilitating broad and open discussion from a variety of perspectives; encouraging study of biblical literature and its cultural contexts; collaborating with educational institutions and other appropriate organizations to support biblical scholarship and teaching; developing resources for diverse audiences, including students, religious communities, and the general public; and publishing biblical scholarship.
The Executive Director of the SBL is its chief executive officer, reports to the SBL Council, and carries a wide range or responsibilities, including providing strategic and tactical leadership in consultation with the SBL Council, overseeing day-to-day operations, financial management, supervision of staff, coordination of a wide-ranging cadre of volunteers, and strengthening relationships with other organizations, potential partners, and stakeholders. Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in biblical studies or a cognate field, a significant scholarly record, and a significant record of participation and leadership in the program work of the Society or comparable learned and professional society. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in administration and personnel management (including paid staff and volunteers), budget and finance, program interpretation and fund raising; as well as demonstrated leadership in strategic planning. Salary and benefits are competitive with executive positions in comparable learned societies and .
Send nominations or applications (i.e., a , current cv, and the names of at least three references able to speak to your leadership, administrative abilities, and scholarly credentials) to F. F. Segovia, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240, firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled. The SBL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a policy of nondiscrimination with respect to all employees and applicants for employment.
We know that the best source for nominations lies with the membership itself, and thus I urge all of you to submit the names of colleagues whom you believe we should contact and/or to encourage colleagues whom you regard as excellent candidates to apply. Please send all nominations and applications by either regular or electronic mail to the respective addresses provided in the official Position Announcement.
On behalf of the Search Committee, I thank you for your kind attention to this matter, and I look forward to hearing from you in the days to come.
Fernando F. Segovia
Chair, Search Committee
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The NSTS is a program of the E.A.Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society. Its mission is "to support advanced training and research into translation studies (understood as inclusive of the history and practice of Bible translation)."
Supporting institutions for the NSTS include the Translation Center at UMass-Amherst, Istituto San Pellegrino, the Society of Biblical Literature, The United Bible Societies (UBS), and SIL International.
For 2009 session,NSTS will admit a globally representative class of 20 qualified associates. Successful candidates will hold a completed or nearly completed doctorate in a discipline related to translation studies or biblical studies as well as field and/or professional experience in translation. The NSTS will comprise lectures and seminars, tutorials and directed readings. Prior to arriving at the School, associates will be expected to submit a draft research paper, engaging with the theme of the School. After revising this draft in light of the presentations, associates will present and defend a second draft during the course of the School. An abstract (250-300 words) of the paper must be submitted with the application.
Associates will be responsible for their own airfare and local transportation to and from Misano. The NSTS will waive fees and cover the cost of room and board. Associates requiring visas to enter Italy are encouraged to begin the visa application process immediately upon acceptance into the School.
To apply, candidates must fill out the online application form and submit it along with a current CV and an abstract of a research paper to: Ms Dulce Alvarado ( 212-408 8752 ).
The deadline for application is March 31, 2009.
For further information on NSTS, please click here.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Anyway, it was great meeting up with relatives and friends over this season. I will go on diet soon!
Monday, 26 January 2009
Here's wishing all friends and readers of my blog a Happy Chinese New Year. The seminary shuts down for 3 days to enable students and staff to travel back to their respective hometowns to celebrate the New Year.
As for me, I will celebrate the New Year with family and friends in KL.
May the year of the Ox be an oxspicious year for all.
And may we be oxbedient to the Lord as well!
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Exposing the Economic Middle: A Revised Economy Scale for the Study of Early Urban 2009;31 243-278
Named Letter-Carriers among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri
Peter M. Head
Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2009;31 279-299
of Promise: Echoes of Isaiah 54 in Romans 4.19-21
Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2009;31 301-324
Revisiting the Euphemism in 1 Corinthians 7.1
Roy E. Ciampa
Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2009;31 325-338
After 70 and All That: A Response to Martin Goodman's Rome and Jerusalem
James Carleton Paget
Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2009;31 339-365
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Dwayne H. Adams
The Sinner in Luke
Reviewed by Bruce Chilton
Reviewed by I. Howard Marshall
Genesis 1-11: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text
Reviewed by Paul L. Chen
Writing the History of Israel
Reviewed by Susanne Scholz
Wesley J. Bergen and Armin Siedlecki, eds.
Voyages in Uncharted Waters: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Biblical Interpretation in Honor of David Jobling
Reviewed by James West
William Sanger Campbell
The "We" Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character
Reviewed by Deborah Prince
Philip R. Davies
The Origins of Biblical Israel
Reviewed by K. L. Noll
Reviewed by Thomas L. Thompson
Das Lukasevangelium: Unter Berücksichtigung seiner Parallelen. Teilband I: 1,1-10,42; Teilband II: 11,1-24,53
Reviewed by Joel B. Green
The Lower Stratum Families in the Neo-Assyrian Period
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore
Gottes Land: Exegetische Studien zur Land-Thematik im Hoseabuch in kanonischer Perspektive
Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney
The Jewish Pesach and the Origins of the Christian Easter: Open Questions in Current Research
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Victor H. Matthews
Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods
Reviewed by Trent Butler
Madeline Gay McClenney-Sadler
Recovering the Daughter's Nakedness: A Formal Analysis of Israelite Kinship Terminology and the Internal Logic of Leviticus 18
Reviewed by Deborah W. Rooke
Wayne A. Meeks and John T. Fitzgerald, eds.
The Writings of St. Paul: Annotated Texts, Reception and Criticism
Reviewed by V. George Shillington
Hyung Dae Park
Finding Herem? A Study of Luke-Acts in the Light of Herem
Reviewed by Darin H. Land
Galatians through the Centuries
Reviewed by John Dunnill
Reviewed by Martin Meiser
Todd D. Still, ed.
Jesus and Paul Reconnected: Fresh Pathways into an Old Debate
Reviewed by Otis Coutsoumpos
The Early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius
Reviewed by Markus Oehler
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
This year, something rather "strange" happened to me in the seminary. In view of the surge in the number of students in the Chinese department, I have been asked to take a pastoral group comprising students from the Chinese department. I was a little bit apprehensive as my command of Chinese is terribly poor (for those interested in some history of my poor command of Chinese, please click here for a previous post). I could not even hold a decent conversation in Chinese, what more in taking a pastoral group comprising 100% Chinese speaking students.
As such, I asked that I be given bilingual students from the Chinese department - those who have a fairly good command of English, to be in my pastoral group. After some adjustments, I have the privilege of being allocated with a group of 9 students from the Chinese department.
After taking stock of how previous years of pastoral groups had been organised, I try to do something different this year. Instead of meeting as a group every Wednesday morning, I have made it a point to meet with all the students individually as well. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for me to get to know these students from the Chinese department better, going beyond just knowing their names, as I don't teach them (except for Perng Shyang, whose thesis I supervise). So what we will do is that once a month, we will have breakfast together. The other 2 weeks in a month, we will meet as a group for discussion or some form of group activities. As for the other remaining week, I will meet with one student individually so that we could get to know each other better.
Hopefully, this arrangement will help me get to know the students better, and also serve as a better platform to provide pastoral care for them. I also hope that this will make the pastoral group a more meaningful one. How this will eventually work out, only time will tell.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Whatever it is, I have learnt to count my blessings all these years. And I thank the Almighty for giving me breath for another day, and another year.
Note: I baked some muffins for myself....but not enough for my age count....
Monday, 19 January 2009
James W. Aageson
Paul, the , and the Early Church
Reviewed by David J. Downs
Reinhard Achenbach, Martin Arneth, and Eckart Otto
Tora in der Hebräischen Bibel: Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte und synchronen Logik diachroner Transformationen
Reviewed by Kent Reynolds
Bruce Chilton, ed.
The Cambridge Companion to the Bible
Reviewed by Douglas Estes
Naomi G. Cohen
Philo's Scriptures: Citations from the Prophets and Writings: Evidence for a Haftarah Cycle in Second Temple Judaism
Reviewed by Torrey Seland
James D. G. Dunn
The New Perspective on Paul
Reviewed by J. R. Daniel Kirk
Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Reviewed by Ken Olson
Robert C. Hill, translation with introduction and commentary; Greek text revised by John F. Petruccione
Theodoret of Cyrus: The Questions of the Octateuch, Volume 1: On Genesis and Exodus
Reviewed by Randall L. McKinion
Robert C. Hill, translation with introduction and commentary; Greek text revised by John F. Petruccione
Theodoret of Cyrus: The Questions on the Octateuch, Volume 2: On Levitcus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
Reviewed by Randall L. Mckinion
Tryggve N. D. Mettinger
The Eden Narrative: A Literary and Religio-historical Study of Genesis 2-3
Reviewed by Howard N. Wallace
St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeology
Reviewed by Jonathan L. Reed
Hate the Evil, Hold Fast to the Good: Structuring Romans 12.1-15.1
Reviewed by Carl N. Toney
Emerson B. Powery, Brian K. Blount, , and Clarice J. Martin, eds.
True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary
Reviewed by Gosnell Yorke
"Nicht vergeblich empfangen"! Eine Untersuchung zum Zweiten Korintherbrief als Beitrag zur Frage nach der paulinischen Einschätzung des Handelns
Reviewed by Günter Röhser
Leonard J. Swidler
Jesus Was a Feminist: What the Gospels Reveal about His Revolutionary Perspective
Reviewed by Eve-Marie Becker
Reviewed by Kathleen E. Corley
Anthony C. Thiselton
Hermeneutics of Doctrine
Reviewed by Dirk J. Smit
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
This afternoon, I will be flying back to my hometown Kota Bharu to sort out some personal matters. This will most likely be my last trip "home" for a long time as my parents have already moved in to stay with me in KL.
I think I will be enjoying some of the delicacies of Kelantan that I really miss such as budu, nasi dagang, ayam percik, akok, nasi kerabu, laksa kelantan, pulut kacang, and ..... Counting calories will NOT be in my vocabulary for the weekend.
Friday, 16 January 2009
Classes officially begins this week, and I had my first lecture on Exegesis of Romans to a group of 26 students yesterday. I tried to do things a little bit different this semester, and this is reflected in the course requirement for the course on Romans. In addition to the usual exegesis paper, I gave the class an option of taking the final exam or coming out with a creative project capturing the theme/themes of Romans.
In the course outline, I state the following:
Devise a creative project based on your understanding of the major theme/themes found in Romans. It could take the form of a teaching lesson, drama, Sunday school material, bible study, movie clip, music, sculpture, painting, or any other creative form which demonstrates a clear indication of your understanding of the major theme/themes of Romans and how this particular theme/themes can be demonstrated in a relevant manner to your current audience. You will be evaluated on your creativity, clarity, and the effectiveness of conveying the message of Romans to your contemporary audience.
I wonder how successful this creative project will be - only time will tell, and I do hope some of the students will take up this option. It would be interesting to see how one interprets the theme/themes of Romans in a contemporary fashion.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
I have just received the following announcement through the BNTS list yesterday. Please note the closing date:
Lecturer (Part-time, Fixed-term)
Closing Date: 19/01/09
Salary: £36,532 per annum pro rata.
The postholder will design, prepare and deliver teaching programmes including preparing and supervising different modes of assessment for the following modules;
· Level 1 Decoding the
· Level 1 The Biblical World (co-taught)
· Level 2 Paul and his World
· and Texts
Candidates will be able to demonstrate appropriate experience in teaching all levels of undergraduate and MA Students. At level 3, supervision of a number of undergraduate dissertations on New Testament Topics will also be expected. The successful candidate will also adopt a pastoral role for a number of tutees and will undertake all relevant administration and assessment of modules taught and contribute as appropriate to departmental administration.
Candidates should possess or be working towards a PhD in a relevant subject area (or have equivalent experience).
The post is available 20 hours per week with a start date of 2 February 2009 and an end date of 30 June 2009.
For full details and information on how to apply please visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs
Tel: 0114 222 1631 (24 hrs).
Please quote reference in all enquiries.
I did not manage to do a survey of the life of Paul - how can a Pauline scholar fail to do this? I better repent...
Anyway, it was not all work for me. I managed to have half a day off for myself just to enjoy the camp site and to rest.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
Dinner at Lan Yin's place
Look at the crab! Guess who ate all those crab? Hint: It was not Joel
Thursday, 8 January 2009
I mentioned in an earlier post that I have moved to the staff apartment beginning this year. Apparently, this particular unit that I am currently staying in is well-known to be the best feng sui unit for singles in the seminary.
Let's look at the history of the tenancy in this apartment. The first tenant moved in as a single and stayed there for 6 years before moving out after getting married. The second tenant stayed there for 2 years before doing the same. So how long would the third tenant need?
So speculation is running high the the budding NT scholar might just need 6 months before he moves out of the apartment. My principal Dr Ezra Kok, who is now on 6-month sabbatical leave, has already offered his services when he returns to work, and it would be just in time.
Will the good feng sui repeat itself this time? Only time will tell.....Again, it seems to work for the ladies who stayed there, but a guy??? I think it takes a real miracle for this to happen.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
We had our first chapel service this morning for the orientation week, and I had the privilege of addressing the new students. It was a real joy to see all the new students, and I wish them well in their studies.
Later on this week on Jan 8, all the seniors will be back, and the campus will be alive with activities, lectures, and of course, laughter!
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
I have just received the following notice which may be of interest.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, is interested in involving faculty from majority world evangelical institutions as adjuncts when they are available in the United States for longer or shorter periods of time (even as one-session guest lecturers). Our students and faculty are eager to benefit from qualified national and missionary professors in any theological and ministry discipline.
Communication about interest and availability can be sent to the dean's office at the Charlotte campus via email@example.com.
Friday, 2 January 2009
In the next couple of days, more than 30 new students will be arriving at the seminary, beginning their journey of being equipped for Christian vocation. This will be followed by the orientation, and the annual retreat. It will be a busy semeser ahead for me.