writing things down…

Archive for March, 2007

Wabash Center

Let me suggest the Wabash Center website as a wonderful teaching resource.

Ephesians begins tonight

My Spring Quarter course, NE506: NT Exegesis: Ephesians, starts tonight.

Journal of Theological Interpretation

I just subscribed to the new Journal of Theological Interpretation. The first issue should be coming out this Spring. The Table of Contents for this issue reads as follows:

Can Narrative Criticism Recover the Unity of Scripture?
Richard B. Hays

Texts in Context: Scripture and the Divine Economy
Murray Rae

Mission, Hermeneutics, and the Local Church
Michael A. Rynkiewich

Christ in All the Scriptures? The Challenge of Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture
R.W.L. Moberly

“A Seamless Garment”: Approach to Biblical Interpretation?
Michael J. Gorman

One can download the introduction to the journal, by editor, Joel Green, and the article by Murray Rae here.

I think this will be $30 well spent.

Modern NT scholars in isolation

Over a month ago NT scholar Robert Morgan delivered the annual NT Colloquium lectures at Fuller Theological Seminary. He made available to some of us a couple of his articles in draft form. I have been slowly working my way through the largest, “New Testament Theology in the Twentieth Century.” I am not sure what is the status of Morgan’s articles, so I will not reference anything of his. However, I do want to note a quotation Morgan cites. For a good bit of space, Morgan discusses Wayne Meeks’s 2004 presidential paper to the international Society for New Testament Studies (“Why Study the New Testament?” New Testament Studies 51, April 2005, pp. 155-170). I was struck by the following:

The social and cultural bases [which supported modern biblical studies] have all changed. As a result we find ourselves today approaching a state of complete isolation: within the university, lonely practitioners of a quaintly antiquated craft; in the larger world, distant voices scarcely heard within communities of faith and, in the noisy noisy public realm informed by global corporate media, not noticed at all except when we say something truly outrageous (163f.).

What do you make of this assessment?  It seems about right to me.  My hope for theological interpretation is that it will become the bridge discipline good biblical interpretation should be.  That might mean we NT scholars will have to rethink the methods of the “antiquated craft”.  It might also mean that we must do our work as a part of the “communities of faith” so that our voices will be heard by those communities.

I think Meeks’s last line is especially appropriate in light of the recent media hullabaloo over the “Jesus Family Tomb“.