Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Reviews in TC vol. 13 (2008)

Twelve new reviews have appeared in the current issue of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism vol. 13 (2008).

One of them is my review of L.W. Hurtado, ed., The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: Fresh Studies of an American Treasure Trove (Text-Critical Studies 6. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006). The review ends thus:

"This volume brings together ten valuable essays, each focusing on some important aspect of this 'American treasure trove.' Especially in Clarke’s leading essay about the great philanthropist Charles Lang Freer, who in great enthusiasm purchased the manuscripts from Egypt, we can mirror our own fascination for these biblical manuscripts. As Clarke says, Freer did not collect these items for the purpose of amassing materials in the pursuit of wealth but instead to encourage a sensitivity of 'the beautiful' that would arrest the materialism of his own age (p. 21). This volume of essays highlights this beauty and is therefore a treasure in its own right."

The other reviews are:

Ralph W. Klein, 1 Chronicles, Hermeneia (Korinna Zamfir, reviewer)

Christfried Böttrich, ed., Eschatologie und Ethik im frühen Christentum (Albert Hogeterp, reviewer)

Hermann Josef Riedl, Anamnese und Apostolizität: Der Zweite Petrusbrief und das theologische Problem neutestamentlicher Pseudepigraphie (Tord Fornberg, reviewer)

Séamus O'Connell, From Most Ancient Sources: The Nature and Text-Critical Use of the Greek Old Testament Text of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible (Siegfried Kreuzer, reviewer)

Johannes Marböck, Weisheit und Frömmigkeit: Studien zur alttestamentlichen Literatur der Spätzei (Géza G. Xeravits, reviewer)

Gottfried Schimanowski, Juden und Nichtjuden in Alexandrien: Koexistenz und Konflikte bis zum Pogrom unter Trajan (117 n. Chr.) (Michael Tilly, reviewer)

James Rendel Harris, New Testament Autographs and Other Essays (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

André Lemaire, Congress Volume [of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament], Leiden 2004 (Thomas Hieke, reviewer)

Tor Vegge, Paulus und das antike Schulwesen: Schule und Bildung des Paulus (Uta Poplutz, reviewer)

Linda M. Day, Esther, Abingdon OT Commentaries (Marie-Theres Wacker, reviewer)

Géza G. Xeravits and József Zsengellér, eds., The Book of Tobit: Text, Tradition, Theology. Papers of the First International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, Pápa, Hungary, 20-21 May, 2005 (Michaela Hallermayer, reviewer)

11 Comments:

Stephen C. Carlson said...

Thanks for announcing this.

Wieland Willker said...

What is the current status about the provenance of the Freer MSS?
From the book it is not completely clear to me what Clarke thinks. I think he made Dimai in the Fayjum the most probable?
Can the White Monastery now be ruled out?
From what I read there were excavations at Dimai, but nothing has been found.

Peter M. Head said...

Thanks Tommy,

It is good to see a large number of book reviews in TC - esp. since over the last couple of years it is primarily the reviews which have kept TC alive:
2007: 2 articles; 22 reviews
2006: 1 article; 1 review article; 5 reviews
2004-5: 0 articles; 2 reviews
2003: 4 articles; 1 review article; 13 reviews

I presume that top scholars are not submitting articles. So is TC journal really functioning as a top-quality academic journal? And has it ever recovered from the demise of the old TC list?

Tommy Wasserman said...

PH: "I presume that top scholars are not submitting articles."

I think our mutual friend and top scholar Martin Heide submitted one article which was accepted, but publication took so long so he had to withdraw it, and send it somewhere else. I was also tempted when the publication of my current review, which I worked hard to complete, took about one year to be published.

I think the journal needs another main editor along with Adair who seems a very busy man. I think the SBL, now responsible for the journal, ought to do that. They could always ask one of us!

On the other hand, Tobias Nicklas who is the review editor has been very effective in distributing books for review, etc.

Daniel Buck said...

Technical note:

Since posters are only identified at the end of a sometimes very long post, those of us wondering who is making the references to "I" and "my" have to scroll down to the end of the post to find out.

This is the opposite layout of the comments, which are usually much shorter.

Hopefully this can be easily remedied.

James Snapp, Jr. said...

I noticed that one of the reviews is about a new edition of works by J. Rendel Harris. Readers of ETC may wish to know that several of J. Rendel Harris' works are available online at the www.archive.org website, including "Stichometry" (check out the appendix!), "Four Lectures on the Western Text," and "Fragments from Mount Sinai."

Yours in Christ,

James Snapp, Jr.

Tommy Wasserman said...

Daniel,

The name of the poster is generated automatically by the blogger software. The only way is to repeat it manually at the beginning of a post, but I haven't had too big problems with the scrolling (or reading it at the conclusion) when I read other's posts.

Tommy Wasserman said...

Daniel,

The name of the poster is generated automatically by the blogger software. The only way is to repeat it manually at the beginning of a post, but I haven't had too big problems with the scrolling (or reading it at the conclusion) when I read other's posts.

Peter M. Head said...

Lots of things get generated automatically by software!

Peter M. Head said...

Anyway,

I reckon regular readers should be able to pick up the individual style, subject interests, and prejudices of the regular bloggers and make a pretty good guess about the identity of the author.

Tommy Wasserman said...

PH: "I reckon regular readers should be able to pick up the individual style . . ."

Absolutely, in my case readers will definitely pick up the Swenglish style. Those who don't know what I mean can read the comments to another of my posts:

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID
=17859011&postID=7666320158870860846