Tuesday, July 31, 2007

F.F. Bruce on the New English Bible

The following article is now available in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "The New English Bible," Faith and Thought 92.1 (1961): 47-52.

Professor Bruce gives a cautious welcome to the (then) newly published New English Bible New Testament, concluding that the final test would be whether or not the "man in the street" could hear the "Word of God addressing itself to his heart and meeting his need" though it. I think that this would be a good test of any translation.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Help requested tracing the literary executor of the late Professor Roland K. Harrison

In order to obtain permission to reproduce a couple of his articles I am trying to find out who currently holds the rights to R.K. Harrison's works when these are not held by specific publishers. In most cases this would be the author's next of kin as it forms part of the deceased person's estate. Professor Harrison is most famous for his excellent Introduction to the Old Testament. I have tried all my usual avenues of enquiry but have drawn a blank and my e-mail to his last place of work has gone unanswered. Does anyone have any ideas of how I might proceed? Feel free to use Blogger's "comments" feature to respond - I won't allow confidential information to be published on the blog.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tiny tablet provides proof for the accuracy of the Old Testament

Personally I don't have any doubts that the Bible provides an accurate historical record of the people and events it describes. Even so, it is nice when someone comes up with yet another piece of hard evidence for this. The evidence doesn't get any "harder" than than the 2,500 clay tablet discovered recently in the collection of the British Museum. This tablet is a receipt from one of the temples of Babylon to Nabu-sharrussu-ukin "chief eunuch" of Nebuchadnezzar. According to a recent article in The Daily Telegraph It is almost certain that this is the same person as is mentioned in Jeremiah 32:3:

Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon. [NIV]

The find is being hailed as the most important find in Biblical Archaology for 100 years, Prof. Irving Finkel of the British Museum is quoted as saying:

This is a fantastic discovery, a world-class find, ... If Nebo-Sarsekim existed, which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed? A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true. I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power.
A writer who set out to write about the fall of Jerusalem might be expected to know the name of the Babylonian king that captured the city, but such secondary details demonstrate that the book is, as it claims, a contemporary eyewitness account.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Craig Bartholomew on Reading the Old Testament in Postmodern Times

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

Craig Bartholomew, "Reading the Old Testament in Postmodern Times," Tyndale Bulletin 49.1 (1998): 91-114.

Summary:
This article explores the impact of postmodernism on Old Testament studies by looking at the recent proposals of Rendtorff, Brueggemann and Clines. Rendtorff discerns a crisis in Old Testament studies with the demise of the Wellhausenian paradigm. He argues for a methodological pluralism in the present. Brueggemann stresses the epistemological shift that postmodernism entails and argues for a hermeneutic that fiends postmodern imagination. Clines welcomes the pluralism of postmodernism and articulates a consumer hermeneutic while favouring ideological critique of the Bible. This article argues that some form of metanarrative shaping one’s hermeneutic is inevitable and that at its best postmodernism re-opens the debate about a religiously shaped hermeneutic.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thursday, July 05, 2007

F.F. Bruce on the Literary Background of the New Testament

The following article is now available in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "The Literary Background of the New Testament," Faith and Thought 97.1 (1968): 15-40.

Professor Bruce provides pithy introductions to the following works: 1 Enoch; The Book of Jubilees; The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs; The Psalms of Solomon; The Assumption of Moses; The Ascension of Isaiah; The Apocalypse of Ezra; The Apocalypse of Baruch and The Works of Josephus