Wednesday, January 9, 2008

What I'm Reading Now

Here are the readings that I have started with the New Year in the different categories...
1 Hermeneutics
  • Bruce Longenecker, Rhetoric at the Boundaries: The Art and Theology of New Testament Chain-Link Transitions (2005)
2 Theology
  • Oscar Cullmann, Christ and Time: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time and History (1950)
3 New Testament
  • George Guthrie, The Structure of Hebrews: A Text-Linguistic Analysis (1994)
4 Letter of James
  • Chris Morgan, "The Doctrine of God in the Epistle of James" (ETS paper, 2007)

5 Textual Criticism

  • David Alan Black, ed. Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism (2002)
6 Greek
  • Devine & Stephens, Discontinuous Syntax: Hyperbaton in Greek (1999)

7 Early Church

  • Kirsopp Lake, trans. 1 Clement (75-110 A.D.)
8 Historical Christianity
  • Sinclair Ferguson, John Owen on the Christian Life (1987)
9 Old Testament

  • James Barr, Old and New in Interpretation: A Study of the Two Testaments (1966)
10 Jewish Backgrounds
  • James VanderKam, An Introduction to Early Judaism (2001)
11 Linguistics

  • William Alston, Illocutionary Acts & Sentence Meaning (2000)
12 Papuan Languages

  • Mark Donahue, "One Phrase Structure" (2000)
13 Discourse Analysis
  • Robert Longacre, Joseph: A Story of Divine Providence. A Text Theoretical and Textlinguistic Analysis of Genesis 37 and 39-48 (2003)
14 Translation Theory
  • Timothy Wilt, ed. Bible Translation: Frames of Reference (2003)
15 Missions
  • John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (1993)
16 Teaching Theory
  • Lingenfelter & Lingenfelter, Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Learning and Teaching (2003)
17 Marriage & Family
  • Tim & Joy Downs, The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage (2003)

18 Men & Accountability
  • Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God (2000)
19 Book Reviews
  • Larry Hurtado, The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: Fresh Studies of an American Treasure Trove (2006) -- reviewed by Hernández


Anonymous said...

What do you think, please, of Obadiah Shoher's interpretation of the story? (here: ) He takes the text literally to prove that the brothers played a practical joke on Yosef rather than intended to murder him or sell him into slavery. His argument seems fairly strong to me, but I'd like to hear other opinions.

Zephyr said...

Alex, I'll simply agree with the posting on Ovadiah's site by Steve from who says...

This interpretation, although interesting, doesn’t make any sense textually. You can’t ignore what the passage has Judah saying:

“Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.”

His brothers agreed, and the next verse specifies that the brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites (or Midianites; the terms were apparently interchangeable).

It’s easy to come up with vastly different interpretations of a text if you decide to view it in a modern light (e.g., ‘horror movies’) while simply ignoring what it says. For instance, a dog fell into a pit in the movie “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.” Maybe Joseph was really a dog!