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Book Notice: Festschrift for Frank Matera

July 30, 2012

Over the past few days I have been in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame for the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. While I am here for papers, presentations, and conversations, my main reason for being here is to present Frank Matera with a Festschrift that has been in the works for the past two years. My co-editor, Kelly Iverson and I both had the privilege of studying with Frank at the Catholic University of America. The title of the volume is Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera (SBLECL 7; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012). When we began planning this volume several years ago we wanted to pick a prominent theme in Frank’s scholarship and build the volume around that. He has written at length about the “diverse unity of New Testament theology”; thus, we decided to have the book’s essays focus on this theme in the Gospels and Pauline literature. The volume celebrates his 70th birthday and his formal retirement from academic life.

The table of contents is as follows:

Part One: Unity and Diversity in the Gospels

 1. Kelly R. Iverson, “An Enemy of the Gospel? Anti-Paulinisms and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew”

2. Francis J. Moloney, S.B.D., “Matthew 5:17–18 and the Matthean Use of DIKAISOUNE”

3. Jack Dean Kingsbury, “The Christology of Mark and the Son of Man”

4. John R. Donahue, S.J., “The Lure of Wealth: Does Mark Have a Social Gospel?”

5. Paul J. Achtemeier, “Jesus and the Human Condition in Mark’s Gospel: Divine Grace and the Shattering of Human Illusions”

6. William S. Kurz, S.J., “Paul’s Witness to Biblical Monotheism as Isaiah’s Servant in Acts”

7. John Paul Meier, “The Parable of the Wicked Tenants in the Vineyard: Is the Gospel of Thomas Independent of the Synoptics?”

 Part Two: Unity and Diversity in Paul

 8. Matt Whitlock, “From the Acts of the Apostles to Paul: Shaking off the Muffled Majesty of Impersonal Authorship”

9. Michael J. Gorman, “Cruciformity according to Jesus and Paul”

10. A. Andrew Das, “Galatians 3:10: A ‘Newer Perspective’ on an Omitted Premise”

11. Luke Timothy Johnson, “The Body in Question: The Social Complexities of Resurrection”

12. Sherri Brown, “Faith, Christ, and Paul’s Theology of Salvation History”

13. Raymond F. Collins, “From Parousia to Epiphaneia: The Transformation of aPauline Motif

14. Christopher W. Skinner, “Virtue in the New Testament: The Legacies of Paul and John in Comparative Perspective”

The book is a very fitting tribute to a gifted and humble professor and scholar.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 4:12 pm

    Congratulations on the publication, Chris! Excellent line-up of articles here.

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