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Unity and Diversity Reviewed Over at the Review of Biblical Literature

July 8, 2013

I have been so swamped with teaching and writing this summer that I have completely neglected all aspects of the blogosphere (including writing on my own blog and reading the blogs of others). I did want to point out that the Festschrift for Frank Matera which I edited along with Dr. Kelly Iverson, Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paulwas reviewed by Lars Kierspel over at the Review of Biblical Literature (a big thank you to Beth Stovell for pointing it out to me). It is clear to me that the reviewer took the time to read each essay as he provides a helpful summary of each during his analysis. The review is generally positive, and the concluding paragraph reads:

This volume rewards the reader with a feast of essays on the Gospels and on Paul! The authors address knotty exegetical and theological issues as well as contemporary concerns and engage with current discussions in their fields. They employ a variety of methods, from ancient media studies to modern literary theory, from historical-critical tools to narrative criticism. Many authors, if not all of them, seem to be of Catholic orientation.But that does not predict the results of their research. Frank Matera is to be congratulated for inspiring such a legacy of scholarship.

I have to admit that I was somewhat confounded by his comment about all the contributors appearing to be “Catholic” in orientation, not only because there’s an extensive bio of each scholar at the back of the book (pp. 349 – 354), but also because anyone who has been paying attention over the past 30 years would know to associate names like Kingsbury, Achetemeier, and (possibly to a lesser extent), Gorman, with mainline Protestantism. Nevertheless, I am thankful for such a kind and thorough review.

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