The New Testament Interpreted

Essays in Honour of Bernard C. Lategan


This volume contains a collection of essays in honour of Bernard C. Lategan, a renowned specialist on the modern reception of the New Testament. Besides offering anayses of Lategan’s own contribution to New Testament scholarship, the essays present and discuss interpretations of the New Testament from antiquity through contemporary critical scholarship. Topics covered include hermeneutical issues of historical Jesus research, intertextuality in antiquity, the interpretation of the New Testament in Africa, and the New Testament as literature. The collection thus provides a representative perspective on the diversity of New Testament scholarship in South Africa and elsewhere.

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Biographical Note

Cilliers Breytenbach is Professor for Literature, Religion and History of Early Christianity at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Professor extraordinaire for New Testament at the University of Stellenbosch. He has published on a wide range of topics, including the Gospel of Mark, reconciliation and the death of Jesus in Pauline theology as well as the history of Judaism and Christianity in ancient Asia Minor.
Johan C. Thom is Professor of Classics at the University of Stellenbosch. His publications include books and articles on philosophical and religious texts from the Hellenistic world (including Pythagorean, Stoic, and Epicurean texts), and their relationship to New Testament material.
Jeremy Punt is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Stellenbosch. He has published on various topics related to biblical hermeneutics as well as on the reception of the Bible, with a focus on postcolonial and related theories, and the Bible in Africa, in the popular media and in politics.

Table of contents


I. Interpretations of the interpreter
Dirkie Smit (Stellenbosch University), Interpreter interpreted. A readers´ reception of Lategan´s legacy
François Wessels (Stellenbosch University), The historical Jesus and the letters of Paul. Revisiting Bernard C. Lategan’s thesis
Cilliers Breytenbach (Humboldt University Berlin), “Not according to human criteria”: Bernard Lategan’s reading of Galatians in a crumbling apartheid state

II. Interpreting the New Testament for the construction of Christianity in antiquity
Jens Schröter (University of Leipzig), New Horizons in Historical Jesus Research? Hermeneutical considerations concerning the so-called "Third Quest" of the historical Jesus
Pieter F. Craffert (University of South Africa, Pretoria), Multiple realities and historiography: Rethinking historical Jesus research

III. Intertextuality in antiquity
Johann Cook (Stellenbosch University), Inter-Textual Readings in the Septuagint
Gert J. Steyn (University of Pretoria), Torah Quotations common to Philo, Hebrews and some early Churchfathers. What is the common denominator?
Majella Franzmann (University of New England, Armidale, Australia), An "heretical" use of the New Testament: a Manichaean quotation/adaptation of Matt 6:19-20 in P. Kell. Copt. 32.
Dr. Annemaré Kotzé (Stellenbosch University), Augustine, Paul, and the Manichees

IV. Interpreting the New Testament in Africa
Elna Mouton (Stellenbosch University), Interpreting the New Testament in Africa: Bernard Lategan on the threshold of diverse theological discourses
Jeremy Punt (Stellenbosch University), A politics of difference in the New Testament: Identity and the others in Paul
Maarman Samuel Tshehla (University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg)
Selected 19th century Sesotho readings of the Bible: David Moiloa and the days of Basotho’s ignorance
Jan Botha (Stellenbosch University), The study of the New Testament in African Universities
Piet J. Naudé (University of Port Elizabeth), The challenge of cultural justice in Africa. Is the New Testament of any use?

V. Interpreting the New Testament as literature
Johan C. Thom (Stellenbosch University), Dyads, triads and other compositional beasts in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
Detlev Dormeyer (University of Dortmund)
Der gegenwärtige Stand der Forschung zum Markus-Evangelium und die Frage nach der historischen und gegenwärtigen Kontext-Plausibilität
Bettina Fischer (University of Cape Town), The chronotope and its discursive function in the Gospel of Luke
Charles A. Wanamaker (University of Cape Town)
The power of the absent father: A socio-rhetorical analysis of 1 Corinthians 4:14-5:13
Pieter G.R. de Villiers (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein)
Wilhelm Bousset’s commentary on Revelation and hermeneutical perspectives on the Revelation of John

Subjects and names
Biblical and other ancient texts

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