This volume contains twenty-two essays in honor of Carl R. Holladay, whose work on the interaction between early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism has had a considerable impact on the study of the New Testament. The essays are grouped into three sections: Hellenistic Judaism; the New Testament in Context; and the History of Interpretation. Among the contributions are essays dealing with conversion in Greek-speaking Judaism and Christianity; 3 Maccabees as a narrative satire; retribution theology in Luke-Acts; church discipline in Matthew; the Exodus and comparative chronology in Jewish and patristic writings; corporal punishment in ancient Israel and early Christianity; and Die Judenfrage and the construction of ancient Judaism.
Patrick Gray, Ph.D. (2002) in Religion, Emory University, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College. He is the author of
Godly Fear: The Epistle to Hebrews and Greco-Roman Critiques of Superstition (Brill/SBL, 2003).
Gail O'Day, Ph.D. (1983) in Religion, Emory University, is Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of
John: Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections, NIB IX (Abingdon, 1995), and several other works on the Gospel of John.
Contributors include Abraham J. Malherbe, John T. Fitzgerald, L. L. Grabbe, Gregory Sterling, William Adler, Luke Timothy Johnson, and Thomas H. Olbricht.
Table of contents
Preface Abbreviations List of Contributors
I. Hellenistic Judaism
N. CLAYTON CROY
Disrespecting Dionysus: 3 Maccabees as Narrative Satire of the God of Wine
LESTER L. GRABBE
Jewish Identity and Hellenism in the Fragmentary Jewish Writings in Greek
WALTER T. WILSON
The Constitution of Compassion: Political Reflections on Philo’s De humanitate
Moses, the Exodus, and Comparative Chronology
II. The New Testament in Context
Turning to God: Conversion in Greek-Speaking Judaism and Early Christianity
The Messianic Use of Zechariah 9-14 in Matthew, Mark, and the Pre-Markan Tradition
MICHAEL JOSEPH BROWN
Performance Anxiety: The Use of UPOKRITHS in Matthew 6:1-18
Is Matthew 18:15-17 about “Church Discipline”?
JOHN B. WEAVER
The Noble and Good Heart: Kaloka\gaqi/a in Luke’s Parable of the Sower
The “Word of God” and Retribution Theology in Luke-Acts
“Your Sons and Your Daughters Will Prophesy . . .”: Pairings of Men and Women in Luke-Acts
GAIL R. O’DAY
The Citation of Scripture as a Key to Characterization in Acts
DAVID P. MOESSNER
Luke’s “Plan of God” from the Greek Psalter: The Rhetorical Thrust of “The Prophets and the Psalms” in Peter’s Speech at Pentecost
STEVEN J. KRAFTCHICK
Self-Presentation and Community Construction in Philippians
ABRAHAM J. MALHERBE
How to Treat Old Women and Old Men: The Use of Philosophical Traditions and Scripture in 1 Timothy 5
JOHN T. FITZGERALD
Proverbs 3:11-12, Hebrews 12:5-6, and the Tradition of Corporal Punishment
III. The History of Interpretation
The Early Reception of Hebrews 6:4-6
JUAN HERNÁNDEZ JR.
The Apocalypse in Codex Alexandrinus: Its Singular Readings and Scribal Habits
THOMAS H. OLBRICHT
Exegetical and Theological Presuppositions in Nineteenth-Century American Commentaries on Acts
LUKE TIMOTHY JOHNSON
Narrative Criticism and Translation: Luke-Acts and the Case of the NRSV
BRAD R. BRAXTON
Paul and Racial Reconciliation: A Postcolonial Approach to 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Die Judenfrage and the Construction of Ancient Judaism: Toward a Foregrounding of the Backgrounds Approach to Early Christianity
Publications of Carl R. Holladay Scripture Index Index of Modern Authors
All those interested in the New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the Greco-Roman context of early Christianity.