Scripture and Traditions

Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay

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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.
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Biographical Note

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

WILLIAM ADLER
Moses, the Exodus, and Comparative Chronology


II. The New Testament in Context

GREGORY STERLING
Turning to God: Conversion in Greek-Speaking Judaism and Early Christianity

MARK BLACK
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

SHARYN DOWD
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

SCOTT SHAUF
The “Word of God” and Retribution Theology in Luke-Acts

ALLEN BLACK
“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

PATRICK GRAY
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

TODD PENNER
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

Readership

All those interested in the New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the Greco-Roman context of early Christianity.