New Diss by a Norwegian OT Scholar

The dissertation of the Norwegian scholar Gard Granerød is now about to be published:

Granerød, Gard
Abraham and Melchizedek
Scribal Activity of Second Temple Times in Genesis 14 and Psalm 110

Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 406 . De Gruyter, 2010 |
Hardcover | RRP Euro [D] 79.95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 124.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-022345-3

Parts of the Preview: This book, emphasizing Genesis 14 and Psalm 110, contributes to the history of composition of the patriarchal narratives in the book of Genesis and to the history of theology of the Second Temple period.
Genesis 14 was added on a late stage and in two steps: first, Genesis 14* and later, the so-called Melchizedek episode (ME, vv. 18-20). Genesis 14 is the result of inner-biblical exegesis: both Genesis 14* and the later ME originated from scribal activity in which several earlier biblical texts have served as templates/literary building blocks.

New Journal

A New Journal is about to be launched by Mohr-Siebeck: Early Christianity (EC), and it will be edited by Jörg Frey, Clare K. Rothschild, Jens Schröter and Francis Watson.

The journal is concerned with early Christianity as a historical phenomenon. Thereby, “Early Christianity” aims to overcome certain limitations which have hindered the development of the discipline, including the concept of the “New Testament” itself. The journal, then, is taken to cover not only the first Christian century but also the second.

This journal will not, however, give any special prominence to reception-history or to the second century. The total phenomenon called “early Christianity” comprises a kaleidoscopic range of individual phenomena, including communal structures, social norms, discursive practices, points of conflict, material remains, and much else – far more than just the production and reception of texts. This journal will strive to reflect this multiplicity of contexts, in the expectation of new light on our subject-matter from a variety of angles.

“Early Christianity” will appear four times a year. Each issue will contain four (or five) articles, at least one of which will be in German, together with sections devoted to new books, new discoveries, and new projects. Every issue will be the primary responsibility of each of the four co-editors in turn, every alternate issue will be devoted to a specific theme.

The first issues will contain the following articles:
Michael Wolter, Die Entwicklung des paulinischen Christentums von einer Bekehrungsreligion zu einer Traditionsreligion, 15–40
Judith M. Lieu, “As much my apostle as Christ is mine”: The dispute over Paul between Tertullian and Marcion, 41–59
Matthias Konradt, Die Christonomie der Freiheit. Zu Paulus’ Entfaltung seines ethischen Ansatzes in Gal 5,13-6,10, 60–81
John M.G. Barclay, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy”: The Golden Calf and Divine Mercy in Romans 9-11 and Second Temple Judaism, 82–106
Jonathan A. Linebaugh, Debating Diagonal Δικαιοσύνη: The Epistle of Enoch and Paul in Theological Conversation, 107–128

pluss two articles on recent discoveries:
Peter Arzt-Grabner, Neues zu Paulus aus den Papyri des römischen Alltags, 131–157
Claire Clivaz, A New NT Papyrus: (PSI 1497), 158–162.

K.-G. Sandelin gets 70.

The doyen of Finnish scholarship on Philo, Karl-Gustav Sandelin, gets 70 today, April 1st.

He is now retired, but last year he published a collection of articles published in the last four decades,  in Sweedish. Several of them are relevant for Philo studies. Now he is working on another volume of articles, mostly relevant to Philo studies. These will probably be in English.

Congratulations to Prof. Karl-Gustav Sandelin on his day!