I became aware of this resource over at Biblical Studies and Technological Tools Blog. According to their own words, Biblindex is a resource that, “The ultimate goal of this site is to permit the identification of biblical quotations in all Jewish and Christian literature of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. For the time being, it already allows simple interrogation in a corpus of about 400,000 biblical references.”

The Biblical Studies and Technological Tools Blog has a presentation of the site, and so has some other bloggers too. You must create a user account before you can use the resource, but that should not be a hindrance to anybody to use such a rewarding tool.

Book on Titus

New volumes in the series about “Paul’s Social Network: Brothers & Sisters in Faith” seem to be constantly added. The last volume is on Titus:

Ken Stenstrup,
Titus: Honoring the Gospel of God
Liturgical Press (15 April 2010).128 pages.

This should be the seventh volume in this series. Volumes are already published about Apollos, Epaphras, Lydia, Phoebe, Stephen and Timothy.

The authors seem all to be associated with the Context Group, and the volumes are thus written according to a common norm, emphsozing the persons roles and attituedes in light of scripts like honor and shame, network roles etc etc.

I find the series interesting, though sometimes somewhat predictable.

Peter Lampe on Res and Verba

Today at the SBL/AAR Regional Meeting of the Midwest, held here in St. Paul, Mn., I was listening to Prof. Peter Lampe, giving a lecture related to his forthcoming book; lecture title was “Rhetoric and Theology: The Old Question of Res and Verba Revisited.” Some thoughtprovoking stuff here, and a good appetizer for his forthcoming book.

Lampe argues that Res and Verba are not separate entities, nor are they intertwined, but the verba constructs the res. Hence he showed up as a defender of an epistolology of constructivism (with not a little of I. Kant in the background); res and verba creates reality.

Hence, he said, after the collapse of logical empiricism, we have constructivism.

He further asked; Under what conditions do groups formulate their reality? How does constructed reality become plausible to individuals and groups? And he posited four sources of evidence:

empiricism, cognitive construction, social confirmation, emotions.
Furthermore, sources of evidence that make this plausible is;

evidence through cognitive construction,
evidence through experience/sensory perception,
evidence through social confirmation
evidence through positive feelings.

Furthermore, he also brought out some conclusions for theology:

1. Every theology represents a constructed reality, without, however, the constructivist asserting that there is no God out there in the ontic reality,
2. In respect to ontological reality, a constructed reality in which God plays a role is in no way inferior to another constructed reality in which God does not occur. Such an equal standing creates a framework for discussion. And as a result, the situation for discussion for representatives of the Christian tradition has improved. Constructivism provides – inadvertently- apologetic services for theology.
3. The evidence for “truth” is to be solved in relation to the four sources of evidence above. One can no longer ask how a verbal statement relates to the ontic reality.
4. Instead of postmodern arbitrariness (“everything goes”), a fair competition of the different constructs of reality can begin.

So far the handout of prof. Lampe.

His new book will be published late this year:
P. Lampe, New Testament Theology in a Secular World: A Constructivist Work in Christian Apologetics (New York/London: T&T Clark/Continuum).
See also his already published book (German version of the eng. forthcoming?):
Die Wirklichkeit als Bild: Das Neue Testament als ein Grunddokument abendländischer Kultur im Lichte konstruktivistischer Epistemologie und Wissenssoziologie (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, 2006)

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!