New book by Peder Borgen!

57830Prof. emeritus, dr.theol. Peder Borgen, who is getting 86 in January and still going strong, is having a new book coming out this year:

Peder J. Borgen, The Gospel of John: More Light from Philo, Paul and Archaeology. The Scriptures, Tradition, Exposition, Settings, Meaning.
Novum Testamentum Supplements 154. Leiden; Brill 2014.

I have only seen the publisher’s test edition at their boot at SBL Annual Meeting last November, but they announce the book thus:

“To Paul the traditions from and about Jesus had authority similar to that of the Scriptures: a logion or story served as text for paraphrastic expositions. Such expositions are also seen in John’s Gospel. – It is insufficient to discuss ‘John and the Synoptics’. A better scope is ‘John within early gospel traditions’.- Paul and Philo maintain a cosmic understanding of Jesus and the Jewish people, respectively. Correspondingly, Jesus is seen in cosmological perspective in John’s Prologue. Philo illuminates the role of God’s logos relative to creation and revelation. – Archaeology testifies to the reliability of John’s topographical references. Both John and Philo can combine theological and ideological elaborations with specific geographical references, historical events and religious feasts. The study has brought in material and perspectives which strengthen the view that the Gospel of John was independent of the other three written gospels.”

You can find the list of contents at the bottom of this page. The volume seems to contain several studies that have been previously published in various contexts, but – as far as I can read from the list of contents – there are probably also some not yet published. I, for my part, am particularly looking forward to read the 15th chapter in this volume;  Summary: John, Archaeology, Philo, Paul, other Jewish Sources. John’s Independence of the Synoptics. Where My Journey of Research Has Led Me.

The book is still listed as ‘forthcoming’ on Brill’s webside, but hopefully it should be out early in 2014. Congratulations to a good friend and a brilliant scholar!

Celebrating Studia Philonica Annual’s 25th anniversary

From left to right, you see on this picture: David T. Runia, Gregory E. Sterling, Ellen Birnbaum, Sarah Pearce, Jutta Leonhardt-Baltzer, me, Thomas H. Tobin, James R. Royse, and Ronald Cox; that is; the editors and some of the members of the Advisory Board of Studia Philonica Annual.
The Studia Philonica Annual was twenty-five years old in 2013. The Scholars Press at SBL was offering a toast in honor the work done with the Annual at the Authors and Editors Reception at the SBL Annual Meeting, Monday, November 25 at 6:30 in Room 314-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Above is a picture from the celebration. See also my earlier post of October 18th.