Greg E. Sterling on Luke-Acts +

Watch out for this new book by Gregory E. Sterling, to be published by Eerdmans:

Greg E. Sterling, Shaping the Past to Define the Present. Luke-Acts and Apologetic Historiography. Eerdmans, 2023. 301 pages. Price $ 44. Scheduled for publication this spring.

Description: “Shaping the Past to Define the Present comprises both new and revised essays by esteemed New Testament scholar Gregory E. Sterling on Jewish and early Christian historiography. A sequel to his seminal work, Historiography and Self-Definition, this volume expands on Sterling’s reading of Luke-Acts in the context of contemporary Jewish and Greek historiography. These systematically arranged essays comprise his new and revised contributions to the field of biblical studies, exploring: 

  • the genre of apologetic historiography exemplified by Josephus and Eusebius
  • the context of Josephus’s work within a larger tradition of Eastern historiography
  • the initial composition and circulation of Luke and Acts
  • the relationship of Luke-Acts to the Septuagint
  • the interpretation of the Diaspora in Luke-Acts
  • the structure of salvation history as it is manifested in Luke-Acts 
  • Socratic influences on Luke’s portrayal of Jesus’s death
  • the early Jerusalem Christian community as depicted in Acts compared with other Hellenized Eastern traditions such as Egyptian priests and Indian sages
  • the establishment of Christianity’s “socially respectability” as a guiding purpose in Luke-Acts 

Engaging with current critical frameworks, Sterling offers readers a comprehensive analysis of early Christian self-definition through Judeo-Christian historiography.”

The Table of Contents can be found here.

New book by David T. Runia

Mohr -Siebeck is publishing a great collection of articles by David T. Runia this year. Its publication is scheduled for May this spring:

David T. Runia, Philo of Alexandria. Collected Studies 1997 – 2021. Text and Studies in Ancient Judaism. Tübingen 2023. Ca 540 pages. Price: ca 165 €.

Published in English.
In this collection of 26 essays, David T. Runia examines key areas of Philo of Alexandria’s thought and illuminates contemporary writings of the New Testament and Second Temple Judaism:

A. Introductory essays
B. Philo and Ancient Philosophy
C. Biblical Interpretation in an Alexandrian Context
D. Further Theological Themes
E. Studies on Philonic texts