Two new reviews

The SBL has posted another set of reviews. In this issue, there are especially two reviews I find especially relevant to my own interests, hence I list them here:

Andrew M. Mbuvi
Temple, Exile and Identity in 1 Peter
Reviewed by David G. Horrell

Barclay M. Newman, ed.
The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader’s Edition
Reviewed by Steven R. Johnson

Quadrilateral Thoughts

Over on his blog on Quadrilateral Thoughts, Ken Schenk is providing an extensive review of my book on Philo and 1 Peter; Strangers in the Light. He is dealing with each chapter, and here is the order he uses when discusses its various chapters:
Chapter One,
Chapter Three,
Chapter Five,
Chapter Two,
Chapter Four (still to come).

This is obviously a part of his process of writing a review of my work for an Annual to be published late fall. He has a lot to say of both positive and negative evaluations. Sometimes he calls me Torrey, sometimes Seland; I first though he was calling me Torrey when he agreed with me or said something positive, and Seland when he disagreed, but it looks like this dichotomy breaks down several times…. 🙂

I am grateful and honored by the time and space he spends on me, and am sorry I am not able to respond this week, as I am going away to our cabin, in order to read some exam papers, and an interesting dissertation I am to evaluate,- and in addition, getting strength to overcome my 60 birthday coming up Friday this week.

I can’t believe the calender. All others getting 60 look much older then me…. (uh?, careful now….).

Have a nice week.

Eine urchristliche praeparatio ad martyrium

By reading 1 Peter, trying to work out its view on mission, I was struck by its emphasis on what one might call praeparatio ad Martyrium, and the lack of studies dealing with this aspect.

But then I discovered, there is in fact a major study published that deals exactly with this aspekt:

Reichert, Angelika, Eine urchristliche praeparatio ad martyrium

Studien zur Komposition, Traditionsgeschichte und Theologie des 1. Petrusbriefes

Beiträge zur biblischen Exegese und Theologie 22
Frankfurt/M., Bern, New York, Paris, 1989. 624 S.

“Der in der Struktur des 1Petr auffallende und oft als crux interpretum empfundene Abschnitt 3,13-4,6 zeigt sich auf synchroner Ebene in thematischer und funktionaler Hinsicht als die eigentliche Mitte des Schreibens: Themen, die den ganzen 1Petr bestimmen (Eschatologie, Weltverhältnis, Leiden), werden hier aufeinander bezogen und in der Funktion einer praeparatio ad martyrium zum Ausdruck gebracht. Zugleich zwingt die synchrone Analyse zur diachronen RĂĽckfrage. Diese fĂĽhrt zu der fĂĽr das «Paulinismus»-Problem relevanten Hypothese: Die Traditionsverarbeitung spiegelt die kritische Auseinandersetzung des Verfassers des 1Petr mit einem bestimmten Zweig der nachpaulinischen Entwicklung.”