Book Reviews to Note in the Latest RBL Pertaining to NT Studies

In the latest RBL there are several book reviews to note pertaining to New Testament studies:

Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow

…what makes this volume so valuable is a condensation of some of the best scholarly reflections on early Judaism. Prior readers of the larger textual ancestor will not want to duplicate their purchase. However, it presents a viable academic Cliff Notes option for newer lay readers where less may indeed be more.” - David M. Maas

Colossians in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Series by Nijay K. Gupta

…for the person who desires a commentary that gives a responsible overview of the flow and meaning of the biblical text, while also providing suggestive theological reflection to inform one’s teaching and preaching, then one would be well-served by this commentary.” - Brian Small

Two reviews of The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction by Donald A. Hagner

This comprehensive introduction to the New Testament is intended mainly for students, but it will also be useful for scholars of any theological field. In all likelihood, Hagner’s (conservative) views with regard to the authorship or the recipients of many of the books of the New Testament will limit its broad acceptance. Nevertheless, his work will be a useful tool, as he includes an extensive part of the history of previous research in this field.” - Moschos Goutzioudis 

The Son of Man as the Last Adam: The Early Church Tradition as a Source of Paul’s Adam Christology by Yongbom Lee

…I found the majority of Lee’s work exceedingly insightful and consider it a new approach that provides a helpful contribution to discussions regarding the Adam Christology present in Paul and other New Testament writers and discussions based in issues of source and redaction criticisms, particularly within and among New Testament documents.” - Haley Goranson

Canonizing Paul: Ancient Editorial Practice and the Corpus Paulinum by Eric W. Scherbenske

Scherbenske supports a new direction of textual criticism that tries to understand the history of the New Testament as the history of an edition rather than the history of a disembodied text. I commend him for this approach, and I hope this book will encourage colleagues also to engage in this new line of study.” - David Trobisch

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