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This was the Richard Hays week as two blogs provided us with posts concerning the renowned Duke scholar.   John Anderson at Hesed we ’emet began with an interview with Dr. Hays.  John asked some excellent questions and Dr. Hays provided some deep and interesting answers.  I am especially intrigued by Hays’ statement that he is surprised that he is not associated strongly with the New Perspective, since I am one who has not associated him with the inner circle of New Perspective scholars.

“But for various reasons, I’ve not been strongly identified as a “New Perspective” theorist, despite the ways in which my readings have challenged traditional “Lutheran” interpretations and emphasized Paul’s Jewishness.  I’m not quite sure why this is so. “

Andy Rowell was then inspired to post a list of other Richard Hays resources including a books list, an audio file, and a video sermon.  Rowell’s has provided a useful list for anyone interested in Dr. Hays’ work.

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This week’s Paul Post of the Week is John Anderson’s notice of the treasure trove of audio resources available at the Baylor Truett Seminary website.  Many top notch Paul scholars are among those whose lectures are available for free download.  I have not listened to the lectures yet to determine whether they are discussing Pauline matters but the following scholars’ lectures are available: Francis Watson, Richard Longenecker, Richard Hays, N. T. Wright, John Barclay, and many more.  I am especially interested in audio/video resources so thank you for finding this cache of lectures John!

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This week’s Paul Post of the Week belongs to Philip Barton Payne on his blog Koinonia.  Payne discusses a topic that I find very interesting, interpolations in Paul’s letters.  In this particular post Philip outlines the manuscript evidence supporting the conclusion that 1 Cor 14:34-35 is an interpolation.  He concludes that the passage is an interpolation based on its variable location in the earliest manuscripts.  The debate over the status of 1 Cor 14:34-35 as an interpolation has created two camps of scholars and Payne’s work certainly provides another data point for those arguing that it is an interpolation.  I had read Payne’s articles on this subject during previous research projects and I am happy to see this information posted on his blog. 

For further study on the subject of interpolations I strongly suggest William O. Walker’s, Interpolations in the Pauline Letters.  Although you may not agree with the vast amount  of interpolations that Walker isolates in Paul’s letters, he outlines a clear set of criteria for examining the validity of passages.  1 Corinthians 14:34-35 is his test case and he provides a compelling case that it is in fact an interpolation.

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This week’s Paul Post of the Week appears on Mark Goodacre’s wonderful NT Pod.  Mark’s latest entry discusses Romans 16:7 and the status of Junia as an apostle.  Mark provides an excellent summary of the overwhelming evidence supporting Junia’s status as both a woman and an apostle.  This is an important entry in the NT Pod series because some translations of the NT rename Junia, Junias and claim this person is a male.  This has caused much confusion amongst those who are untrained in Greek.  Keep up the great work Mark, it’s always a good day when a new NT Pod entry is released!

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This week’s Paul Post of the Week is actually the beginning of a series of posts and one of the most interesting blogging ideas I have seen.  W. Travis McMaken at Der Evangelische Theologe is hosting the 3rd annual Karl Barth Blog Conference.   The focus of the conference will be “Karl Barth, Romans 1, and the Possibility of Natural Knowledge of God.”  The first post in this series contains a list of the participants and briefly explains what the conference will cover.  I suggest that anyone interested in this topic keep a close watch on this blog as this looks to be a promising series of posts.  I find the idea so intriguing, that I am having some thoughts of my own concerning a few promising ideas for a blog conference. 

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This week’s Paul Post of the Week is Nijay Gupta’s insightful interview with Peter Head.  The focus of Nijay’s interview is Dr. Head’s work on ancient letter carriers, a topic which interests me greatly.  Nijay poses a number of questions to Dr. Head such as what texts he is examining, the possible implications of his research, and how his work compares to that of E. Randolph Richards (whose book I recommend).  Nijay’s interview is informative for anyone interested in Dr. Head’s work.  For those interested, I interacted with Head’s article “Named Letter Carries among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri” (JSNT 2009) in a prior post concerning Paul’s envoys and letter carriers.

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As you can see there is a new banner associated with the Paul Post of the Week.  Brandon Wason has generously created this banner and I encourage anyone who has been chosen as a Paul Post of the Week to proudly display the banner (big or small) on the post chosen or somewhere else on your blog.  Brandon claims the banner is a picture of Paul but I believe it may be an artist’s rendition of what  Brandon will look like in his 50’s.  For Bradon’s sake I truly hope this is a picture of Paul!

This week I have chosen Mike Whitenton’s work on Paul, monotheism, and Christ’s relationship to God.  His work on Ecce Homo has spanned two posts. In the first he examines 1 Cor 3.21-23 and 8:6 with an eye towards Paul’s view of monotheism and thus Jesus’ relationship to God.  His conclusion is that Paul seems “… to be exhibiting a fully monotheistic Judaism that embracing Jesus as the “second power” from God Most High.”  Whitenton’s second post on the subject is a more detailed analysis of the genitives found in 1 C 3:21-23.  Both posts are informative and interesting.

  However, what is most impressive about these posts is the amount of civil discussion that has followed.  Between the two posts there are currently 85 comments.  Nice work Mike.

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This week Ken Schenck over at Quadrilateral Thoughts finished his series of “Explanatory Notes” on Galatians.  While not nearly as detailed as a commentary, his notes provide helpful insight and it’s always useful to have resources like this available on the web.  Apparently, I missed his series on 1 Thessalonians which can be found here.  Make sure you check them both out.

Last week there was no Paul Post of the Week, but it would have gone to Brandon Wason for his thorough list of NT introductions.  If you are in the market for an introduction, consult this list and the discussion that follows in the comments section.

Paul Post of the Week 6/21 – 6/27

Nijay Gupta makes his second appearance this week with his review of the top Ephesians commentaries.  As I have previously stated, there will soon be a commentaries section on this blog (Philippians has already been posted) and I am always interested in what other Pauline scholars have to say about academic commentaries. 

As always if I have missed your post, or you simply want to highlight a post on Paul, please add it to the comments section.  Last week Charles Savelle Garland at BibleX shared his post on the Jerusalem Council and meat sacrificed to idols.

Paul Post of the Week 6/14 – 6/20

I am always a fan of posts that summarize the work of important scholars especially when concerning difficult topics.  This week Mike Koke in his post Galatians 3:28 and Israel, addresses the thorny topic of Paul, Judaism, and the gentiles.  He provides a brief yet lucid summary of the positions of three important pieces on this topic.  He examines Daniel Boyarin’s A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity , Denise Kimber Buell and Caroline Hodge’s, “The Politics of Interpretation: The Rhetoric of Race and Ethnicity in Paul,” and Paula Fredrickson’s “Judaism, the Circumcision of Gentiles, and Apocalyptic Hope: Another Look at Galatians 1 and 2″.

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