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Who is this Son of Man? Hurtado and Owen (eds.)

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My copy of 'Who Is This Son of Man?' The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus (LNTS 390) edited by Larry W. Hurtado and Paul L. Owen just arrived the other day. I am looking forward to making my way through the essays. Hopefully, I will have time to add some comments on them from time to time. Larry Hurtado's summary essay is of most interest to me, especially since a number of the essays come from different perspectives on the Son of Man debate and do not represent a consensus as much as the varying positions on the questions surrounding ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου in the Gospels.

The description on the back reads:
'This volume is the first ever collection of scholarly essays in English devoted specifically to the theme of the expression "son of man". It describes the major competing theories which have addressed, among others, the following questions. What is the original Aramaic expression that lies behind the Greek phrase, and what …

Praise the Source of Faith and Learning

A week ago today we had our graduation chapel, and the processional hymn was "Praise the Source of Faith and Learning" -- words by Thomas H. Troeger, music by Richard H. Pritchard. The words and music can be found here. According to the Harvard University Hymn Book (p. 494), the hymn was commissioned by Duke University and "reflects the school's motto, 'Faith and Learning.'"

For some reason, we did not sing the fourth and final verse, which brings it all to conclusion. We ended with the third verse which has the intriguing lines about "our learning" curbing "the error which unthinking faith can breed, lest we justify some terror with an antiquated creed."

The hymn is an excellent hymn for academic settings, especially for those institutions that attempt to bring together faith and learning. The hymn is a reminder that human knowledge can "only partial truth impart", and it is a prayer:

Blend, O God, our faith and learning

David Eastman, Paul the Martyr

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My friend David Eastman has just had his thesis published with SBL/Brill. It is entitled Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle Paul in the Latin West. Hopefully, I can get a hold of a copy soon. Knowing David, it will be good and thorough. His book highlights the growing interest (or renewed interest) in early Christianity, namely what Christians were up to and believed in the first few centuries.

Here is the blurb from the back of the book, including the recommendations from Adela Yarbro Collins and Lawrence Welborn:

Ancient iconography of Paul is dominated by one image: Paul as martyr. Whether he is carrying a sword--the traditional instrument of his execution--or receiving a martyr's crown from Christ, the apostle was remembered and honored for his faithfulness to the point of death. As a result, Christians created a cult of Paul, centered on particular holy sites and characterized by practices such as the telling of stories, pilgrimage, and the veneration of relics. Th…

Aberdeen fills Kirby Laing Chair

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History & Philosophy has finally filled the Kirby Laing Chair in New Testament Exegesis. Steve Mason will begin his post in July 2011. The post was vacated by Francis Watson at the end of the 2006-2007 academic year. The official notice that Professor Mason is filling of the chair can be found on the Divinity website.

Professor Mason has held the Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Interaction at York University (not far from here) in Toronto, Ontario. His background in the Greco-Roman world and Josephus will significantly strengthen what the Divinity Faculty at Aberdeen can offer postgraduate students, especially the emphasis on historical backgrounds for the NT and Christian origins.