Speaking of blogging and the dangers thereof, Jim West has posted a (typically) provocative response to Chris Brady’s thoughtful reflections on how bloggers write. Be sure to give both posts a read! [UPDATE: Chris writes a second post on the subject here.]
I wish to take this chance to state that I love the OSB. I can hardly think of a better study edition of any Bible, and I find the translation delightful in every respect. Therefore, I’m glad to heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a study edition of the Scriptures. Oh, wait—maybe I should clarify that by “OSB” I mean the Oxford Study Bible in the Revised English Bible, which our good friend ElShaddai Edwards has recently been able to find in a fine genuine leather edition. (He posts pictures!) I too own a leatherbound copy of this Bible (mine is burgundy), and it is one of my top two favorite academic editions. Are you interested in buying one of these beautiful Bibles for yourself, perhaps? Well, no problem! Iyov notes that you can score one for a mere $74o plus shipping. He also discusses Oxford’s crazy Bible publishing strategies, so head on over to read his post and let us be enraged together.
Jim West has recently posted, as “a cautionary note to the young,” some helpful comments on the matter of acquiring books; Nick Norelli, a notorious book junkie (and yes, I do have the moral authority to say that!), inquires as a result which books from Jim’s categories are missing from his library. He wonders, in particular, about Old and New Testament theologies. Since I like to watch out for other people’s wallets every bit as much as for my own, I thought I would let Nick (and any other interested parties) know that Christian Book Distributors has the Prince Press (i.e., single-volume) edition of Gerhard von Rad’s epoch-making Old Testament Theology available for a mere $9.99 plus shipping. Yes, you’re welcome. As for New Testament theologies, other than Ladd, I would highly recommend G. B. Caird’s New Testament Theology (completed posthumously by his student E. D. Hurst), but unfortunately that will set you back a few bucks.
Felix Culpa over at Ora et Labora has posted a marvelous series entitled The Areopagite in 20th Century Orthodoxy, offering a masterful assessment of the anti-Dionysian Orthodox scholarship of the middle of the last century and its reversal. Read it all: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
Nick Norelli: “Scripture does not interpret Scripture, people interpret Scripture.” (Now, chew on that for a while!)
Iyov: “Now this midrash — like all aggada — is not obligatory to believe. However, it puts the story in a new light — making our Biblical dialogue richer. [….] Midrash is the result of careful and pious reading of Scripture.” (Do read the whole thing! A brilliant post, indeed.)