Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 07:4 (Winter 2003)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Pauline Writings: An Annotated Bibliography. By Mark A. Seifrid and Randall K. J. Tan. IBR Bibliographies 9. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002, 245 pp., $24.99 paper.

To the helpful IBR series of bibliographies, two New Testament scholars of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, have added a remarkable tool for New Testament Studies. The volume offers excellent orientation for all students of Paul, scholars and seminary students alike. While the emphasis is on Paul’s writings, the volume also offers good coverage of the life and ministry of Paul.

The following subjects are included: (1) Bibliographical Tools and Surveys; (2) History of Modern Interpretation; (3) Paul’s Conversion and Call; (4) History and Chronology of Paul’s Mission; (5) Overviews of Paul’s Life and Thought; (6) Paul and First-Century Judaism; (7) Paul and the Greco-Roman World; (8) Paul and Jesus; (9) Paul and Earliest Christianity (Paul and the Hellenists, Hymns, Creeds, and Confessions, Paul and His Opponents, Paul and James); (10) Paul’s Influence on Early Christian Tradition; (11) The Letters of Paul (Literary Studies, Linguistics and Discourse Analysis, Rhetorical Criticism (with four subdivisions), Epistolography, Pseudonymity, The Pauline Corpus, Paul and the Old Testament, The Paul of the Letters and the Paul of Acts, Commentaries (divided under nine headings)); (12) Special Studies (on individual letters, again subdivided under nine headings), Pauline Theology (Comprehensive Treatments, Narrative Framework, God, Christ, The Spirit, Salvation_ (thirteen subdivisions), Eschatology, Israel, The Church (8 subheadings, including one on Baptism), and Ethics (four subheadings)). The volume closes with a name index.

Out of the wealth and plethora of Pauline studies the authors have selected 846 contributions, be they commentaries, articles or monographs. As there is a limit due to the format of the series, the authors had to choose carefully and have presented an altogether well rounded, representative picture of current scholarship of Paul, while noting older contributions of importance that still shape the present discussion. While one could of course easily add further titles to their selection (already beyond the original limits), there are few titles one could forgo without loss. Despite resolutions to the contrary, I cannot resist the temptation to add and would like to mention (as an addition to 11.5 Pseudonymity) the helpful study of A. Baum, Pseudepigraphie und literarische Fälschung im frühen Christentum: Mit ausgewählten Quellentexten samt deutscher Übersetzung (WUNT II, 138; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2001; cf. my forthcoming review in Novum Testamentum) and the excellent survey of research by M. Theobald, Der R...

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