Review: Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha: A New Translation

John Kight also provides the first review (that I know of) for my Greek Apocryphal Gospels volume. Enjoy! And thanks, John!

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35873454Rick Brannan is the author of Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothyand Second Timothy: Notes on Grammar, Syntax, and Structure, both published in 2016 by Appian Way Press. Brannan is also the general editor of the Lexham English Septuagint, an editor for the Lexham English Bible, as well as the contributor of the introduction and translation of John and the Robberin the opening volume of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2016) by Tony Burke and Brent Landau. Most recently, Lexham Press has published Brannan’s translation of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, fragments, and agrapha.

Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha: A New Translation is a lucid collection of ancient documents related to early Christianity, including longer stories connected to the life of Jesus (Gospels), smaller pieces of material with written words about Jesus (Fragments), as well as unwritten sayings attributed to Jesus (Agrapha). Still…

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Review: The Apostolic Fathers: A New Translation

John Kight provides the first review (that I know of) for my translation of the Apostolic Fathers. Enjoy! And thanks, John!

Sojourner Theology

35873453Rick Brannan is the author of Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothyand Second Timothy: Notes on Grammar, Syntax, and Structure, both published in 2016 by Appian Way Press. Brannan is also the general editor of the Lexham English Septuagint, an editor for the Lexham English Bible, as well as the contributor of the introduction and translation of John and the Robberin the opening volume of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures(Eerdmans, 2016) by Tony Burke and Brent Landau. Most recently, Lexham Press has finally published Brannan’s translation of the Apostolic Fathers.

The Apostolic Fathers: A New Translation is a fresh and readable alternative to some of the more widely used contemporary translations of the Apostolic Fathers, particularly The Apostolic Fathers in English by Michael W. Holmes (3rd ed., Baker Academic, 2006) and The Apostolic Fathersby Bart D. Ehrman (2 vol., Harvard University Press…

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Physical Descriptions of the Antichrist

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Luca Signorelli’s 1501 depiction of the face of antichrist, from the Orvieto Cathedral (via Wikipedia)

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that I’ve been working on a new translation and introduction to First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John (1 Apocr. Apoc. John) for awhile. It will appear in vol. 2 of Burke & Landau’s New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. My contribution is very nearly done. I just received the hopefully last round of feedback from one of the editors (thanks, Brent!).

One thing about really good editors (and in my view, both Tony Burke and Brent Landau are really good editors) is that they know where to ask for more, and when to leave things be. A good editor knows when and where to push to make the contribution better. In this last round, Brent pushed back about one of the more interesting passages in 1 Apocr. Apoc. John: A physical description of the antichrist. Here’s the text:

The appearance of his face is dark, the hairs of his head (are) as sharp as arrows. His eyebrows (are) like a field, his right eye like the morning star rising and his other (eye) like a lion. His mouth is a cubit’s breadth, his teeth a broad span. His fingers (are) like sickles, his footprint two spans, and upon his forehead, an inscription: ‘antichrist.’

There are other ancient writings that give brief physical descriptions of the antichrist. News flash: They don’t all agree. Brent helpfully asked how this description compares to other descriptions. It is a good question, so I’ll need to at least add a footnote with minimal discussion here.

All of this is background to the reason for this post. In digging around to find other physical descriptions of the antichrist, I came across the following citation:

Rosenstiehl, J.M. 1967. Le portrait de l’antichrist. Vol 1, pp. 45–63 in Pseudepigraphes de l’Ancien Testament et manuscrits de la mer mort. Cahiers de la RHPR1 1, ed. M. Philonenko, et al. Paris.

My biblical studies library resources are limited here in Bellingham, so I put the call out on the Twitter, and was answered (thanks, Ian). A scan was on its way. In French, but that’s not a huge deal. Upon arrival of the scan, I realized this was a pretty sweet source (and very appropriate for my needs). It provided over 20 excerpts of descriptions of an antichrist figure from several different writings (including 1 Apocr. Apoc. John!).

Now, I needed to get translations, and my French is only as good as I can fake through my Spanish and the little I know of Latin. This means it isn’t great. So on Saturday I started keying the excerpts and feeding them to Google Translate to get a rough translation.

I figure this might be useful information to others out there, so I have a Google doc that lists the descriptions, in order, with sources, with the French first followed by the English. The English is a translation of the French unless otherwise noted. View the document.

If you know French better than I do (likely), feel free to suggest an edit to the English. I’ll probably accept it, I’d just rather not have wide-open editing on this document.

Stuff Early Christians Read

I’m hoping (not promising) to write a series of posts introducing and examining various collections of works and individual works outside of the New Testament that early Christians likely read.

This is tenatively planned to include stuff like the Septuagint, the Apostolic Fathers, other writings from early Christian writers (e.g. Clement of Alexandria, Melito of Sardis), and various writings collectively labeled as “Christian Apocrypha.”

Some Background

Over 4.5 years ago, I organized a class at my church that we called Stuff Early Christians Read. The goal was to give a very high level introduction to non-canonical sources the early church read and copied. I had the extra benefit of friends and colleagues well versed in other relevant literature (Judaica, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Pseudepigrapha) who did the introductions to those particular corpora. I focused on LXX, Apostolic Fathers, and Christian Apocrypha. It was a hoot. Since then, I’ve toyed with the thought of expanding the material I was responsible for into a book, but simply haven’t got around to it.

But it is good material. So I want to try to be semi-disciplined and work through the material, expanding and researching and writing as a I go. The best-case scenario is that I actually make my way through the material and end up with a rough draft that I can then further edit and revise into something publishable. The worst case is that I write one post and then the crazyness of life takes over and I never finish it. The reality is we’ll probably end up somewhere in between those two scenarios. I think it’s worth trying.

2017 can kiss my …

I’ll let you fill in that blank.

As I have told others, there was one great thing about 2017, and his name is Josiah. Our son was born on February 10, 2017; and we met him on February 11. We received guardianship on February 14, and he was legally adopted on May 28, 2017.

Outside of that bright shining light, 2017 was a year I’d like to kick in the hiney on its way out the door.

2018, may your suckage never start, and your goodness never end.

For context, some earlier posts: Riding the Roller Coaster, When Life Sucks.

Riding the Roller Coaster

Life is a roller coaster. And life, at present, is a doozy of a coaster. Spins, turns, loop-de-loops, climbs, rapid descents and curves. You name it, it’s there. Puts anything at Six Flags to shame.

Sleep? Yeah, right. I’m lucky to get it in 3 hour chunks. If I get more than 5 consecutive (or cumulative!) hours in a night, it’s amazing.

Quiet? Not in our house. We have an 8-month-old who I’m sure will be the kid who needs to be taught how to whisper. And a 5-year-old who loves to play cars. Crashing. Bashing. Fast. On the hardwood floor.

And there’s the 10-year-old, who is more quiet than the 5-year-old, but old enough to be riding the family waves of situational stress and distress along with us.

It seems like we slide from one crisis to another to another, whether within our own house, or with extended family. All with the soundtrack of our not-so-dull-roar of life in the background. And foreground. (But no “Frontground”. Let the reader understand.)

I’m irritable. I’m stretched thin. I’m tired. And sometimes, after the kids are in bed, I just sit at the top of the stairs and cry.

I was reminded again today, though, that in the midst of it all, God is there. Life can be crazy, but the God who gives faith and hope until we no longer need it (1 Cor. 13:8–13) — this God is there. Present. With me, and with those I love.

For the briefest of moments today, I had peace from this thought: I am his, and I cannot be taken from him (John 10:27–29).

μαρανα θα (1 Cor. 16:21). Come, Lord Jesus (Rev. 21:20).

What’s next for the Appian Way Press?

If you’re wondering what I’ll publish next with Appian Way Press, read on to find out.

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AppianWayPressThis is a very good question.

We’d hoped to publish the Second Timothy volume in Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, but Rick’s progress on that has been slow due to lots of life changes with a new son. It means Rick doesn’t have much extended time to spend researching and writing that volume, and its production has lagged.

So Rick has been looking for a project he could make progress on with random spots of time, usually not more than 90 minutes or so. He thinks he’s found something to fit that bill.

In researching and writing a new introduction and translation to the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John for volume two of Burke and Landau’s New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Rick prepared an edition of Tischendorf’s Greek version of the document. The vocabulary is mostly also found in the New Testament. It is not…

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So, I’m not going to SBL in Boston

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Just a quick (longer than a tweet) note to let y’all know that I will not be attending the SBL National meeting in Boston this November.

We’ve had some situations arise in our household that have made it clear that it is best for me to stay home this year. Too bad, because I’ve never been to Boston and really wanted to see the town.

My paper on Stock Phrases in the Christian Apocrypha has been postponed; so it will not be given this year.

Fingers crossed for 2018 and Denver, though.

List of Systematic Theology resources used in my theLAB blog post

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David Stark (and others) have asked about the list of books that were analyzed in my theLAB blog post “Writing a Systematic Theology? You must discuss these references.” Well, here they are. The blog post was intended to have a link in a footnote to the Systematic Theologies feature documentation in Logos, where the list lives, but that apparently didn’t come through. So here you go. Watch out, it’s long (314 resources). Bonus: It is sorted by denominational group.


Resources

The below list is comprehensive of Systematic Theology resources evaluated for this dataset. Each unique installation of Logos Bible Software, however, will only display information from resources licensed locally to the logged-in user.

Group: Adventist

• Gulley, Norman R., Systematic Theology: Prolegomena

• Gulley, Norman R., Systematic Theology: God as Trinity

• Gulley, Norman R., Systematic Theology: Creation, Christ, Salvation

Group: Anabaptist/Mennonite

• Finger, Thomas N., A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive

• Kauffman, Daniel, Manual of Bible Doctrines

• Kauffman, Daniel, Bible Doctrine: A Treatise on the Great Doctrines of the Bible, Pertaining to God, Angels, Satan, the Church, and the Salvation, Duties and Destiny of Man

Group: Anglican

• Bird, Michael F., Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction

• Bray, Gerald L., God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology

• Bray, Gerald L., The Doctrine of God

• Cole, Graham A., He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

• Hall, Francis J., Theological Outlines, Vol. 1: The Doctrine of God

• Hall, Francis J., Theological Outlines, Vol. 2: The Doctrine of Man and of the God-Man

• Hall, Francis J., Theological Outlines, Vol. 3: The Doctrine of the Church and of Last Things

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 1: Introduction

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 2: Authority, Ecclesiastical and Biblical

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 3: The Being and Attributes of God

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 4: The Trinity

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 5: Creation and Man

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 6: The Incarnation

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 7: The Passion and Exaltation of Christ

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 8: The Church and the Sacramental System

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 9: The Sacraments

• Hall, Francis J., Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 10: Eschatology and Indexes

• Packer, J. I., Concise Theology

• Jensen, Peter, The Revelation of God

• Litton, E. A., Introduction to Dogmatic Theology: On the Basis of the XXXIX. Articles of the Church of England

• Sherlock, Charles, The Doctrine of Humanity

• Sonderegger, Katherine, Systematic Theology: Volume 1, The Doctrine of God

• Ussher, James, A Body of Divinity: Or, the Sum and Substance of Christian Religion

• Zahl, Paul F. M., Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life

Group: Baptist

• Allison, Gregg R., Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment

• Boyce, James Petigru, Abstract of Systematic Theology

• Clark, David K.; Feinberg, John S., To Know and Love God: Method for Theology

• Culver, Robert, Systematic Theology: Biblical & Historical

• Dagg, J. L., Manual of Theology, First Part: A Treatise on Christian Doctrine

• Dagg, J. L., Manual of Theology, Second Part: A Treatise on Church Order

• Demarest, Bruce A., The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation

• Driscoll, Mark; Breshears, Gerry, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

• Enns, Paul P., The Moody Handbook of Theology

• Enns, Paul P., The Moody Handbook of Theology, Revised and Expanded

• Erickson, Millard J., Introducing Christian Doctrine

• Erickson, Millard J., Christian Theology, 3rd ed.

• Erickson, Millard J., Christian Theology

• Erickson, Millard J., Introducing Christian Doctrine

• Feinberg, John S., No One Like Him

• Forlines, F. Leroy, Biblical Systematics: A Study of the Christian System of Life and Thought

• Forlines, F. Leroy, The Quest for Truth: Theology for Postmodern World

• Fortner, Donald S., Basic Bible Doctrine

• Garrett, James Leo, Jr., Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical, Volume 1

• Garrett, James Leo, Jr., Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical, Volume 2

• Gill, John, A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity: or A System of Evangelical Truths, Deduced from the Sacred Scriptures, Vols. I & II

• Grudem, Wayne A., Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Bible Doctrine

• Grudem, Wayne A., Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know

• Holsteen, Nathan D.; Svigel, Michael J., Exploring Christian Theology, Volume I: Revelation, Scripture, and the Triune God

• Holsteen, Nathan D.; Svigel, Michael J., Exploring Christian Theology, Volume II: Creation, Fall, and Salvation

• Holsteen, Nathan D.; Svigel, Michael J., Exploring Christian Theology, Volume III: The Church, Spiritual Growth, and the End Times

• Lightner, Robert, Handbook of Evangelical Theology: A Historical, Biblical, and Contemporary Survey and Review

• McCune, Rolland, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 1: Prolegomena and the Doctrines of Scripture, God, and Angels

• McCune, Rolland, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 2: The Doctrines of Man, Sin, Christ, and the Holy Spirit

• McCune, Rolland, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 3: The Doctrines of Salvation, the Church, and Last Things

• Mullins, Edgar Y., The Christian Religion in Its Doctrinal Expression

• O’Donnell, J. D., Free Will Baptist Doctrines

• Simmons, Thomas Paul, A Systematic Study of Bible Doctrine: A Logical Arrangement and a Diligent Treatment of the Teachings of God’s Holy Word, Systematic, Calvinistic, Baptistic, Premillennial

• Strong, Augustus Hopkins, Systematic Theology

• Thiessen, Henry Clarence; Doerksen, Vernon D., Lectures in Systematic Theology

Group: Congregational

• Dwight, Timothy, Theology: Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons, Volume 1

• Dwight, Timothy, Theology: Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons, Volume 2

• Dwight, Timothy, Theology: Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons, Volume 3

• Dwight, Timothy, Theology: Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons, Volume 4

• Dwight, Timothy, Theology: Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons, Volume 5

• Ridgley, Thomas, A Body of Divinity, Volume 1

• Ridgley, Thomas, A Body of Divinity, Volume 2

Group: Lutheran

• Aulén, Gustaf, The Faith of the Christian Church

• Braaten, Carl E.; Jenson, Robert W.; Forde, Gerhard O.; Schwarz, Hans; Hefner, Philip J.; Sponheim, Paul R., Christian Dogmatics, Volumes 1 & 2

• Chemnitz, Martin, Loci Theologici

• Gerhard, Johann, On the Church

• Gerhard, Johann, On the Ecclesiastical Ministry, Part One

• Gerhard, Johann, On the Ecclesiastical Ministry, Part Two

• Gerhard, Johann, On the Nature of God and on the Most Holy Mystery of the Trinity

• Gerhard, Johann, On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture

• Gerhard, Johann, On the Person and Office of Christ

• Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti, Christology: A Global Introduction

• Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti, The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction

• Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti, Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective

• Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti, Trinity and Revelation

• Koehler, Edward W. A., A Summary of Christian Doctrine

• Kolb, Robert, The Christian Faith: A Lutheran Exposition

• Melanchthon, Philipp, Loci Communes 1543

• Mueller, John Theodore, Christian Dogmatics

• Mueller, Steven P., Called to Believe, Teach, and Confess: An Introduction to Doctrinal Theology

• Pannenberg, Wolfhart, Systematic Theology

• Pieper, Francis, Christian Dogmatics

• Schmid, Heinrich, The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Verified from the Original Sources

• Valentine, Milton, Christian Theology, Volumes 1 & 2

• Voigt, Andrew George, Biblical Dogmatics

• Weidner, Franklin, An Introduction to Dogmatic Theology

Group: Medieval

• Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (Latin)

• Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (English)

• Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles

• Bonaventure, Breviloquium

Group: Methodist/Wesleyan

• Beet, Joseph Agar, A Manual of Theology

• Clarke, Adam; Dunn, Samuel, Christian Theology

• Miley, John, John Miley’s Systematic Theology, Volume 1

• Miley, John, John Miley’s Systematic Theology, Volume 2

• Oden, Thomas C., The Living God: Systematic Theology, Volume One

• Oden, Thomas C., The Word of Life: Systematic Theology, Volume Two

• Oden, Thomas C., Life in the Spirit: Systematic Theology, Volume Three

• Pope, William Burt, A Compendium of Christian Theology

• Ralston, Thomas N., Elements of Divinity: Or, a Course of Lectures, Comprising a Clear and Concise View of the System of Theology as Taught in the Holy Scriptures; With Appropriate Questions Appended to Each Lecture

• Raymond, Miner, Systematic Theology, Volume I

• Raymond, Miner, Systematic Theology, Volume II

• Raymond, Miner, Systematic Theology, Volume III

• Summers, Thos. O.; Tigert, Jno. J., Systematic Theology: A Complete Body of Wesleyan Arminian Divinity Consisting of Lectures on the Twenty-Five Articles of Religion, Vols. I & II

• Terry, Milton S., Biblical Dogmatics: An Exposition of the Principal Doctrines of the Holy Scriptures

• Watson, Richard, Theological Institutes: Or, a View of the Evidences, Doctrines, Morals, and Institutions of Christianity

• Wiley, H. Orton, Christian Theology, Volumes I—III

• Wiley, H. Orton; Culbertson, Paul T., Introduction to Christian Theology

Group: Modern Catholic

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Word Made Flesh: Explorations in Theology I

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Spouse of the Word: Explorations in Theology II

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Creator Spirit: Explorations in Theology III

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Spirit and Institution: Explorations in Theology IV

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics I: Seeing the Form

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics II: Clerical Styles

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics III: Lay Styles

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics IV: The Realm of Metaphysics in Antiquity

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics V: The Realm of Metaphysics in the Modern Age

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics VI: Theology: The Old Covenant

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics VII: Theology: The New Covenant

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Drama, Volume 1: Prolegomena

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Drama, Volume 2: Dramatis Personae: Man in God

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Drama, Volume 3: Dramatis Personae: Persons in Christ

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Drama, Volume 4: The Action

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Drama, Volume 5: The Last Act

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Epilogue

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Logic, Volume 1: The Truth of the World

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Logic, Volume 2: Truth of God

• von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Theo-Logic, Volume 3: The Spirit of the Truth

• Berington, Joseph; Kirk, John, The Faith of Catholics: Confirmed by Scripture and Attested by the Fathers of the First Five Centuries of the Church, Vols. I—III

• Canisius, Peter, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, Volume 1

• Canisius, Peter, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, Volume 2

• Fiorenza, Francis Schüssler; Galvin, John P., Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives

• Guarino, Thomas, Foundations of Systematic Theology

• Hunter, Sylvester Joseph, Outlines of Dogmatic Theology

• Ott, Ludwig, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, God: His Knowability, Essence, and Attributes, A Dogmatic Treatise

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, God: The Author of Nature and the Supernatural

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, Christology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Incarnation

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, The Divine Trinity: A Dogmatic Treatise

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, Soteriology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Redemption

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, Mariology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God with an Appendix on the Worship of the Saints, Relics, and Images

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, Grace, Actual and Habitual: A Dogmatic Treatise

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, Eschatology, or the Catholic Doctrine of the Last Things: A Dogmatic Treatise

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, Volume 1

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, Volume 2

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, Volume 3

• Pohle, Joseph; Preuss, Arthur, The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, Volume 4

• Ratzinger, Joseph, Introduction to Christianity (Revised Edition)

• Wilhelm, Joseph; Scannell, Thomas B., A Manual of Catholic Theology: Based on Scheeben’s “Dogmatik”, Vol. I

• Wilhelm, Joseph; Scannell, Thomas B., A Manual of Catholic Theology: Based on Scheeben’s “Dogmatik”, Vol. II

Group: Modern Orthodox

• Yannaras, Christos, Elements of Faith: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology

Group: Nondenominational

• Chafer, Lewis Sperry, Systematic Theology

• Chafer, Lewis Sperry, Systematic Theology, Volume 7: Doctrinal Summarization

• Geisler, Norman L., Systematic Theology, Volume One: Introduction, Bible

• Geisler, Norman L., Systematic Theology, Volume Two: God, Creation

• Geisler, Norman L., Systematic Theology, Volume Three: Sin, Salvation

• Geisler, Norman L., Systematic Theology, Volume Four: Church, Last Things

• Henry, Carl F. H., God, Revelation and Authority

• Kendall, R. T., Understanding Theology, Volume One

• Kendall, R. T., Understanding Theology, Volume Two

• Kendall, R. T., Understanding Theology, Volume Three

• Lewis, Gordon R.; Demarest, Bruce A., Integrative Theology, Volume 1: Knowing Ultimate Reality: The Living God

• Lewis, Gordon R.; Demarest, Bruce A., Integrative Theology, Volume 2: Our Primary Need: Christ’s Atoning Provisions

• Lewis, Gordon R.; Demarest, Bruce A., Integrative Theology, Volume 3: Spirit-Given Life: God’s People, Present and Future

• MacArthur, John F., Jr.; Mayhue, Richard, Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth

• Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, Ryrie’s Basic Theology

• Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, A Survey of Bible Doctrine

• Swindoll, Charles R.; Zuck, Roy B., Understanding Christian Theology

• Walvoord, John F., What We Believe

Group: Other

• Cottrell, Jack, The Faith Once for All: Bible Doctrine for Today

• Thiselton, Anthony C., Systematic Theology

Group: Patristic

• Augustine of Hippo, Saint Augustine: Christian Instruction; Admonition and Grace; The Christian Combat; Faith, Hope and Charity

• John Damascene, Saint John of Damascus: Writings

• Roberts, Alexander; Donaldson, James; Coxe, A. Cleveland; Tertullian; Minucius Felix; Commodianus; Origen, Ante-Nicene Fathers 4: Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Part Fourth; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen, Parts First and Second

• Roberts, Alexander; Donaldson, James; Coxe, A. Cleveland; Tertullian; Minucius Felix; Commodianus; Origen, Ante-Nicene Fathers 4: Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Part Fourth; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen, Parts First and Second (Catholic Edition)

• Schaff, Philip; Augustine of Hippo, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 1.3: St. Augustin: On the Holy Trinity, Doctrinal Treatises, Moral Treatises

• Schaff, Philip; Augustine of Hippo, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 1.3: St. Augustin: On the Holy Trinity, Doctrinal Treatises, Moral Treatises (Catholic Edition)

• Augustine of Hippo, Seventeen Short Treatises of S. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Translated, with Notes and Indices

• Schaff, Philip; Augustine of Hippo, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 1.2: St. Augustin’s City of God and Christian Doctrine

• Schaff, Philip; Augustine of Hippo, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 1.2: St. Augustin’s City of God and Christian Doctrine (Catholic Edition)

• Schaff, Philip; Wace, Henry; Hilary of Poitiers; John Damascene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 2.9: St. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

• Schaff, Philip; Wace, Henry; Hilary of Poitiers; John Damascene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 2.9: St. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus (Catholic Edition)

Group: Pentecostal/Charismatic

• Bruner, Frederick Dale, A Theology of the Holy Spirit: The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness

• Byrum, Russell R., Christian Theology

• Duffield, Guy, Foundations of Pentecostal Theology

• Gray, Albert F., Christian Theology

• Horton, Stanley M., Systematic Theology: Revised Edition

• Menzies, William W.; Horton, Stanley M., Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective

Group: Presbyterian

• Alexander, Archibald, A Brief Compend of Bible Truth

• Boettner, Loraine, Studies in Theology

• Boice, James Montgomery, Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive & Readable Theology

• Boston, Thomas, The Whole Works of Thomas Boston, Volume 1: An Illustration of the Doctrines of the Christian Religion, Part 1

• Boston, Thomas, The Whole Works of Thomas Boston, Volume 2: An Illustration of the Doctrines of the Christian Religion, Part 2

• Breckinridge, Robert J., The Knowledge of God, Objectively Considered: Being the First Part of Theology Considered as a Science of Positive Truth, Both Inductive and Deductive

• Breckinridge, Robert J., The Knowledge of God, Subjectively Considered: Being the Second Part of Theology Considered as a Science of Positive Truth, Both Inductive and Deductive

• Buswell, J. Oliver, Jr., A Systematic Theology of the Christian Religion, Volume 1

• Clowney, Edmund, The Church

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Kloppenborg and Ascough’s Greco-Roman Associations

(This is a re-post of a short blog review on a book I wrote on Sept. 3, 2013)

Thanks to the kind folks at De Gruyter for a review copy of this book.

What in the world is this book, and why would I even want to read it? That is a good question that you should probably learn the answer to. The best answer is from the first paragraph of the book’s foreword:

This volume and the two projected to follow it have their origins in a Greek reading seminar at the University of Toronto begun in the 1990s and after a short hiatus, recommenced in 2003. Many of the texts selected for translation were epigraphical and related to associations, guilds and clubs from Attica, Asia and Egypt. The focus on associations — cultic, professional, immigrant, domestic, and neighborhood — was a function of the conviction that in order to understand the associative practices of the early Christ groups in Asia, Macedonia, and Attica, it was crucial to understand the structures, activities, leadership, finances, and recruitment strategies of the many associations that had existed at least since the fourth century BCE and which continued to play an important part in social life well into the high Empire. (p. v)

That sums it up, really. In order to have a deeper understanding of the development of the early church, why not look into how other groups — associations — formed, had rules, met, funded themselves, policed themselves, and brought new members into the fold? What did the leaders do, and why?

Kloppenborg and Ascough provide ample source material in this volume. Transcriptions of inscriptions, translations of those inscriptions, along with notes and commentary on those inscriptions. And ample indices to recall/locate relevant information. As a edition with sources, this is stellar.

It is also easy to read, at least for a book of this nature. There are nearly 100 inscriptions provided in transcription and translation. That means it is easy to read or scan a transcription or two, in bite-sized chunks, before bed each night. At least, that’s how I read most of the book.

Some of the highlights?

Inscription 82, “Judaean sarcophagus inscription,” for its use of συμβιος (τη συμβιω αυτου Αννα // “for his wife Anna”). Made me smile. The inscription was a warning on the sarcophagus to not put any other bodies in, and if you did, then to pay “the synagogues 75,000 shiny denarii” (δωσι ταις συναγωγαις λαμπρας)

Inscription 12, “A List of thiasotai honored with crowns.” This is a list of personal names, each of which had been voted worthy to be crowned (εστεφανωσαν, from στεφανοω). Reasons for receiving a crown include “zeal on behalf of the membership” and “excellence and honesty shown to the association.” Immediately I wonder about any connection with the notion of receiving a crown as a reward, an image that occurs in Revelation.

Inscription 6, “Honorific decree by the orgeones of Amynos and Asklepios.” More mention of crowns. “… and to crown each of them with a golden crown with a value of 500 drachmae.”

Inscription 64, “Association of Donkey Drivers.” Well, for no reason other than the name, really.

Inscription 70, “An Association of Gladiators.” Again, for the name. But this inscription records a priest who made reliefs “of the gods at his own expense.” And here you see a major function of several of these inscriptions, which is recording who paid for something to ensure the gift is remembered.

Inscription 73, “Donation of a Synagogue.” This is interesting because it involves the gift of one Claudius Tiberius Polycharmos “who has conducted his whole life according to the principles of Judaism” who donated rooms for a synagogue “taking none of the holy revenues.” The inscription binds the authority of the “upper rooms” (which were not part of the donation) to remain in the family of the donor. The inscription expresses the relationship of the synagogue (not some fancy building, but four rooms and some porticoes in a larger structure still inhabited by a family) and the family that lives in the same structure. This inscription is from 2nd-3rd century (AD/CE) and from Macedonia. Of course, this brings to mind the house-churches mentioned in the NT and their benefactors. Could the relationship have been much different?

This is but a smattering of the material in this book. The notes and commentary are helpful as well. It provides real data on how groups of people who gathered for common cause managed their affairs. It will make you think.

If you’ve made it this far, and are still interested, I can point you to Baylor University Press’ Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook by Ascough, Philip A. Harland, and Kloppenborg. I have not read it, but from what I gather it provides more of this sort of information, though by translation and not with transcription or technical notes, on a wider set of inscriptions and what can be learned from them. This book would probably be a good place to start, with the De Gruyter volume as one you consult when you’re at the library. Let’s face it, at $182.00, few will buy it, but hopefully well-stocked libraries will have the book for you to consult. And you should consult it, there is a wealth of stuff in it along with excellent indices to point you where you need to go.

Also note that Philip A. Harland has a companion site for the Baylor Press book, which is worth poking around.