Pedagogy in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
Edited by Karina Martin Hogan, Matthew Goff, and Emma Wasserman
(SBL, Atlanta, 2017)
This book explores the pedagogical purpose of wisdom literature, in which the concept of discipline (Hebrew musar) is closely tied to the acquisition of wisdom. It examines how and why the concept of musar came to be translated as paideia (education, enculturation) in the Septuagint and how the concept of paideia was deployed by ancient Jewish authors writing in Greek.
The book is the fruit of a series of sessions of the Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity section of SBL from 2012 to 2014. The group observed that many of the texts they were concerned with dealt with paidea, a concept that includes education, enculturation, and character formation. For Biblical Perforamance Criticism, these are critical concerns. Of special interest may be Patrick Pouchelle's investigation of oral rebuke, as expressed by the sematic fields of ysr and paideuo; C. Andrew Ballard's exploration of the pedagogical function of mystery language; and Ellen Bradshaw Aitken (to whom the volume is dedicated) whose article studies how sapential and apocalyptic motifs in Hebrews forms the character of the audience.
Performance Criticism of Matt 17:14-20
A Work in Progress
by Sheila Rosenthal
Since January 2017, I have been leading and working with a small group of parishioners in Gloucestershire, England, on the exegesis of Gospel texts. By using a methodology which I am developing through this work with them and based on BPC principles , this is a report of one workshop which had particularly fruitful results.
Contextualizing Israel’s Sacred Writings: Ancient Literacy, Orality, and Literary Production
Brian B. Schmidt, editor
Reviewed in RBL 03/2017.
From the review by Gareth J. Wearne:
"The significance of this volume is twofold : it represents a timely reflection on the state of the field by some of its leading participants; and it contains several important — and at times challenging — steps forward in the ongoing dialogue at the interface between literacy and orality in ancient Israel and Judah. As such, it will no doubt serve as a major reference and point of departure for future studies. To take just one example, a theme that is reflected in a number of the essays is the political Sitz im Leben of writing: writing was primarily a function of, and sponsored by, the state, not temples. This raises profound questions for the textualization of supposedly cultic and liturgical materials in the Hebrew Bible, such as the Psalms and the Priestly materials."
A radiophonic production of The Book of Jonah, narrated by Professor N. T. Wright, starring Professor Alastair McIntosh as Jonah, Sound and song by David Benjamin Blower.
Listen to the whole production at: https://benjaminblower.bandcamp.com
David Benjamin Blower is my new favorite Bible translator. He's been one of my favorite songwriters for a while, but his newest project rises to the level of biblical performance criticism. "The Book of Jonah" is an album that makes Jonah a musical. ...The music that David had created really sets the emotional scenes. Even before the narration begins, the music expresses ancient Israelite fears of ancient Assyria, explaining in detail why no Israelite would want to go there. On the ship, the music translates the sailors' desperation to please a god they think is angry. At the conclusion, the music offers an explanation for Jonah's anger in a way that doesn't dismiss it as immaturity or selfishness (as Jonah's anger is often taught).