Category: Biblical Studies


Nina E. Livesey "Paul the Philonic Jew (Philippians 3:5-21)" In Annali di Storia dell’Esegesi. vol. 27, no. 2, 2010

Livesey contributes to the scholarly arguments that Paul was never anything other than a Jew. She demonstrates that at the point where Paul seems most likely to have stepped from Judaism into Christianity (Phil 3:5-21), Paul‘s language reveals an abundance of parallels to the well-known Greco-Roman motif of self-mastery common to the writings of his Jewish contemporary Philo.

Nina E. Livesey "Theological Identity Making: Justin‘s Use of Circumcision to Create Jews and Christians" In Journal of Early Christian Studies. vol. 18, no. 1, 2010 : 51-79

This essay contributes to the scholarly view that in his Dialogue with Trypho, Justin is centrally concerned with the creation of distinct Christians and Jews. By using treatments of circumcision as a test case and engaging Justin‘s Dialogue rhetorically and stylistically – by commenting upon not only the structure of his arguments including aspects pertaining to sound such as breath-measures but also upon his choice of words and biblical references – Livesey documents the distinction making process and provides supporting material often lacking in the scholarship on Justin.

Nina E. Livesey "Justin: Refining the Meaning of Christ and Christian" In The Fourth R. vol. 23, no. 2, March/April 2010 : 13-20

This article is similar in genre to an encyclopedia entry. Livesey characterizes Justin as a Christian philosopher and highlights topics such as his understanding of Christ and demons. She discusses Justin‘s articulation of early Christian practices and his rather lengthy engagement with Jews and Jewish issues.

Kathryn Schifferdecker "Of Stars and Sea Monsters: Creation Theology in the Whirlwind Speeches" Fall In Word & World. vol. 31, no. 4, 2011

Explores the God speeches at the end of the book of Job and connects them to earlier parts of the book, focusing on views of creation in the God speeches.

Kathryn Schifferdecker "Job‘s Speech About and to God" Summer In Lutheran Forum. vol. 43, no. 2, 2011 : 13-15

Describes the importance of lament, particularly the need to speak to and not just about God, in the book of Job and in the life of faith.

Kathryn Schifferdecker "And Also Many Animals: Biblical Resources for Preaching about Creation" Spring In Word & World. vol. 27, no. 2, 2007

Discusses issues in preaching about creation and describes texts that might be used in such preaching.

Joy Schroeder "Revelation 12: Female Figures and Figures of Evil" In Word & World. vol. 15, 1995 : 175-181

Schroeder examines the biblical and Greco-Roman background for John of Patmos‘s vision of a woman clothed with the sun, crowned with twelve stars, standing on the moon in Revelation 12. Appropriating elements of pagan imagery, John of Patmos argues that Israel, not the goddesses of Greco-Roman mythology, is the true queen of heaven.

Rivta H. Williams "Readers‘ Guide: Social Memory" In Biblical Theology Bulletin. vol. 41, no. 4, 2011 : 1-12

This article is intended to provide readers with an easily accessible overview of the concept of social memory, its roots in the work of Maurice Halbwachs, and the various ways that it is being used by biblical scholars to understand the history of the Bible and the nature of its contents.

Rivta H. Williams "Ethical Deliberation and the Biblical Text – A Lutheran Contribution to Reading the Bible" Spring In Intersections. vol. 22, 2006 : 21-25

In this article I lay out the contours of a Lutheran critical traditionalist hermeneutic that is ethically accountable while paying attention to the meaning of biblical texts and how they serve Christ‘s mission. I use this hermeneutic to critique Robert Gagnon‘s reading of Romans 1:18-32 and to offer an alternative reading of the same text.

Rivta H. Williams "Social Memory and the Didache" Spring In Biblical Theology Bulletin. vol. 36, 2006 : 35-39

This article explores the Didache as a written artifact of social memory documenting the socialization program of a particular network of Israelite Jesus people. Drawing on the work of sociologist Jeffry Olick, I demonstrate that the Didache establishes among non-Israelite recruits by incorporating a specific Jesus group memory genre, the sayings of Jesus, into a more widely known Mediterranean memory genre, the two ways discourse.