New Book: Reading James with New Eyes

I just came across a new book that is on the way from the Library of New Testament Studies (formally Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series):

Reading James with New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of James (eds. Robert L. Webb and John S. Kloppenborg) is the first of four studies on the General Epistles.

From the publisher:

Pub Date: 15 May 2007
ISBN: 056703125X
208 Pages
Description: The letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude are among the most neglected letters of the New Testament. Thus, methodological advances in NT study tend to arise among the Gospels or Pauline letters. But these letters are beginning to receive increased attention in the scholarly community. This is evidenced by the packed rooms at the recent SBL meeting in Philadelphia (Nov. 2005) where these letters were the focus of attention.

This is the first of four volumes that incorporate revised research papers that were or will be presented in the new SBL consultation on “Methodological Reassessments of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude” from 2005 through 2007. Each volume is a collection of essays that examine the impact of recent methodological developments in NT studies to the letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude, including, for example, rhetorical, social-scientific, socio-rhetorical, ideological and hermeneutical methods, as they contribute to understanding these letters and their social contexts. Each essay has a similar three-fold structure, making them perfect for use by students:

  1. A description of the methodological approach
  2. The application of the methodological approach to the particular letter under consideration (the bulk of the essay)
  3. A conclusion identifying how the methodological approach contributes to a fresh understanding the letter.

Find this book with WorldCat, Bookfinder or AddAll. Anyone want to send me a Christmas present? Hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge.

Free WorldCat on the Epistle of James, etc.

Thanks to Stephen C. Carlson, of Hypotyposeis, for pointing out that WorldCat, a library catalog of library catalogs is now available without subscription. This is a fantastic resource, and I highly recommend taking a look. I continually refer students at Gordon-Conwell to this resource, so that they can find virtually every book written and cataloged on a topic that they are studying. For instance, here’s a link to all books written and cataloged on the Epistle of James, while here is a link to books on “James the Just.”

A hint on searching for resources on books of the Bible: Use “su:bible su:n.t. su:bookname” in your search field, use n.t. for New Testament books but substitute o.t. for Old Testament books, then substitute the name of the biblical book for “bookname.” Add “su:1st” or “su:2nd”, etc. for books like 1 & 2 Corinthians, etc. See examples:

su:bible su:n.t. su:james (Bible N.T. James)

su:bible su:o.t. su:samuel su:2nd (Bible O.T. Samuel, 2nd)

su:james su:saint su:brother su:lord (James, Brother of the Lord, Saint)

The “su:” limits your search to the subject field, so that you don’t end up finding the BasketWeavers’ Bible by N.T. James (if such a book and author existed). Rather, you will only find books with records that have “bible n.t. james” in the subject field (the standard Library of Congress subject heading for all resources on the Epistle of James).

If you only want to see commentaries, then add “su:commentaries” to the search as well.

Whither the biblical texts of Qumran?

The “sectarian” texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are available in many print formats as well as in a few electronic formats (including BibleWorks, Logos, Accordance and Brill’s own interface).

As far as I know the biblical texts are not available electronically, and the only print versions are published in the expensive Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series, published by Oxford. (Though there is the “ecclectic” English translation of the Old Testament as found at Qumran in The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible.)

Does anyone out there in blogdom know of any electronic versions of the biblical texts? Has anyone out there even heard the faintest whisper of a rumor that these texts will one day be available electronically?

Annotated Bibliography on James

Speaking of bibliographies, Ernest Rubinstein, a librarian at Ecumenical Library of the Interchurch Center, has compiled an “Annotated Bibliography” of resources on the Epistle of James. This bibliography is not a bad representation of recent James research. This bibliography is part of a whole site put together by/for? “United Methodist Women.” Check it out:

Online Bibliography for Jacobean Studies

Michael Bird of Euangelion, recently posted about his plan to create a bibliography of resources on the Pistis Christou debate. This reminded me of my own plans in the past to create an online bibliography of articles and books on all things Jacobean (having to do with James the Just or the Epistle of James. So, I will begin doing so within the next few weeks. Keep posted.