Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Southeastern Theological Review

I’ve just come across the Southeastern Theological Review, ‘the faculty journal of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C... dedicated to publishing articles of high quality by young and established scholars... not only by those living inside and outside of the United States, but also by those actively involved in denominational life that extends beyond the Southern Baptist Convention’.

The first two issues are devoted to reading the Old Testament theologically.

The essays in the first issue are available for free download; thereafter, however, a subscription is required.

STR 1, 1 (2010) contains the following essays:

Jamie Grant

Determining the Indeterminate: Issues in Interpreting the Psalms

Grant ‘explores questions and concerns relevant to the interpretation of the Psalms. This portion of Scripture has, of course, enjoyed a long and vibrant history of analysis and scholarly interest in addition to being held in high esteem in the life and liturgy of the church.’

David G. Firth

When Samuel Met Esther: Narrative Focalisation, Intertextuality, and Theology

Firth ‘presents us with an intriguing approach to interpreting the book of Esther. This somewhat enigmatic book has caused not a few to wonder at its inclusion in the canon of Scripture. Why should a book that does not mention God be incorporated into the Bible? Firth’s article provides answers.’

Brian Howell

God’s White Flag: Interpreting an Anthropomorphic Metaphor in Genesis 32

Howell’s essay ‘inquires about the use of anthropomorphic language in Genesis. Specifically, how are we to understand the comment that Jacob’s mysterious attacker “sees” that he has not prevailed over Abraham’s grandson? What are we to make of this figure discovering, as it were, that he had not prevailed against Jacob?’

Ryan P. O’Dowd

The Work of the Sabbath: Radicalization of Old Testament Law in Acts 1–4

O’Dowd ‘asks us to consider the OT background to the opening chapters of Acts. The relationship between Acts 1–4 and especially Acts 2 to parts of the OT has been studied before, but O’Dowd believes we are remiss if we do not consider Deuteronomy 14–16 as an essential part of the OT foundation for Luke’s narrative.’

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