In the New Testament and Christian Apocrypha
, world-renowned biblical scholar Francois Bovon provides twenty-two studies on topics in New Testament and early Christianity. The studies cover three areas:
- New Testament theology
- apocryphal and patristic literature
Originally published in hardcover by Mohr Siebeck in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
series, this collection includes translations of ten studies originally available only in French. This affordable North American paperback edition makes Bovon's specialized research in early Christianity accessible to scholars and graduate students.
In this volume, world-renowned biblical scholar François Bovon provides twenty-two studies on topics in New Testament and early Christianity. The studies cover three areas: Luke-Acts, New Testament theology, and apocryphal and patristic literature. Originally published in hardcover by Mohr Siebeck in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament series, this collection includes translations of ten studies originally available only in French. This affordable North American paperback edition makes Bovon's specialized research in early Christianity accessible to scholars and graduate students.
François Bovon (DrTheol, University of Basel) is Frothingham Research Professor of the History of Religion at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of several books. Glenn E. Snyder (PhD, Harvard University) is associate faculty in the department of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"The high reputation of François Bovon...is justly founded on his magisterial work on the Lukan Doppelwerk and on his pioneering studies of Christian apocryphal writings together with his inspiring and directing several enterprises concerning early non-canonical texts. It is therefore entirely appropriate that in this collection of articles Bovon should select his essays from these two main fields...If we may detect a common characteristic in Bovon's work, whatever the topic, it is that he has an insatiable curiosity about the motives behind, the contexts of, and the impact of certain teachings as revealed in ancient texts. This, combined with an energetic researching of earlier scholarly work, typically French and German, make for formidable studies, of which the sample here is impressive. But alongside this academic rigour is a refreshingly honest candour...Bovon carries his readers with him in his voyages of research and discovery, honestly admitting where he finds problems and shortcomings. This is a writer who, wisely, knows that his work is intended to state a case and build up an argument while at the same time spurring others to engage with him and to further the endeavour...The volume has splendidly full indexes...An index of ancient authors reveals the impressive array of primary texts consulted and used by Bovon.
-J. K. Elliott,
Journal of Theological Studies
[This volume is] characterized by Bovon's multifaceted research into the history and theology of the early Christian period...What we see in these essays is typical of the other work that Bovon has presented over the course of his career: meticulous attention to detail, wide-ranging consultation of sources (marked by geographical, linguistic, perspectival, and temporal breadth), ever-present awareness of the history of interpretation (Wirkungsgeschichte) of biblical texts, and concern for theological engagement. The depth of his involvement with an astonishing range of topics, which in spite of his specialty in the early Christian period can range over the course of three millennia, is awe-inspiring...This New Testament scholar utilizes the Hebrew Bible (and the Septuagint) and the scholarship on it as a matter of course, is well versed in church history (not just of the early Christian period but the succeeding periods as well), and dialogues with systematic theology in addition to biblical theology, not to mention the broad fields of historical, cultural, and literary studies and more. By circumstances, temperament, and native ability he is one of the few Renaissance-like figures in biblical studies today...Advanced students and scholars alike...will be stimulated to approach familiar topics from a new perspective, informed about new discoveries and insightful interpretations of them, and challenged implicitly to go and do likewise.
-Christopher R. Matthews,
Review of Biblical Literature
This volume brings together articles about New Testament ethics, the missionary practice of early Christianity, Paul, and the Revelation of John along with two particular areas that have occupied Bovon's attention for many years: the writings of Luke, and early Christian apocryphal literature. It is a major collection that exhibits great skill and thorough scholarship. Some of the essays are rather specialized, but in every case the author's explications show his awareness of the current statue of research. The chapters span some forty years of research...Bovon lets his readers in on his thought processes, proffering and pondering conclusions that sometimes run against the grain. But all of the essays are stimulating. It is gratifying that their publication in this collection will preserve them from oblivion...These detailed studies are also useful for reference.
[A] splendid collection of essays...Every page in this collection reveals the acumen and originality that has distinguished Bovon's career over the last several decades.
-Thomas E. Phillips,
Religious Studies Review
Without a doubt this book will be of great use to everyone interested Bovon's work in particular and in the origins of Christianity in general.
-Miguel Flores Colín,
[Bovon] is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the study of Luke-Acts and Christian Apocrypha...Bovon provides the interested reader with insightful and illuminating historical-critical analysis of a wide range of canonical and noncanonical texts. The extensive indexes and wealth of foreign-language works cited in the footnotes provides students and scholars alike with access to scholarly works often neglected in North America. Bovon deserves emulation in the way he sensitively treats contemporary issues (violence, missions, social and individual ethics, and female leadership) by historically examining the beliefs and behavior of the early Christians.
Bulletin for Biblical Research
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