My current research projects have led me to briefly engage the topic of intertextuality. Patristic intertextuality provides a conundrum of complications. Are texts readily available? Geographically available? What other conflations have patristic authors introduced? And others. (More to follow on such questions).
A few books are helpful to engaging this conversation, and upon further inquiry, will hopefully point to others. David Nienhuis, Not By Paul Alone: The Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon, briefly engages such questions. Nienhuis gives his personal 5-fold methodology (29–32). (Brian Renshaw engages this chapter) Continue reading
Michael Kruger (blog: Canon Fodder) currently resides as campus president and professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. The Question of Canon, his sixth book, was published this past week through InterVarsity Press. Kruger is establishing himself as a conservative voice in canonical and text-critical scholarship. One would think the “canon issue” has been settled throughout the past 1700–1800 years? But as history informs us, each generation produces men articulating new answers to old questions and so, history has brought us Kruger.
As Kruger’s canon books articulate, the canon conversation is alive and seems to progresses with each generation. He seeks to demonstrate how early Christianity and the Scripture organized rather quickly, as opposed to the view that the Scriptures formed later in the midst of theological and ecclesiological diversity. Kruger brings refreshing scholarship to the Patristic value within the NT discipline.
Here is the chapter division to his new book: Continue reading
Recently released, and greatly needed in the intelligentsia of Early Church literature, are two of the last three volumes of the Oxford Apostolic Fathers Commentary series. This series not only will serve English scholarship, but will aid the coming trends of NT reception history, critical English scholarship of the Apostolic Fathers, and bring contemporary scholarship up-to-date. Each volume aims to reach students and scholars of the Early Church, of Patristic theology, and of New Testament studies.
Currently, the three published volumes are:
- Christopher Tuckett. 2 Clement: Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. x + 328.
- Paul Hartog. Polycarp’s Epistle to the Philippians and the Martyrdom of Polycarp: Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. xi + 402.
- Clayton N. Jefford. The Epistle to Diognetus (With the Fragment of Quadratus): Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. ix + 281.
In the coming months, I will review each of these three volumes. I will attempt to publish Jefford’s review in a 2nd-tier journal.