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The History of Religions School Today

Essays on the New Testament and Related Ancient Mediterranean Texts
Ed. by Thomas R. Blanton IV, Robert Matthew Calhoun and Clare K. Rothschild

[Die Religionsgeschichtliche Schule heute. Aufsätze zum Neuen Testament und zugehörigen antiken Schriften aus dem Mittelmeerraum.]

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This collection of essays glimpses one thriving expression of the distinguished history of religions school approach to the New Testament and early Christian literature. Applied to a range of topics and themes, the results of these new investigations convincingly demonstrate the method's enduring value today.
The present volume offers a glimpse at one currently thriving expression of the distinguished history of religions school approach to the New Testament and early Christian literature. Begun circa 1884 at the University of Göttingen and pioneered by scholars such as Albert Eichhorn, Wilhelm Bousset, Johannes Weiss, and William Wrede, today applications of this approach are diverse. Scholars adapt the method, incorporating the latest technologies and insights, to optimize the school's original goal of accurate biblical interpretation. In North America, the University of Chicago has long been a hub of this type of investigation. Over the last century, many of these Chicago studies have produced groundbreaking results. Still, the approach has never been without its critics. Applying the history of religions school approach to a range of interesting topics and themes, the essays in this collection demonstrate against current opposition how the history of religions school continues to steer scholarly innovation in the field of New Testament studies by offering constructive new interpretations of early Christian and other writings and advancing discussion in key areas of research.
Survey of contents
I. Clare K. Rothschild: Introduction
II. New Testament
Mark Reasoner: Paul's God of Peace in Canonical and Political Perspectives – Robert Matthew Calhoun: Romans 1:18–32 among Ancient Accounts of the Origin of Religion – Meira Z. Kensky: The Hymnic Conclusion to Romans 11

Deutero-Pauline Literature
Jeff Asher: Missiles, Demagogues, and the Devil: The Rhetoric of Slander in Ephesians 6:16

Laurie Brink, O.P.: Going the Extra Mile: Reading Matt 5:41 Literally and Metaphorically – David G. Monaco, C.P. : The Rhetoric of Narrative in Acts 8:26–40: Ramifications of the Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch for the Author of Luke-Acts

Paul B. Duff: The Scroll, the Temple, and the Great City: The Crisis in the Asian Assemblies and the Interlude of Rev 10:1—11:13

Jewish Christianity
Matt Jackson-McCabe: Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Jewish Christianity: Reflections on Categories in Edwin Broadhead's Jewish Ways of Following Jesus – Jeffrey A. Trumbower: Christians, Sabbateans, and the Dead Sea Sect: A Comparative Case Study in Jewish Sectarian Logic

III. Related Ancient Mediterranean Texts
Clare K. Rothschild: Παιδεία as Solution to Stasis in First Clement – Andrew Langford/Matthijs den Dulk: Polycarp and Polemo: Christianity at the Center of the Second Sophistic – Annette Bourland Huizenga: On Choosing a Wet-Nurse: Physical, Cultural and Moral Credentials – Justin Howell: Lucian's Hermotimus: A Fictive Dialogue with Marcus Aurelius – Thomas R. Blanton IV: De caelo patrocinium: The Economy of Divine Patronage in Apuleius' Metamorphoses Abstract

Clare K. Rothschild Born 1964; 1986 B.A. University of California, Berkeley; 1992 M.T.S. Harvard University; 2003 PhD University of Chicago; currently Professor of Scripture at Lewis University.

Thomas R. Blanton IV Born 1968; 1991 BA (Psychology) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1994 M.T.S. Duke Divinity School; 2006 PhD (Biblical Studies) Divinity School, University of Chicago; Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Robert Matthew Calhoun Born 1971; studied at University of Chicago, Humanities Division, Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature; 2011 PhD.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Rundschau — 80 (2015), S. 257–295 (Jürgen Wehnert)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 38 (2016), S. 11–12 (Michael J. Lakey)