CFD Moule

16 02 2008

The New Testament professor C.F.D. Moule passed away in September 2007.  The Sermon for the Life and Work of the Revd Prof CFD Moule by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is now available online.  It is a wonderful tribute to this outstanding NT scholar.

I met Professor Moule back in 1985 when I was doing doctoral research at Cambridge.  I had been invited to a NT Colloquium gathering, and he was there to present a paper.  At this time he had been retired almost a decade and was around seventy-seven.  During this same research time at Cambridge, while I was stumbling around in the library at St. John’s College, I found a book written by one of my seminary professors, David E. Garland, The Intention of Matthew 23 (Brill, 1979).  Extensively penciled throughout the margins, in wonderfully precise script, were Prof Moule’s personal comments.  It was interesting to read the reflections/critiques and “overhear” the ongoing dialogue between Prof Moule and the text. 

As almost all reviews, obituaries, and words of memorials noted, he was very much a gentleman and scholar.  He serves as a model for combining the head and heart as one leans into the vocation of NT studies:   “. . . theology and devotion can never, in fact, be separated” (C.F.D. Moule, “Acknowledgements,” The Holy Spirit [1978]).

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Latest Issue of “Review & Expositor”–Prayer

1 02 2008

The blogger Jim West, a Jonathan Swift of the blogging world, has a wonderful quote related to divorcing exegesis from theology: “One need simply think, on the one hand, of the ridiculously pointless ‘Systematic Theology’ of Paul Tillich (empty, as it is, of exegesis) and on the other the vapid and really useless examinations of the entrails of the gnat exegeses that fill the pages of the Journal of Biblical Literature (which are pointless precisely because of the fact that they don’t contribute to theological understanding) on the other.” I could not agree more. There are journals, however, which do attempt to blend together the exegetical and theological; Review & Expositor is one. In the interest of full disclosure, I am on the Board of R&E and supportive of its purpose of “. . . free and open inquiry of issues related to the Church’s mission in the contemporary world.” As a Baptist, the quotient of freedom can never be exhausted.

Here are the articles in the latest issue (Vol. 104, No. 4, Fall 2007). As is evident, the focus is on prayer.

E. Glenn Hinson, “Persistence in Prayer in Luke-Acts”

Donald Penny, “Persistence in Prayer: Luke 18:1-8”

Nancy deClasisse-Walford, “Psalm 44: O God, Why Do You Hide Your Face?”

L. Juliana M. Claassens, “Prayinig from the Depths of the Deep: Remembering the Image of God as Midwife in Psalm 71”

Steven R. Harmon, “Theology Proper and the Proper Way to Pray: An Exposition of Psalm 139”

Andrew H. Wakefield, “What Happens When We Pray?”





Numismatics and Looting

1 02 2008

An important issue related to numismatics and the study of the New Testament is about integrity in the use of sources. There has been an ongoing discussion, often quite heated, between archaeologists and hobbyists related to numismatics. It ultimately revolves around the procuring of coins for hobbyists and how this can destroy the original provenance of the coins. The looting of sites and dispersion of coin hoards can cause the loss of valuable insights into social, cultural and historical backgrounds. It is a crime against history and knowledge to loot, whether looting personally or being the receiver of looted goods. Does one want to eat fruit from a rotting tree? On the other hand, what is one to do with all the millions of coins in private collectors’ hands today (coins that now have no original provenance)? The following blog post by Nathan Elkins is well written and provides many of the bones of contention: “Archaeologist Don’t Care about Ancient Coins?” There are  also some other links within this blog that contribute to an ongoing discussion.