- Matt Malcolm of cryptotheology briefly reviews Brian Rosner (ed.), The Wisdom of the Cross: Exploring First Corinthians (Apollos 2011); and also reviews Paul W. Barnett, The Corinthian Question: Why did the Church Oppose Paul? (2011).
- In a recent Review of Biblical Literature, James Howard reviews Michael R. Cosby, Apostle on the Edge: An Inductive Approach to Paul, Louisville 2009: Westminster John Knox Press. Cosby is a colleague at Messiah College.
- Recent reviews at RBL by L. Ann Jervis (PDF) and Kevin McCruden (PDF) discuss Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit, Oxford 2010: Oxford University Press. Engberg-Pederson discusses passages like 1 Cor. 15, 1 Cor. 2.14-15, 1 Cor. 7.5, and 2 Cor. 5.1-4, among others. Another work that draws attention to Stoic influences or parallels in Paul’s thinking.
- Rudolph, David J., A Jew to the Jews: Jewish Contours of Pauline Flexibility in 1 Corinthians 9, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 304, Tubingen 2011: Mohr Siebeck.
- Ranjit. A. Thuraisingham, “A contemporary scientific reading of St. Paul on human duality,” in Journal for Interdisciplinary Research on Religion and Science 9 (2011), 150-169.
- Have I already posted this one? Kenneth E. Bailey, Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians, Intervarsity Press: Downers Grove 2011.
- Julien M. Ogerea, “Paul’s Leadership Ethos in 2 Cor 10–13: A Critique of 21st Century Pentecostal Leadership, in Australasian Pentecostal Studies 13 (2010), pp. 21-40.
- Betsey Robinson, Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia, Princeton 2011: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
- A photo of the cover
- Here’s the description from the American School of Classical Studies
- I’ll review the book shortly
Geological and Environmental Studies:
I was twice dragged up to the top of Mt. Oneion, the range that marks the visual southern boundary of the Isthmus. While Dimitri Nakassis and I were walking survey teams around the plain of the Isthmus in 2000 and 2001, Bill Caraher was driving all over the eastern Corinthia doing “extensive survey” in remote and hard to reach locations. One spectacular discovery Bill made was a set of fortification walls in one of the saddles of Mt. Oneion dating to both the late Classical and Venetian periods. He published these (with T. Gregory) as Caraher, W. R. and T. E. Gregory. “Fortifications of Mount Oneion, Corinthia,” Hesperia 75 (2006), 327-356. The abstract to their article:
Recent investigations on the Isthmus of Corinth by the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey (EKAS) have revealed a series of relatively humble fortifications situated along the ridge of Mt.Oneion, which forms the southern boundary of the Isthmus. These Late Classical-Early Hellenistic walls, along with a nearby series of later Venetian fortifications, were designed to block access to the south through several low passes. Controlling the passage of northern armies through the Isthmus to the Peloponnese was clearly a long-term strategic concern for diverse regional powers.
In 2002 and 2003, I journeyed with Bill and Tim up to the easternmost peaks of Mt. Oneion to document those remains. The hike was well worth it for it afforded spectacular views of Corinthian territory including the Isthmus, Acrocorinth, and the Saronic coastline. Views of Kenchreai are especially good. I have added new gallery pages of those trips to the top of Mt. Oneion:
Thanks to Cindi Tomes of Messiah College’s Faculty Services for scanning these. I include a few of the highlights below.
Bill Caraher at the top of the Corinthia.
Bill takes GPS readings with the Isthmus in the background.
Saronic coastline along plain of Solygeia.
I love this view of Kenchreai harbor and Koutsongila
The Saronic coastline from Kenchreai (bottom-right) to the Bay of Kalamaki (middle-left) to the narrow coastal pass of Gerania (middle-right).
The Oneion backbone which ends in Acrocorinth (center).
- D. Obbink and R. Rutherford (eds.), Culture in Pieces: Essays on Ancient Texts in Honour of Peter Parsons, Oxford 2011: Oxford University Press, has several Corinthiaka: a fragment of the archaic poet Eumelus of Corinth, discussions of Pindar’s Thirteenth Olympian and Posidonius of Corinth, a chapter on the Argo adventure
- J.A. Agnew, J.S. Duncan, and P. Kelly, “Geopolitics,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography, take the Peloponnesian War as a case study
- Anyone interested in centuriation at Corinth will find some useful material in Josep Maria Palet and Hèctor A. Orengo, “The Roman Centuriated Landscape: Conception, Genesis, and Development as Inferred from the Ager Tarraconensis Case,” in AJA 115.3 (2011)
- A. Quercia, A. Johnston, A. Bevan, J. Conolly and A. Tsaravopoulos, “Roman Pottery from an Intensive Survey of Antikythera, Greece,” in Annual of British School at Athens 106 (2011) discusses Roman pottery from Corinth.
- More articles posted from the International Congress of Classical Archaeology in Rome 2008:
- James A. Herbst and Jennifer Palinkas, “A Roman Road Southeast of the Forum at Corinth: Technology and Urban Development,” in Hesperia 80 (2011), 287-336.
- Reviews of Corinthian books in Review of Biblical Literature
- Steven J. Friesen, Daniel N. Schowalter, and James C. Walters (eds.) Corinth in Context: Comparative Studies on Religion and Society (Leiden 2010: Brill), reviewed by Dennis E. Smith
- Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, Keys to Second Corinthians: Revisiting the Major Issues, reviewed by Victor Paul Furnish and vanThanh Nguyen reviewed by Victor Paul Furnish and vanThanh Nguyen
- Short reviews of the Corinthian books in Journal for the Study of the New Testament 33.5 (Aug. 2011):
- Chantal Nsongisa Kimesa, ‘L’agir puissant du Christ parmi les chrétiens’: Une étude exégético-théologique de 2Co 13,1-4 et Rm 14,1-4, Rome 2010: Gregorian & Biblical.
- Steven J. Friesen, Daniel N. Schowalter, and James C. Walters (eds.) Corinth in Context: Comparative Studies on Religion and Society, Leiden 2010: Brill.
- Michael Lakey, Image and Glory of God: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 as a Case Study in Bible, Gender and Hermeneutics, London 2010: T&T Clark.
- Bruce Hansen, ‘All of You are One’: The Social Vision of Gal. 3.28, 1 Cor. 12.13 and Col. 3.11, London 2010: T&T Clark.
- Poirier, The Tongues of Angels: The Concept of Angelic Languages in Classical Jewish and Christian Texts, Tübingen 2010: Mohr Siebeck.
- David Ian Starling, Not My People: Gentiles as Exiles in Pauline Hermeneutics, which examines the use of language of exile and return for Gentile Christians, has a chapter on the Scripture cantena in 2 Corinthians 6.16-18 (Gottingen: 2011: de Gruyter)
- Tim Henderson at the blog Earliest Christianity has been discussing 1 Corinthian passages in Alan Padgett’s As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission (Baker, 2011) in the course of several posts:
- Some recent Corinthiaka blogs from Matt Malcolm of cryptotheology:
Geology and Geoarchaeology:
- Theodoros M. Tsapanos, George Ch. Koravos, Vasiliki Zygouri, Michael T. Tsapanos, Anna N. Kortsari, Andrzej Kijko, and Eleni E. Kalogirou, “Deterministic seismic hazard analysis for the city of Corinth-central Greece,” in Journal of the Balkan Geophysical society 14.1 (March 2011), 1-14.
- S. Kortekaas, G. A. Papadopoulos, A. Ganas, A. B. Cundy, and A. Diakantoni, “Geological identiﬁcation of historical tsunamis in the Gulf of Corinth, Central Greece,” in Natural Hazards and Early System Sciences July 21, 2011.
- M. G. Potanina, V. B. Smirnov and P. Bernard, “Patterns of seismic swarm activity in the Corinth Rift in 2000–2005,” in Izvestiya Physics of the Old Solid Earth 47.7 (2011), 610-622
It’s been a couple of months since the last Corinthian Scholarship update, so we have a full list here. The following list compiles the works I happened to see and the (imperfect) results of various google alerts. If you have material to add to these monthly compilations, send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As usual, 1 and 2 Corinthians scholars win the prize for productivity.
1 and 2 Corinthians:
- Kenneth Bailey, Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians, Intervarsity Press Academic (2011).
- J. Ross Wagner, “Baptism ‘Into Christ Jesus’ and the Question of Universalism in Paul,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 33.1 (2011, 45-61)
- A.C. Thiselton, “Wisdom in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures: Wisdom in the New Testament,” Theology (July 2011) 114.4, 260-268.
- Various articles in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies:
- Tolmie, D.F., 2011, ‘Angels as arguments? The rhetorical function of references to angels in the Main Letters of Paul’, HTS
- Osiek, C., 2011, ‘How much do we really know about the lives of early Christ followers?’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(1), Art. #841
- Boshoff, P.B., 2011, ‘Walter Schmithals: His contribution to the theological and historical interpretation of the New Testament ’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(1), Art. #780
- Bieringer, R., 2011, ‘The comforted comforter: The meaning of παρακαλέω or παράκλησις terminology in 2 Corinthians’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(1), Art. #969
- Stander, H., 2011, ‘Chrysostom on hunger and famine’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies67(1), Art. #880
- C.D. Elledge, “Future Resurrection of the Dead in Early Judaism: Social Dynamics, Contested Evidence,” Currents in Biblica Research 9.3 (2011)
- Some Corinthiaka in After the First Urban Christians
- A BMCR review on Stoicism in Early Christianity
- An RBL Review of Carter’s The Great Sermon Tradition as a Fiscal Framework in 1 Corinthians: Towards a Pauline Theology of Material
Possessions (New York 2010: T&T Clark)
- Cameron and Miller (eds), Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians (Society of Biblical Literature 2011)
Archaic to Hellenistic Corinth
- A recent BMCR review of Geometric pottery at the British Museum includes Corinthian pieces
- In the last few months, the International Congress of Classical Archaeology has been posting the Rome 2008 papers in Bolletino di Archeologia On Line. A couple of presentations with Corinthia or near-Corinthia papers:
- A provenance study of Corinthian amphoras (PDF) in the Ionian and Adriatic Seas: Verena Gassner, “Amphorae Production of the Ionic‐Adriatic Region,” in FACEM (version
- The Australian Society for Classical Studies has published selected papers from the 32nd annual conference (2011). Corinth-related paper includes:
- Periander as one of the sages in Johannes Engels, Die sieben Weisen: Leben, Lehren und Legenden. C. H. Beck Wissen in der Beck’schen Reihe 2485, München 2010. See the BMCR Review.
Corinthian Myth and Image:
- This geoarchaeology piece on Kenchreai has been out for several years but I just learned of the digital version.
- Helike in the Corinthian Gulf neighborhood, on tsunamis, uplift, etc: , “Submergence and uplift of settlements in the area of Helike, Greece, from the Early Bronze Age to late antiquity”
- Katsanopoulou Dora, “Earth Science Applications in the Field of Archaeology: the Helike Example,” Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, 2010: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress, Patras, May, 2010.
- Rebecca E. Bell, Lisa C. McNeill, Timothy J. Henstock, Jonathan M. Bull, “Comparing extension on multiple time and depth scales in the Corinth Rift, Central Greece,” in Geophysical Journal International June 22, 2011.
- A few from the publication office of the ASCSA:
- The following books were up for review at the Journal of Roman Archaeology – surely they are taken now.
- Nancy Bookidis, Corinth volume XVIII.5. The sanctuary of Demeter and Kore. The terracotta sculpture (American School of Classical Studies at Athens; Princeton, NJ 2010). Pp. xxv + 317, pls. 126. ISBN 978-0-87661-185-2. $150.
- Steven J. Friesen, Daniel N. Schowalter and James C. Walters, Corinth in context: comparative studies on religion and society (Supplements to Novum Testamentum vol. 134; E. J. Brill, Leiden 2010). Pp. xxv + 517, figs. 102, tables 13, maps 3. ISSN 0167-9732; ISBN 978 90 04 18197 7. $230
The latest in Corinthian Scholarship for April 2011. As always, this list is based on various Google alerts that may be thorough but are certainly not exhaustive. If you have material to add, send it my way.
Archaic to Hellenistic:
Pauline Corinth, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians:
- See recent posts on the International SBL in London and the Corinth conference at Macquarie Unviersity.
- Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, “Spiritual Weakness, Illness, and Death in 1 Corinthians 11:30,” Journal of Biblical Literature 130.1
- Rachel M. Mcrae, “Eating with Honor: The Corinthian Lord’s Supper in light of Voluntary Association Meal Practices” Journal of Biblical Literature 130.1
- Tim Brookins, “The Wise Corinthians: Their Stoic Education and Outlook,” Journal of Theological Studies 62.1
- Preston T. Massey, “Is there a Case for Elite Roman ‘New Women’ causing Division at Corinth?” in Revue Biblique 118.1 (2011), 76-93.
- Corinth is central to Moyer Hubbard’s imaginative introduction to Pauline Christianity, Christianity in the Greco-Roman World: A Narrative introduction (Baker Academic 2010) [Recent Review in Toronto Journal of Theology]
- Paul and the sophists gets a little space in Perceptions of the Second Sophistics and its time (2011)
Some interesting Corinthiaka (Corinthian Matters) for this Wednesday morning:
- Roy Ciampa and Brian Rosner, authors of a new commentary on 1 Corinthians, talk about St. Paul and Roman sexual ethics in the Corinthian community in a two part video here and here. Michael Bird’s brief review of their commentary can be found here.
- A couple of summer conferences related to geology, archaeology, and Early Christianity in the Corinthia. The theme of the latter is “Archaeology and Identity in Roman Achaia.” Looks fantastic.
- A 17th century Spanish vessel sails through the Corinth canal.
- The American School of Classical Studies excavations at Corinth featured in a new television series 1821.
- If you’re an undergraduate interested in a field school in Kenchreai this summer, there are a couple of fellowship opportunities available for member institutions of the Center for Hellenic Studies.
- Phoebe’s feast day was recently celebrated in the Lutheran and Episcopal church calendar. A nice piece on Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe.
- So also, in the Orthodox calendar, the 16th century fruitseller and martyr Nicholas of Ichthys of the Corinthia was celebrated on Feb. 14. An interesting story from the Great Synaxarion of Christian-Turkish relations in the Ottoman period rediscovered in the early 20th century.