Published Articles

Selected Articles in Journals and Collections of Essays:

 

Second Temple Judaism

    “The Noble Contest: Honor, Shame, and the Rhetorical Strategy of 4 Maccabees,” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 13 (1995) 31-57.

“The Wisdom of Ben Sira: Honor, Shame, and the Maintenance of the Values of a Minority Culture,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 58 (1996) 433-455.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Christianity,” Sewanee Theological Review 39 (1996) 285-302.

“Fourth Ezra: Maintaining Jewish Cultural Values Through Apocalyptic Rhetoric,” in L. G. Bloomquist and Greg Carey, eds., Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Apocalyptic Discourse (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1999), 123-139.

“Why Did God Choose Abraham?” Bible Review 16.3 (June 2000) 16-21, 42-44.

“The Sinaiticus Text of 4 Maccabees,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (2006) 47-62.

“Seven Papyrus Fragments of a Greek Manuscript of Exodus,” Vetus Testamentum 56 (2006) 143-70.

“The Perfection of ‘Love for Offspring’: Greek Representations of Maternal Affection and the Achievement of the Heroine of 4 Maccabees,” New Testament Studies 52 (2006) 251-268.

“Judith the Heroine?  Lies, Seduction, and Murder in Cultural Perspective, Biblical Theology Bulletin 36 (2006) 55-61.

“‘And Not a Drop to Drink’: The Story of David’s Thirst in the Jewish Scriptures, Josephus, and 4 Maccabees,” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 16 (2006) 15-40.

“Five More Papyrus Fragments from a Greek Codex of Exodus,” Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 40 (2007) 1-29.

“Using the Master’s Tools to Shore Up Our House: A Postcolonial Analysis of 4 Maccabees,”Journal of Biblical Literature 127.1 (2007) 99-127.

“Jesus and James in the School of Ben Sira: The impact of an extracanonical sage on the first founders of Christianity,” Theologie für die Praxis 33 (2007) 84-97.

“Jewish Martytology and the Death of Jesus,” in Gerbern Oegema and James H. Charlesworth, eds., The Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins: Essays from the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (London: T. & T. Clark, 2008), 51-67.

“Never Without a Witness: The Apocrypha and Spiritual Formation,” Ashland Theological Journal 38 (2006) 77-89.

“‘An Example of How to Die Nobly For Religion’: The Influence of 4 Maccabees on Origen’s Exhortatio ad Martyrium,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 17 (2009) 337-355.

“A Bibliographic Guide to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha,” Ashland Theological Journal 42 (2010) 61-109.  Also published, in slightly modified form, as part of the Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies database.

“Jews in the Diaspora,” forthcoming in Joel B. Green and Lee M. McDonald, eds. The World of the New Testament: An Examination of the Context of Early Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).

“The Hellenistic Period,” forthcoming in Rick Hess and Bill Arnold, eds., Foundations for a History of Israel (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).

 

Letter to the Hebrews

“Despising Shame: A Cultural-Anthropological Investigation of the Epistle to the Hebrews,” Journal of Biblical Literature 113 (1994) 459-481.

“Exchanging Favor for Wrath: Apostasy in Hebrews and Patron-Client Relations,” Journal of Biblical Literature 115 (1996) 91-116.

“The Epistle to the Hebrews in Social-Scientific Perspective,” Restoration Quarterly 36 (1994) 1-21.

“Hebrews 6:4-8: A Socio-Rhetorical Investigation,” Tyndale Bulletin 50 (1999) 33-57, 225-235. [Part 1] [Part 2]

“Eschatology, Rest, and the Rhetorical Strategy of Hebrews,” Trinity Journal 21NS (2000) 25-43.

“The Invention and Argumentative Function of Priestly Discourse in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 16 (2006) 295-323.

 

The Revelation of John

“The Social Setting of the Apocalypse of John: Conflicts Within, Fears Without,” Westminster Theological Journal 54 (1992) 273-302.

“The Revelation to John: A Case Study in Apocalyptic Propaganda and the Maintenance of Sectarian Identity,” Sociological Analysis (now Sociology of Religion) 53 (1992) 375-395.

“The Image of the Beast and the Christians in Asia Minor,” Trinity J. 12NS (1991) 185-206.

“The Construction and Social Function of a Counter-Cosmos in the Revelation of John,” Forum  9:1-2 (1993) 47-61.

“Honor Discourse and the Rhetorical Strategy of the Apocalypse of John,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 71 (1998) 79-110.

“The Persuasive Strategy of the Apocalypse: A Socio-Rhetorical Investigation of Revelation 14:6-13,” Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers 37 (1998) 785-806.

“A Socio-Rhetorical Investigation of Revelation 14:6-13: A Call to Act Justly toward the Just and Judging God,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 9 (1999) 65-117.

“Final Topics: The Rhetorical Functions of Intertexture in Revelation 14:14— 16:21,” pp. 215-241 in D. F. Watson, ed., The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the New Testament (Symposium Series; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002).

“Toward a Socio-Rhetorical Taxonomy of Divine Intervention: Miracle Discourse in the Revelation to John,” in D. B. Gowler, L. G. Bloomquist, and D. F. Watson (eds.), Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor of Vernon K. Robbins (Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2003), 303-316.

“The Revelation to John and the Practice of Christian Counseling,” Asbury Theological Journal, 60/1 (2006) 67-87.

“What Has Athens To Do With Patmos?  Rhetorical Criticism of the Revelation of John (1980-2005),” Currents in Biblical Research 6.2 (2008) 256-289.

“X Marks the Spot?  A Critique of the Use of Chiasm in Macro-Structural Analyses of Revelation to John,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 30 (2008) 343-371.

“The Strategic Arousal of Emotions in the Apocalypse of John: A Rhetorical-critical  Investigation of the Oracles to the Seven Churches,” New Testament Studies 54 (2008) 90-114.

“Seeing Things John’s Way: Rhetography and Conceptual Blending in Revelation 14:6-13,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 18 (2008) 271-298.

“The Strategic Arousal of Emotions in John’s Visions of Roman Imperialism: A Rhetorical-Critical Investigation of Revelation 4-22,” Neotestamentica 42 (2008) 1-34.

“Out of Our Minds? Appeals to Reason (Logos) in the Seven Oracles of Revelation 2-3,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31 (2008) 123-155.

“On the Sidelines of the Pi/stij Xristou~ debate: The View from Revelation,” pp. 259-274 in Michael Bird and Preston Sprinkle (eds.), The Faith of Jesus Christ” Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies (Carlisle: Paternoster and Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009).

 

Paul

“Measuring Penultimate Against Ultimate Reality: An Investigation of the Integrity and Argumentation of 2 Corinthians,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 52 (1993) 41-70.

“Recasting the Moment of Decision: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 In Its Literary Context,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 31 (1993) 3-16.

“No Confidence in the Flesh: The Meaning and Function of Phil 3:2-21,” Trinity Journal 15NS (1994) 27-54.

“Meeting the Exigency of a Complex Rhetorical Situation: Paul's Strategy in 2 Corinthians 1 through 7,” Andrews University Seminary Studies 34 (1996) 5-22.

“Worthy of His Kingdom: Honor Discourse and Social Engineering in 1 Thessalonians,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 64 (1996) 49-79.

“‘Let the One Who Claims Honor Establish that Claim in the Lord’: Honor Discourse in the Corinthian Correspondence,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 28 (1998) 61-74.

 

Miscellaneous

“The Feast in the Text: The Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes,” Anglican Theological Review,  76 (1994) 9-26.

“At the Threshold of Heaven: The Preaching of John Donne as Sacrament of the Word,” Anglican & Episcopal History, 43 (1994) 5-34.

“Investigating Honor Discourse: Guidelines from Classical Rhetoricians,” Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers 36 (1997) 491-525.

“1 Peter: Strategies for Counseling Individuals on the Way to a New Heritage,” Ashland Theological Journal 32 (2000) 33-52.

 “Embodying the Word: Sociological Exegesis of the New Testament,” pp. 118-129 in S. McKnight and G. Osborne (eds.), The Face of New Testament Studies (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004).

“The Pattern for Preachers: Archbishop John Tillotson and the Reform of Ecclesiastical Oratory in the Seventeenth Century,” Anglican & Episcopal History 75 (2006) 368-400.

“Turning Shame into Honor: The Pastoral Strategy of 1 Peter,” pp. 159-186 in Robert Jewett, Wayne Alloway, Jr., and John G. Lacey (eds.), The Shame Factor: How Shame Shapes Society (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010).

 “How Greek Was the Author of ‘Hebrews’?” forthcoming in Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts, eds., Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context (Leiden: Brill).

 

Contributions to Reference Works and Study Bibles:

“Revelation,” forthcoming in Robert Brawley, gen. ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Ethics (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press).

“Rhetorical Criticism,” forthcoming in Stephen McKenzie, gen. ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press).

“Wisdom of Ben Sira” and “Additions to Daniel,” forthcoming in Joel B. Green, ed., The Common English Bible Study Bible (Nashville: Abingdon).

Introduction and Annotations to 4 Maccabees, Lost Bible (ed. James Kugel, Lawrence Schiffman, and Emmanuel Tov; Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, forthcoming in 2013).

“Pseudepigrapha,” Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible (ed. Michael Coogan; Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 212-28.

“Apocrypha,” in Judith Baskin (ed.), Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 19-21.

“Circumcision” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (ed. Joel B. Green; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011), 139-40.

“Clean and Unclean in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (ed. Joel B. Green; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011), 145-47.

“Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (ed. Joel B. Green; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011), 221-24.

 “Hebrews” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (ed. Joel B. Green; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011), 360-61.

“Nations, Peoples, and Empires, Part II,” in Gordon D. Fee and Robert Hubbard (eds.), Eerdmans Companion to the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011), 492-95.

Introduction and Annotations to 4 Maccabees, Oxford Annotated Bible, 4th edition (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010) 359-380.

Introduction and Annotations to Hebrews, The Wesley Study Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008), 1483-1497.

“Honor and Shame,” in Tremper Longman and Peter Enns (eds.), Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom and Poetical Books (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 287-300.

“Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha,” in Craig A. Evans (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (NewYork and London: Routledge, 2008), 15-22.

“Martyr and Martyrdom in Jewish Late Antiquity,” in Craig A. Evans (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (New York and London: Routledge, 2008), 386-393.

“Maccabees, Fourth Book of” in Katherine Doob Sakenfeld (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2008), 746-750.

“Social Scientific Criticism, NT” in Katherine Doob Sakenfeld (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2009), 311.

“Nations, Peoples, and Empires, Part II,” in Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, forthcoming).

“Hebrews, Epistle to the” in Katherine Doob Sakenfeld (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Volume 2 (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2007), 779-786.

“Gratitude,” in Katherine Doob Sakenfeld (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Volume 2 (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2007), 662-663.

“Apocrypha/Deuterocanonicals,” in Katherine D. Sakenfeld (ed.), New Interpreter’s Dictionary of theBible. Volume 1 (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006), 195-200.

“Cultural Relationships in the World of the New Testament,” in Stanley Porter (ed.), Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation (London: Routledge, 2006), 67-69.

“Hebrews,” “1 & 2 Peter,” and “Jude” in C. A. Evans (ed.), Bible Knowledge Background Commentary, vol. 3, pp. 199-256 and 289-340 (Elgin, IL: Cook Communications/ Chariot Victor Publishing, 2005).

Introductions and Notes on 1-4 Maccabees and 1-2 Esdras, pp.1405-1470, 1493-1611 in Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Walter Brueggemann, and Eugene Peterson (eds.), The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005).

“Apocrypha,” pp. 53-57 in K. J. Vanhoozer (gen. ed.), Dictionary for Theological  Interpretation of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005).

“4 Maccabees,” pp. 888-901 in J. D. G. Dunn and J. W. Rogerson, eds., Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003).

“Honor and Shame,” pp. 431-436 in D. W. Baker (ed.), Dictionary of the Old Testament:  Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002).

“Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha,” pp. 58-64 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).  Repr. in D. G. Reid, ed., Dictionary of the New Testament (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004).

“Honor and Shame,” pp. 518-522 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New  Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

“Patronage in the Greco-Roman World,” pp. 766-771 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2000).

“Ruler Cult,” pp. 1026-1030 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove. IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

“Sirach,” pp. 1116-1124 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

“Testament of Moses,” pp. 1192-1199 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

“3 and 4 Maccabees,” pp. 661-666 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of NewTestament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

“Wisdom of Solomon,” pp. 1268-1276 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

“Writing and Literature — Jewish,” pp. 1289-1299 in C. A. Evans and S. Porter, eds., Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2000).

“Grace,” pp. 524-526 in D. N. Freedman, ed., Eerdmans Dictionary of  the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000).

“Maccabees, Third and Fourth Books of,” pp. 839-841 in D. N. Freedman, ed., Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000).

“Exaltation, Enthronement,” pp. 359-63  in P. H. Davids and R. P. Martin, eds., Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1997).

“Heaven, New Heavens,” pp. 439-43 in P. H. Davids and R. P. Martin, eds., Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1997).

“Repentance, Second Repentance,” pp. 1011-15 in P. H. Davids and R. P. Martin, eds., Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997).

“Visions, Ecstatic Experience,” pp. 1194-98 in the Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997).



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