Academic journal article Theological Studies

Greco-Roman Culture and the New Testament: Studies Commemorating the Centennial of the Pontifical Biblical Institute

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Greco-Roman Culture and the New Testament: Studies Commemorating the Centennial of the Pontifical Biblical Institute

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Greco-Roman Culture and the New Testament: Studies Commemorating the Centennial of the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Edited by David E. Aune and Frederick E. Brenk. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 143. Boston: Brill, 2012. Pp. xiv + 218. $144.

This is the last of four volumes published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1909-2009). Given the Institute's location in Rome, it is fully appropriate that one of these volumes was devoted entirely to the interpretation of early Christian and Hellenistic Jewish texts in light of their Greco-Roman contexts. The book opens with a brief preface that narrates highlights from the Institute's history, and with Brenk's short introduction to the nine essays that comprise the volume. The contributors are among the most important scholars working in the field of biblical and classical studies, and some of their essays contain a number of penetrating insights on NT texts, making it an important resource for the topics treated.

One of the best discussions is by the late Dieter Zeller, who had a long-standing interest in the Sayings of the Seven Sages of Greek tradition. He compares these examples of gnomic wisdom with Paul's parenesis in Romans 12, pointing out crucial differences between Paul and the Sages. …

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