Academic journal article Theological Studies

Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little Instruction

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little Instruction

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Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little Instruction. Edited by Christopher G. Frechette, Christopher R. Matthews, and Thomas D. Stegman, S.J. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2014. Pp. xxii + 323. $29.95.

This collection of essays pays tribute to the outstanding careers of two men whose scholarship, teaching, and pastoral influence impacted the lives of colleagues, students, and lay faithful for more than 50 years. As colleagues first at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, then at its new incarnation as Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, Harrington and Clifford both made significant contributions in research, training students for ministry, and the profession of biblical studies. The editors note that their scholarly interests intersect in wisdom literature and have therefore subtitled the Festschrift with a phrase from the prologue to the Book of Sirach, "opportunity for no little instruction." The underlying themes through which the essays of the volume coalesce include Harrington and Clifford's shared concern for the Jewish world of the New Testament and the reappropriation of texts and traditions in new faith contexts.

The volume consists of essays from 18 fine scholars, both former students and colleagues; the contributions are grouped into four sections: Portrayals of God, Second Temple Recastings of Scripture and Tradition, New Testament Deployments of Scripture and Tradition, and Early Reception of New Testament Texts. …

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