ICYMI: The podcast and video versions of the talks from God and Guns: The Bible and American Gun Culture are available for download from Fuller Studio!
What does the Bible have to say about migration? Last weekend we hosted five international speakers to discuss the so-called ‘migration crisis’ and Christian responses to it. They were joined by four students, who offered reflections on the topic from their own varied perspectives. The entire event was conducted in both English and Spanish, with live translation undertaken by the amazing Sergio Zapata and Inés Velasquez-McBryde.
Look out for podcast recordings of the talks on Fuller Studio later this spring. In the meantime, the full programme —
Denise Flanders (Taylor University), on “Without Ruth”: The Transformative and Liberating Blessing of the Immigrant / “Sin Rut”: la bendición transformadora y liberadora del inmigrante
Juan Martínez Benavides (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Casey A. Strine (University of Sheffield), on Fear and Loathing in the Levant: King David as Asylum Seeker and Refugee / Miedo y asco en el Levante: el rey David como solicitante de asilo y refugiado
Jhohan Centeno (Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia)
Noemi Palomares (Boston College), on The Polyphonic Psalter: Migration in the Psalms / El salterio polifónico: migración en los Salmos
Jeffrey Bamaca (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Christopher M. Hays (Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia), on What is the Place of My Rest? On Being Migrant People(s) of the God of All the Earth / ¿Cuál será el lugar de mi descanso? Ser pueblo(s) migrantes del Dios de toda la tierra
Patricia Cogles (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Roberto Mata (Santa Clara University), on God’s Migrant Caravan: The Migration of the Church in the Book of Revelation /La caravana migrante de Dios: La migración de la Iglesia en el libro de Apocalipsis
This book was unexpected, to say the least! It all began when I was finishing up Israel and the Assyrians, in spring 2013, and sent the manuscript to Jeremy Hutton, who was reading in Descriptive Translation Studies and in Optimality Theory. The opportunity for collaboration came with an invitation to edit a special issue of the journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, for which Hutton chose the theme ‘Epigraphy, Theory, and the Hebrew Bible’, proposing that we co-author an article on the translation technique of the Tell Fekheriyeh inscription and its implications for the study of Deuteronomy.
The article, we thought, might be a bit long – 15,000 words or so. We were aiming for a deadline of December 2016. By November 2017, we had written nearly 40,000 words on just the first half of the inscription (Fekh. A) and were apologising to the editors for holding up the volume! Very kindly, the editors proposed that we produce an abbreviated version of the article for the journal, then develop a slightly longer version for Mohr Siebeck’s series Forschungen zum Alten Testament.
A year later, we were still wrestling with how to defend dealing with Fekh. B as an instance of translation, bringing in more work on bilingualism and cognitive theory – along with several video conference-style writing sessions – in the process of finding a solution. The overall result is less the “short monograph” that the editors envisioned than it is a full-size monograph, but we’re no less delighted with the results!
This article, co-authored with Jeremy Hutton was written for a special issue of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel on ‘Epigraphy, Theory, and the Bible’. In it we and I analyse the way that the Tell Fekheriyeh inscription’s A text translates an Akkadian source text into Aramaic, arguing that it adopts a largely isomorphic style of translation and only occasionally uses dynamic replacement sets. We then apply these findings to the relationship between Deuteronomy and the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and conclude that the relationship between these two texts looks nothing like relationship between the Akkadian and Aramaic counterparts of Tell Fekheriyeh A.
Whatever Deuteronomy’s relationship with the Succession Treaty might be, translation isn’t it.
Absolutely delighted to see this special issue of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, on ‘Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Social Scientific Study of Involuntary Migration’ finally out! The essays originated at the conference ‘Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Social Scientific Study of Involuntary Migration‘ co-hosted by the Nottingham Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology and the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. Kudos to my co-editor, Casey Strine, and all the contributors to the conference and the volume for their amazing work!
Editorial Introduction: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Social Scientific Study of Involuntary Migration
C. A. Strine (University of Sheffield)
Is ‘Exile’ Enough? Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Need for a Taxonomy of Involuntary Migration
Mark Leuchter (Temple University)
A Resident Alien in Transit: Exile, Adaptation and Geomythology in the Jeremiah Narratives
C. L. Crouch (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Before and after Exile: Involuntary Migration and Ideas of Israel
David Reimer (University of Edinburgh)
There—But Not Back Again: Forced Migration and the End of Jeremiah
Dalit Rom-Shiloni (Tel Aviv University)
Forced / Involuntary Migration, Diaspora Studies, and More: Notes on Methodologies
Final Thoughts: Reflections on Methodology
What does the Bible have to say about the use of violence? Can we connect ancient and modern in the case of guns and their prominence in U.S. society? What ethical and moral perspectives would it entail if we took the Bible seriously?
Excerpts from the programme will be up on Fuller Studio sometime in May. In the meantime, the full programme —
Yolanda Norton, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary, on Embodied Testimony: The Signified Lament of Women
Brent A. Strawn, William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament ad the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, on Projecting (on/in/and) Joshua
Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, on The Walls of Jerusalem and the Guns of America: A Theological Reading of Isaiah 22:8-11
Tracy M. Lemos, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Huron University and a member of the graduate school faculty at the University of Western Ontario, on Broken are the Bows of the Mighty: The Bow in Ancient Israel and the Gun in Contemporary America
David Lincicum, Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, on Can a Christian Own a Gun? Interrogating the New Testament
Shelly Matthews, Professor of New Testament at the Brite Divinity School, on This Sword is Double-Edged: Reflections of a Feminist New Testament Scholar on the Bible and Gun Culture
Pleased as punch at the arrival of this special issue of Political Theology on ‘Migration, Political Power and the Book of Jeremiah’, arising from the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology conference by the same name. Kudos to Steed Davidson, Casey Strine, Anna Rowlands and Susanna Snyder for their amazing work!
My last event with the Nottingham Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology will be its next ‘Thinking Theologically with the Bible’ conference on October 13, featuring contributions from biblical scholars Tarah Van De Wiele and Katherine Southwood and theologians Simeon Zahl and Susannah Ticciati.
Our starting point is the book of Psalms, which has held a particular and special place in liturgies for the ill, afflicted and the dying in Jewish and Christian worship for more than two millennia. In these poems and songs the psalmists express their distress at various forms of illness and their hope for restoration to wellness. Our speakers will be drawing on the Psalms to engage in a constructive biblical and theological dialogue about contemporary concepts of wellness and illness.
Further details and links to registration here.
Absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that I’ve accepted the post of David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. The press release from Fuller is available here.
Delighted to report that I’ve been asked by CUP to edit a new Cambridge Companion to Hebrew Bible and Ethics, with publication slated for 2020. I’ll be bringing together 22 authors from around the world to write essays at the intersection of descriptive and normative ethics, addressing historical and literary concerns and developing their implications for contemporary ethical conversations. There will be essays on a wide variety of texts and topics, including justice in the Psalms, laws of talion, covenant, gender and the law, economics, poverty and social justice, migration and the environment. I’m absolutely delighted by the line-up of authors and essays and looking forward to the results already.