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How has Luke-Acts scholarship evolved in the past 50 years? Was Morton Smith’s Secret Mark a hoax? What is the form and function of a chain-link transition? The Baylor New Testament Studies Collection answers these questions and more! This collection brings fresh, scholarly insight on various New Testament topics, including Christian origins, oral tradition, ancient media culture, rhetorical tradition, and Johannine studies, and analyzes the thought of various scholars who have shaped New Testament studies.

The Logos edition of the Baylor New Testament Studies Collection is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Analyzes various scholars’ New Testament thought
  • Provides insight on numerous New Testament studies topics
  • Examines several New Testament texts and interpretive methods

Individual Titles

The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith’s Invention of Secret Mark

  • Author: Stephen C. Carlson
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 170

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Secret Mark first became known to modern scholarship in 1958 when a newly hired assistant professor at Columbia University in New York by the name of Morton Smith visited the monastery of Mar Saba near Jerusalem and photographed its fragments. Secret Mark was announced on the heels of many spectacular discoveries of ancient manuscripts in the Near East, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi gnostic corpus in the late 1940s, and promised to be just as revolutionary. Secret Mark presents what appears to be a valuable, albeit fragmentary, witness to early Christian traditions, traditions that might shed light on Jesus’ most intimate behavior. In this volume, Stephen C. Carlson uses state of the art science to demonstrate that Secret Mark was an elaborate hoax created by Morton Smith. Carlson’s discussion places Smith’s trick alongside many other hoaxes before probing the reasons why so many scholars have been taken in by it.

A real-life ‘Da Vinci Code’ detective story set in academia.

Publishers Weekly

Stephen Carlson’s exposé of the supposed letter of Clement of Alexandria and its reference to a lost, ‘secret’ version of Mark’s Gospel is a scholarly bombshell. Built on painstaking research, without any shrillness in tone, Carlson’s argument is clear and compelling. Scholars in the field of Christian Origins will have to reckon with it, and many will have to re-think some important matters about the Gospels and the historical Jesus. A wider public will find this a fascinating detective story.

Larry W. Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature and theology, University of Edinburgh

Combining the sharp eye of a master sleuth and the erudition of an academic, Stephen Carlson tells the story of an extraordinary literary hoax. With forensic skill Carlson shows how Morton Smith succeeded in fooling many biblical scholars into believing that he had discovered a hitherto unknown fragment of a sensational early Christian gospel. The Gospel Hoax uncovers the clues and unmasks the perpetrator of a remarkable feat of deception. . . . Fascinating, compelling, and utterly convincing.

Mark Goodacre, associate professor of New Testament, Department of Religion, Duke University

Stephen C. Carlson is partner in Ditthavong & Carlson in Fairfax, VA.

Jesus in Memory: Traditions in Oral and Scribal Perspectives

  • Editors: Werner H. Kelber and Samuel Byrskog
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 350

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Few scholars have influenced New Testament scholarship in the areas of orality, memory, and tradition more profoundly than Birger Gerhardsson. Today, as these topics have again become important in biblical scholarship, his pioneering work takes on a new light. Though the esteemed contributors may differ on issues in the burgeoning study, they have all enthusiastically taken on the dual task of evaluating Gerhardsson’s contribution anew and bringing his insights up to date within the current debate.

These essays will invite further reflection about the impact of oral-memory models on contemporary discussions of biblical historicity and authority.

Biblical Theology Bulletin

These essays use Gerhardsson’s work as a launching pad to reflect on developments in the field over the past 50 years and to propose new avenues of inquiry. This dual focus gives the proposed book a distinct advantage as a ‘history of research’: building on an established precedent to survey the past while projecting the future. As these scholars are, in fact, leading voices in their respective fields, the collection must be received as an authoritative statement on the topic.

—Tom Thatcher, professor of biblical studies, Cincinnati Christian University

Kelber and Byrskog’s work is a valuable piece of scholarship on an important topic, one which has raised controversy especially at its beginning. It continues the conversation and work on an important aspect of early Christianity, and introduces a new generation of students to the issues of orality in New Testament studies.

Robert E. Van Voorst, professor of New Testament studies, Western Theological Seminary

Gerhardsson’s Memory and Manuscript is a landmark in the fields of orality, memory, and tradition. Kelber and Byrskog’s work serves as a fitting tribute to this movement, simultaneously offering critical assessment and advancing many of his seminal ideas. This volume is without parallel.

—Kelly R. Iverson, lecturer in New Testament, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

This volume is ideal for scholars desiring an entrée into Gerhardsson’s work or issues of orality, textuality, and memory, as well as scholars who are well versed in these areas. It appropriately offers tribute to Gerhardsson in a manner that makes clear the past, present, and future of an exciting area of New Testament scholarship he helped create.

Restoration Quarterly

Werner H. Kelber is an emeritus Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University. His other works include The Oral and the Written Gospel: The Hermeneutics of Speaking and Writing in the Synoptic Tradition, Mark, Paul, and Q, Mark’s Story of Jesus, and The Kingdom in Mark: A New Place and a New Time.

Samuel Byrskog is a professor of New Testament at the University of Lund in Sweden. He is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, Romarbrevet 1-8, Story as History—History as Story: The Gospel Tradition in the Context of Ancient Oral History, and Jesus the Only Teacher: Didactic Authority and Transmission in Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism, and the Matthean Community.

Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond the Oral and the Written Gospels

  • Editor: Tom Thatcher
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 310

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Werner Kelber’s The Oral and the Written Gospel introduced biblical scholars to interdisciplinary trends in the study of ancient media culture. The book is now widely recognized as a milestone and it has spurred wide-ranging scholarship. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of its publication, new developments in orality theory, literacy theory, and social approaches to memory call for a programmatic reappraisal of past research and future directions. This volume addresses these concerns. Kelber himself is interviewed at the beginning of the book and, in a closing essay he reflects on the significance of the project and charts a course for the future.

The perspectives presented in this volume challenge some of the most deeply rooted assumptions that shape contemporary biblical studies, especially in the areas of text, form, and literary criticism. The payoff . . . is a more culturally sensitive and historically rooted appreciation of the origins and use of the biblical texts in the past, as well as the potential to reclaim them in new and creative ways for the present, free from literalistic verse-by-verse exegesis.

Biblical Theology

[Kelber’s] comment that others have taken interpretative control of OWG leaves us in no doubt that his work has advanced understanding, evident in this fine collection.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Jesus, the Voice, and the Text is enlightening and easily accessible to scholars of religion and the casual reader alike.

—Martin S. Jaffee, professor of comparative religion and Jewish studies, University of Washington

Werner Kelber is one of the most influential biblical scholars of our time. His work on the media dynamics of early Christianity has given us a new paradigm of research and changed our approach to the Gospels and the Gospel tradition as well as other New Testament writings and areas of ancient communication. In this book some prominent scholars use his insights to discuss a vast range of issues related to the hermeneutics of speaking and writing, illustrating the immense influence of Kelber’s thinking. In addition, Kelber himself responds to challenges of his own research and indicates in an admirably upright way the development and great potentials of the new perspective that he has inaugurated.

—Samuel Byrskog, professor of New Testament studies, Lund University

Tom Thatcher is a professor of biblical studies at Cincinnati Christian University. He is the author and editor of nine books, including What We Have Heard From the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies, John, Jesus, and History, and New Currents through John: A Global Perspective.

Luke the Theologian

  • Author: François Bovon
  • Edition: 2nd revised
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 445

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In this completely revised and updated edition, François Bovon provides a critical assessment of the last 55 years of scholarship on Luke-Acts. The study, dividing thematically, presents individual chapters covering the subjects of history and eschatology, the role of the Old Testament, Christology, the Holy Spirit, conversion, and the church. Each chapter begins with a consideration of the exegetical and theological problems unique to each theme in Luke-Acts before providing a detailed survey and critique of contemporary English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian New Testament scholarship.

With this revised and updated survey, now covering more than a half century of study, Bovon provides an especially helpful guide. Luke the Theologian shows once again the author’s encyclopedic mastery of the literature on Luke, his uncommon gift for concise summary and fair and candid appraisal, and his deep, life-long engagement with these New Testament writings.

—John Carroll, Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Bovon’s helpful survey maps the field in a way that reveals both general contours and distinctive trajectories. He describes the mountains and peaks but also uncovers a few chasms. It is a guidebook to enhance our exploration of Scripture, charting out what has already been done and pointing the way toward future discoveries.

Mark Allan Powell, Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

François Bovon is emeritus Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of Studies in Early Christianity, The Gospel of Luke in the Hermeneia commentary series, and The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles.

Rhetoric at the Boundaries: The Art and Theology of New Testament Chain-Link Transitions

  • Author: Bruce W. Longenecker
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 300

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In Rhetoric at the Boundaries Bruce W. Longenecker explores how New Testament authors used an ancient rhetorical device to effect smooth transitions, both large and small. His study demonstrates how recognition of this rhetorical technique proves decisive for New Testament interpretation. Longenecker accomplishes this by examining the evidence for chain-link interlocks in a variety of ancient sources, including the Hebrew Scriptures, Jewish and Roman authors of the Graeco-Roman world, and the Graeco-Roman rhetoricians. He then applies the results of the survey to 15 problematic passages of the New Testament. In each case, Longenecker establishes the presence of chain-link interlock and highlights the structural, literary, and theological significance of the rhetorical device for New Testament interpretation.

Longenecker has produced a stunning study which zeroes in on a surprisingly neglected literary and rhetorical phenomenon in the Bible—the chain-link or interlock construction (A-b/a-B). Longenecker traces the chain-link through non-Biblical literature to the Old and New Testaments, distinguishing it from other literary and rhetorical linkage techniques. His careful and convincing formalist investigation of the chain-link constructions will surely prove itself an indispensable resource for the exegesis of Biblical texts. A must-read for all serious biblical scholars.

David E. Aune, Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Notre Dame

Bruce Longenecker has identified a gap in our understanding of the structure of ancient texts: the chain-link transition. He carefully defines the form, function, and character of this transition within the Graeco-Roman rhetorical tradition, ancient texts, and the New Testament. This accomplishment would be splendid enough, but he also discusses the theological, structural, and historical significance of chain-link interlock. Longenecker provides a fresh and welcomed contribution to New Testament studies.

Duane F. Watson, professor of New Testament studies, Malone University

Bruce W. Longenecker is a graduate professor of Religion and the W. W. Melton Chair in the Department of Religion at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of numerous books including The Lost Letters of Pergamum, Paul, Luke, and the Graeco-Roman World, Narrative Dynamics in Paul, The Triumph of Abraham’s God, 2 Esdras, and Eschatology and the Covenant.

What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present and Future of Johannine Studies

  • Editor: Tom Thatcher
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 425

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The past 50 years have seen powerful shifts in the methods and objectives of biblical studies. The study of the Johannine literature, in particular, has seen a proliferation of new approaches, as well as innovative exegetical and theological conclusions. This volume surveys the emerging landscape from the perspective of scholars who have shaped the field. Written in a conversational and reflective tone, the articles offer an excellent overview of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel and 1–3 John.

What Thatcher has produced is a unique composite of two disparate genres: the history of research and the professional memoir. The result is a book that is both deeply informative and utterly fascinating.

—Wayne Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Yale University

The very shape of this project is quite original; I found the actual tales related by the senior scholars quite engaging. This is a resource instructive for those just beginning their serious study of Scripture and for those of the guild as well.

Harry Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity, Yale University

What We Have Heard recognizes that biblical scholarship is done by real people, whose interests and perspectives change over time. It is not an abstract discipline.

Craig Koester, professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Tom Thatcher is a professor of biblical studies at Cincinnati Christian University. He is the author and editor of nine books, including John, Jesus, and History, and New Currents through John: A Global Perspective.

Words Well Spoken: George Kennedy’s Rhetoric of the New Testament

  • Editors: C. Clifton Black and Duane F. Watson
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 255

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It has been more than two decades since the publication of George Kennedy’s influential New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism. The essays in Words Well Spoken demonstrate the influence of Kennedy’s work on New Testament studies. The essays offer applications of his method to canonical New Testament books and provide more general discussions of rhetorical analysis. Kennedy’s thoughtful response articulates his present thinking about the New Testament and demonstrates why this scholar continues to be of such value to New Testament studies.

This cross-disciplinary approach has opened new avenues of research that extend to many aspects in New Testament criticism.

—Cecil Wooten, professor of classics, University of North Carolina

Anyone interested in rhetoric, New Testament studies, or perhaps especially in anecdotal narrative of how each of these players got involved in the rhetorical study of the New Testament will enjoy this book. . . . Go get this book, pull up a chair, and get ready for good remembrances and challenging gestures for yet new paths of discovery on the path ahead in rhetorical study.

—André Resner, professor of homiletics and church worship, Hood Theological Seminary

C. Clifton Black is Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of more than 11 books, including The Eighth Day of Creation: An Anthology of Christian Scripture, Anatomy of the New Testament: A Guide to Its Structure and Meaning, and The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts.

Duane F. Watson is a professor of New Testament studies at Malone University. His most recent titles include The Rhetoric of the New Testament: A Bibliographic Survey, Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor of Vernon K. Robbins, and The History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 1: The Ancient Period.

Product Details

  • Title: Baylor New Testament Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,255