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A Nice Surprise at the SBL

November 22, 2012

In the summer of 2005, I flew to Berlin for a special day-colloquium on my book, Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Eerdmans, 2003), sponsored by the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (the German professional society for scholars in Religion/Theology).  At that event, several German colleagues engaged various portions or features of my book.  In the busy activities at this year’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, I learned that the papers from that colloquium (expanded for publication) have now been published in a brand new volume:  Reflections on the Early Christian History of Religion.  Erwägungen zur frühchristlichen Religionsgeschichte, eds. Cilliers Breytenback and Jörg Frey (Leiden/Boston:  Brill, 2013).

These included

  • Jörg Frey (now in Zürich), “Eine neue religionsgeshichtliche Perspektive:  Larry W. Hurtados Lord Jesus Christ und die Herausbildung der frühen Christologie” (“A New History-of-Religions Perspective:  Larry W. Hurtado’s Lord Jesus Christ and the Development of Early Christology”)
  • Jens Schröter (Berlin), “Trinitarian Belief, Binitarian Monotheism, and the One God:  Reflections on the Origin of Christian Faith in Affiliation to Larry Hurtado’s Christological Approach”
  • Christoph Markschies (Berlin), “‘Radical Diversity’?  Ein Gesprach mit Larry Hurtado über verschiedene Former der Christusverehrung im zweiten Jahrhundert” (“‘Radical Diversity’?  A Conversation with Larry Hurtado about Various Forms of Christ-devotion in the Second Century”)
  • Hermut Löhr, “‘Binitarian Worship’?  Zur impliziten Theologie des frühchristlichen Gottesdienstes.  Dargestellt an Justin, 1 Apol. 61-67″ (“‘Binitarian Worship’?  On the Implicit Theology in Early Christian Worship, Illustrated in Justin, 1 Apology 61-67″)

I’m understandably pleased to have had this level of serious attention from senior colleagues in the field of NT and Early Christianity, and now pleased that their presentations are available for scholars and others to consult.  It is a double honor to have the essays engaging my book included in a volume that also has presentations from a similar colloquium devoted to the important work by Martin Hengel and Anna Maria Schwemer, Jesus und das Judentum [Jesus and Judaism] (Mohr Siebeck, 2007).  I’m grateful to the editors and to Brill for a gift copy!

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  1. Sean Garrigan permalink

    Congratulations, the honor is well deserved! I hope that an affordable paperback edition is published in the future for those of us who don’t have the book budget of a college library!

    Have you ever taken the time to compile a list of all published reviews of your magnum opus? I have reviews by James Dunn, Adela Yarbro Collins, James Voelz, James Hamilton, Jr., and Paula Fredriksen, but I know that there are many more that I’ve never encountered.

    • Sean: Thanks for your encouragement. I’ve got copies of ca. 50+ reviews (including reviews of the French, Spanish and Italian translations).

  2. S Walch permalink

    I take it this comes in both German and English? Because if it’s just German, some of us may struggle, da mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut…

    • Some contributions are in German and a few in English. In the field, one has to read a few languages.

  3. Congratulations! This sort of collection strikes me as even more valuable, and of greater honor, than the typical Festschrift (i.e., by engaging and extending the honoree’s work). Personally I would love to see more these types of books, though journals have been doing a good job with these types of symposium collections. Now on to the next project. 🙂

  4. Congratulations, Larry–recognition of the best sort!

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