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“Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism”

August 19, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I got emails from two former PhD students here, Chris Keith and Dieter Roth, alerting me that a multi-author volume dedicated to me had been announced by the publisher:  Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism:  Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado, eds. Dieter Roth and Chris Keith (London:  Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014).  It’s to be published in November this year.  The publisher’s online catalogue entry, which includes a table of contents, is available here.  It was, they said, meant to be kept a secret until the SBL this November, but the publisher spilled the beans.

The contributors are a number of former PhD students (plus one masters-degree student from my University of Manitoba days) and several colleagues in the field.  As the honoree, it is, unavoidably, immodest of me to refer to the book.  But I do so anyway, both because I am genuinely touched that former students and colleagues in the field have taken the trouble to put the volume together, and because a perusal of the table of contents suggests that it will be a volume worth noting, with what look like valuable contributions on various matters.  One of the contributors, Michael Kruger (another former PhD student), has given a brief description of his essay here.

I’ll look forward to studying the various contributions when the volume appears, and I’m grateful and moved that friends and former students have prepared it.


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  1. Brett permalink

    Dr. Larry seems to be still helping guide some of us along. Although he may or may not agree as to how his work fits in with my own current project, I am grateful for Dr. Hurtado’s current look into indications of the use of “Lord” or “Kurios,” for Yahweh, in various LXX and biblical texts, and oral usage. This relates to my own current thesis that our Judeo-Christian idea of God, Yahweh, was a composite of many local potentates, landowners, landlords; or “lord”s. As the people exist in a tenant-farmer relation to them (Mark 12; Mat. 21.33-41 RSV; Luke 20.9).

    Sacrifice or pay taxes, tribute, to the “LORD” by giving him a portion of your fruits or crops on harvest days. And he will protect you from enemies, hopefully!

    • Brett: Any emergence of “YHWH” from a tribal deity to a universal one happened waaaay before the LXX was translated, way before “kyrios” comes into the picture as a Greek substitute for the name YHWH. Already by the time of the text of “deutero-Isaiah” we have an august conception of YHWH. Indeed, the Gen creation account likewise reflects this (whenever it was composed). So, easily sometime in the Persian period, perhaps earlier.
      And in these texts, YHWH is much more than a “potentate, landowner” etc., and the relationship advocated is much more than a “quid pro quo”.

  2. Rick permalink

    Congratulations Dr. Hurtado. It would be fantastic if in a short period of time, we could see the volume translated into spanish!!!

  3. samtsang98 permalink

    Congrats for a well-deserved honor.

  4. Charlesworth, Professor James permalink

    Congrats Larry

    James H Charlesworth George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Director and Editor, Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project Box 821 PTS Princeton, NJ 08542 phone: 609 497 792 Ramat haSharon Israel. Phone: 011 972 544905056

  5. Donald Jacobs permalink

    Congratulations on that, a fine honour.

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