More from Larry Hurtado


You might probably ask: why do I keep referencing Larry Hurtado a lot? The answer is simply, that because I just want to give folks a sample of modern historical Jesus-Christian origins scholarship that isn’t representative of the likes of John Dominic Crossan or the Jesus Seminar, which is what some people will most often hear or imagine when someone says ‘historical Jesus scholarship’. Not to mention that Hurtado often writes thought-provoking stuff. Here’s some of his recent blog posts which might interest a few people here:

Textual Ambiguity in Acts of the Apostles: (August 6) Larry Hurtado announcing the publication of his essay, “God or Jesus? Textual Ambiguity and Textual Variants in Acts of the Apostles” (the pre-publication version is available on his blog) where he talks about the ambiguous instances of the word (ho) Kyrios (“the Lord”) in the Acts of the Apostles - I say ‘ambiguous’, because there is a correlation between God the Father and Jesus in Acts, with the same term being used for both figures - and the textual variants in manuscripts which attempt to disambiguate the terms, “which reflect efforts of ancient readers to disambiguate the statements and clarify the text.” The published version of his essay, by the way, appears in pp. 239-54 of Texts and Traditions: Essays in Honour of J. Keith Elliott (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2014).

Textual Variants and Ancient Readers: (August 7) Hurtado expands on his essay a bit, where he emphasized that “intentional textual variants in NT writings likely resulted from ancient readers” (as opposed to simply ‘copyists’).

The “Septuagint”: Some Scholarly Resources (August 13) Hurtado - prompted by a couple of commenters - talks a bit about the Septuagint and provides some works for further study. (This might be of more interest to readers here.)
Writing & Pronouncing the Divine Name in Second-Temple Jewish Tradition](“Writing & Pronouncing the Divine Name in Second-Temple Jewish Tradition”)
(August 18) Hurtado talks about how the Name Yhwh was rendered in written form in manuscripts and how God was referred to orally in the time of Jesus - with the question of how these matters may relate to the designation of Jesus as “Lord” (Kyrios) in the NT.

YHWH in the Septuagint (August 22) Hurtado points to an essay by John William Wevers (“The Rendering of the Tetragram in the Psalter and Pentateuch: A Comparative Study,” in The Old Greek Psalter: Studies in Honour of Albert Pietersma) and goes on further about how the divine Name was rendered in the Septuagint.

Important Studies of Kinship-terms and Forms of Address
(August 22) Hurtado refers to, as he puts it, “a body of important studies on terms used in the NT by Professor Eleanor Dickey;” specifically, terms of address like despota ‘master’ or kyrie/domine ‘lord’ or kinship terms like adelphos ‘brother’.

Paul on Jesus’ Resurrection: A New Study (September 11) One thing many historical Jesus scholars debate about is the confession of faith in 1 Corinthians 15:1-7, which is often assumed to be ‘pre-Pauline’, specifically, the reference to Jesus being “raised on the third day.” Does this mean a resurrection/transformation of Jesus’ mortal body (as per the traditional Christian view) or a some other kind of event (say, a ‘spiritual’ exaltation of Jesus that doesn’t require His physical body to be resuscitated)? Hurtado points to an essay by James Ware (“The Resurrection of Jesus in the Pre-Pauline Formula of 1 Cor 15.3-5”) To sum, Ware examines the various theories out there, focuses on the verb “raised up,” and concludes something more or less the same as the traditional understanding: Paul does refer to a raising up-transformation/glorification of the executed body of Jesus rather than some spiritual event.

The Codex and Early Christians: Clarification & Corrections (September 16)

You might also want to look at the essays section.


A few more new stuff:

PhD Studies in the UK (and Edinburgh in particular) (Not exactly a religion-related topic, but still a nice read for the curious)

Acts of the Apostles: A Continuing/Renewed Focus

More on Acts of the Apostles

Oh, and another of Hurtado’s essays: Jesus in Earliest Christian Prayer.


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