I have a habit of carrying on with reviews of multiple resources at once, so I wanted to track them quickly and add one to the hopper.
First, I am grateful to De Gruyter for sending for review Christoph Schaefer, Die Zukunft Israels bei Lukas (BZNW 190; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012). In addition to reviewing the volume elsewhere, I will be reviewing it here on the blog. In short, Schaefer makes a case that Luke, similar to Paul, is hopeful concerning Israel’s future salvation:
Paul’s statements in Romans 9–11 are considered the fundamental texts in the New Testament underlying theological discourse about the possibilities of salvation for Jews who did not believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Meanwhile, the importance of the dual contribution contained in Luke-Acts is often underestimated.
This monograph highlights the potential significance of the Gospel of Luke. It explores the Biblical traditions about Israel’s salvation that were received by Luke and Paul, and uses textual analyses of different portions of Luke-Acts to show that like Paul, Luke also held out eschatological hope for Israel, although this hope was based on a different perspective. (summary)
I hope to have the review finished in early Spring.
At present, I am also reviewing three pieces of biblical studies software, Accordance (part 1, part 2), BibleWorks (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4), and Logos (part 1, part 2). In my next Accordance post, I will be detailing the features of the new NA28 w. apparatus module–powerful, in one word. In my next Logos post, I will detail how I use the program in my daily work, as well as tie up that loose end re. the Bovon commentaries. My BibleWorks review is finished, but I will be returning to all three programs and sharing a screencast in which I perform some essential tasks in each and compare the results.