Book Reviews by Mark D. Nanos
Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge,
Bernard Brandon Scott; Salem, OR: Polebridge Press, 2015 (Westar Institute
at the Society of Biblical Lit. Annual Meeting, Nov.
22, 4-5pm, P22-348a).
(ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Paul (Blackwell
Companions to Religion; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011): Catholic
Biblical Quarterly 75.2 (2013): 407-10.
and Alan J. Avery-Peck, eds., Encyclopedia of Religious and
Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity: Pagan, Judaic, Christian (Leiden:
Brill, 2007) Review
of Biblical Literature (4-3-2009).
Justin K. Hardin, Galatians
and the Imperial Cult: A Critical Analysis of the First-Century
Social Context of Paul's Letter (WUNT 2.237; Tübingen:
Mohr Siebeck, 2008): Review of Biblical Literature (4-19-2009).
Todd A. Wilson, The
Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia (WUNT 2.225;
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007): Biblical Interpretation 18.2
Nancy Calvert-Koyzis, Paul, Monotheism and the People of God: The Significance of
Abraham for Early Judaism and Christianity (JSNTS 273;
London and New York: T&T Clark International): Review
of Biblical Literature (8/8/2005); Journal
of Biblical Literature 124.4 (2005) 775-78.
Critique of Theocracy: A/Theocracy in Corinthians and Galatians (JSNTS
250; London and New York: T&T Clark International): Biblical
A. Horsley, Jesus and Empire: The
Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder (Minneapolis:
Fortress Press, 2003): Interpretation 59.3
Jerome I. Gellman, Abraham!
Abraham! Kierkegaard and the Hasidim on the Binding of Isaac (Aldershot,
England and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2003): Religious Studies
Review 30.2-3 (2004) 147.
Dickson, The Gospel According to
Moses: What my Jewish Friends Taught me about
Jesus (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press,
2003): Religious Studies Review 30.1 (2004) 34.
S. Davis, Christ as Devotio: The
Argument of Galatians 3:1-14 (Lanham,
MD: University Press of America, 2003): Catholic
Biblical Quarterly 67 (2005) 335-37.
S. A. Cummins, Paul and the Crucified Christ in Antioch: Maccabean
Martyrdom and Galatians 1 and 2 (SNTSMS 114; Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2001): Biblical Interpretation 12.1
Stephan K. Davis, The Antithesis of the Ages: Paul's Reconfiguration
of Torah (CBQMS 33; Washington, DC: The Catholic Biblical
Association of America, 2002): Catholic
Biblical Quarterly 65
James D. G. Dunn, ed., Paul and the Mosaic Law (Rev.
Ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001): Dialog 40.3 (2001)
240-42; alternate version of the review in Review
of Biblical Literature (10/07/2002).
Jerry L. Sumney, "Servants of Satan", "False
Brothers" and Other Opponents of Paul (JSNTSS 188;
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999): Journal of Biblical
Literature 120.3 (2001) 578-81; Review
of Biblical Literature (2/19/2001).
Johann D. Kim, God, Israel, and the Gentiles: Rhetoric and
Situation in Romans 9—11 (SBLDS 176; Atlanta: Society
of Biblical Literature, 1999): Catholic
Biblical Quarterly 63
Mark Reasoner, The Strong and the Weak: Romans 14.1—15.13
in Context (SNTSMS 103; Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1999): Journal of Biblical Literature 120.1 (2001)
of Biblical Literature (6/20/2000).
Christopher Bryan, Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle
in Its Literary and Cultural Setting (Oxford, et al: Oxford
University Press, 2000): Review
of Biblical Literature (7/13/2000).
Roy E. Ciampa, The Presence and Function of Scripture in
Galatians1 and 2 (WUNT 2.102; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck,
1998): Catholic Biblical Quarterly 62
Charles H. Cosgrove, Elusive Israel: The Puzzle of Election
in Romans (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox
Press, 1997): Journal of Biblical Literature 119:1 (2000)
of Biblical Literature (3/01/2000).
Jonas Holmstrand, Markers and Meaning in Paul: An Analysis
of 1 Thessalonians, Philippians and Galatians (Coniectanea
Biblica. NTS 28; Translated by Martin Naylor; Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell
International, 1997): Biblical Interpretation 8.4 (2000)
Editors Siân Jones & Sarah Pearce, Jewish Local
Patriotism and Self-Identification in the Graeco-Roman Period (JSPSS:
31; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998): Biblical Interpretation 7.4
Sam K. Williams, Galatians (Abingdon New Testament
Commentaries; Nashville: Abingdon, 1997): Catholic
Biblical Quarterly 60
Brendan Byrne, S. J., Romans (Sacra Pagina
6; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 1996): Catholic
Biblical Quarterly 60
Gerhardsson, Birger, The Shema in the New Testament: Deut
6:4-5 in Significant Passages (Lund: Novapress, 1996): Biblical
Interpretation 6 (1998) 446-48.
Stanley K. Stowers, A Rereading of Romans: Justice, Jews,
and Gentles (New Haven & London: Yale University Press,
1994): Theology 98 (1995) 392-94.
Peter D. Gooch, Dangerous Food: 1 Corinthians 8-10 in Its
Context (Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press,
1993): Journal of Beliefs and Values 16 (1995) 30-32.
Krister Stendahl, Final Account: Paul's Letter to the Romans (Minneapolis,
Fortress Press, 1995): Journal of Beliefs and Values 15
1997-Present: reviewer of numerous booknotes for Jewish
Reviews of Mark D. Nanos Books
The Mystery of Romans: The Jewish Context of Paul's Letter (Fortress, 1996). Winner of The 1996 National Jewish Book Award for Jewish/Christian Relations
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table of contents.
Go to Amazon for 17 sample page views and several reader reviews.
from the cover:
"As one who has argued that Romans
is the climax of the letter (esp. 11:11-36);
and that 15:14-33 are decisive for understanding
the letter as Paul's apologia for his mission...
I find myself outdone by this tour de force.... Nanos's construction is fascinating and 'productive'... and will stay in my head as I continue to read and ponder Romans.... This is a well done book, and its extensive notes constitute an interesting tapestry of relatively recent insights in Pauline studies."
— Krister Stendahl, Harvard Divinity School
"A provocative new book on Paul that takes seriously the notion that Paul was a Jew within the Jewish community and yet also a person for whom the experience of Christ made an important difference. This book will challenge older notions ... and help build a new consensus."
— Alan F. Segal, Barnard College
"Nanos's stress upon the Jewish background of Paul combined with the new perspective enables him to bring meaning from familiar texts in such a way that exciting new interpretive vistas are opened up."
— William S. Campbell, Westhill College, University of Birmingham
"Worthwhile reading for every student of Paul and for everyone interested in Jewish-Christian relations in the first century."
— Sarah J. Tanzer, McCormick Theological Seminary
"Nanos views Romans through an insightful prism. His arguments are made with clarity and fairness."
— Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., Loyola University of Chicago
Reviews of The Mystery of Romans by N. Elliott, S. Stowers, and E. E. Johnson, with a reply by M. Nanos, from the 1997 SBL Annual Meeting. Pages 149-77 in Critical Review of Books in Religion. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998.
By Ronald Allen, in Homiletic 25.1 (2000) 34-36.
By Richard Ascough, in Religious Studies Review 24.1 (1998) 94.
By John Barclay, in Theology (1997) 217-18.
By Douglas A. Campbell, in Toronto Journal of Theology 13.2 (1997) 284-86.
By John J. Clabeaux, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 35.1 (1998) 123-24.
By John J. Clabeaux, in Explorations: American Interfaith Institute/World Alliance of Interfaith Organizations 12.2 (1998) 5.
By James D. G. Dunn, in Journal of Theological Studies 48.2 (1997) 599-602.
By Ernest Dyck, unpublished manuscript (1998).
By Pamela Eisenbaum, in Jewish Book World 15.2
(1997) 31-32 .
By Neil Elliott, in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 59 (1997) 587-89.
By Neil Elliott, in Journal of Beliefs and Values 18.1 (1997) 103-7.
By Kenneth Grayston, in Expository Times 122.
P. Holding, on Tektonics
Web Site, July, 1999.
By Charles Kiker, in Christian Century (Sept.
25 - Oct. 2, 1996) 905-6.
By Brian Kvasnica, in Mishkan 28 (1998) 97-98.
By Amy-Jill Levine, in Jewish Quarterly Review 89.1-2 (1998) 222-24.
Rich C. Nichol, in Messianic Times (Spring,
By Mary C. Orr, in Interpretation (1997) 317.
By J. Murphy-O'Connor, in Revue Biblique 4 (1996) 621-23.
By Heikki Räisänen,
in Teologisk Tidskrift 6 (2000) 545-46 (in Finnish).
By Bradford B. Taliaferro, in Currents in Theology and Mission 25.1 (1998) 57.
By Virgil Thompson, in Augsburg Fortress Book Newsletter 568 (Spring, 1996) 1.
By Peter Tomson, in Journal for the Study of Judaism 28.3 (1997) 345-47.
By James C. Walters, in Bible Revue (Dec., 1996) 53-54.
By Henry Wansbrough, in Journal of Jewish Studies 48.1 (1997) 151-54.
By Jason Vickers, "How does one Review The Mystery of Romans?" unpublished manuscript (1998).
The Irony of Galatians: Paul's Letter in First-Century Context (Fortress, 2002)
to Fortress for a brief description
and table of contents.
Go to Amazon for several reader reviews.
Endorsements from the cover:
Irony of Galatians is the most thorough and
innovative investigation of this letter since
Betz's Hermeneia commentary (1979). It develops
a completely new approach to Galatians as a
response to local Jewish 'influencers' who
sought to bring members of Christian cells
into the status of honored proselytes within
their synagogues. With his mastery of historical,
social, and linguistic details, Mark Nanos
challenges centuries of traditional interpretations--including
my own. This incisive book is certain to become
the storm center of future debate, throwing
new light onto the interaction between Jewish
and Christian groups in the first century."
— Robert Jewett, Visiting Professor, University of Heidelberg
"Like a judge hearing a case of domestic
conflict and ferreting out the issues, Mark
Nanos gives a rigorous, fair-minded assessment
of a Jewish context for Galatians and of Paul's
engagement as a Jew with both Jews and Gentiles
in that context. In the service of his historical
construal, he adeptly employs rhetoric, genre
criticism, literary theory, the social sciences,
philology, and comparative history of religions.
The result is a sensitive reading of how Paul,
the Galatians, and the influencers variously
seek understandings of identity in terms of
who is included in the people of God, which
is also a question of how marginalized people
find a place of belonging in a dominant in-group.
Even the most venturesome aspects of his thesis
will demand serious attention from other scholars."
— Robert L. Brawley, Albert G. McGaw Professor of New Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary
Bible Today (July/August, 2002) 266.
in Theology and Mission (April,
Michael Bachmann, in Biblische Zeitschrift 48.1
(2004) 97-103 (Review essay; German).
By K. E.
Brower, in The Evangelical Quarterly 76.3 (2004) 260-62.
By Steven D. Burton, in Jewish Book World (2002)
By Stephen Chester, in Biblica 84.1 (2003) 135-39.
By A. Andrew
Das, in Interpretation 57.3 (July, 2003) 328-29 (full
text requires payment).
C. de Boer, in Biblical Interpretation 12.4 (2004) 421-24.
By Paul B. Duff, in Journal of Religion 82.4 (2002) 621-22.
By Erik M. Heen, in Journal of Biblical Literature (2002) 376-77. Also available online in Review of Biblical Literature (RBL 9/23/2002).
By J. P. Holding,
at Tektonics Web
Site, July, 2002.
By Richard W. Johnson, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46.1
Brigitte Kahl, in Union Seminary Bulletin 56.3-4
By Robert D.
Keay, in Horizons in Biblical Theology 24.2 (2002) 122-23.
By Edger Krentz,
in Currents in Theology and Mission 31.2 (April, 2004)
By David W. Kuck, in Religious Studies Review 29.1 (Jan., 2003) 94.
By Ian McDonald, in Expository Times 114.5 (Feb., 2003 Book of the Month) 145, 161-64.
Dieter Mitternacht, in Swedish Theological
Quarterly 79 (2003) 60-62 [in Swedish;
English translation click here].
By Tobias Nicklas,
of Biblical Literature 5/9/2005 [in German].
By Peter Oakes,
in Journal of Semitic Studies 49.1 (2004) 165-67.
By Rod Olsen,
in Lutheran Libraries (Fall 2002) 90-91.
By Russell L. Resnik, in Kesher:
A Journal of Messianic Judaism 15 (2002) 90-96 .
By William A. Richards, in Anglican Theological Review 85.2 (2003) 396-97.
By Anders Runesson,
in Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok 68 (2003) 221-23 [in
Swedish; for an English translation
By Dieter Sänger,
in Theologische Literaturzeitung 130.11 (2005) 1192-1194 [in German].
By Matthew L. Skinner, in Theology Today 59.3
(2002) 520 .
By George M. Smiga, in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 65
(2003) 131-33 .
By Graham Stanton,
in Journal of Theological Studies 56:2 (2005) 568-72.
Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., in Theological
Studies 64.4 (2003) 839-40 (Full
text requires payment).
By Dirk van
der Merwe, in Neotestamentica 37.2 (2003) 355-57.
The Galatians Debate: Contemporary Issues in Rhetorical and Historical Interpretation (Hendrickson, 2002)
Go to Hendrickson to see the Table of Contents, Introduction to the volume, and a sample essay by H. D. Betz.
Go to Amazon for reader reviews.
Bible Today May/June (2003)
Review of Biblical Studies/Internationale Zeitshriftenshau für
Bibelwissenschaften und Grenzgebiete 49 (2002-03; Abstract).
In New Testament Abstracts 47.2 (2003) 382-83.
Biblique 111.1 (2004) 113-14 (Abstract).
Aletti in Recherches De Science Religieuse 9313
(2005) 390 (French).
Braun, in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66
Richard B. Cook, in Biblical
Theology Bulletin 32.3 (2003) 119-20.
Doutre, in Revue Science et Esprit 55.3 (2003) 365-68
Kazen, in Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok 69 (2004)
Kern, in Reformed Theological Review 63.1 (April,
López, in Kairós 36 (Ja-Je 2005) 130-31
Nicklas, in Review
of Biblical Literature 7/17/2004 [German].
Radermakers, S.J., in Nouvelle Revue Théologique 127.1
(2005) 128-29 [French].
A. Seifrid, in Trinity
Journal 25.2 (2004) 267-70.
Silva, in Westminster Theological Journal (2003) 369-70.
Smith, in Bulletin for Biblical Research 14.2 (2004)
Stanton, in Journal of Theological Studies 55.2
I. Wilson, in Themelios 29.2 (2004) 105.
in Regent's Reviews 22
(Autumn, 2003) 13-14.