BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 24, 2014

Cover ArtAndrew Root, author of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, was interviewed by Arni Zachariassen at theologues.

“Dietrich asserts that there is no such thing as “Christian youth.” Ultimately, what he wants to steer away from is an idol he thinks the church bows to often, which is to glorify youthfulness. Dietrich sees a church (and I see a church today) that badly wants a youthful spirit but not the concrete humanity of young people themselves. We want the young around the church because it makes the church seem like a vital/culturally legitimate institution. But we are less willing to make space for the young at the center of our lives together.”

At Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight continued his series on Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker in the posts Who Owns Bonhoeffer? and Rethinking “Youth” Ministry.

Also, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker was reviewed by Calvin Park at Random Bloggings and Diane Reynolds at Bonhoeffer: Women, Life, Times, and featured in the New Book Releases at The Englewood Review of Books.

Justin Taylor, at The Gospel Coalition, interviewed Bryan Litfin about his new book Early Christian Martyr Stories.

Peter Enns, author of Inspiration and Incarnation, shared a quote on historical criticism from God’s Word in Human Words by Kenton Sparks.

The Drama of Scripture, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, was reviewed by Steve Bishop at An Accidental Blog and by Jacob Prahlow at Pursuing Veritas.

Daniel Block’s For the Glory of God was reviewed by Conrade Yap at Panorama of a Book Saint.

Basil of Caesarea, by Stephen Hildebrand, was reviewed by Kyle Hughes at Early Christian Archives.

Kengo Akiyama, at Biblical and Early Christian Studies, reviewed Walter Moberly’s Old Testament Theology.

Barnabas and the split with Paul – an Excerpt from Acts, Volume 3

The following is an excerpt from Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3, by Craig Keener.


Cover ArtGiven our evidence for Paul’s later reconciliation with Mark (Phlm 24; Col 4:10) and appreciation of Barnabas (1 Cor 9:6), either this separation did not lead to enmity or relations were later reconciled (whether in person or by letter).

….Luke does not provide us this information, however, because his interests lie elsewhere. Luke thus is certainly not “covering up” for Paul; he may well have known of the reconciliation (especially since he ends up in Rome himself, Acts 28:16; and this was where Mark joined Paul, Phlm 24). Because it is not his focus, he does not revisit their reconciliation, though one topic that interested some ancient writers was notable reconciliation between famous men (Aul. Gel. 12.8).

Although Luke tells us no more about Barnabas (his focus being Paul), later legends filled in Barnabas’s story, many or all of them fancifully. The fullest source, Acts of Barnabas, is from the fifth or sixth century C.E. In it, Barnabas ordained as Cyprus’s bishop one Heracleides, who had spent time with Paul at Kition (Latin, Citium); given that such bishops probably do not predate Ignatius by many decades, this tradition is likely false, though Heracleides may have been an early bishop. The legend claims that Barnabas carried an early gospel from Matthew (on the basis of Papias’s tradition that Matthew wrote first).He confronted Bar-Jesus again, through whose instigation Cyprian Jews burned Barnabas alive in the hippodrome; Mark then went on to Alexandria (the last claim according with earlier tradition).

Tradition also claims that in 478 C.E. Barnabas’s tomb was revealed through a dream to Cyprus’s bishop, Anthemius; Barnabas was supposedly still holding Matthew’s Gospel. Some earlier traditions claim that Barnabas authored Hebrews. What is relevant for the text of Acts is that revisiting the churches was originally Barnabas’s plan (15:36); Barnabas chose to revisit those in Cyprus with Mark (who had remained with them during their Cyprus mission), leaving Paul to deal with southern Asia Minor.

©2014 by Craig Keener. Published by Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.


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BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 17, 2014

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 3, 2014

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