Sunday, 08 January 2012 00:00
In our first article, continuing our ongoing series updating our readers on recent developments in biblical studies, Jennifer Dines considers the Book of the Twelve (often better-known by Augustine’s title of ‘the Minor Prophets’). She offers a fascinating and wide-ranging critical survey of different recent attempts to explain the existence of this collection and how it should be read, both diachronic (with their attempt to reconstruct the stages of its historical development) and synchronic (including canonical readings and reader-response approaches).
Sean Ryan’s article is an intriguing exploration of continuities between the angelic liturgy as described in the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice (found at both Qumran and Masada) and the scenes of heavenly worship found in the Apocalypse. For all their differences, Ryan has detected some striking similarities: not least, their shared visualisation of the heavenly realm as the interior of a celestial temple re-imagined as a living, animate structure of praise, and the prominence of the number seven as an organising principle. This suggestive article points the way to further research into the liturgical background and reception of the Book of Revelation.
Sunday, 08 January 2012 09:46
Jennifer Dines CSA taught Biblical Studies at Heythrop College, University of London, from 1979 to 2001. She now lives in Cambridge and does research mainly on the Septuagint. She is a Trustee of the Catholic Biblical Association.
In Animate Praise: The Heavenly Temple Liturgy of the Apocalypse & the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrific
Sunday, 08 January 2012 09:36
Sean Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Heythrop College, University of London, with a particular interest in apocalyptic/heavenly-ascent literature. A revised version of his PhD, focused on the cosmology of Rev. 9, will be published in Spring 2012.
Sunday, 08 January 2012 09:31
Matthew van Duyvenbode works as part of the Bible and Culture team at Bible Society (www.biblesociety.org.uk/culture). He is a trustee of the Catholic Bible School, and is secretary to the Scripture working group under the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Reviews & Notices
Sunday, 08 January 2012 09:27
R.S. Surgirtharajah, Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism (reviewed by Mary E. Mills)
Daniel Harrington SJ, The Synoptic Gospels Set Free (reviewed by Nicholas King SJ)
Richard L. Longenecker, Introducing Romans (reviewed by Patricia McDonald SHCJ)
Stratford Caldecott, All Things Made New (reviewed by Ian Boxall)