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Biblical Theology Bulletin: A Journal of Bible and Culture (Biblical Theology Bulletin: A Journal of Bible and Theology) 2010 / 02 Vol. 40; Iss. 1
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Book Reviews anti-Catholic and, to my mind, does not belong in the book. Eric Stewart Augustana College Rock Island IL 61201 Acts and Ethics. Edited by Thomas E. Phillips. New Testament Monographs 9. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2005. Pp. xi + 161. Cloth, $42.50. The material in this book has its origin as papers presented at the “Book of Acts” consultation of the 2004 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. The contributors range from well-established scholars to those beginning their scholarly endeavors in the field of Luke-Acts. The collection contains the following articles: “The Genre of Acts and the Ethics of Discourse” by Stanley E. Porter, “Social Identity and the Aim of Accomplished Life in Acts 2” by Robert L. Brawley, “Wise up, Young Man: The Moral Vision of Saul and Other Neaniskoi in Acts” by F. Scott Spenser, “Paul as a Role Model in Acts: The “We’ Passages in Acts 16 and Beyond” by Thomas E. Phillips, “‘What do you Think you are Doing, Paul?’”: Synagogues, Accusations, and Ethics in Paul’s Ministry in Acts 16–21” by Richard P. Thompson, “Unchained Ministry: Paul’s Roman Custody (Acts 21–28) and the Sociopolitical Outlook of the Book of Acts” by Matthew L. Skinner, “Authority and Community: Lukan Dominum in Acts” by C. Kavin Rowe, “Do the Ethics of Acts Include the Ethical Teaching in Luke?” by Robert T. Tannehill, and “The Good Samaritan, Cornelius, and the Just Use of Force” by Pamela Hendrick. The collection is a series of disparate essays. There is a very broad common theme of ethics in Acts, but at times this theme is only tangentially discussed. There is no attempt to integrate or unify the various chapters. There is a bibliography, and there are three indices (Biblical References, Other Ancient Writings, and Authors). The essays in this collection are well written and supported by close analysis of the Book of Acts and substantial discussion of secondary scholarship. They are firmly located within historical-critical and literary frameworks of analysis, with some atte; ntion paid to social-scientific theories and issues. As noted above, the contributors apply the theme of “ethics” in various ways in their essays. At times they discuss audience response issues and responsible reading. Other times we see examinations of how Acts narrates issues of constructed self-identify and relationships, or gender relations, or life stages, or Jewish/Gentile social relations. As is typical with a collection, writing styles vary in tone and style, though these are always ably documented by research and analysis. I would characterize this as a very useful sourcebook for current scholarship on Acts, though perhaps not as cohesive or integrated as one might expect from the book’s title. Ethics (or for that matter morality) as an overarching issue is neither defined nor substantially addressed in either its Greco-Roman or current contexts. Such a discussion, and an attendant knitting-together of essays along that line, would have increased the substance of this work. Indeed, the focus of the book is more along the lines of social relations in a broad sense than ethics. Exceptions to this broad focus are the essays of Tannehill and Hendrick, which examine the issue of ethics in a detailed manner. Steven C. Muir Concordia University Alberta, Ontario, Canada Taking Up the Cross: New Testament In- 54 Downloaded from btb.sagepub.com at University of New England on June 13, 2015 terpretations through Latina and Feminist Eyes. By Barbara E. Reid. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007. Pp. viii + 263. Paper, $16.00. It is difficult to place this book under one main genre. Barbara E. Reid crosses disciplinary boundaries, at times dealing with theological issues, at others dealing with the historical critical method, and at yet others drawing from popular religious traditions; all these are creatively put together to provide the reader with a unique ensemble of women’s perspectives on the issue of the cross and death of Jesus. From a Catholic perspective, hers is an attempt at recovering the value of the historical Jesus for women. Her main concern is some of “the ways in which Christians understand and speak about the cross and what effect that has on the way [they] live” (p. 1). The book is structured in five chapters, each chapter dealing with five different clusters of metaphorical interpretations she finds in the New Testament. However, a closer reading of each chapter reveals the three-fold thrust of her work reflected in the threefold divisions of each chapter. In the first division the author explores traditional theological and biblical motifs emerging from the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Reid engages in a general recounting of the various interpretations of the cross in order to elucidate the emerging biblical themes of sacrifice, redemption, obedience, expiation, salvation, etc. In this portion she engages in a feminist critical reading of traditional approaches in order to unmask the ways these interpretations have become most oppressive for many women. In the second section she reclaims important women’s biblical-theological metaphors and images that have been absent from traditional approaches to the New Testament. Here she indicts traditional