Month: January 2015

Additions to our list of 2014 PE publications

Thanks to those who have pointed out items we have missed. Each of these items have been added to the 2014 publications post, but I thought it might be useful to include this separate post announcing their inclusion. If you see others we’ve missed, please send them our way at pastoralepistles at gmail dot com. Also, if you publish something on the Pastorals this year, feel free to send us a notice so we can include it in this year’s list and perhaps review it.

Barentsen, Jack. “Stereotyping and Institutionalization as Indications of Leadership Maintenance in the Pastoral Epistles: 1 Timothy as a Test Case.” Pages 389-406 in T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament. Edited by J. Brian Tucker and Coleman A. Baker. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014. Read more

Pauline Communities as ‘Scholastic Communities’: A Study of the Vocabulary of ‘Teaching’ in 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus

scholastic communities

Steve Walton has written a helpful review of Claire Smith’s monograph, Pauline Communities as ‘Scholastic Communities’: A Study of the Vocabulary of ‘Teaching’ in 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, WUNT 2/335 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012). The monograph is a revision of her PhD thesis which was supervised by Peter Bolt.

It sounds like this book will be useful for PE studies. Her choice of the Pastorals along with 1 Corinthians is quite intriguing as is her defense. Apparently she does not take a position on the authorship issue but in the end suggests the similarities between the PE and 1 Corinthians which she finds should at least cause pause for those assuming non-Pauline authorship. Read more

Critique of P. N. Harrison

This is a guest post from Jermo van Nes (great name!), who is nearing completion of his PhD  at Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Leuven) under the supervision of Armin Baum.

In a recent article, I questioned the ever-growing reliance of contemporary New Testament scholars on P.N. Harrison’s 1921 doctoral dissertation The Problem of the Pastoral Epistles (see or the pre-print version In this landmark study, Harrison argued by means of statistics that the Pastorals are based on some genuine Pauline fragments but in their final form are the product of a Paulinist living in the early years of the second century. The lasting impact of Harrison’s work is evidenced by the ongoing scholarly use of his statistical argument to support the Pastorals’ (semi-)pseudonymity. Read more

Pastoral Epistles dissertations, 2010-2015

Here is another very helpful bibliographic post compiled by Chuck Bumgardner. This is all the dissertations we are aware of that have been successfully defended since 2010 or are expected to be completed and defended in the next year. If you know of one we missed please let us know. This site is all the more useful as people point out other works in progress. If you are working on the Pastorals we’d love to hear from you and to post here an abstract of your dissertation once it is defended. You can contact us at pastoralepistles at gmail dot com.

Bourland Huizenga, Annette. “Philosophers of the Household: Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters.” Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 2010. Supervisor: Margaret M. Mitchell. Published as Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters: Philosophers of the Household. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 147. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Read more

PE Publications in 2014

2014 was a good year for publications related to the Pastoral Epistles. Chuck Bumgardner has once again done us the wonderful service of compiling a list of publications from the year. This is an excellent resource for anyone trying to stay abreast of scholarship on the Pastorals. If you know of an item that should be added to the list please let us know by sending us an email at pastoralepistles at gmail dot com.

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