Happy to say that an expanded version of a paper I was invited to give in the Q Section at the annual meeting of the SBL (Atlanta, 2015) will be published in the Harvard Theological Review (2018)! The title is “The Quest for the ‘Community’ of Q: Mapping Q Within the Social, Scribal, and Textual Landscape(s) of Second Temple Judaism.”
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
I was honored with an invitation to present a paper on "Prayer in Q" at the 2017 Q Conference in Graz, Austria (March 23-25). My paper was entitled "The Promise of Providence and the Problem of the Parables: Revisiting Prayer in the Sayings Gospel Q" and explored the literary and historical relationship between the Enochic Book of Parables and Q in light of Q's prayer texts. I've written on this topic in The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, but it was great to be able to discuss this with Q specialists in more detail and hear some excellent papers! Many thanks to Christoph Heil and the Dept. of Catholic Theology at the University of Graz for the invitation and hospitality! I look forward to seeing the published papers in Mohr Siebeck's WUNT series!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Happy to say that my new article, "'Knowledge is Truth'': A Course in Miracles as Neo-Gnostic Scripture," has just been published in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies! The article discusses A Course in Miracles - a book allegedly received from "Jesus" by Helen Schucman, a psychologist at Columbia Medical Center in NYC in the 1960s - as an example of what can be called "Neo-Gnosticism." I suggest that the Course represents a modern-day neo-Gnostic scripture that reflects significant trends in contemporary Western religiosity, especially the quest for alternative forms of esoteric “spiritual” knowledge and experience in a nominally Christian or post-Christian Western world. Many thanks to April D. DeConick and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Pleased to find this review of The Nonviolent Messiah by Kelly Denton-Borhaug in the journal Dialog: A Journal of Theology:
“Simon Joseph develops a biblical hermeneutic of nonviolence derived from his textual analysis of messianic portrayals in Judaism and early Christianity. His investigation leads him to assert the originality and centrality of Jesus’ command to love enemies . . . In this extensively researched and comprehensive study . . . Joseph encourages a recovery of the importance of Jesus traditions of nonviolence as a hermeneutical key for a better understanding of the historical Jesus . . . Joseph carefully builds his argument in a way that is very accessible to nonspecialists, almost as if he were writing a mystery novel. At the same time, this book’s detailed footnotes and bibliography demonstrate his meticulous care to address the concerns, intricate analyses, and discoveries of a diverse group of biblical scholars . . . Joseph notices that not only are the consequences of Jesus’ nonviolence ignored and marginalized in mainstream contemporary society, even in historical Jesus research there is surprisingly little attention to this subject.”
The full article, "Christianity: Maidservant to War?," can be read here.