Resurrection in the New Testament: Festschrift J.
edited by Jan Lambrecht (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium,
165: Peeters Publishing) In 1990 Professor Jan Lambrecht received the status of
professor emeritus from the K.U. Leuven after having served as a member of the
Department of Biblical Studies of the Faculty of Theology since 1969 and Dean of
the Faculty since 1985. In 1991 he celebrated his 65th birth-day. To mark these
two occasions, we invited his former and then cur-rent students to contribute to
a modest Schiilerfestschrift in his honor. Their very positive response resulted
in the publication in 1992 of "Sharper than a two-edged sword". Essays in Honor
of Professor Dr. Jan Lambrecht S.J. in a special double issue of Louvain
However, Professor Lambrecht's influence was not only on his students at K.U. Leuven. He has been for many years an active member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, a regular contributor to the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense, an attendee at American SBL and CBA meetings, a respected author of scholarly exegetical writings as well as academic material directed to a wider audience and a sought-after retreat preacher. His concern to actualize the message of Scripture has been evident throughout his career.
leaving Leuven, Professor Lambrecht taught at the Pontifical Biblical Institute
in Rome until 2001, when he was honored by the publication of a third volume of
his collected essays, titled Collected Studies on Pauline Literature and on the
Book of Revelation. Nevertheless, since the publication of the original
Schulerfestschrift, we have had it in mind to attempt to honor him in a more
extensive way, so on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 2001 we invited a
number of scholars to contribute to a Festschrift in honor of that occasion and
in celebration of his distinguished scholarly and pastoral career both before
and since his retirement. Responses were received from his colleagues at K.U.
In seeking an appropriate theme for this volume, we wanted to take into account Professor Lambrecht's wide-ranging interests, which have included, but not been limited to, the Synoptic Gospels, the Pauline corpus, in particular 1 and 2 Corinthians, and the Book of Revelation. We decided on the topic of Resurrection in the New Testament because it was broad enough to include all these interests while allowing for inclusion of some material from other than a strictly exegetical perspective, and, as well, because Professor Lambrecht's concern with questions related to resurrection is longstanding. In 1975 he entered the debate as to whether resurrection or exaltation was primary in New Testament christology'. In 1981 he published a collection of articles that deal with both the resurrection of Christ and of Christians', and since then he has returned to the topic several times, especially in his studies on 1 Corinthians 153 and on 2 Corinthians 54.
The first two articles in this volume discuss influences on the New Testament treatment of resurrection from the Greco-Roman (Dieter Zeller) and Jewish (Daniel J. Harrington) backgrounds. Henk Jan de Jonge considers visionary experiences of the Old Testament as an interpretive clue for understanding New Testament references to appearances. The articles by Martin Rese, Benoit Standaert, Otfried Hofius, and Gergely Juhasz deal with interpretive questions that range through several books of the New Testament and to varying degrees again bring into discussion previously debated issues. From this point, with the exception of the final two, the articles appear in canonical order. Adelbert Denaux and Wim J.C. Weren treat issues in Matthew, John Gillman in Luke-Acts, Maarten J.J. Menken and Thomas Soding in John, John J. Kilgallen and Florence Morgan Gillman in Acts, Veronica Koperski, Margaret E. Thrall, and Johan S. Vos in the Pauline letters in general, Morna D. Hooker and Eduard Lohse in Romans, Joel Delobel and Peter J. Tomson in 1 Corinthians, Frank J. Matera in 2 Corinthians, John Reumann in Philippians, Raymond F. Collins in the Pastoral Epistles, and Jacques Schlosser in 1 Peter. Joseph Verheyden discusses the witness of Mary Magdalene and the Women at the tomb in the extra-canonical Gospel of Peter. Finally, Barbara Baert contributes a discussion on how the Resurrection was portrayed in visual art during the Middle Ages, with striking illustrative examples.
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