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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Great Baylor Giveaway Continues with Alan Segal's Two Powers in Heaven--Chris Keith

The Jesus Blog is very pleased to bring you another opportunity to win a free book from Baylor University Press.  This time we're giving away a copy of the late Alan Segal's classic Two Powers in Heaven, a seminal contribution to understanding the development of early Christology.  From the BUP website:

"In his now classic Two Powers in Heaven, Alan Segal examines rabbinic evidence about early manifestations of the "two powers" heresy within Judaism. Segal sheds light upon the development of and relationships among early Christianity, Gnosticism, and Merkabah mysticism and demonstrates that belief in the "two powers in heaven" was widespread by the first century, and may have been a catalyst for the Jewish rejection of early Christianity. An important addition to New Testament and Gnostic scholarship by this much revered scholar, Segal's Two Powers in Heaven is made available once again for a new generation." 

Perhaps we could get Jared Calaway, Segal's final PhD student at Columbia, to share a few words in the comments on the significance of Segal and what it was like being his student.

To enter to win the book, you can (1) leave a comment, (2) share this on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did, (3) share this on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did, and (4) sign up to follow the blog and leave a comment saying you did.  For the wildcard entry, you can (5) name the most underrated country music singer living or dead.  In my opinion, it's not even close.  Dwight Yoakam is by far the most underrated country music singer.

70 comments:

  1. Dwight Yoakam is a good choice but I am going to say Jimmy Wayne

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  2. Country singer? Hmm. "A thousand miles from nowhere" does indeed move ol' Dwight up in the ranks.

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    1. John, I was thinking more along the lines of Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room. But to each his own.

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  3. Yikes! It looks like something screwy is happening with the comments here. Working with my tech guy to restore the deleted comments (including my own).

    -anthony

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  4. Following the blog. The question is, where is it leading me?

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  5. Since I don't like country music, I'll just parrot your answer. I remember long ago liking the song Long White Cadillac, so that should count for something!

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    1. It counts for everything, Jason...everything.

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  6. I left a response in the comments...but it hasn't shown up.

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  7. I would love to add this book to my ever-growing to-read pile.

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  8. Ok. Let's try this again. My reflections of Alan Segal as his final Ph.D. student.

    Alan was a brilliant man. He was the stereotypical absent-minded professor with his head in the clouds. Often I would walk into his office to discuss my research projects with him, and he seemed to be in another world. Nonetheless, months later he could quote what I said to him back to me verbatim. Who knows how many languages he knew!? He could recite poetry and/or order a meal in most of them. As an advisor, he let his students develop their own ideas and follow them wherever they led. That is, one thing I really appreciated was that he was not trying to create carbon copies of himself or make us elaborate his ideas, but was their to guide our very different projects to develop as independent scholars. Perhaps the greatest quality he inculcated in each of us is to develop an insatiable curiosity and if that meant that for our research we had to transverse usually disparate fields of Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, Rabbinics, Early Christianity, etc., so be it.

    That is, in my opinion, one of the greatest legacies of his own research. From Two Powers to Rebecca's Children to Paul the Convert, he pursued his research with little regard to traditional scholarly boundaries. For him, to focus exclusively on Christianity or Judaism in antiquity was at best a simple anachronism; at worst, bad history. In an era of scholarship in which are projects are increasingly smaller, focusing on our little boxes (NT, DSS, etc.), he taught us to think big. I only hope I can carry on that legacy as best I can.

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  9. Would love to have Segal's book!

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  10. Most underrated country singer: Elvis Costello, singing "Good Year for the Roses" (a George Jones hit) -- see at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqaB_aIu7xQ .

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  11. I'd be really interested in this one; it's precisely the stuff which interests me.

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  12. I'm always interested in another book. Count me in
    Jeff

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  13. I agree, Dwight Yoakam is by far the most underrated country music singer. Probably. So I'm leaving a comment here, and I'm also sharing on Twitter. Fingers crossed that I'll be adding a copy of Alan Segal's "Two Powers in Heaven" to my library!

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  14. burp
    ripondoug@yahoo.com

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  15. Look's like another interesting book give away. I've posted to my FB page.

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  16. Oh wow Dr. Keith from lowly ol Lincoln to the History Channel! Good to see your knowledge is going places!

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  17. Oh wow Dr. Keith from little ole LCU to London and now the History Channel! Good to see your knowledge is going places!

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  18. I've been interested in this book and would love to be in on the opportunity to get it!

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  19. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/MichaelPBarber/status/408498950954831872

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  20. I don't know anything about country music nor do I know much about popular opinion about it so I'll just agree with you (in a shameless attempt to gain favor!): Dwight Yoakam is the most underrated country music singer.

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  21. I have signed up and shared this on Facebook . Please give the book to me so that i can read it and become the third power in heaven

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  22. I would love to win this book.... I shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Google.....and I signed up with the blog...

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  23. I would love to win... I posted in facebook, Twitter, and Google...

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  24. Ok...I think the most underrated Country Singer, I agree is Jimmy Wayne...Love his song "I love you this much"....

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  25. By the way, (and you can consider this a comment - #1) thanks for posting on the exchange at the session with Crook. I am on the Matthew steering committee and we had a section at the same time this went down. So sorry I missed it!

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  26. I think David Ball is the most underrated country music singer ever.

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  27. It would be nice to win this one.

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