Useful Festscrifts for Evangelical Readers
Banks, Robert. Reconciliation and Hope: New Testament Essays on Atonement and Eschatology presented to L. L. Morris on his 60th Birthday. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1974. This is a collection of articles written by people of various theological perspectives. Some are quite conservative. The articles are written at a masters or doctoral level.
Barrick, W. Boyd and Spencer, John R. eds. In the Shelter of Elyon: Essays on Ancient Palestinian Life and Literature in Honor of G. W. Alhström. Sheffield: JSOT, 1984. This is a collection of mainstream articles, and some of them are quite seriously wrong. One article in the set that is mainstream but useful is Magnus Ottosson's article "The Prophet Elijah's Visit to Zarephath."
Bream, Howard N. et al, eds. A Light unto My Path: Old Testament Studies in Honor of Jacob M. Myers. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1974. This is a collection of articles by authors of different theological perspectives. One of the more interesting studies in it is Frank H. Sailhamer, "The Role of Covenant in the Mission and Message of Amos."
Campbell, Donald K. ed. Walvoord: A Tribute. Chicago: Moody, 1982. This book contains a variety of articles by conservative authors about biblical topics. They are written at a masters or doctoral level.
Coogan, Michael D. et al, eds. Scripture and Other Artifacts: Essays on the Bible and Archaeology in Honor of Philip J. King. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994. This book is a collection of articles by authors who defend various perspectives. Most of them are moderately liberal, but several of the articles make useful points. The book is useful for people working at a masters or doctoral level.
Donner, Herbert, et al, eds. Beiträge zur Alttestamentlichen Theologie: Festschrift für Walther Zimmerli zum 70. Geburstag. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1977. This is a mainstream study, and its authors do not believe that the Bible is inerrant. One interesting and useful study in it is James Barr, "Some Semantic Notes on the Covenant."
Eybers, I. H. ed. De Fructu Oris Sui: Essays in Honour of Adrianus Van Selms. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1971. This is a mainstream liberal book. It has an interesting article by I. M. Muntingh titled "The City which has Foundations: Hebrews 11:8-10 in the Light of the Mari Texts." The article is written at a masters or doctoral level.
Feinberg, John S. and Paul D. eds. Tradition & Testament: Essays in Honor of Charles Lee Feinberg. Chicago: Moody, 1981. This book contains a number of articles by conservative authors. It is written at a masters level. One useful study in this collection is Ronald B. Allen. "The Theology of the Balaam Oracles."
Hadidian, Dikran. ed. From Faith to Faith: Essays in Honor of Donald G. Miller on his Seventieth Birthday. Pittsburgh, PA: Pickwick, 1989. This is a mainstream liberal collection of essays, so the articles have to be analyzed with care. It does contain at least one useful article: John Bright, "Haggai among the Prophets: Reflections on Preaching from the Old Testament."
Harris, R. Laird, et al, eds. Interpretation & History: Essays in Honour of Allan A. MacRae. Singapore: Christian Life Publishers, 1986. This book contains useful articles by a number of conservative authors. It is written at a masters level.
Hawthorne, Gerald F. Current Issues in Biblical and Patristic Interpretation: Studies in Honor of Merrill C. Tenney Presented by His Former Students. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1975. This is a set of articles written at a masters or doctoral level by conservative authors. One interesting article in the book is William Graham Macdonald, "Christology and 'The Angel of the Lord.'" Macdonald is part of the 10% of the conservative world that has always denied that the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament was Christ. The majority of conservative Christians for the last 2,000 years would disagree with him. However, it is useful to think about his arguments.
Hoffner, Harry A. Jr. ed. Orient and Occident: Essays presented to Cyrus H. Gordon on the Occasion of his Sixty-fifth Birthday. Kevelaer: Butzon & Bercker, 1973. This is a mainstream book, so its arguments have to be analyzed carefully. One useful article in it is Yohanan Aharoni's article "The Solomonic Temple, the Tabernacle and the Arad Sanctuary."
Kaiser, Walter C. Jr. and Youngblood, Ronald F. eds. A Tribute to Gleason Archer: Essays on the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody, 1986. These are valuable conservative studies about biblical topics. They are written at a masters or doctoral level. The better articles in the book include: Meredith G. Klines' study "Death, Leviathan, and the Martyrs: Isaiah 24:1-27:1" and Edwin M. Yamauchi's article "Postbiblical Traditions about Ezra and Nehemiah."
Kantzer, Kenneth S. Evangelical Roots: A Tribute to Wilbur Smith. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1978. This is a collection of articles by conservative authors on topics like the reliability of Scripture. The articles are written at a masters or doctoral level.
Lesko, Leonard H. ed. Egyptological Studies in Honor of Richard A. Parker: presented on the Occasion of his 78th Birthday December 10, 1983. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1986. This is a mainstream book, and the conclusions presented in its articles must be evaluated carefully from a conservative perspective. One useful article in it is Alan R. Schulman's article "The Curious Case of Hadad the Edomite." It is written at a masters level.
Meyers, Carol L. and O'Connor, M. The Word of the Lord Shall Go Forth: Essays in Honor of David Noel Freedman in Celebration of His Sixtieth Birthday. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1983. This is a mainstream liberal set of essays, so it has to be read with care. However, it has at least one useful study: Eric M. Meyers, "The Use of tôrâ in Haggai 2:11 and the Role of the Prophet in the Restoration Community."
Peterson, Michael L. ed. A Spectrum of Thought. Wilmore, KY: Francis Asbury Publishing, 1982. One of the useful articles in this volume is Edwin M. Yamauchi, "Nehemiah, a Model Leader."
Skilton, John H. ed. The Law and the Prophets: Old Testament Studies Prepared in Honor of Oswald Thompson Allis. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1974. This is a set of conservative articles written at a masters or doctoral level. Two useful studies in it are Gleason L. Archer Jr., "The Hebrew of Daniel Compared with the Qumran Sectarian Documents," and Meredith G. Kline, "The Covenant of the Seventieth Week."
Tipton, Lane G. and Waddington, Jeffrey C. eds. Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin Jr. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2008. Richard Gaffin taught at Westminster Seminary. His festscrift contains articles related to biblical studies that are based on a conservative orientation. The articles are written at a masters or doctoral level.
Tuttle, Gary A. Biblical and Near Eastern Studies: Essays in Honor of William Sanford LaSor. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1978. This is a collection of articles by authors from various theological perspectives. One article that is worth checking is Meredith G. Kline. "Oracular Origin of the State."
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