Here I add a fourth installment to previous summaries of reviews of my first monograph: an initial batch (Clark, Phillips, Widdicombe), the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and a third batch (Meiser and Dulaey).
Review 6. Edmon L. Gallagher, Review of As the Bandit Will I Confess You: Luke 23.39-43 in Early Christian Interpretation, in Review of Biblical Literature 06/2017.
One who does take time with this volume will find a great deal of early Christian reflection on this bandit that is worthy of consideration and further exploration. The book provides numerous examples of patristic creativity in using biblical traditions for theological contemplation and religious edification and is thus a valuable contribution to biblical reception studies.
Review 7. Eric Plumer, Review of As the Bandit Will I Confess You: Luke 23.39-43 in Early Christian Interpretation, in Augustinian Studies 49.1 (2018) 99-101.
It is also an example of the reception history of the Bible at its most illuminating… the book is an example of the reception history of the Bible at its most impressive. Bilby’s reading is both vast and extremely subtle. He often lays out a multiplicity of plausible meanings—even of individual words—without forcing any one upon the reader or leaving the reader overwhelmed and baffled by the multiplicity. Where the author does choose to pursue one possible interpretation, he regularly succeeds in uncovering connections which are fresh and richly suggestive. Bilby writes as clearly and concisely as any reader could reasonably hope for. This book will be of interest to scholars across a broad range of specializations. Highly recommended.