I’m following the advice of a friend and taking a break from dissertation studies to concentrate on book reviews.

I turned one in today and have another on the way.

Here’s the skinny:

Review. Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, Gossip and Gender: Othering of Speech in the Pastoral Epistles.  New York: Walter de Gruyer, 2009.  [Forthcoming in The Bible and Critical Theory.]

I had to read this book five times before I could write a competent review.  It’s only 200 pages but the argument is packed so tight that it is difficult to describe it, even though I give a straight forward summary of the book. 

I am new to gossip studies, but not new to comparing ancient authors to the New Testament.  It’s a great book but it is severely limited by its range of quoted ancient writers.  Plutarch is used, but not Pliny or Seneca, which is quite odd.