There are not many New Testament scholars who could boast over 30 different top-notch contributers to their 6oth birthday festschrift. Richard Hays is one such person. This festschrift edited by former students includes essays from Stanley Hauerwas, N. T. Wright, J. D. G. Dunn, John Barclay, E. P. Sanders, Francis Watson, Douglas A. Campbell, Joel Green, Joel Marcus, Walter Moberly, Marianne Meye Thompson, Luke Timothy Johnson, C. Kavin Rowe, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Markus Bockmuehl, Ellen Davis and Leander Keck - a who's who of biblical scholarship. This is my major post-christmas purchase.
Richard Hays is a biblical scholar who has contributed three major books to New Testament studies. The first, a version of his doctoral dissertation: The Faith of Jesus Christ (1983, 2nd ed. 2002), which emphasised the narrative dimension of Paul's theology; the second, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (1989), which emphasise Paul's careful use of the Old Testament in his letters; the third, The Moral Vision of the New Testament (1996), is a widely praised New Testament ethics. Not many scholars have published three books which have changed the landscape in biblcal study. A collection of his essays was published in 2005 under the title The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel's scripture, this collected a number of previously published essays together, and is a companion to Echoes of Scripture. Hays has also written commentaries on 1 Corinthians (1997) and Galatians (2000), and edited collections on The Art of Reading Scripture (2003) and Seeking the Identity of Jesus (2008). He is currently working on a book on the gospels that attempts to listen for the some of the Old Testament echoes.