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Cyflwynir yn y gyfrol hon holl syniadaeth athrawiaethol yr Apostol Paul a'i gefndir meddyliol mewn un bennod ar ddeg, ynghyd a swmp y farn ysgolheigaidd ddiweddaraf ar y pwnc. Trafodir perthynas yr Apostol a Iesu; cefndir syniadol Paul; natur ei droeedigaeth a'i alwad apostolaidd, a'i ddealltwriaeth o natur y ddeddf Iddewig; ei syniadaeth am iachawdwriaeth a Pherson Crist; ei ddealltwriaeth o natur y bod dynol a gwaith yr Ysbryd ynddo ac arno; dysgeidiaeth foesegol yr Apostol; ei syniadaeth am yr eglwys; ei farn am eschatoleg a'r 'Pethau Diwethaf'; a thrafodaeth ar gyfraniad y llythyrau yr amheir gan rai mai Paul oedd eu hawdur. Mae'r gyfrol yn unigryw fel yr ymdriniaeth lwyraf eto yn y Gymraeg ar y maes hwn; mae'n amlygu hefyd gyfraniad ysgolheigion o Gymry, yn arbennig C. H. Dodd a W. D. Davies, dau ysgolhaig Cymreig byd-eang eu dylanwad, i astudiaethau Paulaidd.
A Jewish believer in Jesus defends the Christian faith by providing answers to theological objections raised by the Jewish community.
In Jesus and the Politics of Roman Palestine, Richard A. Horsley offers one of the most comprehensive critical analyses of Jesus of Nazareth's mission and how he became a significant historical figure. In his study Horsley brings a fuller historical knowledge of the context and implications of recent research to bear on the investigation of the historical Jesus. Breaking with the standard focus on isolated individual sayings of Jesus, Horsley argues that the sources for Jesus in historical interaction are the Gospels and the speeches of Jesus that they include, read critically in their historical context. This work addresses the standard assumptions that the historical Jesus has been presented primarily as a sage or apocalyptic visionary. In contrast, based on a critical reconsideration of the Gospels and contemporary sources for Roman imperial rule in Judea and Galilee, Horsley argues that Jesus was fully involved in the conflicted politics of ancient Palestine. Learning from anthropological studies of the more subtle forms of peasant politics, Horsley discerns from these sources how Jesus, as a Moses- and Elijah-like prophet, generated a movement of renewal in Israel that was focused on village communities. Following the traditional prophetic pattern, Jesus pronounced God's judgment against the rulers in Jerusalem and their Roman patrons. This confrontation with the Jerusalem rulers and his martyrdom at the hands of the Roman governor, however, became the breakthrough that empowered the rapid expansion of his movement in the immediately ensuing decades. In the broader context of this comprehensive historical construction of Jesus's mission, Horsley also presents a fresh new analysis of Jesus's healings and exorcisms and his conflict with the Pharisees, topics that have been generally neglected in the last several decades.
The Torah doesn't speak of Jesus at all! You're completely misinterpreting Isaiah! This verse has absolutely nothing to do with your Jesus! It's not even a messianic prophecy! As for the real messianic prophecies, Jesus fulfilled none of them. These are some objections raised by Jews regarding Jesus as the Messiah. Using the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, and the New Testament, Dr. Michael Brown provides thorough answers to nearly forty such objections. This third installment of Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus looks specifically at questions raised about messianic prophecies in Isaiah, Daniel, Psalms, Haggai, and Zechariah. It's an invaluable resource for seekers and for anyone wanting to point students of the Torah to Jesus.
The Book of Acts: Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical Readings brings together leading Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical theologians to read and interpret the book of Acts from within their ecclesial tradition, while simultaneously engaging one another in critical dialogue. Combining both theological exegesis and ecumenical dialogue, each chapter is uniquely structured to facilitate a rich reading of Scripture and an engaging though critical dialogue across the traditions. Each chapter begins with a main essay by either a Catholic, Orthodox, or Evangelical theologian on a section of the book of Acts; the main essay is followed by responses from theologians of the other two traditions. The chapter concludes with a final response from the main author. Readers are thus provided with not only a deep and engaging reading of the book of Acts but also the unfolding of a rich theological-ecumenical dialogue centered on Scripture. Since the essays engage the Book of Acts from both a theological and ecumenical framework, anyone interested in understanding how our ecclesial traditions inform our reading of Scripture would do well to read this book, as would anyone interested in the book of Acts, ecumenical dialogue, and the theological interpretation of Scripture. The contributed essays are scholarly enough to be of value to graduate students and professional scholars, yet are written in a style that will be accessible to the general public.
This volume completes the previous volumes 1, 2, 3a, 3b, and 4a of an interdisciplinary book project on the reception of Jesus Christ in China, as seen from the perspectives of Sinology, mission history, theology, and art history, among others. It consists of the following parts: A Supplementary Anthology that presents excerpts and longer quotations from selected works - such as translations, prayers, poems, and scholarly articles - listed in the bibliography of vol. 4a; two sections of Notes on Contributors, Vols. 1-3b and Notes on Authors of the Anthologies, Vols. 1-3b, 4b that provide short biographical information on the contributors of articles and authors of all texts in the anthologies; a List of Reviews of Vols. 1-4a published on the whole collection as well as on individual volumes; the Tables of Contents of vols. 1, 2, 3a, 3b and 4a; a General Index and Glossary that gives readers access to all articles and anthologies included in vols. 1, 2, 3a, 3b, and 4b, a corpus of almost two thousand pages of text; and finally a list of Errata and Corrigenda.
The two contradicting genealogies of Jesus in the Gospels have long puzzled biblical scholars. Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research led him to the controversial theological conclusion that historically there existed two Jesus boys, born of two holy families. These two boys, he said, were necessary as part of the spiritual preparation of forming a suitable human body for the incarnation of Christ into the earthly realm. Both apocryphal texts and the writings of the Essenes - as discovered at Qumran by the Dead Sea - now appear to support this conception, with references to Messianic figures from both royal and priestly lines. Various authors have developed Rudolf Steiner's observations - first presented in the early twentieth century - although much of this literature has lacked the rigour of accurate and broad scholarship. The Two Jesus Boys is not simply a derivative rehash of these previous publications. Rather, it offers a fresh investigation of primary sources, coupled with an objective determination to allow the facts to speak for themselves. Christoph Rau thus comes to the unavoidable conclusion that Steiner's presentation of the chronology of the two births needs revision; furthermore, the most recent discoveries and interpretations of Essene scrolls reveal that the Jewish sect expected not one but three Messiahs. Rau quotes from and analyses numerous documents from the landscape of early Christianity and Judaism. His findings provide a secure foundation for the historical existence of two Jesus boys in the prelude to Christ's incarnation on earth, as well as a revelation of the Essenes' long expectation of three Messiahs.
This is an accessible two-part introduction to the most prominent figures of Christian history. Jesus and His World Who was this preacher from Nazareth? Can we be sure he existed? And if he did, what was the world like in which he lived? Placing Jesus firmly in the Jewish world of 1st-century Palestine, Peter Walker explores the religious and social background to his life, the Jewish expectations of a messiah, Jesus' ministry and teaching, and helps readers interpret Jesus' radical mission and the way he related to the world around him. Paul and His World We know little about Paul. For some, his influence has been largely negative. For others, he is simply the greatest mind in Christian history. Stephen Tomkins argues that Paul would have been quite at home with such a mixed reception. Despite enjoying a degree of hero worship in his lifetime, he was also more reviled than any other Christian, and his Christian life was a constant arduous missionary journey of shipwrecks, prison, mob violence, and the depressing politics of church life. This is a lively and lucid portrayal of the man behind the controversy and the drama.
On the Lookout may be thought of as a contribution to the genre sometimes referred to as a 'quest of the historical Jesus', but not as scholars know it. It does not share the apparent view of New Testament scholars generally that the best one can hope to come across is 'the most plausible view' that can now be put forward by scholars about the man. There is sound evidence outside the New Testament, which is widely ignored, but which puts matters beyond doubt. It is time to move on. A quest of the historical Jesus is not a question of swallowing stories told be Mark, Luke and Matthew hook, line and sinker, but a search for salvage in the wreckage of your boat. Jesus deserves to be introduced to those who have not met him as someone worth knowing in himself, not just as a predecessor, or forerunner, of a religious entity known as Jesus Christ. Neuroscientists have been making it clear now for some time how the subconscious human brain works and what part emotion plays in our evaluation of those whom we meet. Christians have deliberately shrouded the man Jesus in misconceptions, the author says, it is time to cut the cackle and give the man his due.