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Biblical studies & exegesis

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Psalms

Psalms

Author: John F. MacArthur Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2021

Translating Cain

Translating Cain

Author: Samantha Joo Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2021

Unless we recognize the cultural context embedded in the Genesis story of Cain and Abel, the significance of Cain's rejection and consequent violence is often lost in translation. While many interpreters highlight the theme of sibling rivalry to explain Cain's murderous violence, Samantha Joo relates Cain's anger and shame to the social marginalization of Kenites in ancient Israel, for whom Cain functions narratively as an ancestor. To better understand and experience Cain's emotions in the narrative, Joo provides a method for re-contextualizing an ancient story in modern contexts. Drawing from post-colonial theories of Latin America translators, Joo focuses on analogies which simulate the moveable event of a story. She shows that novels like Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Richard Wright's Native Son, in which protagonists kill to escape their invisibility, capture the event of Cain and Abel. Consequently, readers can empathize with the anger and shame resulting from the social marginalization of Cain through the alienation of a poor, ex-university student, Raskolnikov, and the oppression of a young black man, Bigger Thomas.

The Resurrection of Jesus

The Resurrection of Jesus

Author: Jr., Dale C. (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA) Allison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2021

The earliest traditions around the narrative of Jesus' resurrection are considered in this landmark work by Dale C. Allison, Jr, drawing together the fruits of his decades of research into this issue at the very core of Christian identity. Allison returns to the ancient sources and earliest traditions, charting them alongside the development of faith in the resurrection in the early church and throughout Christian history. Beginning with historical-critical methodology that examines the empty tomb narratives and early confessions, Allison moves on to consider the resurrection in parallel with other traditions and stories, including Tibetan accounts of saintly figures being assumed into the light, in the chapter Rainbow Body . In the final section, Allison considers what might be said by way of results or conclusions on the topic of resurrection, offering perspectives from both apologetic and sceptical viewpoints. In his final section of modest results he considers scholarly approaches to the resurrection in light of human experience suggesting that a detective-novel approach is perhaps not the best answer to a mystery that has had so great an impact on humanity. In so-doing Allison adds a fresh element of nuance to a debate that has often been characterised in overly simplistic terms of 'it happened' or 'it didn't'.

The Resurrection of Jesus

The Resurrection of Jesus

Author: Jr., Dale C. (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA) Allison Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/03/2021

The earliest traditions around the narrative of Jesus' resurrection are considered in this landmark work by Dale C. Allison, Jr, drawing together the fruits of his decades of research into this issue at the very core of Christian identity. Allison returns to the ancient sources and earliest traditions, charting them alongside the development of faith in the resurrection in the early church and throughout Christian history. Beginning with historical-critical methodology that examines the empty tomb narratives and early confessions, Allison moves on to consider the resurrection in parallel with other traditions and stories, including Tibetan accounts of saintly figures being assumed into the light, in the chapter Rainbow Body . In the final section, Allison considers what might be said by way of results or conclusions on the topic of resurrection, offering perspectives from both apologetic and sceptical viewpoints. In his final section of modest results he considers scholarly approaches to the resurrection in light of human experience suggesting that a detective-novel approach is perhaps not the best answer to a mystery that has had so great an impact on humanity. In so-doing Allison adds a fresh element of nuance to a debate that has often been characterised in overly simplistic terms of 'it happened' or 'it didn't'.

Old Testament Use of Old Testament

Old Testament Use of Old Testament

Author: Gary Edward Schnittjer Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Old Testament Use of Old Testament, by Gary Edward Schnittjer, surveys the hundreds of Old Testament allusions within the Old Testament and provides hermeneutical guidance for interpreting these interrelated scriptures. The handbook takes an easy to navigate book-by-book approach. Schnittjer provides a list of Scripture allusions for each book and follows with an interpretive profile of how that book uses passages from elsewhere in the Old Testament. Specific criteria are applied to each allusion, providing readers with evaluation of the significance of each interpretive allusion. Minor allusions caused by style, figures of speech, and other minor elements are not included. Responsible exegesis requires careful attention to interrelated scriptures, yet there is a host of interpretive difficulties related to Scripture's use of Scripture. Designed for ease-of-use for any serious student of the Bible, Old Testament Use of Old Testament offers a thorough, systematic tool to aid in evaluating scriptural interpretation of Scripture. This dynamic tool equips students of the Bible to: Understand how the Old Testament uses the Old Testament Easily find the most important Old Testament allusions Grasp the complexity of Scripture's use of Scripture Evaluate the significance of interpretive allusions Gain exegetical insight into the study of interrelated Scriptures

Leviticus and Deuteronomy

Leviticus and Deuteronomy

Author: John F. MacArthur Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Religious Experience and the Creation of Scripture

Religious Experience and the Creation of Scripture

Author: Dr. Mark (Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, UK) Wreford Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2021

Mark Wreford examines the reasons that prompted the New Testament writers to create the texts which would become the formation of the Christian religion, exploring the possibility that certain religious experiences were understood as revelatory, and consequently inspired the writing of texts which were seen as special from their inception. Wreford uses Luke-Acts and Galatians as test-cases within the New Testament, reflecting both on the stated importance of religious experiences - whether the author's own or others' - to the development of these texts, and the status the texts claim for themselves. Wreford suggests that Luke-Acts offers a helpful example of the relationship between religious experience and the creation of Scripture, as an extensive narrative which reflects on early Christian claims to Spirit-inspired witness and which begins with an explicit authorial statement of purpose. Similarly, in Galatians, Paul's autobiographical account of God's revelation of Christ to him is the foundation of a letter that is intended to play an authoritative role in shaping its addressees' own faith and practice. Wreford argues that religious experiences are presented as the driving force behind the creation of the texts, examining how such religious experience links with notions of scripture and canonicity. He then asserts that both Luke and Paul understood themselves to be creating new scriptural writings on the basis of their relationship to new religious experiences, citing the experience and speech at Pentecost, the inclusion of gentiles in the experience, and Paul's own conversion experience as key elements behind the self-understanding of these New Testament authors.

The Invention of the Inspired Text

The Invention of the Inspired Text

Author: Professor John C. (Kingswell Theological Seminary, USA) Poirier Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2021

John C. Poirier examines the theopneustic nature of the Scripture, as a response to the view that inspiration lies at the heart of most contemporary Christian theology. In contrast to the traditional rendering of the Greek word theopneustos as God-inspired in 2 Tim 3:16, Poirier argues that a close look at first- and second-century uses of theopneustos reveals that the traditional inspirationist understanding of the term did not arise until the time of Origen in the early third century CE, and that in every pre-Origen use of theopneustos the word instead means life-giving. Poirier thus conducts a detailed investigation of theopneustos as it appears in the fifth Sibylline Oracle, the Testament of Abraham, Vettius Valens, Pseudo-Plutarch (Placita Philosophorum), and Pseudo-Phocylides, all of whom understand the word to mean life-giving. He also studies the use of the cognate term theopnous in Numenius, the Corpus Hermeticum, on an inscription at the Great Sphinx of Giza, and on an inscription at a nymphaeum at Laodicea on the Lycus. Poirier argues that a rendering of life-giving also fits better within the context of 2 Tim 3:16, and that this meaning survived late enough to figure in a fifth-century work by Nonnus of Panopolis. He further traces the pre-Origen use of theopneustos among the Church Fathers. Poirier concludes by addressing the implication of rethinking the traditional understanding of Scripture, stressing that the lack of God-inspired scripture ultimately does not affect the truth status of the gospel as preached by the apostles.

Exploring the New Testament, Volume 2

Exploring the New Testament, Volume 2

Author: Howard Marshall, Ian Paul, Stephen Travis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

Tried, tested and trusted by students and teachers across the world, this widely respected study guide enables the reader to engage with an array of essential topics, including: * the Greco-Roman background to ancient letter writing * the content and major themes of Paul's life, mission and theology * issues of authorship, date and setting * well established and newer methods of study * the intersection of New Testament studies with contemporary issues of faith and culture Now in its third edition, this popular textbook has been fully revised and updated, and includes new sections on: * the theological links between Jesus and Paul * major recent discussions on Pauline theology * developments in scholarship of the New Testament * updated bibliographies, highlighting the most important and influential works published in the past decade Drawing on the authors' decades of experience in teaching these topics, this comprehensive textbook gives students a strong understanding and a solid foundation for further study.

Colossians and Philemon

Colossians and Philemon

Author: Dr. David Jeremiah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

The apostle Paul may have never visited the small town of Colossae, located in modern-day Turkey, but he was linked to the congregation through a coworker named Epaphras. This man came to visit Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome to deliver troubling news about destructive teachings that had taken root in the Colossian fellowship. Paul penned a letter in response, urging the believers to experience the freedom they had found in Christ, recognize their salvation came through the Lordship of Jesus alone, and reflect the light of Christ in their lives. Paul also penned a short personal letter to a Colossian believer named Philemon, urging him to forgive a slave who had departed from him and receive him back as a fellow brother. Paul's words in these letters compel us to remember everything that Jesus has done for us and treat others as we want to be treated. David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point, an international ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. He is the author of more than fifty books, including A Life Beyond Amazing, Overcomer, and The Book of Signs. Dr. Jeremiah serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, where he resides with his wife, Donna. They have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.

Exploring the New Testament, Volume 1

Exploring the New Testament, Volume 1

Author: David Wenham, Steve Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

Tried, tested and trusted by students and teachers across the world, this widely respected study guide enables the reader to engage with an array of essential topics, including: * the Jewish and Greco-Roman background to the New Testament * literary genres and forms * issues of authorship, date and setting * the content and major themes of each book * well established and newer methods of study * the latest scholarship in the quest for the historical Jesus * the intersection of New Testament studies with contemporary faith and culture Now in its third edition, this popular textbook has been fully revised and updated, and includes new sections on: * the impact of social memory theory on Gospel studies * recent work on characterization in narrative studies of the Gospels * women in the Gospels * reading the Gospels and Acts theologically * how the Hebrew Scriptures are read by the New Testament authors * the resurrection and Ascension of Jesus * Luke's presentation of Jesus' identity and mission * updated bibliographies, highlighting the most important and influential works published in the past decade Drawing on the authors' decades of experience in teaching these topics, this comprehensive textbook gives students a strong understanding and a solid foundation for further study.

T&T Clark Handbook of Septuagint Research

T&T Clark Handbook of Septuagint Research

Author: Dr William A. (Reformed Theological Seminary, USA) Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2021

Students and scholars now widely recognize the importance of the Septuagint to the history of the Greek language, the textual development of the Bible, and to Jewish and Christian religious life in both the ancient and modern worlds. This handbook is designed for those who wish to engage the Septuagint in their research, yet have been unsure where to turn for guidance or concise, up-to-date discussion. The contributors break down the barriers involved in the technical debates and sub-specialties as far as possible, equipping readers with the tools and knowledge necessary to conduct their own research. Each chapter is written by a leading Septuagint scholar and focuses upon a major area of research in the discipline, providing an overview of the topic, key debates and views, a survey or demonstration of the methods involved, and pointers towards ongoing research questions. By exploring origins, language, text, reception, theology, translation, and commentary, with a final summary of the literature, this handbook encourages active engagement with the most important issues in the field and provides an essential resource for specialists and non-specialists alike.