Adoption in Galatians and Romans

Author: Erin M. Heim
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004339873
Release Date: 2017-03-13
Genre: Religion

In a new study on the Pauline adoption metaphors, Erin Heim applies a wide array of contemporary theories of metaphor in a fresh exegesis of the four instances of adoption (huiothesia) metaphors in Galatians and Romans.

Paul and Isaiah s Servants

Author: Mark Gignilliat
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780567044839
Release Date: 2007-07-10
Genre: Religion

Provides theological rationale for Paul's Old Testament reading that moves beyond pigeon-holing Paul either into his religious-historical situation or into modern conventions about the sensus literalis.

Reading Romans within Judaism

Author: Mark D. Nanos
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781532617560
Release Date: 2018-06-28
Genre: Religion

Over fifty years ago, Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate 4 drew from Romans 11 to challenge the way Paul’s voice has been used to negatively discuss Jews and Judaism. The church called for Catholics to conceptualize Jews as “brothers” in “an everlasting covenant,” and many other Christian organizations have expressed similar sentiments in the years since. Nevertheless, the portrayal of Jews as “branches broken off,” “hardened,” “without faith,” “disobedient,” and “enemies of God” whom Christians have “replaced” as “true Israel,” are among the many ways that readers encounter Paul’s views of Jews and Judaism in today’s translations and interpretations of this chapter, and throughout the letter as well. In the chapters in this volume, Nanos shows why these translations and interpretive decisions, among others, do not likely represent what Paul wrote or meant. Each essay offers challenges to the received view of Paul from the research hypothesis that Paul and the Christ-followers to whom he wrote were still practicing Judaism (a Jewish way of life) within subgroups of the Jewish synagogue communities of Rome, and that they understood Paul to observe Torah and promote Judaism for their communities.

Isaiah in the New Testament

Author: Steve Moyise
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780567030306
Release Date: 2005-12-22
Genre: Religion

Publisher's description: Isaiah in the New Testament brings together a set of specially commissioned studies by authors who are experts in the field. After an introductory chapter on the use of Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls and second temple literature, each of the New Testament books that contain quotations from Isaiah are discussed: Matthew, Mark, Q, Luke-Acts, John, Romans & Galatians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 Peter, Revelation. The book provides an overview of the status, role and function of Isaiah in the first century. It considers the Greek and Hebrew manuscript traditions and offers insights into the various hermeneutical stances of the New Testament authors and the development of New Testament theology.

Scriptural Interpretation at the Interface between Education and Religion

Author: Florian Wilk
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004385696
Release Date: 2018-09-27
Genre: Religion

The present volume examines prominent texts from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities with a view to determining to what extent education (Bildung) represents the precondition, the central feature and/or the aim of the interpretation of “Holy Scripture” in antiquity.

The Bible in Church Academy and Culture

Author: Alan P.F. Sell
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630877958
Release Date: 2011-03-24
Genre: Religion

This collection of essays celebrates the contribution of John Tudno Williams to the church, to biblical scholarship and teaching, and to the culture of Wales. Written by biblical scholars, historians, theologians, and authorities on Welsh culture, the papers gather around the central theme of the Bible: its interpretation and exegesis and its place in hymns as well as in the visual culture of Welsh Presbyterianism, in theological colleges, and in theological reflection and construction.

The Divine Father

Author: Felix Albrecht
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004264779
Release Date: 2014-02-06
Genre: Religion

The present volume is devoted to religious and philosophical concepts in relation to divine parenthood on the basis of biblical tradition, its reception, and ancient context. Extending from classical to late antiquity, the articles focus on the designation of God as "Father".

The Unrelenting God

Author: David J. Downs
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802867674
Release Date: 2013-11-30
Genre: Religion

Is God still, as it has been argued, the "neglected factor" in New Testament theology? How does the Bible speak imaginatively and concretely about who God is and what God's activity on behalf of the world looks like? In The Unrelenting God sixteen accomplished scholars in the fields of biblical and theological studies explore ways in which Scripture speaks about God's character and God's activity in the world. As honoree Beverly Roberts Gaventa has done throughout her career, the contributors address important and nuanced theological themes such as God's dramatic invasion of the world in the gospel of Jesus Christ, God's ultimate triumph over the powers of sin and death, and humanity's ongoing participation with God in Christ. Scholars, students, and church leaders will appreciate this volume's careful theological interpretation of whole scriptural books and individual passages -- and its ability to model instructively how that interpretation is best done. Contributors: Shane Berg Martinus C. de Boer Alexandra R. Brown William Sanger Campbell David J. Downs Susan Grove Eastman Joel B. Green Douglas Harink Richard B. Hays L. Ann Jervis Jacqueline E. Lapsley J. Louis Martyn John B. F. Miller Matthew L. Skinner Katherine Sonderegger Francis Watson Michael Welker

Unity and Diversity in Christ Interpreting Paul in Context

Author: William S. Campbell
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781621896722
Release Date: 2013-06-19
Genre: Religion

These essays represent William Campbell's ongoing challenge over the last two decades to a residual aspect of the paradigm of Paulinism, namely that of interpreting Paul in antithesis to his Jewish roots. Campbell has proposed a new approach to Paul focusing on such themes as diversity, identity, and reconciliation as the basic components of transformation in Christ. The stance from which Paul theologizes is one that recognizes and underpins social and cultural diversity and includes the correlative demand that since difference is integral to the Christ-movement, the enmity associated with difference cannot be tolerated. Thus reconciliation emerges as a fundamental value in the Christ-movement. Such reconciliation respects and does not negate the particularities of the identity of Jews and those from the nations. This paradigm transformation implies the reevaluation of all things in Christ, whether of Jewish or Gentile origin. An underlying trajectory permeates these essays. What unites them is the emphasis on continuity between Judaism and the Christ-movement, particularly as exemplified in Paul's letter to the Romans. Such continuity is vitally important not only for understanding the past and present of Christ-followers, but even more significantly for the contemporary understanding of the identity of both Judaism and Christianity.

To the Jew First

Author: A. Chadwick Thornhill
Publisher: Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary
ISBN: 9781303352133
Release Date: 2013-07-31
Genre: Religion

Paul's "doctrine" of election has remained a controversial and enigmatic topic for centuries. Few studies, however, have approached Paul's doctrine through the context of Second Temple Judaism. This study examines Paul's view of election through the lens of Second Temple Jewish texts written prior to 70 CE. In doing so, it is argued that the best framework through which to view Paul's discussion of election is through a primarily corporate model of election. While such a model is rooted in Judaism, Paul departs from his Jewish contemporaries in arguing that the locus of election is in God's Messiah, Jesus.

She Must and Shall Go Free

Author: Matthew S. Harmon
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: STANFORD:36105211747485
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Religion

Although the significance of the Old Testament for Paul s argument in Galatians is well-established, the significance of Isaiah has not been fully appreciated. Using an intertextual approach, Harmon argues that Isaiah 49-54 in particular has shaped Paul s argument and theology in Galatians. The result is fresh light shed on Paul s self-understanding as an apostle to the Gentiles, the content of his gospel message, his reading of the Abraham story and the larger structure of Galatians."

Septuagint Research

Author: Wolfgang Kraus
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
ISBN: 900414675X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Bibles

To provide students and scholars alike with ready access to the most recent developments, this collection of essays presents a comprehensive and representative picture of septuagintal research today. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

Identity Formation in the New Testament

Author: Bengt Holmberg
Publisher: Mohr Siebrek Ek
ISBN: STANFORD:36105122576791
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Religion

This conference volume focuses on showing that investigating various aspects of the Christian movement's identity helps us to understand its historical reality. Whatever is known about identity from ancient times reaches us mostly through ancient texts. Thus many of the essays in this volume are devoted to analyzing New Testament texts and showing how they reveal the processes of identity formation. One type of evidence here is how New Testament texts compare with or treat older texts which are in the same normative tradition, in other words biblical and Jewish texts. Another group of essays deals with specific literary techniques used in the service of creating identity, such as personification, stereotyping or marginalizing others as well as looking at the relationship between different kinds of social identity. A third group of essays directs attention to the light that gender analysis casts on the shaping of Christian identity, pointing both to surprising similarities and differences from the surrounding culture. The final group of essays applies the insights of postcolonial theory and its sensitivity to power relationships and the political dimension of human reality.