This volume brings together respected biblical scholars to evaluate the turn toward "empire criticism" in recent New Testament scholarship. While praising the movement for its deconstruction of Roman statecraft and ideology, the contributors also provide a salient critique of the anti-imperialist rhetoric pervading much of the current literature.
"The New Testament does not develop a systematic doctrine of salvation," writes Brenda Colijn. "Instead, it presents us with a variety of pictures taken from different perspectives." Students of the New Testament and of theology will both find their vision broadened and their understanding deepened by this rich, informative study. As the author seeks to understand their implications for people of faith, she uncovers how New Testament images provide the building blocks of the master story of redemption.
Now in paperback, Hard Sayings of the Bible has explanations for over five hundred of the most troubling verses to test the minds and hearts of Bible readers. Verse by verse, four distinguished Bible scholars take you behind the scenes to find succinct solutions to the most difficult verses in Scripture.
From ablative to zeugma, Matthew S. DeMoss offers an indispensable guide for the study of New Testament Greek or Greek exegesis.
To provide a model for today's missionary efforts, Dean Flemming examines how the New Testament authors--particularly in Acts, Paul's letters and the Gospels--contextualized the gospel for particular cultures and/or communities.
Focusing on pastoral leadership within local churches or groups of churches, Derek Tidball provides a comprehensive survey of the variety of ministry models and patterns found in the New Testament with applications for today's ministry.
Richard Erickson offers a thoroughly accessible and student-friendly guide to the essential methods of interpreting the Greek New Testament. He holds out manageable goals and expectations--and encouragement. Numerous aids and illustrations clarify, summarize and illuminate the principles. A weath of exercises connected to each chapter are available on the Internet.
Duane Litfin, former president of Wheaton College, explores how Paul's theology of preaching can inform the church's preaching today. Through a detailed study of 1 Corinthians 1-4, Litfin shows how Paul's method of proclamation differed from Greco-Roman rhetoric and how Pauline preaching can be a model for the contemporary preaching task.
Financial expert David Cowan reflects on the economic parables of Jesus to understand life in an increasingly globalized economy. Jesus' words shed light on a broad range of fiscal issues from paying bills to wise investment to just socio-economic conditions.
Allan Coppedge offers a comprehensive picture of the inexhaustible nature of God, which is one of holiness reflected in actions that are best described in the language of diverse roles.
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