At every calendar milestone, self-proclaimed modern-day "prophets" arise to stir up a furor rivaled only by the impending apocalypse they predict. This doom-and-gloom prognostication is not only spread by a few fanatics, but millions of Christians, including some of the most recognized names in mainstream Christianity who are caught up in the latest "last days" frenzy.
Seduced by the popular craze, they are driven not to action, but to radical inactivity, ineffectiveness, and lethargy while waiting for the easy-out "end. In this book, DeMar tests your views and renews your zeal for the living truth. This is the most thoroughly documented and comprehensive study of Bible prophecy ever written! Last Days Madness will be your survival guide and spiritual compass to ensure you escape the paralysis of last days madness. Will anyone actually be left behind? You can be convinced that the Bible specifically teaches that in the end times Christians will be rescued from a terrible seven-year tribulation period while unbelievers will remain on earth to be subjected to countless horrors at the hands of the antichrist.
In Left Behind: Separating Fact From Fiction , Gary DeMar takes a critical look at the theology behind this popular fiction series and challenges readers to consider a different interpretation. With confidence based on years of biblical study, DeMar carefully examines eleven major components of the pre-tribulation rapture theology and offers clear, convincing alternatives to the interpretations of Bible prophecy presented in Left Behind. What difference does it make what we believe about the end times anyway? DeMar addresses that question as well, showing how our point-of-view regarding end-times prophecies affects the way we live each day.
In addition, DeMar answers skeptics who use failed end-times predictions to disprove the Bible. Giving us a different perspective on the end times, this approach to Bible could revolutionize the life of the church. In Manifested in the Flesh , author Joel McDurmon illustrates the uniqueness, richness, and importance of the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation of Christ. Drawing from Scripture, the Early Church Fathers, ancient history, and the most recent of New Testament scholarship, this timely and lively work presents the robust truth of Christ and exposes the lies of modern pagans, atheists, and New-Age attacks on the gospel.
Manifested in the Flesh brings diverse areas of New Testament scholarship into a readable and unified witness to the truth, and dismantles recent works of unbelief and skepticism with the force of credible and thorough scholarship. At once a viable apologetic, an intense Bible study, a survey of ancient history, and a review of vital theology, Manifested in the Flesh gives the reader an understanding of Christian truth. This volume is remarkable in both its breadth and depth of scholarship, and is written in a stimulating and refreshing style.
By weaving apologetics, biblical study, historical study, and theology together, McDurmon has created a work of Christian worldview for pastor, teacher, parent, and student alike. No Christian seeking to understand the nature of our Lord and the great battles that both the early and modern Church have fought—and continue to fight—over the historical Jesus, can afford to skip this book. A popular lecturer at conferences across the nation, Joel maintains a weekly column at American Vision and preaches regularly at Christ Church in Branch Cove, Alabama.
Too many Christians believe that the Bible is irrelevant this side of heaven. While the homosexual community—which makes up about one percent of our population—exercises tremendous impact on our culture and laws, Christians—who make up about thirty-five percent of the population—have voluntarily abandoned the culture war, electing to hide the gospel under a bushel instead. Our nation is in a crisis. The world is crying out for answers in the face of bewildering and seemingly unsolvable problems.
Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths shows that the Bible has real answers to these problems—answers that the church is currently ignoring. Christianity's failure to show itself practical in the past years has guaranteed the success of secularism and militant Islam, both of which are doing incalculable harm at home and abroad. The rejection of any type of "this-worldly" application of the Bible has resulted in the proliferation of man-centered worldviews that have steadily drained the life out of our world and left behind a spiritual vacuum.
Will the church of Jesus Christ be prepared with biblical answers for the millions who will be ready to follow the light of the gospel as the folly of humanism and Islam is made manifest? Now is the time to make the necessary theological preparations. What once was lost is now found! Years before his untimely death, Dr. Amid the complications from his passing, however, the only copy was lost, and the book was never published.
Now, the last great work of this giant of Christian philosophy is back! This is the work we all longed for Bahnsen to write, yet never knew that he already had written! Rescued from the dustbin of history, this monument of apologetics will provide must-reading for Christian defenders of the faith for generations to come. If there were only one resource for the exposition and defense of the Reformed presuppositional apologetic, this would be it; by far, it's the clearest expression by one of the sharpest Christian thinkers of the twentieth century.
John M. Frame, J. Bahnsen believed that to deal with the academics of the day and their arguments against the Christian faith, it is necessary to do battle with them at the highest levels of scholarship—using their intellectual tools against them. He could quickly analyze and give direct and compelling answers to all their objections. Prior to his untimely death in , Dr. Bahnsen delivered a series of lectures on apologetics at American Vision's Life Preparation Conference. These lectures are rare in that they are some of the only video presentations of Dr.
Bahnsen's teachings. The week-long sessions, presented before high school and college students, set forth the basics of the Christian worldview and the biblical approach to defending the faith. These lessons have been distilled and turned into a one-of-a kind handbook on apologetics. Pushing the Antithesis consists of twelve chapters that include study questions, an answer key, a glossary of terms, and a comprehensive bibliography. If you want to be equipped to present the truth of the gospel in a compelling way, then Pushing the Antithesis is required reading.
Relying heavily on Old Testament prophecy and first-century history, Gentry provides his reader with the essential keys for unlocking the text—the guideposts necessary for following its winding paths and discerning its key figures and their roles—and without indulging in tedious detail. The Book of Revelation Made Easy —is a short, lively, and topical study that will help you understand Bible prophecy better. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Ken is a widely respected lecturer, author, and scholar.
He is married, has three children and two grandchildren. Are you cheating God? If you are a typical Christian, the answer is yes. Is God going to withhold blessings from you because of this? God requires his people to turn over ten percent of their income to their local congregation. The money is not to go from the donor to other charities—only to the local congregation. This is not taught by the church today. It has not been the official position of any denomination, and has not been adhered to in church history. Why not? Because churches do not want to conform to the explicit requirements of biblical law.
Theologians and pastors would rather see the churches beg for money than honor the God who does not beg for anything. Theologians and pastors say that 1 the Old Testament's laws of the tithe no longer apply, and 2 nothing has replaced them. The first statement is true; the second is not.
Christians are therefore said to be authorized by God to "give as the Holy Spirit leads. First, church members give too little, thereby forcing the churches either to beg or cut programs. Second, this open-ended standard creates guilt in dedicated Christians, because they never know when they have given enough to meet their obligations. The Covenantal Tithe presents the case for the Christian tithe in Chapter ten. The previous nine chapters are detailed discussions of the pre-Christian doctrine of the tithe: who, what, when, and where.
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Head pastor or new volunteer, anyone serving in ministry will benefit from the wisdom found in the SPCK Library of Ministry. Written by prominent Anglican ministers with decades of experience to draw upon, this collection is full of well-researched theory supported by practical experience. The time-tested tools offered by this library will inspire you and remain a practical reference for your congregation and leadership.
The New Library of Pastoral Care is designed to meet the needs of those concerned with pastoral care, whether clergy or lay, who seek to improve their knowledge and skills in this field. This collection draws upon research and experience from professional fields that particularly relate to pastors in their work: social work, counseling, psychotherapy, and community development. These volumes will clarify and strengthen the roles every pastor is sure to take on in ministry.
Anglican belief and practice allows that God communicates through his Word as well as through the beauty of his works. The trick, of course, is to keep the two sources of communication in balance. Nowhere is this balance better struck than in the writings of the atheist-turned-Anglican-clergyman Alister McGrath.
McGrath takes Scripture very seriously as an unshakeable source of truth for belief. At the same time, McGrath recognizes that God also communicates through art and literature.
Throughout these 10 books, McGrath draws on these two different sources to teach us more about God and about how to live in light of what he has communicated. Barrett was a committed Methodist minister. Throughout his scholarly career, he never let his work get in the way of his pastoral calling.
Barrett is very careful to clothe his rigorous scholarship in language that is accessible and meaningful. For this reason, though he was critical of many other Christian traditions, he has earned a wide readership outside of his own denomination. Exploring the Old and New Testaments 6 vols.
This series is perfect for someone looking for a survey of the Bible that can be as broad or immersive as you see fit. The series easily facilitates teaching the material to classes or small groups.
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Each book provides an exploratory approach which encourages and enables students to engage the Scriptures for themselves, and not simply as passive learners. They offer activities and challenges at introductory and intermediate levels, together with key background information needed to enable students to work at the required level, and ideas for further thought and reading. The SPCK Anglican Studies Collection includes a careful selection of books that are essential to a proper understanding of the beliefs and practices of Anglicanism.
The titles in this collection include works on ecclesiology, devotion, theology, and ordination. Whether you are new to the tradition or a cradle Anglican, this collection will enrich your understanding of the Church and your relationship with God. Philosophy is too often considered abstract and out of reach for the average person. Worse yet, some believe it to be dangerous or a stumbling block to the Christian religion. But the development of human thought, particularly as it applies to understanding faith and making daily decisions, is important for every person to consider.
In an intelligent but accessible way, this series aims to introduce thinkers who have made significant contributions to Christian thought. Some are notable in religious history, and others are best known for their critical perspectives. Rahner , Weil, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Bonhoeffer , and Barth : none delivers the same message, yet all are relevant. The SPCK Introductions series offers the perfect starting point for new learners, and is a valuable Christian perspective for serious students of philosophy.
Simone Weil asserted that, ultimately, the thing we seek in literature, philosophy, and theology is not what we may learn about the author, but what we may learn about truth. Use the critical thinking of these gifted men and women to inspect and strengthen your own faith and understanding of Christianity. The Modern Church Series seeks answers to the toughest questions facing Christianity in a postmodern world. These six volumes use new approaches to reach innovative and often unconventional conclusions on issues such as religious pluralism, immortality, sex, the Bible, and atonement.
Wright provides a passionate case for putting the Psalms back at the center of Christian prayer and worship with his guide to praying the Psalms. Graeme Watson presents a contemporary mystical reading of the Song of Songs, with reference to some later Christian poetry—including John Donne , George Herbert , and R. And rounding off the collection, in A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit , an international team of scholars contribute to a comprehensive exploration of the role and work of the Holy Spirit, as witnessed in both the Old and New Testaments.
This collection contains the first four books of N. In the first volume of the series, Wright offers a historical, theological, and literary study of first-century Judaism and Christianity, beginning with an introduction to the historical and theological condition of the earliest Christians.
Wright then examines resurrection—both resurrection in general and of Jesus in particular—beginning with Paul, and working through the end of the second century in the third volume, The Resurrection of the Son of God. The highly anticipated fourth volume, Paul and the Faithfulness of God , is the mature summation of a lifetime of study.
Four volumes of wise words will encourage a more active prayer life and fortify your relationship with God. Guide family or community prayers, and get suggestions for prayers to soothe, encourage, excite, or console. Early Christianity has been a topic of much debate over the centuries. Understanding the subject is extremely vital in shaping our perspectives on Jesus, Christianity, and the church. The Christian Origins Collection 3 vols. With various perspectives from several biblical scholars, this collection breaks down early Christianity into various topics.
These topics include the beginning of the Christian movement pertaining to Judaism, the historical Jesus and his resurrection, the Apostle Paul, the Gospels, and the early church. Religious and historical convictions strongly affect the many perspectives people have on Jesus and Christianity. By introducing thoughtful insight and contrasting ideas in relation to early Christianity, the Christian Origins Collection 3 vols.
Public worship has evolved into diverse and beautiful traditions across Christendom. This collection brings together three works studying how baptism, the Eucharist, public prayer, church architecture, and other elements of worship have developed over the centuries. From the Last Supper to today, these volumes are packed with insight into how Christian liturgy developed.
The Apostle Paul was one of the most prominent leaders of the Christian faith. After converting to Christianity, Paul sought to spread the Gospel through his writings and missionary journeys. Though persecuted throughout his ministry, nothing stopped the apostle from spreading the gospel of Christ; several of his most valuable works were even written during his imprisonment! Thirteen epistles of the twenty-seven New Testament books are attributed to him and form the foundation of Christian living today. In presenting all aspects of his works, ministry, and thought, this collection seeks to combat Pauline criticism with its solid study and to bring a new-found appreciation for the apostle and his works.
In each of the three volumes, David F. Hinson provides a straightforward introduction to a different aspect of Old Testament study. History of Israel gives an account of the history of the Jews. The Books of the Old Testament explores the OT books themselves; their authoring, their canonization, and their present form. Each volume is illustrated, and includes maps, time charts, photographs, and suggestions for further discussion and study.
Written by scholars with experience of the worldwide Church, the acclaimed Guides combine trustworthy scholarship with clarity, simplicity and non-technical language. Ecumenical in authorship and outlook, the Guides are ideal for first-year theology students, Bible study groups, multi-cultural classes, people for whom English is a second language, and anyone who needs a sound but accessible guide to the Bible and theology.
The Lent for Everyone Collection comprises three volumes of Lenten lectionary resources. Utilizing N. Originally begun as a project to encourage Lenten reading in the diocese of Durham, England, the volumes in this collection have become popular resources for a much broader Christian audience. It also includes thoughtful pieces for major festivals throughout the year. The lectionary is intended to provide the church with a full and balanced reading plan for the entire Bible, and its texts have served as the basis for sermons, meditation, reflection, and personal devotions for millions of Christians around the world for almost 2, years.
The Lectionary Reflections Collection 3 vols. Each section gives the lectionary references and provides a thought-provoking starting point for exploring the readings, drawing out points of connection between them. Written in an engaging and inspiring style, Lectionary Reflections will prove invaluable in preparation for Sunday worship, or for personal or group Bible study throughout the year. Bradshaw surveys the origins and development of each rite in the text, from the New Testament to today.
He also provides a detailed commentary on each rite as a whole, and its parts, while providing comparisons to parallel passages in the ASB and Book of Common Prayer. The Exploring the New Testament Collection are two textbooks which cover the New Testament, both written by authors who have extensive experience in teaching students in their first two years of university-level study. This series is perfect for someone looking for a New Testament survey that can be as broad or immersive as you see fit. The Theology of Weakness Collection couples two compelling volumes in disability studies, working towards theological understanding of disability.
Her thoughtful volume offers profound insights into the vocation and ministry of persons with severe disabilities, as well as hope and help for all who struggle with faith in the face of unremitting suffering. With keen insight and sensitivity, these authors bring light to the challenges and callings of people at the heart of the kingdom of God. These penetrating studies examine the evolution of the cultural traditions which began centuries before Christ was born, yet influenced the development of Christian theology and practice.
Barker draws heavily from the Old and New Testaments—especially the book of Hebrews—along with Apocalyptic literature in order to construct the worldview of the earliest Christians. In this historical and theological study, Barker shows how the Temple theology of early Christianity traces its origins to the First Temple.
She draws heavily from the book of Hebrews, the book of Revelation, and various biblical and extra-biblical Apocalyptic literature. By examining the historical and theological understanding of the covenant, atonement, resurrection and the Kingdom of God, Barker outlines the implications of Temple theology for faith and practice today. With a philosophical flavor, Faith and the Creeds studies how the faith has been passed down through the centuries, providing a solid introduction to Christianity as expressed in the creeds.
The Living God deciphers the profound nature of God, the almighty creator, and how we relate to him. These volumes are an exciting introduction to Christianity for the curious, and provide engaging material for those seeking to communicate the ancient faith to new generations. In these volumes, Wright covers the essential topics of wisdom and prayer in the New Testament, offering insight from his wealth of study and experience. Wright includes his own compelling translations of the passages he examines, as well as a highly readable discussion and explanations, designing these volumes to be accessible, helpful, and full of practical wisdom for readers today.
Each volume also includes discussion questions, ideal for group study or personal devotional study. These two volumes examine different aspects of Bible study. Invitation to the Bible presents an introduction to the Scriptures that concerns itself less with a survey of the contents of the Bible and more with an account of what the Bible is and how to read it in ways that are life-giving and lead to a fuller understanding of God.
Beyond the Quiet Time is a guide to practicing true spirituality, discovering the full richness of your faith, and developing ways of keeping your faith alive and growing. It provides practical guidance towards initiating or reinvigorating a reflective, quiet time of Bible study. For all who yearn for a fresh perspective on the Bible, the Invitation to the Bible Collection will be an invaluable boon to your study of the Scriptures. A New Eusebius has held an unrivaled position as the standard source book for students of the early patristic period.
Stevenson has gathered an impressive compilation of documents, including the Martyrdom of James, the Flight of the Christians from Jerusalem, and Persecution by Domitian, from such writers as Eusebius , Clement of Rome , Ignatius , Polycarp , Justin , and Irenaeus.
These primary sources, covering church history up to AD , are invaluable for those who desire to understand early church history. In this new edition, Professor W. Frend has incorporated vital documents that were not available when the original collection was compiled. The notes and references have been amended and updated where necessary, and the entire book has been restructured with documents grouped under helpful subject headings which follow a broadly chronological sequence. Frend — was chair of ecclesiastical history of Glasgow University, a fellow of the British Academy, and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
This introduction to the Old Testament is written to cover all key components of most OT courses and also to help students to think for themselves about key issues of interpretation. This introduction has the feel of a workbook, encouraging students to investigate the Old Testament, both critically and prayerfully, for themselves.
Barefoot Prayers gives an engaging introduction to the different ways that prayer can work in the lives of the busiest of Christians. Stephen Cherry is director of ministerial development and parish support in the diocese of Durham, and a Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral. In Behind the Gospels , Eric Eve provides a critical introduction to a major storm center of debate in New Testament studies: oral tradition and memory theory. Eve gives both a helpful survey of the scholarly literature and original proposals for clarifying and advancing our understanding of these key issues.
He explores the media contrast model, the rabbinic model, informal controlled oral tradition, and much more, offering judicious assessments of recent influential studies by Richard Bauckham , James D. Dunn , Richard Horsley , and Kenneth E.
Bailey among others. Allison, Jr. Biblical Hebrew for Beginners shows you how to master fundamental Hebrew in clear, simple steps. Starting from scratch with the Hebrew alphabet, Dan Cohn-Sherbok leads you through the essentials of Biblical Hebrew and has you reading the Bible in Hebrew from the very first lesson.
There are simple exercises including answers , a word list, and plenty of examples throughout. Whether you are studying in a group or by yourself, this book will make the words of the Bible come alive in a way you never imagined before. Have you ever wondered what Adam really said to Eve? Or what God said to Job? His explanations are concise but informative, requiring no background knowledge in grammatical terminology or linguistic notation. Learning Hebrew can be easy—and fun—with Biblical Hebrew for Beginners. Lewis is one of the best loved and most engaging Christian writers of modern times, and he continues to be a powerful defender of the faith.
In his imaginative fiction, his genius finds its fullest expression and makes its most lasting theological contribution. This book contains illuminating essays on C. Lewis, J. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rose Macaulay and Austin Farrer. David Hein is professor and chair of religion and philosophy at Hood College. Edward H. Henderson is professor of philosophy at Louisiana State University.
Sample Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7. This book also discusses the stories we get from the Infancy Gospel of Jesus and the development of the Orthodox Christmas icon, as well as the Christmas story and the Mary material in the Koran. Margaret Barker is an independent biblical scholar who has been developing her Temple Theology for many years, most recently as the basis for a theology for the environment.
This book brings together a range of key primary texts on the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Editors Jeff Astley , David Brown , and Ann Loades present rigorous academic examination of specific aspects of Christology: the development of classic Christology from its biblical roots through patristic debates, responses to the modern distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith, the understanding of incarnation as kenosis , and the critical and constructive developments of liberation and feminist theologies. Each chapter also includes topics for further discussion.
He is coeditor of the Problems in Theology series. He is also coeditor of the Problems in Theology series. Ann Loades is emeritus professor of divinity in the University of Durham and coeditor of the Problems in Theology series. In Creation, Power and Truth , Tom Wright invites readers to consider the crucial ways in which the Christian gospel challenges and subverts the intellectual, moral, and political values that pervade contemporary culture.
He asks searching questions about three defining characteristics of our time: neo-gnosticism, neo-imperialism, and postmodernity. Employing a robust trinitarian framework, Wright looks afresh at key elements of the biblical story while drawing out new and unexpected connections between ancient and modern worldviews. The result is a vigorous critique of common cultural assumptions and controlling narratives, past and present.
Creation, Power and Truth is a compelling read for all who want to hear, speak, and live the gospel of Christ in a world of cultural confusion. For over 40 years, Creeds, Councils and Controversies has been an essential primary source book for students of the later patristic period. Like its predecessor, A New Eusebius it documents the history of the early church, covering AD to Professor Frend has regrouped the documents in their historic settings. Nearly 40 documents have been added to this new edition and the notes and bibliography have been updated.
Encountering Scripture provides a fresh look at the Bible from the analytical and rational perspective of a scientist. It tackles the big themes of the Bible and the questions a modern Western thinker might bring to it. The nuanced, rational, and honest approach will be appreciated by any reader with an open and enquiring mind. Issues of Scripture and authority, contradiction, and ambiguity are tackled with characteristic clarity, and the theological challenges of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the writings of St.
Paul are addressed with energy. Former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University, he is a priest and canon theologian of Liverpool Cathedral. He won the Templeton Prize for Science and Religion in His books have been translated into 18 languages so far. Many introductions to biblical studies describe critical approaches, but they do not discuss their theological implications.
This timely resource discusses the relationship between historical criticism and Christian theology, encouraging evangelical engagement with historical-critical scholarship. The book covers eight of the most hotly contested areas of debate in biblical studies, helping readers work out how to square historical criticism with their beliefs. Burge , professor of New Testament, Wheaton College. Block , Gunther H. Christopher M. Christopher B. This is a fascinating analysis and response to the fundamental questions that face any believer today.
Sadly becoming daily more topical, this book explores all aspects of evil—our contemporary and theological understanding, and the ways in which evil presents itself in society today. Fully grounded in the Bible, Evil and the Justice of God is sparkling, erudite, provocative and particularly relevant in the wake of new global terror attacks. Accounts of cruelty, death and terrorism hit us every day. We are forced to ask fundamental questions about God and the nature of evil, which demand a theological resolution that is mature, profound and never glib. Wright explores these pivotal questions with a fresh and engaging approach, combining the virtues of detailed scholarship with an accessible style.
He neither ducks the awkward, nor avoids the unpalatable, but instead offers a new, often surprising perspective in his search for a meaningful response to the problem of evil. Faith Thinking is a compelling exploration of where theology stands in the contemporary postmodern intellectual context.
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Eschewing both rigid objectivism and sheer relativism, Trevor Hart cuts a middle course towards a fresh theological paradigm capable of defending itself as an academic discipline. Faith Thinking is an invaluable resource for those struggling to understand the relationship between faith and understanding in the practice of theology. Hart draws from philosophy, history, and literary criticism in his construction of a relevant theology for the postmodern world.
In dialogue with Alasdair MacIntyre, Michael Polanyi, and other influential thinkers, Hart examines what challenges and buttresses current intellectual trends have to offer theology. Throughout Faith Thinking , Hart heeds the necessity to present theology as clearly as possible. Professor Trevor Hart , currently at the University of St. In Faith, Science, and Understanding , one of the most highly regarded scientist-theologians of our time explores the interaction of science and theology. John Polkinghorne discusses the role of revelation in religion as a legitimate record of experience and not the communication of unchallengeable propositions.
In the final section of the book, the author provides a brief overview of the science and theology debate and assesses the work of major contemporary contributors to the discussion: Wolfhart Pannenberg , Thomas Torrance , and Paul Davies. The twelve exhilarating meditations in this volume explore what it truly means to follow Jesus today. Part two examines six key New Testament themes—resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life—and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples.
In this book, the author sets out to consider what is the appropriate approach to God, from a variety of real life and biblical starting points. It simply means giving God what He is worth. Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, what it means to pray for the dead, what and who are the saints, are all addressed in this invigorating and rigorously argued book. His thought-provoking words and biblical wisdom will encourage and inspire pastors, professors, students, and laity alike.
Including historical facts, Greek word studies, literary references, and a wealth of scriptural knowledge, these well-informed essays are a compilation of articles that Moule published throughout his life in various sources, including the Epworth Review , the Church Quarterly , and the Reformed Theological Review.
Charles Francis Digby Moule , known professionally as C. Moule, was born in in China to missionary parents. English by heritage, his family returned to their native country when WWI started. It was there he completed his studies at Weymouth College and Cambridge, after which point he became an Anglican priest. His two best-known books are entitled The Birth of the New Testament and The Origin of Christology , published in and respectively. Moule never married, and died in at the age of Four Gospels, One Jesus?
He also uses symbols to represent each image of Jesus which include a human face, lion, ox, and eagle. The text of this new edition has been updated to include developments in New Testament scholarship since the publication of the first edition.
Richard A. His major study, What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography has been widely acclaimed as a breakthrough in Gospel criticism. From Physicist to Priest is an autobiography from well-known author, John Polkinghorne, with a unique perspective arising from his roles as both a theologian and a physicist. It tells the story of his journeys into both disciplines from a human angle, including the formative experiences and key relationships he experienced as a child, an undergraduate, graduate, and beyond into university teaching, priesthood, and writing.
He describes his developing thoughts and understanding of the value and interdependence of each of the major disciplines and, by so doing, brings a human touch to the big questions that each approach raises. The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second largest church in the world, with million members. Formally splitting from the Catholic Church in , through the centuries the Eastern tradition grew more distinct. In this introductory volume, Andrew Louth surveys the rich tradition of the Eastern Church. Andrew Louth is professor emeritus of patristic and Byzantine studies at Durham University and a priest of the Russian Orthodox diocese of Sourozh, serving the parish in Durham.
This useful book offers a toolkit for those who believe in God and science, and have a desire to hold them together with integrity. Examining the history of the interaction between science and religion, Gillian Straine looks at biblical and theological ideas and the key areas of science, such as the origin of the universe, evolution, and human consciousness. In this way, she equips readers to decide which path they will take through these crucial debates.
Such paths offer ways of balancing both a serious and nuanced understanding of science with a lively, rational, and questioning faith in God that takes the Bible seriously. Gillian K. Straine was born and raised in Aberdeen. She completed a bachelor of science in Physics at Imperial College London in Her doctoral research explored the radiative properties of the atmosphere and involved flying in planes around storm systems. Having worked in various roles in London churches, she trained for the priesthood, studying theology at Oxford University, before serving her curacy in the Oxford Diocese.
Gillian currently lives in London with her family, working as priest without portfolio, writing on science and theology. Steve Moyise offers an illuminating yet accessible guide to the various ways that Jesus employed Scripture, both in his teaching and in his understanding of his ministry. He is an international authority on the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. In Jesus and the Earth , Bishop of Liverpool James Jones explains what Jesus has to teach us about respect for the creation and the environment.
He argues clearly and passionately that Jesus is the savior not only of humanity, but also the savior of the planet and of the whole cosmos, which came into being through Him and for Him. To desecrate the earth is a blasphemy. At the end of the book there are also practical guidelines on how churches and individuals might become more environmentally responsible. What, if anything, did He say about the environment? As the ecological threats to the earth multiply and intensify, Christians are turning to the pages of the Old Testament for guidance on environmental ethics.
But is wisdom about this critical issue to be found only there? James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, set out to discover if his own concern for creation found any sympathy in the teaching and example of Jesus. Jesus and the Earth is the result of his search. The Rt. James Jones is the current Bishop of Liverpool, having taken the position in after serving as Bishop of Hull since He has written a number of books and lectures widely.
His extensive environmental efforts include chairing the City Academy, the first Academy to take the environment as its field of specialization; and setting up Operation EDEN, an organization working across faith communities to engage local people in the holistic transformation of their local environment.
Jesus and the Land will help Christians to form a biblical view about modern-day claims to the land in Israel-Palestine. Howard Marshall , professor, University of Aberdeen. Gary M. He is active as a speaker and a writer evaluating Christian Zionism within the evangelical world. This book gives readers a fresh understanding of the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus.
Brown , associate professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary. Formerly research assistant to N. Sample Pages: 1 2 3 4 5. The ancient manuscript appears to be genuine—so what are we to make of the claims therein? Claims such as:. This timely response to the Gospel of Judas is the authoritative, orthodox word on what the Gospel of Judas really tells us—and does not tell us—about Jesus, Judas, early Christianity, and Gnosticism. Wright, as both a bishop and a historian, is uniquely qualified to speak on the subject.
Wright is the bishop of Durham in the Church of England. Recently named by Christianity Today as one of the top five theologians in the world, Wright has taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, Oxford, and McGill universities. Paul, and thus of the gospel of Christ, is urgently needed as the church faces the tasks of mission in a dangerous world. In Lord and Saviour: Jesus of Nazareth , the third volume of the Christian Belief for Everyone series, we have the joy of encountering the enigmatic but highly charismatic figure of Jesus of Nazareth.
Alister McGrath explores how we can grow in relationship with a person who is both fully human and fully divine. He is a prolific author noted for his ability to explore and express complex ideas in simple terms. Coggan invites us to meet the man who has significantly influenced the development of Christianity over the last two millennia. This introduction, however, is not to the grim and pedantic figure of popular stereotype, but to a complex person, passionate, affectionate, and very human. It is true that the literary structure refers to a well organised and planned written Gospel and the intertextual references and usages also complement the skilful writing of the Gospel and interpretation and understanding of the identity and ministry of Jesus.
In part 2 Weren proficiently applied literary theories on intertextuality to some selected texts from Matthew. He convinces that the OT quotations of Matthew generate interaction between the original text and the text into which it is incorporated. Also that the function and meaning of textual units are more understandable when these units are related to cothematic or cogeneric texts from the OT.
In this research chapters 6—12 on intertextuality Weren points out the following relations between texts: common elements in texts ch. Under this part the reviewer wants to address the following thought provoking aspect. In this quotation Weren makes two important statements. Burridge —67 is of the opinion that ancient biographers intended their writings to be more historical than novelistic.
Fornara —36, points out that the historiography practiced during the 1st century frequently focussed on notable individuals. Eddy and Boyd write the following about the close connection between history and biography:. However effective any historical or biographical author may have been in achieving it, it seems that authors in both genres were to a significant degree concerned to report the past as it actually took place.
And it seems that their audience read these works with that expectation. Thus while the Evangelists clearly had an important theological agenda, the very fact that they chose to adapt Greco-Roman biographical conventions to tell the story of Jesus indicates that they were centrally concerned to communicate what they thought really happened.
Thus, for Weren, Matthew is addressing certain problems in the society and community about which he is writing. A question that then arises is how do we merge a biography of Jesus with Matthew addressing certain problems in the society and community? This then implies for the reviewer that the text of Matthew has a double layer 5 level of interpretation and that the author has purposefully selected specific, trustworthy, relevant and applicable material from the tradition to address these problems: Matthew is writing about the real historical situation of Jesus, which he obtained from reliable tradition; Matthew subjectively selected specific historical material and organised and structured it in such a way to address the circumstances of the readers.
If this is the case, then the approach of Matthew relates to what the better historians like Polibius The Histories 8. For Polibius 3. In the work of Arrian Alex. How then should we understand the trustworthiness of the Gospels, in this case Matthew?
According to Keener the Gospel writers attempt to be historical as well as theological. This view does justice to the biographical status of a primitive Matthew text and fits well into the first stage of Weren. Under his final observations Weren makes the following three vital statements:. We can see this in the Bible as well as in our own time. For him the exception clause in Matthew and shows that there is scope for new developments. That is also important for the later disciples of Jesus. The NT encourages them to find suitable solutions to new situations p.
The first quotation is a matter of semantics and the second a matter of conduct, changes in meanings and changes in conduct. When I read these statements made by Weren I was thinking about the invaluable contributions of Gadamer , Ricoeur a, b, and even Schneiders , , and Vanhoozer on the phenomenology of language.
I would like to further validate what Weren has stated here by adding a few remarks on the idiosyncrasy of texts. A new reading : Biblical texts in this case OT texts need no longer be regarded exclusively about the world to which and in which they were written. Rather, the author of Matthew develops a world of Christian discipleship, into which the author invites his original 1st century CE readers and succeeding generations to enter. The contemporary Matthean meaning of OT texts used intertextually by Matthew is not something added on to a basic literal meaning of the OT text.
It seems to be intrinsic to the meaning of the text. Dialectical illumination : Studying a text is not to dissect the text diachronically into its constituent elements to account for its origin or etymology, but to appropriate the meaning of the text. In this dialectic the interpreter moves, through finer mediations, 11 between the pole of explanation by means of intertextuality in this case and exegesis, and the pole of understanding by means of theological-spiritual sensitivity cf.
Schneiders Thus, a text mediates meaning that is not only embedded behind or in the text. In fact, also with the assistance of the reader, it mediates meaning that lies in front 12 of the text in the various possibilities of reality which it pictures for the reader cf. Ricoeur ; Schneiders ; Smith — In such a reading act, faith, culture and spirituality become hermeneutical tools in the meaning of texts.
The meaning of a text is not limited to the intention of the author. Ricoeur writes:. We may have to repay a debt owing to the authors we read. So we cannot say whatever we like… Perhaps we could say that a text is a finite space of interpretations: there is not just one interpretation, but, on the other hand, there is not an infinite number of them. A text is a space of variations that has its own constraints; and in order to choose a different interpretation, we must always have better reasons.
Ricoeur, quoted by Vanhoozer Total reader involvement. Bultmann — argued that exegesis without presuppositions is not possible. Texts are linguistically polysemous : 17 By virtue of its linguisticality a text is polysemous 18 see Ricoeur b: 97— The meaning of a text cannot be reduced to a single, univocal, literal sense. Matthew, as a Jewish Christian interpreter of the OT text, has an advantage over the mainstream Jewish readers of the 1st century. The tradition operative in contemporary interpreters assists them to draw from the text richer meanings than were available to the original readers see Gadamer —; Ricoeur —44; Schneiders A much wider horizon : The historical distance between the OT text and the Matthean reader needs not be an obstacle to understanding, but rather an advantage for understanding.
Those readers had the help of the Spirit-Paraclete which, according to Paul 1 Cor and John ; , makes scripture spiritually understandable to those believers Schneiders — This monograph is the evidence and result of many years of hard work and thorough and critical research of a skilful scholar.
The book is well written: the way Weren argues, his analytical and logical thinking and reasoning is exceptional. The writing style of the book also deserves a compliment for it adds to easy reading. I find in his work an open-mindedness for other interpretations. I endorse this book to be read by theologians, especially biblical scholars and to be prescribed in postgraduate programmes for students to become acquainted with how to work text-immanently: doing structure analysis, determining the rhetoric of the author, how to follow the argument of the author, how to manage intertextuality and also how an author uses semantic networks intentionally or sometimes unintentionally to communicate the kerugma.
For me the vantage point of this book is the manner how Weren works with texts. Whether I agree with him or not and there are a few cases is not the issue, but that he sincerely makes an invaluable academic contribution to the discipline of NT, and to be more specific, the Matthean field, is indeed true. The author declares that he has no financial or personal relationships which may have inappropriately influenced him in writing this article.
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