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FAITHFUL FEELINGS

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Everything we do, say, and think is, in some sense, emotional. We describe ourselves and our experiences in terms of how we feel.

In the New Testament, Jesus and Paul displayed a wide range of emotions in their lives and teaching. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and others have recognized the vital importance of emotion in Christian experience. However, in recent times, many preachers and theologians have pushed emotion to the sidelines. The relationship between reason and emotion is often confused or obscure, creating the need for a fresh look at the causes, nature, and role of felt experience in Christian living.

In this significant new study, Matthew Elliott asks, "What is an emotion?" and applies recent studies of emotion to the New Testament. While he discusses the vocabulary of emotion-love, joy, hope, jealousy, fear, sorrow, anger-his primary concern is with emotion itself, how it was perceived by the New Testament writers in their cultural context, and what role they thought it should play in the lives of Christian believers. He argues that our feelings play an essential role in Christian faith, theology, and ethics.

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9780825425424
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October 1, 2006

FAITHFUL TO THE END

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In classroom and scholarly study, the Gospels, Acts, and the Pauline letters
receive far more attention than does the so-called "end" of the New Testament:
Hebrews; James; 1 and 2 Peter; 1, 2, and 3 John; Jude; and Revelation.

Faithful to the End: An Introduction to Hebrews Through Revelation offers
a careful study of these latter biblical letters, closely examining each one's
authorship and origin, destination and audience, purpose, and major themes.
Appropriate as a reference work or textbook in college and seminary classrooms,
this volume uniquely combines head knowledge with a challenge to the heart,
for it is purposefully titled after each book's recurring theme of persevering in
the faith.

Coauthor Terry L. Wilder writes, "Our hope is that God might use this text
to help readers not only learn about these New Testament books, but also to
appropriate the message contained in each. May we be faithful to the end!"

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9780805426250
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October 1, 2007

FORM OF GOD FORM OF A SERVANT

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Form of God, Form of a Servant examines the Greek noun morphe and seeks to discover Paul's meaning when he portrayed Christ as existing in the 'form of God' as well as taking on the 'form of a servant' in Philippians 2:6-7. This book adopts a synchronic approach to lexical semantics, and examines a cross section of Greek writers who use morphe from the classical period up through the first century A.D. The book also looks at how morphe has been interpreted throughout the church age, before exegetically examining the passage and interpreting the term in its context.
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9780761848288
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December 1, 2009

Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews

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Using the popular four-views format, this volume explores the meaning of the five warning passages in the book of Hebrews to both the original readers and us today. Each of the four New Testament scholars present and defend their view and critique the view of their interlocutors. This unique volume will help readers better understand some of the most difficult passages in all of Scripture. Contributors include Grant R. Osborne, Buist M. Fanning, Gareth L. Cockerill, and Randall C. Gleason.
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9780825421327
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March 1, 2007

Fourfold Gospel a Theological Reading of the New Testament Portraits of Jesus

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This groundbreaking approach to the study of the fourfold gospel offers a challenging alternative to prevailing assumptions about the creation of the gospels and their portraits of Jesus. How and why does it matter that we have these four gospels? Why were they placed alongside one another as four parallel yet diverse retellings of the same story?

Francis Watson, widely regarded as one of the foremost New Testament scholars of our time, explains that the four gospels were chosen to give a portrait of Jesus. He explores the significance of the fourfold gospel's plural form for those who constructed it and for later Christian communities, showing that in its plurality it bears definitive witness to what God has done in Jesus Christ. Watson focuses on reading the gospels as a group rather than in isolation and explains that the fourfold gospel is greater than, and other than, the sum of its individual parts. Interweaving historical, exegetical, and theological perspectives, this book is accessibly written for students and pastors but is also of interest to professors and scholars.

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9780801098895
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December 19, 2017

FRACTURE

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Since the advent of formal biblical criticism, many have come to see the crucifixion as merely one event in the process of religious development. Yet for the New Testament writers it was so much more, representing a radical break that forever affected their perception of God and the world. In this book Roy Harrisville examines the thought worlds of the New Testament writers, showing how the cross fractured their previously held ideas, causing a profound reorientation centered on the story of the cross. Focusing chronologically on Paul, the Synoptic writers, John, and the authors of Hebrews and 1 Peter, Harrisville demonstrates changes in the writers' understanding of sacrifice, law, Hellenism, apocalyptic, and other areas - changes that created the new values of the radically different Christian community. An insightful work of careful critical scholarship, Harrisville's Fracture will appeal to anyone interested in reviewing the New Testament's witness to that which lies at the heart of earliest Christian confession and which has provoked such bitter conflict in history.
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9780802833082
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April 1, 2006

Framing Paul an Epistolary Biography

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All historical work on Paul presupposes a story concerning the composition of his letters -- which ones he actually wrote, how many pieces they might originally have consisted of, when he wrote them, where from, and why. But the answers given to these questions are often derived in dubious ways.
In Framing Paul Douglas Campbell reappraises all these issues in rigorous fashion, appealing only to Paul's own epistolary data in order to derive a basic -frame- for the letters on which all subsequent interpretation can be built. Though figuring out the authorship and order of Paul's letters has been thought to be impossible, Campbell's Framing Paul presents a cogent solution to the puzzle.
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S780802871510
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November 27, 2014

From Good News to Gospels What Did the First Christians Say about Jesus

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The good news of Jesus spread like wildfire through the Roman Empire in the decades between his death and the writing of the first gospels--but how? What exactly did the first Christians say about Jesus? In From Good News to Gospels David Wenham delves into the gospels, the book of Acts, and the writings of Paul to uncover evidence of a strong and substantial oral tradition in the early church. This book will inform, engage, and challenge readers, inspiring them to better understand and appreciate the earliest gospel message.

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9780802873682
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May 17, 2018

GNOSIS

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Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.

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9780060670184
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May 6, 1987

Gnostic Scriptures

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This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism.
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9780300140132
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August 1, 1995

GOSPEL OF THOMAS

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The Gospel of Thomas, a collection of words of Jesus, is one of the most significant extrabiblical texts of the early Christian era.This edition presents the texts in the classical languages and provides an English translation and a readily readable commentary. It includes: - an introduction to the Gospel of Thomas- the complete Coptic text- the text of the Greek fragments and a Greek retranslation of all logia with parallel texts from the canonic gospels- an English translation- an extensive commentary- illustrations of the Coptic manuscript- an appendix with an index and bibliographyThe introduction and commentary do not assume knowledge of the classical languages, making The Gospel of Thomas accessible to a broad audience
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9781598563085
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January 1, 2009

GOSPEL WRITING A CANONICAL PERSPECTIVE

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That there are four canonical versions of the one gospel story is often seen as a problem for Christian faith: where gospels multiply, so too do apparent contradictions that may seem to undermine their truth claims. In Gospel Writing Francis Watson argues that differences and tensions between canonical gospels represent opportunities for theological reflection, not problems for apologetics.
Watson presents the formation of the fourfold gospel as the defining moment in the reception of early gospel literature -- and also of Jesus himself as the subject matter of that literature. As the canonical division sets four gospel texts alongside one another, the canon also creates a new, complex, textual entity more than the sum of its parts. A canonical gospel can no longer be regarded as a definitive, self-sufficient account of its subject matter. It must play its part within an intricate fourfold polyphony, and its meaning and significance are thereby transformed.
In elaborating these claims, Watson proposes nothing less than a new paradigm for gospel studies -- one that engages fully with the available noncanonical material so as to illuminate the historical and theological significance of the canonical.
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9780802840547
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May 26, 2013