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JOHN JESUS & THE RENEWAL OF ISRAEL

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In this book Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher trace the Gospel of John's portrayal of Jesus as a prophet of renewal by reading the text against a double backdrop -- the social history of Roman Palestine and the media world of John.
This innovative study is the first to consider the Gospel of John as story in the ancient media context of oral communication and oral performance. Horsley and Thatcher creatively combine concerns from the fields of Jesus studies and ancient media studies in their analysis. Taking the main conflict evident in John's story of Jesus as the key to its plot, they discern how this Gospel -- usually read as -spiritual- -- portrays Jesus engaged in a concrete program of renewal and resistance.
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S780802868725
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November 11, 2013

Josephus & the New Testament 2nd Edition

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Updated text and new maps bring this standard introduction up to date.

Throughout Christian history, the works of Josephus have been mined for the light they shed on the world of the New Testament. Josephus tells us about the Herodian family, the temple, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes. He mentions James the brother of Jesus, John the Baptist, and even Jesus himself. In Josephus and the New Testament, an internationally acknowledged authority on Josephus introduces this first-century Jewish historian to readers who want to begin to explore his witness to the environment in which early Judaism and Christianity took shape.
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9780801047008
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November 1, 2002

JUDAS & THE GOSPEL OF JESUS OP!!

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Joining many other recently found and publicized "gospels," the Gospel of Judas has found its way into the limelight as the subject of some recently published books and some recent television programming. The ancient manuscript is genuine-so what are Christians to make of the claims therein? Claims such as -Judas was doing what Jesus asked him to do when he betrayed Jesus -Jesus came to offer secret knowledge of how to escape this earthly world, rather than to usher in God's kingdom on earth -Jesus felt no pain on the cross -and more This timely and necessary response to the Gospel of Judas is the authoritative, orthodox word on what it really tells us--and does not tell us--about Jesus, Judas, early Christianity, and Gnosticism. Tom Wright, as both a bishop and an historian, is uniquely qualified to speak on the subject and answers the questions Christians have after encountering this "new gospel."
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9780801012945
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October 1, 2006

JUSTIFICATION & VARIEGATED NOMISM V1

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A comprehension of Paul's understanding of the law and justification has been a perennial problem for historians and theologians. The need for further clarity has given rise to this collection of essays by an international list of esteemed scholars who seek, in the first of two volumes, to illuminate the complexities of the Judaism of Jesus' (and Paul's) day. Was it a legalistic religion that taught one could be justified before God by obeying law? Was it even one religion, or was it a collection of traditions with some similarities and many dissimilarities?

A second volume is forthcoming which will further this discussion among scholars through an evaluation of the paradoxes of Paul.

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9780801022722
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December 1, 2001

JUSTIFICATION & VARIEGATED NOMISM V2

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A comprehension of Paul's understanding of the law and justification has been a perennial problem for historians and theologians. In light of new studies on early Judaism, an international group of esteemed New Testament scholars evaluates the paradoxes of Paul in this second volume of Justification and Variegated Nomism. Contributors include Martin Hengel, Douglas J. Moo, Timothy George, and Stephen Westerholm.
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9780801027413
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November 1, 2004

LAST DAYS OF JESUS

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Acclaimed New Testament scholar Francois Bovon engagingly and concisely explores the last days of Jesus. Detailing the similarities and differences in the passion narratives of the four canonical Gospels and the Gospel of Peter, he shows that these stories were not composed by objective witnesses but are reflections of the perspectives of those who wrote them. This lucid, highly readable, yet critical appraisal of Jesus' final days is a masterful example of the discipline of biblical studies.

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9780664230074
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June 6, 2006

LATER NT WRITINGS & SCRIPTURE

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This is the third and final book in an informal set on the New Testament's use of the Old Testament, written by a recognized authority on the topic. The work covers several New Testament books that embody key developments in early Christian understanding of Jesus in light of the Old Testament. This quick and reliable resource orients students to the landscape before they read more advanced literature on the use of the Old Testament in later writings of the New Testament. The book can be used as a supplemental text in undergraduate or seminary New Testament introductory classes.
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S780801048531
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June 1, 2012

LETTERS OF PAUL 4TH ED

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Exploring the sometimes heated exchanges found in the letters of Paul, Calvin Roetzel compares Paul's Jewish background and the cultures of his converts. Roetzel brings alive Paul's intriguing and sometimes enigmatic personality, making his theology as accessible and engaging to Christians today as it was to Christians living in the first century.
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9780664257828
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May 3, 2011

LETTERS TO THE CHURCH

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Respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude) in this rich commentary. Writing from an evangelical perspective, Jobes addresses issues of historical relevance as well as how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today. Letters to the Church includes: -Historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content-An exploration of the major themes in each book and detailed commentary on key passages-Boxes with chapter goals, outlines, challenges, and significant verses-Sidebars addressing difficult passages or ideas-Maps, photographs, charts, and definitions-Questions for discussion, reflection, and testing-A comparison of the teachings about Christ in each of the lettersPastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this an invaluable resource that offers well-researched commentary in an accessible, spiritually meaningful form
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9780310267386
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October 31, 2011

Letters to the Church Video Lectures a Survey of Hebrews & the General Epistles

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Letters to the Church Video Lectures features 14 lessons (on 2 DVDs), introducing the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude). A companion to the textbook Letters to the Church by respected New Testament scholar Karen H. Jobes, these lectures cover the historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content, as well as an exploration of the major themes in each book. The lectures address issues of historical relevance as well as unlocking these ancient Scriptural books for Christian faith and practice today.

Useful for formal students and laypeople alike, Letters to the Church Video Lectures provides an accessible study tool for anyone wanting to better understand Hebrews and the general epistles.

Session Titles and Runtimes:

1 - Introduction (4 min)

2 - Introducing Hebrews: The Book of Better Things (24 min)

3 - Famous Last Words: Divine Revelation in Hebrews (27 min)

4 - The Son Is Our Great High Priest: The Christology of Hebrews (33 min)

5 - "How Shall We Escape?": The Soteriology of Hebrews (29 min)

6 - Introducing the Letter from James: Prophet and Sage of the Kingdom of God (14 min)

7 - A Christian Letter?: Christology in James (15 min)

8 - The "Royal Law": Christian Wisdom and Ethics in James (25 min)

9 - Jude: Jesus' Brother Warns the Church (24 min)

10 - "The True Grace of God": Introducing 1 Peter (29 min)

11 - "Christ Has Left You an Example": The Christology of 1 Peter (29 min)

12 - Foreigners and Resident Aliens: The Imitatio Christi in Peter's Ethics (32 min)

13 - Second Peter: An Apostle's Last Words to the Church (26 min)

14 - First John: Reassurance for Christians in Confusing Times (32 min)

15 - Second and 3 John: Notes of Grace and Truth (14 min)

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April 18, 2017

LIGHT FROM THE ANCIENT EAST

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Excerpt from Light From the Ancient East: The New Testament Illustrated by Recently Discovered Texts of the Graeco-Roman World

This translation of my friend Deissman's Licht vom Osten has been made from the second edition (curiously called "second and third") of the German work (Tubingen, 1909). The genesis of the book, which was first published in May, 1908, is described in the author's Preface; its success may be judged from the shortness of the time that elapsed before a second edition was required. Arrangements for the English translation were completed before the book was three months old, and a preliminary advertisement appeared in the Athenaeum as early as October 10, 1908. It is not the fault of the publishers that the English version is ready a year later than was expected. There was a miscalculation to begin with, and the work of translation proceeded more slowly than had been estimated. Well, "a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" The delay has brought compensations. The English reader now has the book in its revised and enlarged form, including nine illustrations that were not in the first edition (Figs. 22, 23, 25, 29, 41, 42, 43, 49, 50). These facsimiles have their value not only for the learned, who (by taking pains: see p. 362, n. 1) can spell out most of the old writing, but also for the unlearned. Everybody can gain from them, as the author says (p. 147), some idea of the inimitable individuality of each single papyrus letter. "That autograph Letter, it was once all luminous as a burning beacon, every word of it a live coal, in its time; it was once a piece of the general fire and light of Human Life, that Letter!

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This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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9781592444724
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January 1, 2004

LO I TELL YOU A MYSTERY

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Description: ""The divine mystery, as interpreted by Paul, offers transformation. The believer who identifies with the death and resurrection of Christ by putting to death the old way of life (Rom 6:5-11; Gal 2:20) enters into a new sphere of influence characterized by intimate fellowship with Christ. One who is in this sphere is free from the snare of Adam and the world and is no longer bound by the power of sin and death. The divine mystery also offers a new source of power by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Spirit brings gifts to those in Christ that enable them to function as community. The highest and most significant of these is love which brings diversity together into unity. The indicative is that the Spirit graces believers with love. The imperative is that they should follow after the example of Paul, and hence Christ, in loving others. The divine Spirit is described as holy and makes holiness possible for those in Christ. The indicative is that fellowship with Christ is possible because of redemption. The imperative is that Christ demands loyalty which cannot be shared with any other, particularly with prostitutes who represent the ways of the world or idols that open doors for demons."" --from the Conclusion Endorsements: ""The socio-rhetorical study of 1 Corinthians has reached a stage of considerable sophistication over the course of the last decade. Ackerman furthers the conversation in the right direction in this volume, demonstrating that one of the central, if not the key issues being addressed in 1 Corinthians is spiritual immaturity. This study should receive a wide readership."" --Ben Witherington III author of Conflict and Community in Corinth About the Contributor(s): David A. Ackerman is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Philippines.
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9781597524353
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February 1, 2006