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RESTORING THE KINGDOM

RESTORING THE KINGDOM
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Synopsis: In the book of Acts divine involvement is everywhere. From the beginning God is responsible for promised action, including the geographic expansion--"in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (1:7)--referenced in Jesus' response to the disciples, clearly related to Luke's purpose in writing the book. Geographic expansion, however, is only the second part of Jesus' reply. Is it possible that the first half of Jesus' reply--"It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority"--has even greater bearing on the actions that follow and on Luke's purpose? Is the Father setting times and seasons related to the kingdom's establishment? Does this phrase explain the conspicuous divine involvement throughout the plot? In Restoring the Kingdom, Michael Salmeier answers these questions in the affirmative by exploring Luke's characterization of God in three strands: God as the King who establishes and restores Israel's king, who establishes his people, and who directs events. This unfolds Luke's purpose in assuring the reader concerning the events that have taken place, helping to more fully illuminate Luke's theology concerning God and his kingdom. Endorsement: "Michael Salmeier in Restoring the Kingdom brilliantly merges literary characterization with theological analysis of the narrative of Acts to produce a profound spectacle of God as the sovereign King and merciful Savior, who is restoring his reinterpreted kingdom. Salmeier's scholarship is refreshingly impeccable and pastoral, providing a unique and indispensable perspective of God as the ordainer of times and seasons for the kingdom. This is groundbreaking work for the necessary unification of literary and theological studies in Acts." --Michael J. Wilkins Distinguished Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Talbot School of Theology "In this well-written volume, Michael Salmeier has provided a needed and accurate portrayal of the major actor of the book of Acts--God. The work is replete with helpful insights and gives necessary correction to previous treatments of this theme." --Clinton E. Arnold Professor and Chairman, Department of New Testament Talbot School of Theology "Refreshingly free of jargon, Dr. Salmeier's close reading of Acts uses character analysis to illuminate the text's portrayal of God. His discussion offers a clear path through the recent debate and invites the attention of a broad readership." --Robert Morgan Linacre College, University of Oxford "Adding to the growing literature on Luke's transformation of God's promises to restore Israel, Salmeier has provided a helpful discussion on the role of God in such a process. Through a discussion of the various motifs embedded in the Acts of the Apostles, he has not only shown the significant presence of God in this narrative, he has also clarified the relationship between Jesus, the Spirit, and God the Father in Luke's program. This meticulous analysis of the textual data has created a helpful lens through which a fruitful reading can be produced." --David W. Pao Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Author Biography: Michael A. Salmeier is Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Life Pacific College in San Dimas, California.
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RETHINKING GNOSTICISM DUE 2/1/13

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Most anyone interested in such topics as creation mythology, Jungian theory, or the idea of "secret teachings" in ancient Judaism and Christianity has found "gnosticism" compelling. Yet the term "gnosticism," which often connotes a single rebellious movement against the prevailing religions of late antiquity, gives the false impression of a monolithic religious phenomenon. Here Michael Williams challenges the validity of the widely invoked category of ancient "gnosticism" and the ways it has been described. Presenting such famous writings and movements as the Apocryphon of John and Valentinian Christianity, Williams uncovers the similarities and differences among some major traditions widely categorized as gnostic. He provides an eloquent, systematic argument for a more accurate way to discuss these interpretive approaches.


The modern construct "gnosticism" is not justified by any ancient self-definition, and many of the most commonly cited religious features that supposedly define gnosticism phenomenologically turn out to be questionable. Exploring the sample sets of "gnostic" teachings, Williams refutes generalizations concerning asceticism and libertinism, attitudes toward the body and the created world, and alleged features of protest, parasitism, and elitism. He sketches a fresh model for understanding ancient innovations on more "mainstream" Judaism and Christianity, a model that is informed by modern research on dynamics in new religious movements and is freed from the false stereotypes from which the category "gnosticism" has been constructed.

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May 2, 1999

REVELATION A HNBK ON THE TEXT

REVELATION A HNBK ON THE TEXT
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Revelation: A Handbook on the Greek Text offers teachers and students a comprehensive guide to the grammar and vocabulary of Revelation. A perfect supplement to any commentary, this volume's lexical, analytical, and syntactical analysis is a helpful tool in navigating New Testament literature. But more than just providing an analytic key, David Mathewson leads students toward both a greater understanding of the Greek text and an appreciation for the textual, rhetorical, and interpretive intricacies not available in English translations. This handbook is an essential tool for the serious student.

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March 15, 2016

Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament Manuscript Patristic & Apocryphal Evidence Text & Canon of the New Testament

Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament Manuscript Patristic & Apocryphal Evidence Text & Canon of the New Testament
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Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament is the inaugural volume of The Text and Canon of the New Testament series, edited by Daniel B. Wallace. This first volume focuses on issues in textual criticism; in particular, to what degree did the scribes, who copied their exemplars by hand, corrupt the autographs? All but one of the chapters deals specifically with New Testament textual criticism. The other addresses textual issues related to an early apocryphal work, the Gospel of Thomas. The book begins with the full transcription of Wallace's presentation at the Fourth Annual Greer-Heard Forum, in which he and Bart Ehrman debated over the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts. Adam Messer looks at the patristic evidence of "nor the Son" in Matthew 24:36 in a quest to determine whether the excision of these words was influenced by orthodox Fathers. Philip Miller wrestles with whether the least orthodox reading should be a valid principle for determining the autographic text. Matthew Morgan focuses attention on the only two Greek manuscripts that have a potentially Sabellian reading in John 1:1c. Timothy Ricchuiti tackles the textual history of the Gospel of Thomas, examining the Coptic text and the three Greek fragments, using internal evidence in order to determine the earliest stratum of Thomas. Brian Wright thoroughly examines the textual reliability of the passages in which Jesus appears to be called God, concluding that the textual proof of the designation theos as applied to Jesus in the NT merely confirms what other grounds have already established. Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament will be a valuable resource for those working in textual criticism, early Christianity, New Testament apocrypha, and patristics.
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September 23, 2011

ROMANS IN FULL CIRCLE

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The New Testament book of Romans has played an important role in the life of the church from the period of the early church and through to the present day. In this concise survey of the major theological changes associated with Paul's letter, Mark Reasoner focuses on its history and interpretation, particularly through the works of Origen, Augustine, the medieval exegetes, Luther, and Barth. In so doing, he reveals that by a circuitous route, western Christians in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are returning to reading Romans in ways very similar to Origen's concerns in the third century. This is true particularly in regard to issues of the human will, sensitivity to Jews and Judaism, openness to the possibility of universalism, and a deconstructive reading of the obedience to government passage in Romans 13. Thus, in addition to giving a helpful overview of Romans itself, this book will help readers situate their theological questions within the two thousand-year history of conversations about Paul's letter to Roman believers.

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January 1, 2004

SEEKING THE KINGDOM THE SERMON ON THE

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January 1, 1992

SOUNDINGS IN THE RELIGION OF JESUS PERSPECTIVES & METHODS IN JEWISH & CHRISTIAN SCHOLARSHIP

SOUNDINGS IN THE RELIGION OF JESUS PERSPECTIVES & METHODS IN JEWISH & CHRISTIAN SCHOLARSHIP
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Jesus was a Jew and not a Christian. That affirmation may seem obvious, but here an international cast of Jewish and Christian scholars spell out its weighty and often complex consequences for contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue. Soundings in the Religion of Jesus contextualizes Jesus and the writings about him that set the stage for Jewish-Christian relations for the next two thousand years.

Of equal importance, this book considers the reception, celebration, and (too often) the neglect of Jesus' Jewishness in modern contexts and the impact such responses have had for Jewish-Christian relations. Topics explored include the ethics of scriptural translation, the ideological motives of Nazi theologians and other "quests" for the Historical Jesus, and the ways in which New Testament portraits of Jesus both help and hurt authentic Jewish-Christian dialogue.

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Steward of Gods Mysteries Paul & Early Church Tradition

Steward of Gods Mysteries Paul & Early Church Tradition
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One view that perennially springs up among biblical scholars is that Paul was the inventor of Christianity, or that Paul introduced the idea of a divine Christ to a church that earlier had simply followed the ethical teaching of a human Jesus. In this book Jerry Sumney responds to that claim by examining how, in reality, Paul drew on what the church already believed and confessed about Jesus.

As he explores how Paul's theology relates to that of the broader early church, Sumney identifies where in the Christian tradition distinctive theological claims about Christ, his death, the nature of salvation, and eschatology first seem to appear. Without diminishing significant differences, Sumney describes what common traditions and beliefs various branches of the early church shared and compares them to Paul's thought. Sumney interacts directly with arguments made by those who claim Paul as the inventor of Christianity and approaches the questions raised by that claim in a fresh way.

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Studies in the Pauline Epistles

Studies in the Pauline Epistles
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A must-have for any serious Pauline scholar or student, this Festschrift to Douglas J. Moo is unique in several ways. Since Doug has been a key proponent to the Old Perspective on Paul, the reader will be interested in reading the essay by N. T. Wright in which he reflects on the phrase “the righteousness of God” in Romans 3. And where else can you read an essay by James D. G. Dunn on “What’s Good about the Old Perspective on Paul” and by Stephen Westerholm on “What’s Right about the New Perspective on Paul”?

 

Since one of Doug Moo’s roles is as chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation (which oversees the NIV translation), several authors offer arguments for modifications to the NIV for the committee to consider. Interestingly, Jonathan A. Moo, Doug’s son, who is following in his father’s footsteps as a biblical scholar, does a careful analysis of Paul’s reflections on himself as the father of those whom he has led to Christ.

 

These are only some of the rich, solid essays from colleagues and former students that fill this book.

 

“It goes without saying that Doug Moo and I have not always agreed. But his patient attention to the text, especially when it does not seem to agree with our church traditions, is a shining example of what exegesis means. That, I believe, is the ideal in which he and I are bound in ties of fellowship transcending verbal disputes.”

—N. T. Wright

 

“Doug is a top-notch NT scholar, as apparent from his several excellent published commentaries. I believe that he is one of the best commentary writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His excellent and incisive exegetical thinking is always evident.”

—G. K. Beale

 

“Doug is the essence of a Christian gentleman and scholar. His kindness is demonstrated in how he treats those who disagree with him, for he honors and respects those who differ with him.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner

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November 4, 2014

STUDIES IN THE THEORY & METHOD OF NT @LP

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The seventeen studies in this volume provide a comprehensive presentation and assessment of past and current methods applied to the New Testament text. Both acknowledged specialists in historical and methodological studies of textual criticism, coauthors Epp and Fee offer an introductory survey of the whole field of New Testament textual criticism, followed by sections of essays on these topics: definitions of key terms; critiques of current theory and method; methods of establishing textual relationships; studies of the papyri with respect to text-critical method; and guidelines for the use of patristic evidence. Volume 45 of the Studies and Documents series, founded by Kirsopp and Silva Lake and edited by Irving Alan Sparks, Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism represents a coherent and complementary collection of essays - most but not all of them previously published - whose abiding worth and considerable influence have been demonstrated through extensive citation by textual critics and exegetes. This compilation of studies will serve as a welcome resource for biblical scholars and students taking seminary or graduate courses in New Testament. From the more introductory studies to the constructive critiques of current theory to the more specialized analyses concerning New Testament textual criticism, this volume will provide information and challenge to beginners and experts alike.
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September 16, 1993

Studying Pauls Letters with the Mind & Heart

Studying Pauls Letters with the Mind & Heart
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This informative survey of Paul's epistles is conversant with the latest scholarship but written in an engaging style that emphasizes practical application. In each chapter, Gregory MaGee asks and answers a vital question for understanding Paul's letters while prompting the reader to consider the discussion's personal implications. These questions get at the heart of understanding, interpreting, and living out the Pauline letters:
  • Why listen to Paul?
  • Were all thirteen letters really written by Paul?
  • How does Paul interact with the Old Testament?
  • What are some specific interpretive challenges in Paul's letters?
  • How can I wisely apply Paul's teachings?
  • What are the experts saying about Paul these days?
  • What ideas were especially important to Paul?
  • Students and other thoughtful Christians wishing to dig deeper into Paul's letters will benefit from this contemporary overview, and will be challenged to grow spiritually and apply Paul's teachings and example.

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    September 25, 2018

    Studying the Synoptic Gospels Origin & Interpretation

    Studying the Synoptic Gospels Origin & Interpretation
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    An introduction to basic issues of interpretation for students of the Synoptic Gospels.
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    June 1, 2001