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Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity: A Missing Dimension in New Testament Studies
Luke Johnson here issues a provocative call for a radically new direction in New Testament studies that can change the way we have viewed the entire phenomenon of early Christianity. Johnson is convinced that the dominant ways of studying early Christianity tend to miss its specifically religious character, because of a disjunction between formal religion and “popular” religion. Through three case studies on baptism, glossolalia, and meals, he proposes to show how a more holistic, phenomenological approach can be made. His approach makes possible the inclusion of the world of healings, religious power, ecstasy, and spirit. This, he argues, is the religious experience of real persons in the study of early Christianity.
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The Genesis of Good and Evil: The Fall(out) and Original Sin in the Bible
For centuries, the Garden of Eden story has been a cornerstone for the Christian doctrine of “the Fall” and “original sin.” In recent years, many scholars have disputed this understanding of Genesis 3 because it has no words for sin, transgression, disobedience, or punishment. Instead, it is about how the human condition came about. Yet the picture is not so simple. The Genesis of Good and Evil examines how the idea of “the Fall” developed in Jewish tradition on the eve of Christianity. In the end, the Garden of Eden is a rich study of humans in relation to God that leaves open many questions. One such question is, Does Genesis 3, 4, and 6, taken together, support the Christian doctrine of original sin? Smith’s well-informed, close reading of these chapters concludes that it does. In this book, he addresses the many mysterious matters of the Garden story and invites readers to explore questions of their own.
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Belief in the Word: Reading John 1–4
Although studies have appeared on current narrative and reading approaches to John’s Gospel, no commentary is available that integrates their findings for students and scholars. Professor Moloney has met this need with a pioneering commentary that focuses on the text itself and its impact on the reader.
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First & Second Peter, James, and Jude (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching | INT)
First and Second Peter, James, and Jude have existed on the edges of the canon throughout the centuries. In this volume, Pheme Perkins casts light on these often neglected writings, ably demonstrating that they have, in fact, much to offer to today's readers.
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The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth
Bestselling author Scott Hahn sheds new light on the Mass, offering readers a deeper appreciation of the most familiar of Catholic rituals. Of all things Catholic, there is nothing so familiar as the Mass. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them. Pope John Paul II described the Mass as “Heaven on Earth,” explaining that what “we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy.”
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A Different Priest: The Epistle to the Hebrews
Albert Vanhoye, who worked for many years on a commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, now brings one of the most authoritative contemporary commentaries to a wider audience, articulating the unique priesthood of Jesus Christ for the first Christian communities.
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The Crucifixion of Jesus: History, Myth, Faith
Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross at the hands of Roman justice around the year 30 CE. Thousands of others perished in the same way, and many people before and since have suffered far more gruesome torments. Why then is Jesus, Gerard Sloyan asks, uniquely and universally remembered for his suffering death? How has his death brought solace to many millions?
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Jesus and Community: The Social Dimensions of Christian Faith
Gerhard Lohfink calls the present-day church to once again be the “contrast society,” which attracts non-believers by living what it preaches and by being different without being narrowly sectarian.
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Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation (Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church)
In this excellent resource for church professionals, Johnson reclaims Christian belief in miracles as integral to recovering a proper and strong sense of creation, recognizing the validity of personal experience and narrative and asserting the truth-telling quality of myth.
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The Gospel in Parable: Metaphor, Narrative, and Theology in the Synoptic Gospels
Professor Donahue here argues that “the parables of Jesus” offer a Gospel in miniature, while at the same time giving shape, direction, and meaning to the Gospels in which they appear. “To study the parables of the Gospels is to study the gospel in parable.” After surveying recent discussions of parable, metaphor, and narrative, Donahue examines and interprets the parables of Mark, Matthew, and Luke as texts in the context of the theology of each of these Gospels. Finally, he outlines what “The ...
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II Corinthians (New Testament Library | NTL)
Frank Matera provides a commentary on II Corinthians in the New Testament Library, continuing the exemplary quality of the series. His work here is a close study of the backgrounds and language of the text while also providing important theological insights into the message of Paul for his time and for the contemporary church.
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