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Searching the Scriptures: Studies in Context and Intertextuality (Library of New Testament Studies | LNTS)

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This work critically engages the hermeneutical methods used to analyse the New Testament writings, so that the lenses through which studies of the texts have been traditionally viewed can be revised. Jeremy Hultin contributes an article on the rhetorical use of the chosen citations by Jewish rabbis in their commentary on scripture, while Mark Gignilliat writes on the potential implications for viewing Old Testament Scripture in the manner of the early Church exegetes and theologians. With these two contributions providing a frame for the other chapters, the essays explore a range of topics, including the significance of the number 42 in Matthew, the study of Wisdom in Matthew, Hebrew material in the New Testament, and the uses of Scripture in the letters of Paul and the letters to the Hebrews.

Read separately, these articles provide fascinating insights and revisions to established ideas on intertextuality between the Old/Hebrew Bible and the New Testament writings. Taken together, the collection presents a solid argument for the fundamental revision of our current hermeneutical practice in Biblical Studies.

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  • Presents a wide collection of essays egaging contemporary hermenuetical methods for the study of the New Testament
  • Views context and intertextuality from a variety of perspectives and texts
  • Provides extensive an bibliography
  • General Studies
    • Singing Women and Promised Seed Isaiah 1-3 as Christian Scripture by Mark S. Gignilliat
    • Genesis Rabbah 48:1-Reflections on Thematic Unity and Exegetical Method by Jeremy F. Hultin
  • Studies in the Gospels
    • Metaphorty-Two? The Wilderness and the People of God in Matthew 1-17 by Jason B. Hood
    • “The Rejection of Wisdom's Call": Matthew's use of Proverbs 1:20-33 in the Parable of Children in the Marketplace (Matthew 11:16-19/Luke 31-35) by Brian C. Dennert
    • John, Elijah and Naboth: What Does 1 Kings 21 Have to do with Matthew 14? By Jesse Rainbow
    • Jesus as a Nazarite in Mark 14:25 Par., and Joseph's Reunion Meal in Judaic Tradition by Roger D. Aus
    • The Hebrew Scriptures in the Third Gospel by R. Steven Notley, Nyack College, USA and Jeffrey Garcia
    • Intertextual Wisdom: Luke 12:13-34 and the Sapiental Conversation on Death and Possessions by Matthew S. Rindge
    • Jesus said "Keep the Commandments" and the Rich Man asked "Which Ones?" The Decalogue as a Law Summary in the Story of the Rich Man by Diane Hakala
    • They Shall Look Upon the One they have Pierced: Intertextuality, Intra-textuality, and Anti-Judaism in John 19:37 by Ruth Sheridan
  • Studies in the Letters
    • Toward a Theory of Narrative Transformation: The Importance of Both Contexts in Paul's Scriptural Citations by J. R. Daniel Kirk
    • Dominical Shame Tradition in Paul: An Allusion (Rom 1:16) to Jesus' Use of Shame Language (Mark 38) from the Book of Daniel by Yongbom Lee
    • 'We Know that Whatever Law SAys…': Romans 3:9–20 as a Narrative Utilization of Intertextuality Developing its own Theory of Intertextuality by Alain Gignac
    • Crushing Satan: Genesis 2-3 in Romans 17-20A by Brian LePort
    • The Convergence of Adamic and Merkabah Traditions in the Christology of Hebrews by Silviu N. Bunta
The book has a greater coherence than some other edited collections, since all the chapters are linked by a particular emphasis on the question of hermeneutical method, a very important and timely subject ... a great strength of [many of the studies in this collection] is that they offer a close reading of New Testament texts employing Old Testament quotations or allusions but seek to draw out the wider hermeneutical implications of their conclusions. This approach produces some interesting new insights ... This volume contains ... individual chapters which will be of value to those interested in a particular text, but also works effectively as a whole collection to engage the reader with the significant and topical question of the methodologies which can be applied to illuminate the New Testament use of scripture.

The Expository Times

The essays demonstrate the continuing vibrancy of the topic, with the use of new methods ... , new proposals ... , older methods used on new topics ... , and re-evaluation of older hypotheses ... In my judgement, [readers] will not be disappointed.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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Dr. Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas.

Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.

Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.

Jeremiah J. Johnston is associate professor of Early Christianity at Houston Baptist University, USA.


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