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The Wipf & Stock Systematic Studies Collection brings together theological studies in time, the attributes of God, sin, perseverance, eschatology, atonement, and apocalyptic literature. Practical topics covered include marriage, missions, healing, and the priesthood of all believers. A wide variety of perspectives and themes are explored in the study of Old and New Testaments.

All the volumes in this collection are featured in the Lexham Systematic Theology Ontology.

The Lexham Systematic Theology Ontology serves as an index to your systematic theologies. The LSTO includes tags and annotations for relevant passages on any given theological topic, helping you search and find the information you need quickly.

Key Features

  • Explores themes of eschatology, atonement, and sin
  • Examines mission, marriage, and the priesthood of all believers
  • Includes titles featured in the Lexham Systematic Theology Ontology

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  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 11
  • Pages: 3,512
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In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Christ and Time, 3rd Edition: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time and History

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The object of the present work is to determine what is central in the Christian proclamation. We are tempted to represent as the ‘kernel’ or ‘essence’ of this proclamation that which appeals to us personally, and to consider as external and dispensable ‘framework’ that which is strange to us. It is due to the richness of the Christian message that the question as to the central element from which all the other features are to be explained arises at all, and the endeavor to determine this central element must be designated the one great task of New Testament scholarship, and perhaps of all Christian theology.

Dr. Oscar Cullmann (1902–1999) was born in Strasbourg—then in Germany—where he studied classical philology and theology. From then on, he held a variety of teaching positions involving history and theology. He is best known for his extensive work in the ecumenical movement and can be partially credited for establishing a dialogue between the Lutheran and Roman Catholic traditions.

God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness

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The doctrine of divine simplicity has long played a crucial role in Western Christianity’s understanding of God. It claimed that by denying that God is composed of parts Christians are able to account for his absolute self-sufficiency and his ultimate sufficiency as the absolute Creator of the world. If God were a composite being then something other than the Godhead itself would be required to explain or account for God. If this were the case then God would not be most absolute and would not be able to adequately know or account for himself without reference to something other than himself. This book develops these arguments by examining the implications of divine simplicity for God’s existence, attributes, knowledge, and will. Along the way there is extensive interaction with older writers, such as Thomas Aquinas and the Reformed scholastics, as well as more recent philosophers and theologians. An attempt is made to answer some of the currently popular criticisms of divine simplicity and to reassert the vital importance of continuing to confess that God is without parts, even in the modern philosophical-theological milieu.

The book represents the most thorough and up-to-date explication and defense of the doctrine of divine simplicity from within the Protestant tradition. Dolezal has given us a fine example of Reformed philosophical theology: historically informed, confessionally observant, ecumenically oriented, and analytically rigorous.

—Themelios

James E. Dolezal is a Research Fellow at the Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Healing Touch and Saving Word: Sacraments of Healing, Instruments of Grace

  • Author: Linda M. Malia
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 276

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If life is a journey, what happens when our way is obstructed by sickness or failing health? In Healing Touch and Saving Word, Linda Malia draws upon the rich theology of the Anglican tradition personified in the Episcopal Church’s sacramental liturgies of healing. In easy-to-understand language, Healing Touch examines the theological foundations of the Episcopal Church’s healing liturgies, from the first Book of Common Prayer to the most recent sacramental rites. Probing the dynamics of symbol and ritual, the complex relationship of sin and sickness, and the spiritual and psychological impact of every serious illness, the book explores the power of these graced encounters in enabling the faithful to draw new hope and renewed purpose out of the chaos and turmoil of illness and debility. Individuals struggling with life-changing illness and those who care for them—clergy and laity alike—are sure to find Healing Touch a helpful and thought-provoking resource.

The rescue of unction from last rites to a central feature of restored rites of healing has been one of the most pastorally significant results of the liturgical renewal movement in several denominations. Malia has done a brilliant job tracing these developments on liturgical life and its pastoral consequences. This is a must-read for scholars, pastors, and laity involved in healing ministry.

—Robert D. Hughes III, Emeritus Professor, Sewanee: The University of the South

Linda Malia is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York who serves two historic parishes of South Buffalo. From 2000 to 2006 she authored Spiritually Speaking, a monthly column on spirituality, for Church Acts, the official diocesan publication, for which she received a Polly Bond Award and an Honorable Mention from the Episcopal Communicators. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Toronto Theological Review and the Anglican Theological Review.

Kept by the Power of God: A Study of Perseverance and Falling Away

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This is a very controversial subject which disturbs many people. If you do get disturbed it will be because of the emotion usually surrounding the subject of “eternal security.” If you get upset it will NOT be caused by the manner in which Dr. Marshall has presented the subject. It is the contention of the author that there is biblical truth in both the Calvinistic and the Arminian position concerning this volatile subject, and that each camp should candidly recognize the value of the other’s positions. John Wesley once wrote, “The truth of the Gospel is within a hairsbreadth of Calvinism.” Quite a concession for the chief spokesman of Arminianism! Dr. I. Howard Marshall echoes the contention of Wesley, and then goes even beyond it. “The full Arminian position is as much open to error as is extreme Calvinism. My aim is to reach beyond the Calvinist-Arminian controversy to a position which is biblical.

I. Howard Marshall is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he has taught since 1964. He is also president of the British New Testament Society, member of the Committee on Bible Translation, and chair of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research. Marshall’s teaching that salvation can be lost was instrumental in Clark Pinnock’s departure from Calvinism. His other books include I Believe in the Historical Jesus, Jesus the Savior, and New Testament Interpretation.

Last Days Handbook: Revised and Updated

  • Author: Robert P. Lightner
  • Edition: Revised and Updated
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 252

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Our entering the new millennium has heightened interest in what the Bible says about the end times, but where can you go to sort out the different ways Christians understand Bible prophecy? The Last Days Handbook is your one-stop guide to understanding the main views evangelical Christians hold about the end times—and how their different methods of biblical interpretation affect their view of prophecies yet to be fulfilled. You will be accurately informed as you decide which views are most convincing, and you will be prepared to study Bible prophecy more effectively. Most importantly, you will better understand Christians who hold different prophetic views. Now updated and expanded, this classic overview of the different views of end-times Bible prophecy features:

  • answers to 50 Frequently Asked Questions about end-times Bible prophecy
  • surveys and comparisons of the major evangelical views concerning the rapture and the millennium
  • illustrated charts and tables, making the information more accessible than ever
  • a glossary to introduce you to specialized terms
  • easy-to-use subject and Scripture indexes to find key information quickly

A detailed, up-to-date, and mature treatment of prophecy....an accurate and compelling presentation.

—John F. Walvoord

Robert P. Lightner (Th.B., Baptist Bible Seminary; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.L.A., Souther Methodist University) is Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus at DTS. He has taught courses in biblical studies and theology at Baptist Bible Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary for almost 50 years.

Marriage As a Covenant: Biblical Law and Ethics As Developed from Malachi

  • Author: Gordon Hugenberger
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 436

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Marriage as a Covenant is part of the Biblical Studies Library, which features North American paperback editions of original monographs of proven academic merit. These works model sound exegesis and theology and make a significant contribution to biblical scholarship.

A very substantial study that deserves careful attention both from students of biblical theology and from social historians of ancient Israel.

—John J. Collins, Journal of Biblical Literature

Gordon P. Hugenberger PhD, is senior minister of Park Street Church, Boston. He also teaches Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Mission in the Early Church: Themes and Reflections

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How did Christian missions happen in the early church from AD 100 to 750? Beginning with a brief look at the social, political, cultural, and religious contexts, Mission in the Early Church tells the story of early Christian missionaries, their methods, and their missiology. This book explores some of the most prominent themes of mission in early Christianity, including suffering, evangelism, Bible translation, contextualization, ministry in Word and deed, and the church. Based on this survey, modern readers are invited to a conversation that considers how early Christian mission might inform global mission thought and practice today.

Smither in Mission in the Early Church has filled an important gap in historical mission studies by surveying the vibrant mission practice of the early church. Smither’s insights into the way the whole church was mobilized for mission has profound implications for us today. The sheer variety of how this mighty stream of lay witnesses bore witness to Christ is nothing short of breathtaking! It’s an enjoyable and informative journey--I recommend it.

—Timothy C. Tennent, Professor of World Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky

Edward L. Smither is Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of Augustine as Mentor (2008) and Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World (Cascade Books, 2012).

Reconciliation and Hope: New Testament Essays on Atonement and Eschatology

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Throughout his long and distinguished career in New Testament studies, Leon Morris has devoted considerable attention to the themes of atonement and eschatology. the nineteen essays included in this volume pay fitting tribute to Dr. Morris by reflecting and expanding on these important elements of the Christian Faith.

Contributing to Reconciliation and Hope are leading evangelical biblical scholars from around the world: Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. An Appreciation by David A. Hubbard and a select bibliography of Morris’ publications complete the volume.

Robert Banks is currently the Dean and Director of the Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, Ltd. , Australia. Prior to 1999, he served as the executive director of the DePree Leadership Center and Homer L. Goddard Professor of the Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary. His books include Paul’s Idea of Community and Redeeming the Routines.

The Open Heaven: A Study of Apocalyptic in Judaism and Early Christianity

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The Open Heaven offers a comprehensive discussion of Jewish apocalyptic literature and themes in the Second Temple period and in early Christianity. In it there is a sustained challenge to the widespread view that apocalypticism is a form of eschatology, and, it has been widely recognised as a significant contribution to the discussion of apcocalypticism in religion since it was first published twenty years ago.

By concentrating on the revelatory character of apocalyptic texts rather than their diverse contents the author suggests that it is this aspect of the literature which best enables us to understand their distinctive religion. The book offers a sustained argument for the iew that apocalyptic literature is primarily about the disclosure of heavenly wisdom which offers recipients an understanding of life in the present. He also suggests that there ma be some evidence to support the view that apocalypses include reports of visionary experience. The approach to apocalypticism in early Christianity stresses the importance of the visionary element as a decisive element in the history of Christa origins.

A ground breaker . . . makes fascinating reading.

—Ralph P. Martin

Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland’s Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Queen’s College and has written widely on apocalyptic traditions in Christianity.

The Priesthood of All Believers and the Missio Dei: A Canonical, Catholic, and Contextual Perspective

  • Author: Henry Joseph Voss
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 344

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The priesthood of all believers is a pillar undergirding Protestant ecclesiology. Yet the doctrine has often been used to serve diverse agendas. This book examines the doctrine’s canonical, catholic, and contextual dimensions. It first identifies the priesthood of all believers as a canonical doctrine based upon the royal priesthood of Christ and closely related to the believer’s eschatological temple-service and offering of spiritual sacrifices (chapters 1-3). It secondly describes its catholic development by examining three paradigmatic shifts, shifts especially associated with Christendom (chapters 4-6) and a suppression of the doctrine’s missional component. Finally, the book argues that a Christian doctrine of the priesthood of all believers should be developed with a Christocentric-Trinitarian understanding of the missio Dei. This suggests there are especially appropriate ways for the royal priesthood to relate to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. A canonically and catholically informed priesthood of all believers leads contextually to particular ecclesial practices. These seven practices are 1) Baptism as public ordination to the royal priesthood; 2) Prayer; 3) Lectio Divina; 4) Ministry; 5) Church Discipline; 6) Proclamation; and 7) the Lord’s Supper as the renewal of the royal priesthood.

Through union with Christ, all believers are ordained to his royal priesthood to serve in the eschatological temple and offer spiritual sacrifices. Hank Voss does a masterful job of presenting and defending this doctrine through careful exegesis of the biblical texts, setting ‘priesthood’ in the larger context of biblical theology, and showing how the priesthood of all believers has been understood, misunderstood, and often neglected in the history of the church. The implications of this study are profound for the life of the community of God’s people. All pastors and church leaders should read this book as a lens to help reevaluate how they do ministry.

—Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Hank Voss (PhD, Wheaton College) is national director of church planting at World Impact and senior national staff with The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI). He is the co-author of Representing Christ: A Vision for the Priesthood of All Believers. His ministry experience includes fifteen years in urban ministry and contextualized theological education. Voss is married to Johanna and they have four children.

Where Sin Abounds: The Spread of Sin and the Curse in Genesis with Special Focus on the Patriarchal Narratives

  • Author: Robert R. Gonzales, Jr.
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 310

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Nearly all scholars divide Genesis into primeval and patriarchal history, though they debate the precise point of division. One reason advanced to justify the division is a thematic shift. In primeval history, the narrator focuses on the origin and spread of sin, as well as God’s consequent curse and judgment on humanity. In patriarchal history, however, the spread of sin theme falls off the radar of most scholars. But these analyses of the primeval and patriarchal narratives are simplistic and inaccurate. In fact, the theme of human sin and the divine curse not only serve as the main themes of the Fall narrative, but they also continue to function as major themes in both the primeval and patriarchal narratives that follow. More particularly, human sin appears to increase at both individual and societal levels. Moreover, just as the primordial sin threatened to derail the advance of God’s kingdom and fulfillment of the creation mandate, so the spread of human sin in postlapsarian history threatens to thwart God’s redemptive plan, which consists in the restoration of his original creational intentions for divine and human eschatological fullness. This proves true even in the patriarchal narratives where the sins of God’s chosen often threaten the very promise intended for their ultimate good. These facts, which the author attempts to demonstrate in the monograph, not only have important ramifications for the unity of the Genesis corpus, but they also have important implications for the doctrines of sin, justification, and sanctification.

Although my library shelf holds many commentaries on Genesis, I eagerly anticipate turning again and again to Where Sin Abounds by Robert R. Gonzales Jr. In a fresh, comprehensive, and detailed theological exegesis, Gonzales empowers the patriarchal narrative, as well as the so-called primeval history, to express the spread of sin, its varied nature, and the divinely imposed consequences. Here is a monograph that the contemporary evangelical church, corrupted by the Marcionite heresy, needs desperately to hear.

—Bruce Waltke, Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

Robert R. Gonzales Jr. is Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament Studies for Reformed Baptist Seminary. He is an Associate Editor of and contributor to the Reformed Baptist Theological Review (RBTR). He resides with his wife Becky and their five children in Greenville, South Carolina, where he also serves as a pastor at Covenant Reformed Baptist Church.

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