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Fortress Press Biblical Studies Collection (7 vols.)


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The Fortress Press Biblical Studies Collection combines several disciplines providing a wide range of viewpoints and topics. Exploring the entire Bible, these volumes are a valuable resource for studying interpretation, methodology, anthropology, and preaching.

Mark and Method and Reconstructing Old Testament Theology examine approaches to Old and New Testament interpretation while providing a compelling vision for the future of each. Naming the Powers, Divine Disclosure, From Joshua to Caiaphas, and A Biblical Theology of Exile each contribute scholarly insights into significant theological topics and their implications for the rest of the canon.

Preaching from the Old Testament helps readers engage with and communicate the text in order to connect the message of the Old Testament to the church today.

Key Features

  • Address the use of critical methods in biblical studies
  • Examines the biblical use of “principalities and powers”
  • Explores themes of exile, high priests, and apocalyptic literature

Product Details

  • Title: Fortress Press Biblical Studies Collection (7 vols.)
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,200

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A Biblical Theology of Exile

  • Author: Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
  • Series: Overtures to Biblical Theology
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 224

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The Christian church continues to seek ethical and spiritual models from the period of Israel’s monarchy and has avoided the gravity of the Babylonian exile. Against this tradition, the author argues that the period of focus for the canonical construction of biblical thought is precisely the exile. Here the voices of dissent arose and articulated words of truth in the context of failed power.

Daniel Smith-Christopher is currently a Professor of Religion (Biblical Studies) at the Bluffton College of Ohio. He earned his D.Phil. in 1986 from Oxford University in England and his M.Div. in 1981 from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart, Indiana.

Divine Disclosure: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic

  • Author: D. S. Russell
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 186

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The study of apocalyptic has been David Russell’s life-work, and over the years, with the discovery of new material and ongoing study, he has reassessed his earlier interpretation in a number of respects. This new book, written with all the freshness that made his Between the Testaments a classic which is still widely read today, provides a short but comprehensive guide to the latest state of research into apocalyptic. After identifying and redefining the literature, Dr. Russell examines the birth and growth of apocalyptic and investigates the reasons for its popularity. He then goes on to consider particular apocalyptic groups and apocalyptic books, the idea of revelation, and the main ideas of apocalyptic. The book ends with a Christian perspective and a discussion of the significance of apocalyptic for today.

D. S. Russell was formerly General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile

  • Author: James C. VanderKam
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 568

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Beginning late in the Old Testament period and continuing for the next six hundred years, the Jewish high priests were often the most important members of Jewish society. They not only possessed religious authority but also exercised political control. This book gathers and assesses the surviving evidence about each of the fifty-one men who served as high priest from about 515 BCE until approximately 70 CE when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.

James VanderKam has written the first complete history of the high priests in the Second Temple period. Like all VanderKam’s work, this is marked by clarity of style, thoroughness of coverage and sound judgment. An indispensable reference work for the study of Second Temple Judaism.

—John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School

James C. VanderKam is John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. He has edited twelve volumes in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert and is a member of the editorial committee for the remaining unpublished Dead Sea scrolls. He is one of the two editors in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2000) and author of the prize-winning The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994), From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature (2000), An Introduction to Early Judaism (2001), The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002), and From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile (Fortress Press, 2004). Prof. VanderKam is the editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.

Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies, Second Edition

  • Editors: Janice Capel Anderson and Stephen D. Moore
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 300

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Since its publication by Fortress Press in 1992, Mark and Method has been an invaluable resource for the study of Mark, and of the range of methods used in interpreting the New Testament. This second edition offers a new introduction and chapters brought up to date with the latest developments in interpretation, including new chapters on Cultural Studies and Post-Colonial Criticism.

The contributors include: Janice Capel Anderson, Stephen D. Moore, Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Robert M. Fowler, David Rhoads, Tat-Siong Benny Liew, and Abraham Smith.

Janice Capel Anderson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

Stephen D. Moore is Professor of New Testament at the Theological School at Drew University and author of Poststructuralism and the New Testament (1994).

Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament

  • Author: Walter Wink
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 198

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The reader of this work will search in vain for a definition of power. It is one of those words that everyone understands perfectly well until asked to define it. Our use of the term ‘power’ is laden with assumptions drawn from the contemporary materialistic worldview. Whereas the ancients always understood power as the confluence of both spiritual and material factors, we tend to see it as primarily material. We do not think in terms of spirits, ghosts, demons, or gods as the effective agents of powerful effects in the world.

Thus a gulf has been fixed between us and the biblical writers. We use the same words but project them into a wholly different world of meanings. What they meant by power and what we mean are incommensurate. If our goal is to understand the New Testament’s conception of the Powers, we cannot do so simply by applying our own modern sociological categories of power. We must instead attend carefully and try to grasp what the people of that time might have meant by power, within the linguistic field of their own worldview and mythic systems.

I will argue that the “principalities and powers” are the inner and outer aspects of any given manifestation of power. As the inner aspect they are the spirituality of institutions, the “within” of corporate structures and systems, the inner essence of outer organizations of power. As the outer aspect they are political systems, appointed officials, the “chair” of an organization, laws—in short, all the tangible manifestations which power takes. This hypothesis, it seems to me, makes sense of the fluid way the New Testament writers and their contemporaries spoke of the Powers, now as if they were these centurions or that priestly hierarchy, and then, with no warning, as if they were some kind of spiritual entities in the heavenly places.

The pages of this book represent the quest of a man intent on discerning the nature of structural evil in light of the biblical evidence. His experience of living for a time in Latin American and witnessing extensive social and political oppression appears to have moved him profoundly. The end result is a book that is a model of the attempt to integrate scholarship with faith.

—Clinton E. Arnold, Catalyst

Walter Wink was Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. Previously, he was a parish minister and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 1989–90 he was a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

Walter Wink was author of The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man (Fortress Press, 2001) and the award-winning Fortress Press books: Naming the Powers (1982), Unmasking the Powers (1986), Engaging the Powers (1992), and When the Powers Fall (1998). He was also the editor of Homosexuality and Christian Faith (Fortress Press, 1999).

Preaching from the Old Testament

  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Series: Working Preacher Books
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 250

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In this new volume, prolific scholar Walter Brueggemann seeks to show Christian preachers how to consider the faith witnessed in several Old Testament traditions and to help them discover rich and suggestive connections to our contemporary faith challenges. The author also assumes that a wholesale sustained engagement with the Old Testament is worth the effort for the preacher. He recognizes what he calls the “sorry state” of Old Testament texts in the Revised Common Lectionary, which he claims often constitute a major disservice for the church and its preachers. The lectionary gerrymanders the Old Testament to make it serve other claims, most of the time not allowing it to have its own evangelical say. Brueggemann hopes that his exposition in this volume will evoke and energize fresh homiletical attention to the Old Testament, precisely because he believes the urgent work of the gospel in our society requires attentive listening to these ancient voices of bold insistent faith.

I read Walter Brueggemann and it makes me want to preach. If a text feels lifeless or heavy in my hands, I hear his scratchy, adamant voice and I listen anew for the voice of God. I defy you to read these words and not long to love God and God’s people and God’s world more profoundly.

—Jason Byassee, Vancouner School of Theology

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books including, from Fortress Press, The Prophetic Imagination, rev. ed. (2001); The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word (2007); and Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah (2006).

Reconstructing Old Testament Theology: After the Collapse of History, Second Edition

  • Author: Leo G. Perdue
  • Editor: Walter Brueggemann
  • Series: Overtures to Biblical Theology
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 416

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In this informative and keen look at contemporary trends in Old Testament theology, Perdue builds on his earlier volume The Collapse of History (1994). He investigates how a variety of perspectives and methodologies have impacted how the Old Testament is read in the twenty-first century including: literary criticism; rhetorical criticism, feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies, liberation theology; Jewish theology; postmodernism; and postcolonialism.

Perdue provides a sensitive reading of the aims of these approaches as well as providing critique and setting them in their various cultural contexts. In his conclusion, the author provides a look at the future and how these various voices and approaches will continue to impact how we carry out Old Testament theology.

Our common debt to Perdue for this book is very great. His close attention to detail, matched with a capacity to see the larger picture, means that he has in an inventive way formulated something of a ‘canonical’ account of current scholarship.... Perdue has made clear that every scholarly attempt now must take into account voices other than one’s own. The point of that awareness is that every interpretive offer is kept open as penultimate, an important awareness in our culture where interpretation too much takes on the shrill tone of absoluteness.

—Walter Brueggemann

Leo G. Perdue is Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. He is the author of several monographs and commentaries on the Old Testament.


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