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Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church (10 vols.)
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Overview

The Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church collection assembles some of the most engaging texts from the Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft series. The BZNW is one of the oldest and most highly regarded international scholarly book series in the field of New Testament studies. Since 1923, it has been a forum for seminal works focusing on early Christianity and related fields. The series is grounded in a historical-critical approach and explores new methodological approaches that advance our understanding of the New Testament and its world. This collection of volumes includes both German and English texts and presents a variety of scholarly voices, exploring a thought-provoking array of topics in New Testament studies. These texts shed fresh light on issues such as: methodological considerations to studying the historical Jesus, the development of Jesus’ identity as Lord in the Gospel of Luke, the both unified and diverse aspects of Scripture, Matthew’s use of Zechariah texts and traditions in his Gospel, and much more.

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Key Features

  • Provides a fresh selection of texts from the highly respected book series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Discusses methodological considerations in the field of New Testament studies
  • Compiles rigorous academic explorations of a wide range of provoking questions

Individual Titles

Der historische Jesus: Tendenzen und Perspektiven der gegenwärtigen Forschung

  • Editors: Jens Schröter and Ralph Brucker
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 472

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This volume presents papers by European and American scholars on a question which is perennially the subject of intense discussion: the historical Jesus. One main problem that arises in the debate is methodology—how can history be constructed from texts? And how is it possible to draw a picture of the figure of Jesus from the texts about him? In Der historische Jesus, this question is placed within the wider context of epistemological and historiographical inquiry.

Contents

  • “Der historische Jesus: Bendenken zur gegenwärtigen Diskussion aus der Perspektive mittelalterlicher, moderner und postmoderner Hermeneutik” by Werner J. Kelber
  • “Erzählung und Ereignis: Über den Spielraum historischer Repräsentation” by Michael Moxter
  • “Der unähnliche Jesus: Eine kritische Evaluierung der Entstehung des Differenzkriteriums und seiner geschichts- und erkenntnistheoretischen Voraussetzungen” by David S. du Toit
  • “‘All that Glisten Is not Gold’: In Quest of the Right Key to Unlock the Way to the Historical Jesus” by James D. G. Dunn
  • “Vond der Historizität der Evangelien: Ein Beitrag zur gegenwärtigen Diskussion um den historischen Jesus” by Jens Schröter
  • “Q and the Historical Jesus” by Christopher M. Tuckett
  • “Assessing the Historical Value of the Apocryphal Jesus Traditions: A Critique of Conflicting Methodologies” by David E. Aune
  • “Der historische Jesus und der Christus der Evangelien” by Jörg Frey
  • “Jesus und der Nomos aus der Sicht des entstehenden Christentums: Zum Jesus-Bild im ersten Jarhundert n. Chr. und zu unserem Jesus-Bild” by Hermut Löhr
  • “‘Gericht’ und ‘Heil’ bei Jesus von Nazareth und Johannes dem Täufer: Semantische und pragmatische Beobachtungen” by Michael Wolter
  • “Stilistische und rhetorische Eigentümlichkeiten der ältesten Jesustradition” by Petr Pokorný
  • “Warum zog Jesus nach Jerusalem?” by Ulrich Luz
  • “Jesus als der Christus bei Paulus und Lukas: Erwägungen zum Verhältnis von Bekenntnis und historischer Erkenntnis in der neutestamentlichen Christologie” by Andreas Lindemann
Wie angelsächsische Jesusforscher die deutsche Exegese beleben, dokumentiert der vorzügliche Sammelband.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jens Schröter is a German Protestant theologian. He is chair of theology and exegesis of the New Testament and the New Testament Apocrypha of the Theological Faculty of Humboldt University of Berlin. He has also served as professor of biblical studies at the University of Erfurt, chair of New Testament in the Department of Theology at the University of Hamburg, and visiting professor at the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Ralph Brucker earned his PhD in theology from University of Hamburg in 1996 and is now a lecturer and research assistant in the Theological Faculty.

The Unity of Scripture and the Diversity of the Canon

  • Editors: John Barton and Michael Wolter
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 306

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The volume presents the results of a joint research project run by the Universities of Bonn and Oxford regarding the diverse and unified aspects of Scripture. A robust array of scholars explore positions on the unique way that Scripture both contains striking unity and presents remarkable diversity.

Contents

  • “Unity and Diversity in the Biblical Canon” by John Barton
  • “Erstes oder Altes Testament?” by Horst Seebass
  • “Die Vielfalt der Schrift und die Einheit des Kanons” by Michael Wolter
  • “‘Criteria of Canonicity’ and the Early Church” by Morwenna Ludlow
  • “‘A Great and Meritorious Act of the Church’? The Dogmatic Location of the Canon” by John Webster
  • “The Canon as Space and Place” by Paul S. Fiddes
  • “The New Testament Canon of Scripture and Christian Identity” by Robert Morgan
  • “Der Kanonbegriff in Biblischer Theologie und evangelischer Dogmatik” by Caroline Schröder-Field
  • “Kanon und Kirche” by Gerhard Sauter
  • “Kanon, Kanon und Wiederholung, Zu Lesekanon, Singkanon und zur kanonischen Veränderung” by Günter Bader
[...] the issues that are included are discussed in a fresh and stimulating way.

Religion & Theology

In all, this is a thoughtful and thought-provoking set of explorations that should be in every graduate-level theological library.

Religious Studies Review

John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oriel College, Oxford.

Michael Wolter is professor of New Testament Studies at the Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn.

Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke

  • Author: C. Kavin Rowe
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 277

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This study is the first comprehensive analysis of Luke’s use of the Greek word kyrios, meaning Lord, despite the striking frequency with which he uses it in his Gospel. The analysis in this volume follows the use of kyrios in Luke from beginning to end in order to trace narratively the complex and deliberate development of Jesus’ identity as Lord. Detailed attention to Luke’s narrative artistry and his use of Mark’s Gospel demonstrate that Luke had a nuanced christology centered on Jesus’ identity as Lord.

Contents

  • The Coming Kyrios
    • Part 1: The Lord in the Womb
    • Part 2: Preparation for the Coming Lord
  • Mission in Galilee
  • Moving toward Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem, the Passion, and the Resurrection
  • Synthesis: Kyrios in the Gospel of Luke
  • Concluding Postscript: Situating Lukan Christology
[...] this is a significant and sophisticated study that makes an important contribution to our understanding of Luke’s Christiology.

Expository Times

It is a ‘must read’ for all Lukan scholars, very helpful for all biblical scholars, and suitable as a textbook for courses on Luke.

Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

[...] a welcome contribution to the investigation of NT theology.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

This is a clear and well-written argument, which will be read with interest by all those interested in Luke’s Christiology.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Das durch Bibliographie und Register gut erschlossene Buch ist vor allem dem exegetischen Fachpublikum wärmstens zu empfehlen.

Bibel und Kirche

C. Kavin Rowe is associate professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and Regional Scholar for the Society of Biblical Literature. Rowe is the author of Early Narrative Christology and World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age.

Matthew’s Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of “The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”

  • Author: Joel Willitts
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 270

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In two places in the first Gospel (Matt 10:5b-6; 15:24) the Messianic mission of Jesus and his disciples is limited to a group called “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” In light of Matthew’s intense interest in Jesus’ Davidic lineage and the Jewish shepherd-king traditions surrounding King David, Willitts argues the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” refers to remnants of the former northern kingdom of Israel who continued to reside in the northern region of the ideal Land of Israel.

Contents

  • Part One
    • Introduction: The Messianic Shepherd-King in Ancient Judaism
    • The Davidic Shepherd-King and His Flock
  • Part Two
    • Introduction: The Messianic Shepherd-King in the Gospel of Matthew
    • Jesus the Shepherd-King of Israel (Matthew 2:6)
    • Sheep without a Shepherd-King (Matthew 9: 36)
    • The Struck Shepherd-King and the Refined Flock (Matthew 26:31)
    • The Messianic Shepherd-King and the Land-Kingdom Motif: Matthew’s Hope for Territorial Restoration
    • Conclusion: The Messianic Shepherd-King in the Gospel of Matthew

Joel Willitts is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his PhD at Cambridge University, as well as Master’s Degrees in philosophy at Cambridge, and in theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Focusing on Paul: Persuasion and Theological Design in Romans and Galatians

  • Author: Andrie du Toit
  • Editors: Cilliers Breytenbach and David S. du Toit
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 443

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In the 1970s the demise of traditional New Testament research paradigms became imminent due to serious epistemological flaws. A new generation of scholars started the search for a fresh approach based on scientifically sound principles. Working within the stimulating atmosphere of the New Testament Society of South Africa, du Toit was one of the pioneers in developing a new, multi-dimensional research approach for New Testament studies. The articles in this volume, written over a period of 25 years, reflect part of this journey as viewed from a Pauline perspective. Combining the positive aspects of the traditional biblical research paradigms with the important insights of modern linguistics, literary science, semantics, and pragmatics, particularly rhetoric, the author investigates the convergence of various influences in Paul’s pre-Christian career. He proposes new possibilities of understanding Paul’s language and style, such as hyperbolic contrasts, typical of his Semitic background. Various aspects of his strategies of persuasion are investigated, such as creating an ethos, vilification, alienation, and re-identification.

The majority of articles concentrate on central elements in Pauline theology as portrayed in Romans: belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the centrality of grace, the in Christ and related formulae, faith and obedience, justification, Christian identity, and ethics and ethos.

Contents

  • On Paul’s Life, Style and Theology
  • On Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
  • On Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Andrie du Toit studied biblical languages and theology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He became professor for New Testament at the University of Pretoria in 1971 and supervised 21 doctoral dissertations of South African New Testament scholars.

Cilliers Breytenbach, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

David S. du Toit, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

The Zechariah Tradition and the Gospel of Matthew

  • Author: Charlene McAfee Moss
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 271

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The Zechariah Tradition and the Gospel of Matthew is a comprehensive study of the ways Matthew utilizes Zechariah texts and traditions. Matthew’s explicit citations of Zechariah are examined against the background of materials from Qumran and apocryphal and deuterocanonical writings. In this volume the author also examines how Zechariah traditions appear in Matthew’s distinctive materials, as well as in texts Matthew has transmitted or altered from Mark and Q. Moss works through the canonical order of Matthew, enabling readers to appreciate the cumulative effect of Zechariah’s influence at each stage of the Gospel story. Additionally, two appendices, one arranged according to Zechariah and the other to Matthew, list possible references to Zechariah in Matthew. This monograph is useful for Matthean studies, and it is an insightful investigation of how one set of Old Testament traditions are appropriated in one canonical Gospel and in the New Testament.

Contents:

  • Introduction: Matthew’s Use of Scripture Traditions
  • Jesus, the Newborn King—Davidic Branch, Savior, Emmanuel, Nazarene
  • Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee—The Healing Shepherd
  • Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem—The Humble Messianic King
  • Jesus in the Temple—The Prophet from Nazareth in Galilee
  • Jesus and Zechariah—The Blood of Zechariah, Son of Barachiah, in the Temple
  • Jesus, the Son of Man—The Matthean Apocalypse
  • Jesus’ Blood of the Covenant—Forgiveness of Sins
  • Jesus, the Stricken Shepherd—The Prophecy Fulfilled
  • Jesus and the Price of His Betrayal—Judas Sells the Shepherd for Thirty Pieces of Silver
  • Jesus and the Temple Charge—Rebuilding the Temple
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion—The Eschatological Signs
  • Jesus on the Mount of Olives—The Shepherd King
  • Conclusion: Matthew’s Use of Zechariah
Her painstaking and insightful analysis yields a stimulating and coherent interpretation which merits reflective consideration.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Charlene McAfee Moss, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio.

Revealing the Mysterion: The Use of Mystery in Daniel and Second Temple Judaism with Its Bearing on First Corinthians

  • Author: Benjamin L. Gladd
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 352

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Scholars largely agree that the NT term mysterion is a terminus technicus, originating from Daniel. This project traces the word in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other sectors of Judaism. Like Daniel, the term consistently retains eschatological connotations. This text also examines how mystery functions within 1 Corinthians and seeks to explain why the term is often employed concerning the Messiah reigning in the midst of defeat, eschatological revelations and tongues, charismatic exegesis, and the transformation of believers into the image of the last Adam.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Use of Mystery in Daniel
  • The Use of Mystery in Second Temple Judaism
  • The Use of Mystery in 1 Corinthians 1–2
  • The Use of Mystery in 1 Corinthians 4:1
  • The Use of Mystery in 1 Corinthians 13:2 and 14:2
  • The Use of Mystery in 1 Corinthians 15:51
  • Summary and Ramifications
The book is a good example of the continued usefulness of intertextuality and will be a fine addition to any theological library.

Religious Studies Review

Benjamin L. Gladd earned his PhD in New Testament from Wheaton College in 2008. He is now assistant professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

She Must and Shall Go Free: Paul’s Isaianic Gospel in Galatians

  • Author: Matthew S. Harmon
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 330

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Scholars have long recognized the importance of Paul’s citations from the Pentateuch for understanding the argument of Galatians. But what has not been fully appreciated is the key role that Isaiah plays in shaping what Paul says and how he says it, even though he cites Isaiah explicitly only once—Isaiah 54:1 in Galatians 4:27. Using an intertextual approach to trace subtle appropriations of Scripture—i.e. allusions, echoes and thematic parallels—Harmon argues that Isaiah 49–54 in particular has shaped the structure of Paul’s argument and the content of his theological reflection in Galatians. Each example of Isaianic influence is situated within its original context, as well as its new context in Galatians. Harmon also examines how those same Isaianic texts were interpreted in Second Temple Judaism, providing the larger interpretive context within which Paul read Scripture. In this rich text, Harmon sheds fresh light on Paul’s self-understanding as an apostle to the Gentiles, the content of his gospel message, his reading of the Abraham story, and the larger structure of Galatians.

Contents:

  • Isaiah and Galatians: An Intertextual Matrix
  • Singing the Servant’s Song in Galatians 1–2: Paul’s Apostolic Ministry Fulfills the Servant’s Mission in Isaiah 49 and 53
  • Reading the Servant’s Redemption in Galatians 3–4: Paul’s Interpretation of the Servant’s Salvation in Isaiah 51–54
  • Freeing the Servant’s Family in Galatians 5–6: Paul’s “Isaianic” Explanation of the Freedom of the Servant’s Family
  • Paul’s Isaianic Gospel in Galatians: A Synthesis and Conclusion

Matthew S. Harmon is professor of New Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana.

Worship that Makes Sense to Paul: A New Approach to the Theology and Ethics of Paul’s Cultic Metaphors

  • Author: Nijay K. Gupta
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 263

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This book examines Paul’s use of temple, priesthood, and sacrificial metaphors from a cognitive and socio-literary perspective. The final conclusion of a number of scholars in this area is that Paul’s cultic metaphors have the theological and rhetorical purpose of encouraging community formation and moral living. Such evaluations, however, often take place without paying sufficient attention to the complexity of Paul’s cultic imagery or giving enough methodological consideration to what metaphors are and how they are used in thinking and communicating.

Utilizing the tools and insights of conceptual metaphor theory, this study seeks to approach the topic afresh by attending to how metaphors constitute a necessary platform of cognition and as such possess world-constructing and perception-transforming utility. This study builds support for the position that, by anchoring his converts’ new experiences in Christ to the world of ancient cult, and its familiar set of terms and concepts, Paul was attempting to re-describe reality and develop a like-minded community of faith by articulating logikē latreia, or “worship that makes sense.”

Contents

  • Issues and Approaches
    • The Theology of Paul’s Cultic Metaphors: A History of Research
    • Methodology and Terminology
  • Exegesis of Cultic Metaphors
    • 1 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians
    • 2 Corinthians
    • Romans
    • Philippians
  • Synthesis of Key Correlations
    • New Life and Service to God
    • From Body of Death to Temple of Life
    • Transformed Perception
    • Metaphor, Cult, and Identity: Exploring Coherence
    • Conclusion and Final Reflections

Nijay K. Gupta earned his PhD in New Testament from the University of Durham and is now assistant professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.

The Obedient Son: Deuteronomy and Christology in the Gospel of Matthew

  • Author: Brandon D. Crowe
  • Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 284

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It is often observed that Jesus’ filial obedience is an important Matthean theme. In this work Crowe argues that the articulation of Jesus as Son of God in Matthew is significantly influenced by the Deuteronomic concept of filial obedience.

After noting the complexities of Matthew’s use of Scripture—including the subtle ways he engages texts—Crowe considers Deuteronomy’s pervasive influence in ancient Judaism and Christianity. He argues that the requirement of Israel’s covenantal obedience as God’s children is a major concern in Deuteronomy, as well as in other Jewish and Christian texts that appear to echo Deuteronomy. Crowe goes on to argue that the necessity of Israel’s obedient sonship is an important part of Matthew’s interpretive milieu that derives ultimately from Deuteronomy, and our understanding of Matthean Christology is greatly enhanced when viewed in this context. This study may further help readers understand why Matthew’s concern with filial obedience applies not only to Jesus uniquely, but also to the early Christian community.

Brandon D. Crowe earned his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. He is now assistant professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • Title: Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 3,268