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What Are They Saying About... Series (18 vols.)
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Overview

The What Are They Saying About... Series surveys recent scholarship (from the 1960s onward)—about specific biblical books or themes. Respected authors and theologians such as Mark Allan Powell, Daniel J. Harrington, Donald Senior and Warren Carter present studies on issues ranging from the authorship and date of the biblical texts to Catholic teaching on environmental theology, the nature of the Trinity, liberation and feminist theologies, and the historical Jesus.

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Key Features

  • Offers contemporary perspectives on biblical studies
  • Discusses recent developments in Catholic teaching and theology
  • Deepens your understanding of the Catholic perspective on a variety of Bible-related topics

Product Details

Individual Titles

What Are They Saying about Acts

  • Author: Mark Allan Powell
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 160

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In this volume, Mark Allan Powell provides an overview of current scholarship on Acts that serves as an excellent introduction to the book. He begins with discussion on how Acts should be interpreted, its relationship to Luke’s Gospel, its literary genre, and its specific purposes. Powell looks at the composition of Acts, examines questions on authorship and sources, and finally surveys selected works written about Acts. Powell focuses on offering clear explanations of trends and representative positions held by scholars today.

Mark Allan Powell is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He is the general editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary as well as the author of numerous articles and books, including Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey.

What Are They Saying about Environmental Theology?

  • Author: John Hart
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 176

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John Hart tackles the relationship between environmentalism and faith, offering a comprehensive exposition and analysis of Catholic Church teachings on environmental themes and presenting essential elements of a holistic environmental theology that interrelates concern for creation, community, and the common good.

John Hart brings together a wide knowledge of the contemporary debate and a deep grasp of the resources of the Christian tradition. Highly recommended.

Alister McGrath, professor of historical theology, Oxford University

Unusual, and of particular significance, is Hart’s respectful attention to—and engagement with—some of the wisdom on these matters provided by various traditional and Christian Indian elders of the Americas.

—Terence R. Anderson, professor emeritus, Vancouver School of Theology

John Hart gives us here the first global account of Catholic environmentalism through the Americas—and a primer for twenty-first century eco-Catholicism!

—Otto Maduro, professor of world Christianity and Latin American Christianity, Drew University

John Hart is professor of Christian ethics at Boston University School of Theology. He has a STM, MPhil, and PhD from Union Theological Seminary. He has presented his work on social and environmental ethics all over the world. He served as a member of the Delegation of the International Indian Treaty Council to the UN International Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1987 and 1990 and participated in the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992. He has authored and contributed to several books, including The Spirit of the Earth—A Theology of the Land and Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics.

What Are They Saying about John?

  • Author: Gerard Stephen Sloyan
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 176

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This volume is a review of contemporary scholarly writing on John by Fr. Gerard Stephen Sloyan. Reviewing works on John written from 1970 to 2006, Sloyan covers landmark commentaries, a discussion of sources, John as religious literature, and treatments of Johannine themes. The volumes include useful supplemental material; author, subject, and Scripture indexes; and suggestions for further reading.

Gerard Stephen Sloyan is a Roman Catholic priest and professor emeritus of religion at Temple University and a lecturer at the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University. He is the author of Jesus on Trial: A Study of the Gospels and John: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.

What Are They Saying about Luke?

  • Author: Mark Allan Powell
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 160

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This volume is an excellent introduction to recent Lucan scholarship. Mark Allan Powell offers a concise summary of the major positions of more than 40 scholars. He also identifies significant trends in the study of Luke.

Mark Allan Powell is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He is the general editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary as well as the author of numerous articles and books, including Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey.

What Are They Saying about Mark?

  • Author: Daniel J. Harrington
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 112

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Daniel J. Harrington surveys the scholarship on Mark’s Gospel from 1985 onward. He puts particular emphasis on the new methods of interpretation for which Mark has often served as a testing ground.

Daniel J. Harrington (1940–2014) served as professor of New Testament and chair of the biblical studies department at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was a member of the Society for Jesus and editor of New Testament Abstracts. He wrote several books, including Invitation to the Apocrypha.

What Are They Saying about Matthew?

  • Author: Donald Senior
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 144

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This revised and expanded edition of What Are They Saying about Matthew? offers a survey of current scholarship on Matthew by noted Bible scholar Donald Senior. He discusses the setting of Matthew’s Gospel, as well as its sources and structure. Senior also reviews Matthew’s Christology, use of the Old Testament, view of salvation history, attitude to the Law, and perspective on discipleship and church.

Donald Senior holds a licentiate in theology and a doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He has pursued further graduate studies at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Harvard University. A frequent lecturer across the country, Fr. Senior also serves on numerous boards and commissions. He is past president of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and he was reappointed in 2006 and 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.

What Are They Saying about Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount?

  • Author: Warren Carter
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 144

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In this volume, Warren Carter reviews selected historical, source, and redaction critical studies by biblical scholars on the Sermon on the Mount—as well as the ethical reflections from the 1960s to the 1990s. He begins with the sources of the sermon, discusses its structure, and analyzes the content of the sermon and the Lord’s Prayer. Then Carter considers the ethical claims of the sermon, especially looking at issues of interpreting the sermon for contemporary faith communities.

Warren Carter is professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is an ordained minister with a PhD in New Testament studies from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.

What Are They Saying about New Testament Apocalyptic?

  • Author: Scott Lewis
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 128

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Reviewing the past and present of the apocalyptic tradition, Scott Lewis attempts to reorient apocalyptic theology from a theology of fear to one of hope.

Scott Lewis is assistant professor of New Testament at the Toronto School of Theology—Regis College.

What Are They Saying about Pastoral Epistles?

  • Author: Mark Harding
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 160

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Mark Harding provides an overview of recent trends in scholarship on the pastoral epistles. He examines their authorship, their relation to the Pauline tradition, their social and literary settings, their relationship to classical rhetoric, and their meaning today.

Mark Harding is dean of the Australian College of Theology and an honorary associate of Macquarie University.

What Are They Saying about Paul and the End Time?

  • Author: Joseph Plevnik
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 130

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Joseph Plevnik explores the realization of the ultimate salvation through the saving work of God in Christ’s death and resurrection. He presents the development of Pauline eschatological thought, along with ongoing scholarly discussions on this topic. Plevnik also provides an extended bibliography for further reading.

Joseph Plevnik is professor of New Testament studies at Regis College in Toronto, Ontario.

What Are They Saying about Paul and the Law?

  • Author: Veronica Koperski
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 160

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Veronica Koperski examines recent scholarly debate over the historical roots of Paul and the Law, including the Luther / Bultmann position on the Law and pride, the “new perspective on Paul” initiated by E. P. Sanders, and questions about justification by faith as the center of Paul’s theology.

Veronica Koperski is professor of theology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She received her MA in theology and English literature from the University of Notre Dame, and her MA in religious studies, STL, PhD, and STD from the University of Louvain in Belgium. She is also a published poet.

What Are They Saying about Q?

  • Author: Benedict Viviano
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 128

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In this book, distinguished professor and author Benedict Viviano presents a valuable survey of scholarly research on Q, a collection of 220 verses common to both Matthew and Luke. “Q” is considered to be derived from the German expression Logien-Quelle, which means “Sayings Source.” Viviano surveys its reception in Germany and the British Isles, the Catholic response, and its study in North America.

Benedict Viviano, OP, is a Roman Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. Now retired, he was a distinguished professor and New Testament scholar. He taught at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri for 12 years and the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem for 11 years. He also taught at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where he is professor emeritus, and was vice president of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in Jerusalem. He has written several books, including The Kingdom of God in History and Study as Worship: Aboth and the New Testament.

What Are They Saying about Scripture and Ethics

  • Author: William C. Spohn
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 148

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This volume traces recent developments in Christian ethics among Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians. It pays special attention to new questions in hermeneutics, spirituality, feminist, and Latin American liberation theologies.

William C. Spohn is the John Nobili, SJ Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.

What Are They Saying about the Catholic Epistles

  • Author: Philip B. Harner
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144

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This volume promotes a better understanding of the letters of James, Peter, John, and Jude—known collectively as the Catholic or General epistles—based on recent scholarship. Philip B. Harner addresses issues such as the authorship and date of the epistles, their sources and affinities, literary genre and structure, setting and purpose, and Christological and theological formulations.

Philip B. Harner is professor emeritus of religion at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. He holds a PhD in Scripture from Yale University.

What Are They Saying about the Historical Jesus?

  • Author: David B. Gowler
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 190

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David B. Growler summarizes, analyzes, and critiques current influential portraits of Jesus. He concludes that any portrait of the historical Jesus must come to terms with Jesus as both an apocalyptic prophet and a prophet of social and economic justice for an oppressed people. This volume presents a concise, cogent, and even-handed analysis of current scholarly thinking about Jesus of Nazareth.

David B. Gowler is the Pierce Professor of Religion at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia.

What Are They Saying about the Letter of James?

  • Author: Alicia J. Batten
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 111

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The past 30 years have witnessed a dramatic increase in interest in the Letter of James. Alicia J. Batten provides a detailed survey of the most important scholarly opinions being considered today, including theories of authorship. She thoroughly examines essential themes found in James, such as a critique of wealth, testing and trials, exhortation to receive wisdom from above, and apocalyptic tendencies. Batten also discusses the ongoing debate about whether the text had any connection with the Pauline tradition. She sheds light on the content, structure, and rhetoric of James, as well as on the development and diversity of ancient traditions in ancient Judaism and Christianity.

Alicia J. Batten teaches in the department of religious studies at the University of Sudbury in Ontario. She has a PhD in biblical studies from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.

What Are They Saying about the Letter to the Hebrews?

  • Author: Daniel J. Harrington
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 112

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Daniel J. Harrington offers this survey of Hebrews, claiming that it is “a long reflection on Jesus as the definitive means of access to God.” Reflecting recent scholarship on authorship, date, setting, structure, use, theological formulations, and themes of Hebrews, this book will be stimulating and enriching to all interested in the study of Scripture.

Daniel J. Harrington (1940–2014) served as professor of New Testament and chair of the biblical studies department at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was a member of the Society for Jesus and editor of New Testament Abstracts. He wrote several books, including Invitation to the Apocrypha.

What Are They Saying about the Trinity?

  • Author: Anne Hunt
  • Series: WTSA
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 104

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In this succinct overview of contemporary developments in Roman Catholic Trinitarian theology, Anne Hunt explores theological trends such as liberation theology, feminist Trinitarian theology, the Trinity and ecology, the Trinity of love, and the Trinity and the paschal mystery. What emerges is the profoundly relational character of the Trinitarian mystery.

A welcome contribution to Trinitarian theology. . . . I most strongly recommend Dr. Hunt’s book for undergraduate and adult education courses.

—Peter C. Phan, Warren-Blanding Professor of Religion and Culture, Catholic University of America

Anne Hunt teaches at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne, Australia. She studied theology at Yarra Theological Union, Fordham University in New York, and the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.