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Gathering Interest


Discover four biblical studies that illuminate issues facing contemporary readers of the Bible in English, and explore writings that bring biblical truth into the crevices of everyday piety. Understand the book of Isaiah’s imperial context and gain deeper insight into the text with Isaiah and Imperial Context. Learn about how the Bible uses metaphor to describe God’s incomparable attributes and his relationship to humanity with Brian C. Howell’s In the Eyes of God. Investigate the roadblocks that Western colonialism presents for Western readers of the book of Revelation with Michael J.H. Godfrey’s Babylon’s Cap. And explore how the Gospels bring unique insight to individual lives with James Boyd White’s collection of sermons and study guide, The Gospel as Conversation

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Key Features

  • Four texts engaging the Bible’s context and how it communicates God’s character and will
  • Practical applications for everyday Christian living
  • A variety of Anglican perspectives

Product Details

  • Title: Wipf & Stock Anglican Biblical Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 966
  • Christian Group: Anglican
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Biblical Studies

Individual Titles

Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire

  • Editors: Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcraft
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 262

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Isaiah was written in the imperial contexts of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. The contributors to this volume argue that the community of faith in these eras needed a prophetic vision for life. They also argue that not only is the book of Isaiah crafted in light of empire, but current readers cannot help but approach Isaiah in light of imperial realities today. As a neglected area of research, Isaiah and Imperial Context probes how empire can illuminate Isaiah through essays that utilize archaeology, history, literary analysis, post-colonial theory, and feminism within the various sections of Isaiah.

Various parts of the book of Isaiah were written when Israel and Judah lived under imperial domination. It is therefore surprising that this multi-faceted topic has not been the subject of extended analysis before. In the kaleidoscope of essays collected here new patterns within the book are exposed and a colorful light is shed on many of its separate parts and themes. I am sure this will prove invigorating for future research and exegesis.

—Hugh Williamson, regius professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford

An excellent and innovative discussion by a group of scholars engaged in a reading of Isaiah centered on imperial empire. The diversity of approaches extends from a focus on historical background, language, and social custom to the present reception of the text, particularly from the perspective of post-colonial theory.

—Ed Conrad, associate professor of religion, University of Queensland

The editors have produced a collection of essays that are sharply focused on . . . reading the texts of Isaiah in the context of the imperial realities of Assyrian and Babylonian military and economic power. The essays are consistently well-written, and the collection is both helpful and even quite provocative. I suggest this book be required reading for any modern studies of Prophetic literature.

—Daniel Smith-Christopher, professor of theological studies, Loyola Marymount University

Andrew T. Abernethy is lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College.

Mark G. Brett is professor of Hebrew Bible at Whitley College, MCD University of Divinity.

Tim Bulkeley is lecturer in Old Testament at Carey Baptist College, Auckland.

Tim Meadowcraft is senior lecturer in biblical studies at Laidlaw College, Auckland.

In the Eyes of God: A Contextual Approach to Biblical Anthropomorphic Metaphors

  • Author: Brian C. Howell
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 308

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God’s interaction with humanity is portrayed in human terms throughout the Bible. He sees, hears, thinks, feels, runs, rides chariots, laughs, wields weapons, gives birth, and even repents. Many of these expressions, taken at face value, seem to run afoul of classical theology, including divine simplicity, transcendence, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and especially immutability. Traditionally, these texts have been seen as accommodations to human intellectual and moral limitations. They gave God a more approachable feel, but do not represent any real part of his character, being, or interaction with humanity.

This view is largely based on an Aristotelian conception of metaphors as rhetorical devices, not vehicles that carry any truth content. Since the 1970s, the understanding of how metaphors convey meaning has taken great strides. These advances can help unlock how divine action—often inadvertently flattened under theological presuppositions—functions within a text. Brian C. Howell explores the biblical metaphor of divine sight and how current understandings of metaphorical function can enrich our reading of the text and its theology.

Learned and lucid, this fine work explores the nature of anthropomorphic language in Scripture and Christian theology. What it means to describe God in human terms has long been controversial, but this book tackles the issues in an irenic and scholarly way. Using modern insights into metaphors, Howell examines the places in Genesis where God is said to see to produce a most illuminating discussion that biblical scholars and systematic theologians should not overlook.

—Gordon Wenham, tutor in Old Testament, Trinity College, Bristol

In the Eyes of God stands out as an attentive piece of theological investigation. Here we find a fresh response to the challenge of divine metaphors in the Bible. . . . This insightful monograph carries the discussion on divine metaphors forward, with close attention to specific examples from the biblical text. This will remain a major work in the field and one I will go to again and again.

—Heath A. Thomas, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Seminary

One of the thorny issues in discussions of religious language has to do with metaphor. They are everywhere in Scripture, and often used to refer to God. . . . Brian Howell tackles this issue, drawing broadly on recent philosophical work on metaphor and on religious language, as well as upon biblical studies. By careful examination of some of the key issues and their use in Old Testament narrative, he brings a fresh perspective on long-standing theological problems.

—Oliver D. Crisp, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Brian C. Howell is a lecturer for the West of England Ministerial Training Course.

The Gospel as Conversation: Texts, Sermons, and Questions for Reflection: A Study Guide

  • Author: James Boyd White
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 236

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How are we to read the Gospels and bring them into our lives? James Boyd White suggests that the Gospels are not merely rules for life, or stories illustrating moral lessons, or statements of theological doctrine, but invitations to thought and conversation. The Gospels are full of problems, uncertainties, and tensions. These difficulties call upon us to engage with the Gospels in a new way—to read them, to ask questions about them, to live with them, alone and together. The way we do that is by a kind of conversation, with each other, or within ourselves. The Gospel as Conversation is meant to engage the reader in the conversation by which the Gospels maintain their life today among us. It contains Gospel passages, sermons given on those passages, and questions for reflection. It is a thought provoking tool for individual readers and for groups in adult education classes.

In an age when preachers seem divided between those who thump the Bible and those who dump it, Jack Boyd White shows us what can happen when the preacher dares to carefully and prayerfully read it. Here, in simple yet elegant language, is the fruit of a mind fully engaged with the world imagined in Scripture.

—Lance Pape, Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Brite Divinity School

Each of these short sermons by itself has the potential of changing the way you may have thought of these familiar passages; together they have the potential of changing your relationship with the Gospel such that being ‘in conversation’ with it is not an analogy but a reality . . . White has given us another major work on biblical hermeneutics, one equally well suited for Christian education classes or a permanent place on the bedside table.

—Jack L. Sammons, Griffin B. Bell Professor Emeritus, Mercer University School of Law

James Boyd White, an esteemed path-breaking scholar of classics, poetry, and law, here reflects on the Gospels as conversation, as a reciprocal invitation: Jesus reaching out to each of us, ‘calling us to being,’ and we each coming to the Scripture, asking what it is that Jesus is saying to us—not as rules or theological propositions, but as a challenge to engage as honestly as we can with the ‘problems, uncertainties, tensions, and incompletenesses’ of the Gospels. Thus, they may become fully alive in our lives.

—Howard Lesnick, Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

James Boyd White is a lay preacher in the episcopal diocese of Michigan. He is also Hart Wright Professor of Law Emeritus, professor of English emeritus, and former adjunct professor of classics, University of Michigan, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His is also the author of Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force.

Babylon’s Cap: Reflections on the Book of Revelation

  • Author: Michael J.H. Godfrey
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 160

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In this fascinating critique of Revelation exegesis, Michael J.H. Godfrey argues that to read Revelation for meaning today, we need to recognize and accept that the Christian community itself has often become the wearer of “Babylon’s Cap of oppression.” Godfrey seeks to hear the voices of postcolonial pain, without portending to be a postcolonial analysis.

Michael Godfrey offers insightful ways of interpreting the visions of John of Patmos, informed by our Australasian context. It is refreshing to read a commentary earthed in antipodean soils and cultures. In Babylon’s Cap, he views the text through the lens of contemporary social reflection and illustrates his reading with an insightful selection of literary, political, and social allusions, many of which will be immediately recognized as a southern view.

—Christopher Honoré, lecturer in Anglican studies, St. John’s College

This is a book of rare compassion, at once scholarly, deeply personal, eclectic, and enjoyable. It opens up a text that most Christian readers would find opaque and impenetrable. And it invites us, as Godfrey says in his opening pages, to ‘dream a different dream, to transport us to a different story.’

—Lisa Emerson, associate professor of English and media studies, Massey University

Michael J.H. Godfrey holds a PhD in New Testament from Australian Catholic University and a MA in literature from Massey University. An Anglican priest, he has worked in rural and remote, suburban and inner-urban Australia and New Zealand. He serves in a parish south of Darwin, is archdeacon of rural and remote regions of Arnhemland in Australia’s Northern Territory, and chaplain of Kormilda College, a secondary college catering to urban and remote Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.