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A. Andrew Das (Author)
Release date: 
June 1, 2016

Much recent scholarship on Paul has searched for implicit narratives behind Paul's scriptural allusions. A. Andrew Das reviews six proposals for "grand thematic narratives" behind the logic of Galatians: the covenant; the influx of nations to Zion; Isaac's near sacrifice; the Spirit as cloud in the wilderness; the Exodus; and the imperial cult. Das weighs each of these proposals exegetically and finds them wanting, examples of what Samuel Sandmel famously labeled "parallelomania." Das reflects on the risks of seeking comprehensive stories behind Paul's letters and offers a path forward. 

Release date: 
June 1, 2016

Current scholarly debate over the historical character of David's rule generally considers the biblical portrait to represent David as king of Judah first, and subsequently ...

Stephen Finlan (Author)
Release date: 
May 1, 2016

Stephen Finlan surveys sacrifice and atonement and what they may reveal about patterns of injury, guilt, shame, and appeasement. Early chapters examine the language in both testaments of purity and the “scapegoat,” and of payment, obligation, reciprocity, and redemption. Later chapters review theories of the origins of atonement thinking in fear and traumatic childhood experience, in ambivalent attachment, and in “poisonous pedagogy.” The theories of Sandor Rado, Erik Erikson, and Alice Miller are examined, then Finlan draws conclusions about the moral appropriation or rejection of atonement metaphors. 

Ben C. Blackwell (Editor) John K. Goodrich (Editor) Jason Maston (Editor)
Release date: 
May 1, 2016

Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination brings together eminent Pauline scholars from diverse perspectives, along with experts of Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic philosophy, patristics, and modern theology, to explore the contours of the current debate. Contributors discuss what apocalypticism, and an "apocalyptic Paul," have meant at different times; examine different aspects of Paul's thought and practice; and show how different implicit understandings of apocalypticism shape different contemporary presentations of the apostle’s significance.

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May 1, 2016

The decades-long effort to understand the apostle Paul within his Jewish context is now firmly established in scholarship. The latest fruit of sustained analysis appears in the essays gathered here, from leading international scholars who take account of current investigations into the scope and variety present in Second Temple Judaism. Contributors address broad historical questions as well as questions about interpretation itself, including the extent and direction of a "paradigm shift" in Pauline studies and the evaluation of the Pauline legacy.

John T. Noble (Author)
Release date: 
May 1, 2016

Hagar and Ishmael are portrayed in ambivalent ways: dispossessed, yet protected; abandoned, yet given promises that rival those of the covenant with Abraham. John T. Noble argues that conventional characterizations of the Priestly writers' theology have failed to take into account the significance of these two "non-chosen" figures. Noble carefully examines their roles and depictions in Genesis and concludes that Ishmael is a key figure whose ambiguous status requires a rethinking of the goals and values of the Priestly work. 

E. P. Sanders (Author)
Release date: 
March 1, 2016

In this volume, E. P. Sanders presents five studies that re-examine the nature of Jewish law in the second Temple period. 

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