New Testament Commentary
Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity
Paperback ISBN: 0801035945
A collection of significant essays by a senior New Testament scholar treating important aspects of the social, literary, historical, and theological worlds of the book of Revelation and other apocalyptic writings.
Dirt, Greed, and Sex
Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today
Paperback ISBN: 0800638484
In Dirt, Greed, and Sex, L. William Countryman shows how biblical conceptions regarding sexual behavior arose from concerns for purity and from cultures in which women and children were often conceived as property. What biblical texts say about sex often arises from concerns about dirt and greed. This newly revised edition of Dirt, Greed, and Sex takes up recent studies of sexual ethics in light of the biblical materials. A new chapter evaluates recent proposals for a normative "ethic of creation," and in a concluding chapter Countryman offers his own positive statement of a New Testament ethic.
From Jesus to Christ
The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus
Paperback ISBN: 0300084579
In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. A new introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology. "Brilliant and enjoyable. . . . Magisterial."—Géza Vermés, Times Literary Supplement "Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."—Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."—James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion "Fredriksen confronts her documents—principally the writings of the New Testament—as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor
The Good Heart
A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
Paperback ISBN: 0861711386
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner and world-renowned religious leader of the Buddhists of Tibet offers stirring and insightful comments on well-known passages from each of the four Gospels in a model of inter-religious dialogue. Reprint. LJ. PW. IP.
The Good Heart
A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
Paperback ISBN: 1614293252
One of the world's most loved spiritual teachers comments on popular passages from the four Gospels, providing a unique reading and Buddhist perspective on the Sermon of the Mount, the Resurrection, the Beatitudes, parables, and other selections. IP.
The Historical Books
Paperback ISBN: 0687008433
In The Historical Books, Richard D. Nelson introduces neophyte readers to the basic concepts of history and historical writing and provides a simple framework of events and periods that can be used to situate historical data reported in texts or presupposed by them. Standard interpretive methods are accessibly explained and illustrated by consistent reference to 2 Samuel 24. The focus of discussion moves from the narrow level of individual pericope to larger units of meaning. Because the ultimate goal is to expose the claims made on the reader by these biblical texts and to help the reader make sense of these claims, the interpretive spotlight rests on the present interaction of text and reader rather than on the past.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary
2nd Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0830824782
Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the Year!Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (New Testament General)This revised edition of the standard reference work in its field has been expanded throughout to now provide even more up-to-date information by Craig Keener, one of the leading New Testament scholars on Jewish, Greek and Roman culture.To understand and apply the Bible well, you need two crucial sources of information. One is the Bible itself. The other is an understanding of the cultural background of the passage you're reading.Only with the background can you grasp the author's original concerns and purposes. This unique commentary provides, in verse-by-verse format, the crucial cultural background you need for responsible--and richer--Bible study. It includes a glossary of cultural terms and important historical figures, maps and charts, up-to-date bibliographies, and introductory essays about cultural background information for each book of the New Testament.Based on decades of in-depth study, this accessible and bestselling commentary is valuable for pastors in sermon preparation, for Sunday-school and other church teachers as they build lessons, for missionaries concerned not to import their own cultural biases into the Bible, for college and seminary students in classroom assignments, and for everyday Bible readers seeking to deepen and enhance their study of Scripture.
The Jefferson Bible
The Life And Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Paperback ISBN: 0486449211
Thomas Jefferson regarded Jesus as a moral guide rather than a divinity, and in The Jefferson Bible, he highlights Christ's ethical teachings from the Gospels. Discarding the scriptures' supernatural elements and dogma, this volume reflects the deist view of religion, focusing on Jesus' message of absolute love and service.
Hardcover ISBN: 0802407633
These study guides, part of a set from noted Bible scholar John MacArthur, take readers on a journey through biblical texts to discover what lies beneath the surface, focusing on meaning and context, and then reflecting on the explored passage or concept. With probing questions that guide the reader toward application, as well as ample space for journaling, The MacArthur Bible Studies are invaluable tools for Bible students of all ages. This work on Matthew 8-15 is part of a New Testament commentary series which has as its objective explaining and applying Scripture, focusing on the major doctrines and how they relate to the whole of the Bible.This New Testament commentary series reflects the objective of explaining and applying Scripture, focusing on the major doctrines and how they relate to the whole of Scripture. This volume is a study of chapters 8-15 of the book of Matthew.