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Interpretation and Claims of the Text

Resourcing New Testament Theology

Jason A. Whitlark

Publication Year: 2014

Interpretation and the Claims of the Text combines the writings of more than a dozen prominent biblical scholars to elucidate the theological building blocks for the New Testament. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Mikeal C. Parsons, Jason A. Whitlark, Loveday Alexander, Warren Carter, Sharyn Dowd, Amy-Jill Levine, Bruce W. Longenecker, Frank J. Matera, David P. Moessner, Alicia D. Myers, Lidija Novakovic, Todd D. Still, C. Clifton Black, and R. Alan Culpepper chart the waters of creation and humanity, the problems of sin, Christ’s redemptive power, and God’s overarching plan for humankind. Students and scholars alike will benefit from their exegetical groundwork, perceptive discussion, and enlightening conclusions. Interpretations and the Claims of the Text illuminates multiple points of departure for further exploration of the depths of New Testament texts.   

Published by: Baylor University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

This volume presents original work by New Testament scholars elucidating the theological claims of New Testament texts. In so doing, this volume strives to provide resources for New Testament theology by engaging in one of the fundamental tasks of any New Testament theology—the descriptive...

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Chapter 1: Interpreting the Claims of the New Testament

Sharyn Dowd and Alicia D. Myers

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pp. 1-14

Central to understanding the life and work of Charles Harold Talbert is appreciation of his own understanding of his vocation as a New Testament scholar and a “theologian of the church.”1 A critical and innovative scholar of the New Testament, Talbert has always understood his scholarship to be in...

Claims About God

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Chapter 2: The God Who Raised Jesus from the Dead

Lidija Novakovic

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pp. 17-28

Even a cursory reading of the New Testament writings reveals that they regularly present the resurrection of Jesus as an act of God (Acts 2:24, 32; 3:15, 26; 4:10; 5:30; 10:40; 13:30, 33, 34, 37; 17:31; Rom 4:24; 8:11; 10:9; 1 Cor 6:14; 15:15; 2 Cor 4:14; Gal 1:1; Eph 1:20; Col 2:12; 1 Thess 1:10; 1 Pet 1:21).1 This state of affairs led Karl Barth to conclude that “the event of Easter has to be...

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Chapter 3: The “Glory of God” in Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Beverly Roberts Gaventa

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pp. 29-40

In view of the immense scholarly attention devoted to the letters of Paul, few phrases in them could accurately be characterized as neglected, but “glory of God” may well qualify for that designation. Such major treatments of Paul’s letters as Udo Schnelle’s important Apostle Paul1 and James D. G. Dunn’s substantial...

Claims About The Human Condition

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Chapter 4: “The World Was My Oyster But I Used the Wrong Fork” (Oscar Wilde)

Amy-Jill Levine

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pp. 43-58

The parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matt 13:45-46) is typically read only as an allegory—the merchant is the faithful Christian, or the Christ; the pearl is eternal life, or the Christ, or the Christian life with its travails as well as rewards. The result of such readings threatens to turn the kingdom to which...

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Chapter 5: The Problem of Evil in the Gospel of John

R. Alan Culpepper

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pp. 59-72

Every theological system must deal with the problem of evil and promise a solution. The Gospels characterize Jesus in various ways, using different christological titles, drawing on different background materials, and addressing different audiences. Like bumper stickers, they declare that “Jesus Is the Answer,”...

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Chapter 6: Placing Pain in a Pauline frame

Todd D. Still

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pp. 73-86

The purpose of this honorific essay is to explore the subject of suffering, or more precisely “Christian” suffering, in Romans 5–8 (a programmatic panel at the center of the letter). I begin this investigation with a literary observation: namely, that Paul takes up this topic as he commences and concludes this section...

Claims about Creation and Human Destiny

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Chapter 7: Endzeit als Urzeit Mark and Creation Theology

C. Clifton Black

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pp. 89-102

One thing on which virtually all Markan exegetes agree is its apocalypticism. Among the first to identify that Tendenz was Timothy Colani in the nineteenth century.1 During the twentieth century Willi Marxsen,2 James M. Robinson,3 and Howard Clark Kee4 concentrated our attention on it. This...

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Chapter 8: Conformed to the Image of God’s Own Son

Frank J. Matera

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pp. 103-116

One of the most important tasks of New Testament theology is to show the theological coherence of the New Testament: the ways in which the diverse writings of the New Testament are theologically related to each other. The task of uncovering such coherence, however, is problematic since those who...

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Chapter 9: Cosmology and the Perfection of Humanity in Hebrews

Jason A. Whitlark

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pp. 117-128

Cosmology and its relationship to the destiny of humanity are key aspects to a New Testament theology. In this essay, I will consider what resources the Letter to “the Hebrews” might contribute to a New Testament theology concerning the destiny of creation and humanity. While the author of Hebrews is...

Claims about the Christiancommunity

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Chapter 10: Luke and the Heritage of Israel

Mikeal C. Parsons

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pp. 131-144

It is standard fare among introductions to the New Testament to describe Luke as a “Gentile” writing for a “Gentile audience.”1 This view is grounded in early Christian tradition.2 That Luke was a Gentile is suggested by the second-century “anti-Marcionite” prologue, which contained a description...

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Chapter 11: The Love of God (Romans 5:5)

Bruce W. Longenecker

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pp. 145-158

Notwithstanding the view of Augustine and Luther that the Greek phrase ἡ  γάπη τοῦ θεοῦ in Romans 5:5 speaks of our love for God, the vast majority of commentators side with Origen, Ambrosiaster, and Chrysostom in thinking that the phrase refers to God’s love for us.1 The basis for this preference for...

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Chapter 12: Diakonia, The Ephesian Comma, and the Ministry of all believers

Loveday Alexander

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pp. 159-176

One of the many virtues of Charles Talbert’s fine Paideia commentary on Ephesians is the way it seamlessly interweaves the exegetical issues raised by the text with the overlapping contextual frameworks of ancient culture and today’s church.1 Talbert has a gift for going straight to the point of a critical...

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Chapter 13: The Living Resources of Early Christology

David P. Moessner

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pp. 177-194

Charles Talbert’s ability to relate New Testament texts to the forms and literary patterns of Greco-Roman cultural “texts” is unparalleled. Because of his contribution in illuminating ways first-century audiences would respond to shared motifs, values, and cultural “scripts” of Greco-Roman antiquity, he...

Claims about empire

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Chapter 14L The Question of the St ate and the State of the Question

Warren Carter

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pp. 197-212

In recent decades, increasingly insightful scholarship has attended to numerous ways in which New Testament (NT) texts negotiate the Roman Empire. There are now discussions of almost every NT writing in relation to imperial dynamics:1 monographs; book-length collections of essays and articles on...

Notes

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pp. 213-258

Bibliography

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pp. 259-290

List of Contributors

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pp. 291-292

Indices

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pp. 293-319


E-ISBN-13: 9781602587502
E-ISBN-10: 1602587507
Print-ISBN-13: 9781481300308
Print-ISBN-10: 148130030X

Page Count: 327
Publication Year: 2014