New Testament commentaries and exegetes have not paid sufficient attention to the context in which Paul's Epistel to the Romans was crafted. This book written from an African perspective offers a fresh interpretation on a contextualizing reading of Romans and its theology. The argument of the book is that Paul's construcntion of Abraham as a Spiritual ancestor of "all" faith people was based on his encounter with the Roman Ideology based on Aeneas as the founder of Rome. A juxtaposition of these two canonical ancestors needs to be considered in our 21st multi - ethnic Christian world. Paul's epitsle is not about how God saves the individual human being; rather the debate between Paul and the Jewish - Christian interlocutor is about how families of people and nations establish a kinship with God and one another. The concern with ancestors is apaque to Western Biblical readers and Christians. This is book helps both Westerners and Africans to value ethnic diversity.
Abraham as Spiritual Ancestor
By Lace Marie Williams-Tinajero
Employing John R. Searle’s categories of language and mind, this book analyzes five NT texts from a speech act perspective, what certain NT writers and characters asserted and believed concerning the effects of Christ’s blood, at the literal and metaphorical levels.
By Anna Runesson
Known for its fresh approaches as well as for its complex theoretical foundations, postcolonial studies is one of the most dynamic contributions to the field of biblical studies today. The present book is a pedagogically structured introduction to this emerging field for both scholar and student.
By Leif Hongisto
Making use of postclassical narratology this book proposes a reading experience of the Apocalypse that underlines the role of the reader or listener for meaning creation and interpretation, based on their own life experiences and the imagistic quality of the text.
by Peter Landesmann
It has been proved that theological essays written in the time when those images have been created influenced the iconography. The same influence has been traced in historic events of the relevant times.
This psychoanalytic study reads Jewish apocalypses as texts of mourning for the destruction of Jerusalem, arguing that the seers' experiences of traumatic loss, then visions of healing and recovery, all work to achieve the ‘apocalyptic cure’ for ancient Jewish society.
Edited by Roberta Sterman Sabbath
Sacred Tropes interweaves Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an essays which collectively and individually enlist literary approaches including environmental, cultural studies, gender, psychoanalytic, ideological, economic, historicism, law, and rhetorical criticisms. Sacred Tropes represents a ...
by Aliou Cisse Niang
Seeing Paul as “sociopostcolonial hermeneut” Niang reads Gal 2:11-15 and 3:26-29 as bringing about alternative communities among the colonized Galatians through a countercolonial story of faith that reshapes them into free children of God; a new creation in Christ.
Christopher A. Beetham
The introduction of literary intertextuality into biblical studies has led to both discovery and dilemma. This study proposes new definitions of ‘allusion’ and ‘echo’ and a methodology on how to detect them, using the neglected letter of Colossians as a test case.
Geoff R. Webb
Drawing on the popular literature of the ancient world, this book offers a fresh look at issues surrounding Markan characterisation, and also calls for scholars to think more openly and flexibly about Markan genre.
Reading Luke-Acts through the lens of Greco-Roman physiognomics, this is a study of the use of physical descriptions in characterization in the biblical texts. Specifically, this work studies blindness as characterization and, ultimately, as an interpretive guide to Luke-Acts.
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