With the full awareness that we are ploughing on through July, and have even hit the half-way point, we thought you would nonetheless appreciate an update on new publications from T&T Clark Bloomsbury from June 2015. We had some great new series additions:
First up, on the Theology side, we have Dual Citizenship by Kayko Driedger Hesslein.
This excellent first publication from Driedger Hesslein uses political theories of multiculturalism to construct a Christology to propose that Jesus’ Jewishness (his past), his divine transcendence, and his relationship with Christians today (his contemporary presence) are all formative of one another in the person of Christ. Using frameworks from multicultural theory, it identifies the processes by which Christologies have historically negotiated difference in the Incarnation, and explains why uniting the two natures of Christ consistently and problematically supplants Jesus’ Jewishness. This conceptual framework unites the two natures without sublimating their differences, by proposing a contextual universalism.
In direct contrast to the above, on the Biblical Studies list, in the Library of New Testament Studies we have A Journey Round John by Wendy E.S. North, a collection of essays which represents over thirty years on the fourth gospel.
A Journey Round John (points if you get the literary reference) is a fascinating volume of essays which draws together North's remarkable range of work on the Fourth Gospel, covering issues of composition, Christology and eschatology. Topics covered include John's Christology, explored through a look at John's cultural rootes in monotheistic Judaism, the issue of 'the Jews' in John, and John's expectation of eschatology as a consolation strategy.
In our Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies series we have Open-Mindedness in the Bible and Beyond, edited by Marjo C.A. Korpel and Lester L. Grabbe.
This edited collection brings together contributions from around the globe to offer perspectives on the formation of the Pentateuch (Rainer Albertz), the transition from the Late Bronze to the Early Iron Age in Northern Jordan (Meindert Dijkstra and Karel Vriezen), and observations on Genesis through the lens of Dutch children's and family bibles. Open-Mindedness is both the theme and driving force behind the contributions to this collection.
Secondly, in the LHBOTs series, there is Poets, Prophets, and Texts in Play, edited by Ehud Ben Zvi, Claudia Camp, David M. Gunn and Aaron W. Hughes
The essays in this collection comprise a list of esteemed scholars engaging with the literary readings of prophetic and poetic texts in the Hebrew Bible that revolve around sensitivity to the complexity of language, the fragility of meaning, and the interplay of texts. These themes are discussed using a variety of hermeneutical strategies.
Finally, we have a book that needs no introduction, provided you have been keeping your ear to the ground near Bloomsbury T&T Clark, as this was our book of the month last month: The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Eschatology.
By Markus Mühling, and tranlated by David Andrew Gilland, this is a supremely useful guide to Christian eschatology, as the first part introduces the historical approaches to eschatology. The second part moves on to address eschatological statements made in relation to the doctrine of God and Christ. The third part reflects upon the relationship between eternity and time.
All of these titles can be bought here.
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