Just in time for the bank holiday weekend, here's a quick round up of the new monographs now available in paperback for the first time:
By David. A. Lamb
This is a lucid examination of the social contexts of the Gospel and Epistles of John. Given our lack of reliable external information about the origin of the Johannine writings, Lamb shows why a more fruitful approach may be to examine their lexico-grammatical and discourse features to determine what these imply about interpersonal relationships.
Physical disfigurement functioned in biblical law to verify legal property acquisition, when changes in the status of dependents were formalized. Jacobs shows how legitimate property acquisition was important in biblical law, substantiated in the accounts of prescriptive disfigurements: namely circumcision and the piercing of a slave's ear.
By Carol M. Kaminski
Using Noah as a focal point, Kaminski controversially argues against the commonly held view that Noah finds favour because he is righteous, positing instead that divine favour is unmerited in accordance with the theme of grace in the primaeval history and in Genesis as a whole.
By Amy L. B. Peeler
Peeler recognizes the inherent connection between the paternal identity of God, the filial identity of the Son, and the filial identity of the audience. The recurrence of the father-ship theme coalesces into a powerful ontological reality for the audience: because God is the Father of Jesus Christ, they too are the sons of God. But even more than the model of son-ship, Jesus' relationship with his Father ensures that the children of God will endure the race of faith. A powerful re-analysis of the traditional filial dynamic.
By Dietmar Neufeld
There was a culture of mockery and shame in Ancient Mediterranean cultures. Mark presents us with a Jesus who has both a sense of shame and honour. Neufeld considers the social functions of ridicule, and investigates the author's concern with secrecy, revealing it to be deployed for very specific and strategic reasons.
By Charles Shepherd
Shepherd brings together the hermeneutical approaches of three Old Testament scholars, specifically as they pertain to the interpretation of Isaiah 52.13-53.12 in the framework of Christian theology.
By Martin Poulsom
Poulsom's interpretation of Schillebeeckx enriches current approaches to this thinker and offers a significant contribution to thinking on the doctrine of Creation and issues surrounding the 'ontological distinction' which is of major concern in philosophical theology today.
A Celebration of Living Theology
Eds Justin A. Mihoc and Leonard Aldea
By drawing together scholars from the three main branches of Christianity and from around the world, this volume helps to increase knowledge and exposure between the different spheres. Comprised of articles on Patristics, Byzantine Fathers, Latin Fathers, Modern Christianity, Theology as Life and the reception of Louth’s work outside the English-speaking world, the papers are written by the leading scholars, such as Lewis Ayres, John Milbank, Kallistos Ware and Thomas Graumann.