T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament Coleman A. Baker, J. Brian Tucker  
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Combining the insights of many leading New Testament scholars writing on the use of social identity theory this new reference work provides a comprehensive handbook to the construction of social identity in the New Testament. Part one examines key methodological issues and the ways in which scholars have viewed and studied social identity, including different theoretical approaches, and core areas or topics which may be used in the study of social identity, such as food, social memory, and ancient media culture.

Part two presents worked examples and in-depth textual studies covering core passages from each of the New Testament books, as they relate to the construction of social identity. Adopting a case-study approach, in line with sociological methods the volume builds a picture of how identity was structured in the earliest Christ-movement. Contributors include; Philip Esler, Warren Carter, Paul Middleton, Rafael Rodriquez, and Robert Brawley.

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Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study Markus Bockmuehl  
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At a time of deep disagreements about the nature and purpose of academic biblical studies, Markus Bockmuehl advocates the recovery of a plural but common conversation on the subject of what the New Testament is about.

Seeing the Word begins with an assessment of current New Testament studies, identifying both persistent challenges and some promising proposals. Subsequent chapters explore two such proposals. First, ground for common conversation lies in taking seriously the readers and readings the text implies. Second, Bockmuehl explores the text's early effective history by a study of apostolic memory in the early church.

All serious students of the Bible and theology will find much of interest, and much to discuss, in this first volume in the Studies in Theological Interpretation series.

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Redemption and Resistance: The Messianic Hopes of Jews and Christians in Antiquity Markus Bockmuehl, James Carleton Paget  
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Brings together an eminent cast of international contributors to provide a state-of-the-art discussion of Messianism."Redemption and Resistance" brings together an eminent cast of contributors to provide a state-of-the-art discussion of Messianism as a topic of political and religious commitment and controversy. By surveying this motif over nearly a thousand years with the help of a focused historical and political searchlight, this volume is sure to break fresh ground.It will serve as an attractive contribution to the history of ancient Judaism and Christianity, of the complex and often problematic relationship between them, and of the conflicting loyalties, their hopes for redemption created vis-a-vis a public order that was at first pagan and later Christian. Although each chapter is designed to stand on its own as an introduction to the topic at hand, the overall argument unfolds a coherent history. The story is explored beyond the Constantinian turn and its abortive reversal under Julian, to the Christian Empire up to the rise of Islam.

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New Testament Eschatology: Historical and Cultural Background George Wesley Buchanan  
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Instead of opting for one of the standard explantions of eschatology, this study looks for the origin of the concept in antiquity, requiring an examination of the Hebrew Scripture, the New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic literature, the church fathers, and surrounding Greek literature and history. The text involves a study of the legal, hermeneutical, cultural, historical, and political thought forms of ancient expectations. Beliefs and practices related to eschatology are examined from 8th-century Isaiah to the end of the Crusades in relationship to the Promised Land and the doctrine of redemption. Insights are employed to understand such New Testament problems as the Battle of Armageddon and the mystical number 666. The book also seeks to uncover the contemporary consequences of this dynamic doctrine.

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New Testament and Jewish Law: A Guide for the Perplexed James G. Crossley  
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Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations is a hugely important piece of philosophical writing, one frequently encountered by students of philosophy. Yet, there is no escaping the extent of the challenge posed by Wittgenstein's work, in which complex ideas are often enigmatically expressed. In Wittgenstein's 'Philosophical Investigations' A Reader's Guide, Arif Ahmed offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the book offers guidance on: - Philosophical and historical context - Key themes - Reading the text - Reception and influence - Further reading

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The New Testament and Rabbinic Judaism David Daube  
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Among the many in this century who explored the relationship between the New Testament and rabbinic Judaism, David Daube must certainly be designated as among the pioneers. And in the literature of that exploration, along with works such as "Paul and Rabbinic Judaism "by W. D. Davies and Joachim Jeremias' "Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus," Daube's "The New Testament and Rabbinic Judaism" must be awarded "classic" status. Whether one is examining the social and religious history behind the New Testament text or analyzing the text itself, "The New Testament and Rabbinic Judaism" will illumine the interpreter. Daube's work stands of the shoulders of no one, and has itself become a cornerstone for future study in this field. This volume is a must for every library.

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Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations Terence L. Donaldson  
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Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament offers a balanced, sensitive, and erudite guide to the precarious issues of anti-Semitism, anti-Judaism, and supersessionism in the New Testament. Combining adept navigation of the relevant literature—both classics of the field and more recent forays—with a keen exegetical analysis of the Christian canon, Terence L. Donaldson maps the major New Testament writings across three axes: self-definition, degree of separation, and rhetorical intent. In doing so, he successfully brings his readers up to speed on this crucial discussion, even while pushing the conversation forward with intellectual force and exegetical savvy.

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They Loved the Torah: What Yeshua's First Followers Really Thought about the Law David Friedman  
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Even though many Jews believe that Paul taught against the Law, this book disproves that notion. Most Christians are disconnected from the Torah; reading this book will reconnect them. Dr. Friedman Makes an excellent case. 144 pages

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Essays on Halakhah in the New Testament Jackson  
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These essays explore the Jewish background to central issues in the New Testament letter and spirit, prophecy and law, forgiveness, the accounts of Jesus trial(s), evidence required for legal/theological claims, the shepherding images, disinheritance, and teachings on marriage and divorce.

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An Essential Guide to the Jewish Context of the New Testament Amy-Jill Levine  
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Jesus was Jewish, and he spoke to a Jewish audience in the Gospels. The writers of the New Testament were Jewish, and they lived and thought in a Jewish milieu that involved their long history, social structure, culture, and religious practice. The Bible of Jesus, the New Testament writers, and the first Christians was the Hebrew Bible—the Christian Old Testament. We hear Jewish prayers and read about Jesus and Paul preaching in the synagogue, quoting the Hebrew Scripture. The major figures that we read about in the New Testament and other contemporary writings belong to this tradition—the priests, Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots, and Herodians. And the origins of Christianity are intimately tied to the fate of the Jews in Palestine during the first century, through, especially, the destruction of the second temple in 70 C.E. Hence, the New Testament and the origins of Christianity cannot be fully understood without understanding this Jewish Background. There is, quite simply, no better guide to the Jewish background of the New Testament than Amy-Jill Levine. She will leads the reader to better understanding the New Testament by illustrating the text’s Jewish environment and language, as well as the roots of the New Testament faith in the Jewish Scriptures and its interpretive traditions. The reader will gain an appreciation for this context that will help mitigate the perceived anti-Judaism in the New Testament, which has, in turn, tragically led to anti-Semitism in the Church. The purpose of the Abingdon Essential Guides is to fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introductions to the core disciples in biblical, theological, and religious studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the need of students foremost in mind, addressed to learners in a number of contexts, Essential Guides will be the first choice of those who wish to acquaint themselves or their students with the broad scope of issues, perspectives, and subject matters within biblical and religious studies.

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The Jewish Annotated New Testament Amy-Jill Levine, Marc Z. Brettler  
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Although major New Testament figures—Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene—were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew—until now. In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences. And they explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years.

An international team of scholars introduces and annotates the Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation from Jewish perspectives, in the New Revised Standard Version translation. They show how Jewish practices and writings, particularly the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, influenced the New Testament writers. From this perspective, readers gain new insight into the New Testament's meaning and significance. In addition, thirty essays on historical and religious topics—Divine Beings, Jesus in Jewish thought, Parables and Midrash, Mysticism, Jewish Family Life, Messianic Movements, Dead Sea Scrolls, questions of the New Testament and anti-Judaism, and others—bring the Jewish context of the New Testament to the fore, enabling all readers to see these writings both in their original contexts and in the history of interpretation. For readers unfamiliar with Christian language and customs, there are explanations of such matters as the Eucharist, the significance of baptism, and "original sin."

For non-Jewish readers interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity and for Jewish readers who want a New Testament that neither proselytizes for Christianity nor denigrates Judaism, The Jewish Annotated New Testament is an essential volume that places these writings in a context that will enlighten students, professionals, and general readers.

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