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Theological Hermeneutics and 1 Thessalonians

Theological Hermeneutics and 1 Thessalonians

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£27.99

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521090056
Number of Pages: 248
Published: 13/11/2008
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
This book proposes a theological reading of 1 Thessalonians, making an important response to the increasing demand to relate biblical scholarship more closely to theological concerns. Paddison's interpretation adheres very closely to the text and is divided into three parts. Part I offers a theological critique of dominant historical-critical readings of 1 Thessalonians. Part II examines the history of interpretation of 1 Thessalonians focusing on the pre-Modern exegesis of Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. Paddison explores what theological exegetes can learn from Thomas Aquinas' Lectura and John Calvin's commentary on 1 Thessalonians. Aided by the insights of these neglected pre-Modern commentators, Part III presents a theologically driven interpretation of the letter. Theological exegesis is practised as a dialogue with Paul, the canon and a plethora of theological voices to elucidate Paddison's central argument, that the astonishing subject-matter of 1 Thessalonians is God's all-powerful hold over death.

Angus Paddison (University of Gloucestershire)

Angus Paddison is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucestershire.

Review of the hardback: 'This monograph is a fine example of a rare commodity in contemporary New Testament scholarship - a serious and sustained theological engagement with a biblical text ... exhilarating and invigorating ... this is a thought-provoking and potentially important book. I hope that it will stimulate debate, and help to make space for more theologically-committed exegesis within the guild of Anglophone New Testament studies ...' Expository Times Review of the hardback: 'Paddison is to be commended for his calling on Pauline/biblical scholars back to the subject matter of the text, namely, God's revelation in the person and work of Jesus Christ.' Themelios Review of the hardback: 'In its demonstration of how theologically fruitful canonical connections can emerge in the interpretive process, [this book] would also bring a breath of fresh air to pastors whose homiletical imaginations have been deadened by the inflated claims of some forms of historical criticism. To sum up, I highly recommend this book and look forward to Paddison's future contributions to theological exegesis.' Andy Johnson, Interpretation

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