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Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780664232665
Number of Pages: 312
Published: 06/05/2011
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
Historical-critical approaches to Scripture rule out some readings and commend others, but they rarely offer much help to either theological reflection or the preaching of the Word. They do not point the church forward in the life of discipleship. These commentaries have learned from tradition, but they are most importantly commentaries for today. The authors share the conviction that their work will be more contemporary, more faithful, and more radical, to the extent that it is more biblical, honestly wrestling with the texts of the Scriptures.--from the series introduction The volumes in Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible from Westminster John Knox Press offer a fresh and invigorating approach to all the books of the Bible. Building on a wide range of sources from biblical studies, the history of theology, the church's liturgical and musical traditions, contemporary culture, and the Christian tradition, noted scholars focus less on traditional historical and literary angles in favor of a theologically focused commentary that considers the contemporary relevance of the texts. This series is an invaluable resource for those who want to probe beyond the backgrounds and words of biblical texts to their deep theological and ethical meanings for the church today.

Joseph S. Harvard, Allen Verhey

Joseph S. Harvard IIIis Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and has been active in community organizations. He has been President of Durham Congregations in Action and the recipient of a number of special awards throughout his ministry including Elna Spaulding Award for community leadership, and the "Keeper of the Dream Award" presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee of the NAACP. Allen Verheyis Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. He has taught at Hope College and was Director of the Institute of Religion at the Texas Medical Center. He has published a number of books and articles includingThe Great Reversal: Ethics and the New TestamentandReading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine.

"Belief is extraordinary, inspiring, innovative, and passionate in its vision. An excellent resource for preaching the love of God." Andrew Sung Park, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio "Church leaders will delight in a ready supply of biblical resources that engage seriously with the history of interpretation and contemporary theological reflection." Philip W. Butin, copastor, First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas "A new engagement between biblical texts and constructive theology. Expect fresh textual reading from an informed theological perspective." Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary "An impressive variety of theological voices all asking what the upshot of the biblical texts is for pressing theological issues in our day." David Kelsey, Professor Emeritus, Yale Divinity Schoo

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