Volumes in the Series
Volumes in the Series
A Concise Theology of the New Testament
by Frank J. Matera
The inaugural entry in the series, A Concise Theology of the New Testament provides readers with an accessible introduction to the discipline of New Testament theology. Employing nontechnical language, it summarizes the major theologies of the New Testament and explains the contribution that New Testament theology makes to the life of the Church.
In the second volume of the series, the author of a significant commentary on the Gospel of John (1998) reconsiders many of Raymond Brown’s suggestions, modifying them in the light of contemporary studies. Written to appeal to a general audience, he states his own position, supporting his hypothesis with a careful but simply written commentary on the texts of 1, 2, and 3 John. He concludes that the Johannine Letters address an audience already mentioned in John 20:29: “Those who have not seen yet believe.”
The third volume of the series is intended to help the reader savor more of the meaning of the Gospel narratives and of the Acts of the Apostles by attention to their “landscape,” that is, their geographical layout and the biblical history intimately related to this geography. In many instances, the evangelists and the traditions they draw on intend to evoke a deeper, symbolic meaning woven into the places in which the gospel drama unfolds. This unique study will lead the reader to a deeper appreciation of the full meaning of the New Testament narratives and their message.
There has been considerable scholarly work in recent years on intertextuality in the Bible, and numerous scholars have been exploring Paul’s complex use of Scripture, whether from the LXX or the MT. In addition to briefly summarizing the state of discussions in this area, the author also explores examples from several letters of Paul’s practice of quoting/using Scripture. Some of the topics explored are: the question of written or oral sources; memorization; allusions vs. quotations; Paul’s understanding of “scripture”; his use of scripture in rhetorical argumentation (Jewish/Greco-Roman); eisegesis vs. exegesis; and what Paul’s use of Scripture might say to us today. The author concentrates on the undisputed letters, and uses some examples from the disputed letters because they constitute Pauline “tradition.” Witherup concludes with a chapter on Scripture and Tradition in the life of the Church today. Some pertinent charts, graphs, and sidebars/boxes enhance the book’s utility for a general audience
- Christ in the Book of Revelation
by Ian Boxall (November 2021)
For many Christians, the Apocalypse of John (Book of Revelation) remains a closed book. Yet it provides one of the richest resources for christological reflection in the whole New Testament, and for centuries functioned as the Church’s Easter book par excellence, presenting in vivid imagery the victory of the Paschal Lamb. Engaging narrative, historical-critical and reception-historical tools, this proposed volume will introduce readers to the multiple dimensions of Christ as portrayed in the Apocalypse, within the unfolding narrative of John’s visions, and exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman background to the book’s christological titles and images.