Interpretation and the Claims of the Text combines the writings of more than a dozen prominent biblical scholars to elucidate the theological building blocks for the New Testament. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Mikeal C. Parsons, Jason A. Whitlark, Loveday Alexander, Warren Carter, Sharyn Dowd, Amy-Jill Levine, Bruce W. Longenecker, Frank J. Matera, David P. Moessner, Alicia D. Myers, Lidija Novakovic, Todd D. Still, C. Clifton Black, and R. Alan Culpepper chart the waters of creation and humanity, the problems of sin, Christ's redemptive power, and God's overarching plan for humankind. Students and scholars alike will benefit from their exegetical groundwork, perceptive discussion, and enlightening conclusions. Interpretations and the Claims of the Text illuminates multiple points of departure for further exploration of the depths of New Testament texts.
Jason A. Whitlark is Assistant Professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core at Baylor University. Bruce W. Longenecker is Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University. Lidija Novakovic is Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University. Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University.
Preface 1 Interpreting the Claims of the New Testament: The Life and Scholarship of Charles H. Talbert Sharyn Dowd and Alicia D. Myers Claims about God 2 The God Who Raised Jesus from the Dead: Toward a Theology of Resurrection Lidija Novakovic 3 The "Glory of God" in Paul's Letter to the Romans Beverly Roberts Gaventa Claims about the Human Condition 4 "The World Was My Oyster but I Used the Wrong Fork" (Oscar Wilde): The Parable of the Pearl Reopened Amy-Jill Levine 5 The Problem of Evil in the Gospel of John R. Alan Culpepper 6 Placing Pain in a Pauline Frame: Considering Suffering in Romans 5 and 8 Todd D. Still Claims about Creation and Human Destiny 7 Endzeit als Urzeit: Mark and Creation Theology C. Clifton Black 8 Conformed to the Image of God's Own Son: The Goal of God's Redemptive Plan according to the Pauline Epistles Frank J. Matera 9 Cosmology and the Perfection of Humanity in Hebrews Jason A. Whitlark Claims about the Christian Community 10 Luke and the Heritage of Israel Mikeal C. Parsons 11 The Love of God (Romans 5:5): Expansive Syntax and Theological Polyvalence Bruce W. Longenecker 12 Diakonia, the Ephesian Comma, and the Ministry of All Believers Loveday Alexander 13 The Living Resources of Early Christology: Papias and the Gospel of Mark David P. Moessner Claims about Empire 14 The Question of the State and the State of the Question: The Roman Empire and New Testament Theologies Warren Carter Notes Bibliography List of Contributors Index of Primary Sources Index of Modern Authors