Reading the books of the Law, the Pentateuch, in their original context is the crucial prerequisite for reading their citation and use in later interpretation, including the New Testament writings, argues Ben Witherington III. Here, he offers pastors, teachers, and students an accessible commentary on the Pentateuch, as well as a reasoned consideration of how these books were heard and read in early Christianity. By reading "forward and backward," Witherington advances the scholarly discussion of intertextuality and opens a new avenue for biblical theology.
Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He has taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His numerous books include, from Fortress Press, Jesus the Seer (2014) and Jesus the Sage (2000).
Tabula Gratulorum Preface: Laying Down the Law 1. The "Law" by the Numbers and Its Influence in Early Judaism 2. The Genesis of It All 3. The Exodus and the Entrance 4. Cracking the Levitical Code and Counting Up the Numbers 5. Deuteronomy and the Demise of Moses 6. Coda: Final Reflections Appendix A: Citations, Allusions, and Echoes of the Pentateuch in the New Testament, according to Nestle-Aland 28 Appendix B: A Review of Adam and the Genome Appendix C: Ascending Enoch, or Jesus and Falling Spirits