Interpretation

Interpretation is a journal covering essays on the Bible and theology. Since it was founded in 1947, it is produced quarterly. The journal is published by Union-PSCE.Subjects for Interpretation include religious publications. The editors are Samuel E. Balentine and James A. Brashler.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 1, January

"As Often as You Eat This Bread and Drink the Cup"
ONE OF THE MAJOR EFFECTS of the liturgical renewal of the last thirty years has been a recovery of the early church's understanding that Word and sacrament (particularly the Eucharist) belong together when congregations assemble to worship on the Lord's...
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Eucharistic Faith and Practice
Consider what exegesis of a biblical text requires: knowledge of languages, history, and cultures; familiarity with context; dialogue with the tradition; attention to detail; discerning use of critical tools; objectivity; and the willingness to be surprised....
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Judaism: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow by Hans Kung
Kung is the brilliant head of an impressive German academic enterprise that regularly produces large, deeply researched theology books. Writing theology is no longer a cottage industry of the solitary scholar. His enterprise, the Institute for Ecumenical...
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Major Book Reviews -- Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament, Ethics, and Christian Life by Bruce C. Birch
Curiously, books on biblical ethics appear relatively seldom. Over the past century, for example, there have been dozens of theologies and histories about the literature and periods of the Bible. In comparison, only a handful of comprehensive treatments...
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Reshaping Table Blessings
PRIOR TO THE TURN OF THIS CENTURY, studies and discussions of the Lord's Supper tended to focus on several important, but often tired and divisive, questions: Was the "Last" Supper a Passover meal? Is Christ "present" in the bread and wine? How are the...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- A Case for Peace in Reason and Faith by Monika K. Hellwig
This slim volume is insightful and well written, making it accessible to a wide audience. In spite of its brevity, it casts a wide net and comes up full with a range of topics that are integrated nicely. True to its title, this is not a biblical study...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- after the Thousand Years: Resurrection and Judgment in Revelation 20 (JSNT Sup. Series 70) by J. Webb Mealy
This is a very industrious investigation of Revelation 20. The author is not afraid of taking on all the difficult problems of the "millennium" as an aspect of the Parousia concept, all the while searching for new and "unorthodox" solutions. His method...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Ezra-Nehemiah by Mark A. Throntveit
The goal of the Interpretation series is to produce commentaries that integrate exegetical study and hermeneutical reflection into a readable expository resource for preachers and teachers in the church. In accord with this goal, Throntveit takes a synchronic,...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Images of Judaism in Luke-Acts by Joseph B. Tyson
Tyson uses reader-response criticism to determine how the "implied author" of Luke-Acts portrays Judaism to the "implied reader." By examining what is explained in the text and what is not, Tyson first constructs a profile of the implied reader as someone...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- in the Beginning: Creation and the Priestly History by Robert B. Coote and David Robert Ord
This book examines the P document and is part of a series of similar works on J and E that Coote has written either alone, with Mary Coote, or with Ord. Coote and Ord present a view of P not radically different from that given us by earlier writers.Chapters...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Ishaku: An African Christian between Two Worlds by Lamar Williamson
This story of the life of Ishaku Jean, an African Christian, and of his martyr-like death in 1964 during the "Simba" rebellion in what was then the Democratic Republic of Congo (now Zaire) is important for many reasons. For one thing, although the subject...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Israel in Egypt: Reading Exodus 1--2 (JSOT Sup. Series 135) by Gordon F. Davies
Davies gives a thorough and often helpful analysis of the first two chapters of the Book of Exodus. Having discussed the necessity of choosing between the diachronic and synchronic approaches to the text, he opts for the latter. Yet this work remains...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- John among the Gospels: The Relationship in Twentieth-Century Research by D. Moody Smith
In this survey of views of the relationship between the Fourth and the synoptic Gospels, Smith addresses one of the most controversial topics in current Johannine research. His chronicle begins with the breakdown of the nineteenth-century consensus around...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Mark and Luke in Poststructuralist Perspectives: Jesus Begins to Write by Stephen D. Moore
In this book, Moore makes special use of the thought and literary techniques of the French thinkers Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Foucault to present a postmodernist interpretation of Mark and Luke. Along the way, Moore slays with withering...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Sacred Space: An Approach to the Theology of the Epistle to the Hebrews (JSNT Sup. Series 73) by Marie E. Isaacs
The author, pastor as well as lecturer in biblical studies at Heythrop College, London, is not the first (and she will not be the last) to propose a solution to the elusive quest for the original context and readership of the Epistle to the Hebrews....
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Sacred Violence: Paul's Hermeneutic of the Cross by Robert G. Hamerton-Kelly
Hamerton-Kelly provides a new application of the methodology of Ren Girard to the Pauline corpus of the New Testament He finds the core of Paul's thought to be a "hermeneutic of the cross," which is Paul's way of deconstructing the mimetic desire and...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Satire and the Hebrew Prophets by Thomas Jemielity
The author, a professor of English at Notre Dame University, has long had an interest in the connections between the literary expressions of the Hebrew prophets and the literary genre of satire and, finding very few monographic treatments of this subject,...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Diversity of Religions: A Christian Perspective by Joseph A. DiNoia
Many theologians, historians of religion, and even some missiologists have concluded that deep down all religions are the same. To them, religious pluralism means that every serious way to God is valid, and each way must confess this sameness in the...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Johannine Epistles: Introduction and Commentary by Rudolf Schnackenburg and Translated by Reginald Fuller and Ilse Fuller
Schnackenburg's major commentary on the Johannine letters first appeared in Herders theologischer Kommentar in 1953. Now, thanks to Crossroad, interpreters without German are beneficiaries of the seventh edition (1984) of this superb work, elegantly...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Law of the Temple in Ezekiel 40--48 by Steven Shawn Tuell
This study, the revision of a dissertation written at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia under the direction of S. Dean McBride, Jr., is a thorough reexamination of the last nine chapters of Ezekiel. Tuell's first two chapters -- constitute a painstaking...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Origins of Biblical Law by Calum M. Carmichael
Using the ancestral narratives (Jacob/Joseph cycles) as his information base, Carmichael attempts to show that biblical law, the Decalogues, and the mispatim have their basis in narrative, not social development. It is his contention that "real-life"...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Prayer Texts of Luke-Acts (American University Studies VII, Theology and Religion, Vol. 18) by Steven F. Plymale
This volume is based on a dissertation done at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. It consists of an Introduction, four chapters, and a bibliography. The Introduction gives a survey of past research, agreeing that in Luke-Acts prayer is the means...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Separated Ones: Jesus, the Pharisees, and Islam by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
Maqsood begins with the presuppositions that the Gospels frequently present the theology or "propaganda material" of the early church rather than reliable Jesus traditions, and that they have mistakenly elevated Jesus from a prophet to the Godhead. She...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Tree of Gnosis: Gnostic Mythology from Early Christianity to Modern Nihilism by Ioan P. Couliano and Translated by H. S. Wiesner and Ioan P. Couliano
The Romanian-born author of this volume was an emerging new voice in gnostic studies until his suspicious murder at the University of Chicago in 1991. Now others will have to take up the project that he only partially completes in this volume. Couliano...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- to Understand God Truly: What's Theological about a Theological School by David H. Kelsey
Probably the most frequently quoted and analyzed source for current discussions about theological schooling is Kelsey's book. Indeed, there is a compelling, almost self-authenticating response to the proposal that the overarching goal of theological...
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The Eucharist: Identifying with Christ on the Cross
IDENTIFYING WITH CHRIST ON THE CROSS*IT MAY BE DISAPPOINTING to say so, but the sacraments are of no central theological interest in Paul's thought. During his first mission in Corinth, Paul did not consider baptizing to be his main task: "Christ did...
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The Passover Feast of the New Covenant
The four evangelists and Paul interpret Jesus' death in the framework of the Passover. They construe the Passover as a feast ordained by God to portray the redemption of Israel and the participation of every Israelite in this redemption. They assume...
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