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. 49, No. 1, January

Between Text and Sermon: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
WHEN KARL BARTH commented that all sin is basically ingratitude, he may have had the Book of Deuteronomy in mind. This fifth book of the Torah portrays the gracious acts of the God who set the Hebrew people free from bondage, and it calls the people...
Between Text and Sermon: Luke 15:11-32
THESE VERSES are usually referred to as "the parable of the Prodigal Son." Just as legitimately, however, they can be designated "the parable of the Elder Brother." Whereas many of us identify with the wandering ways of the younger son, many others sympathize...
Between Text and Sermon: Philippians 3:7-15
I NEVER READ scripture alone; I always bring those who have been my most important teachers to "sit" with me as I ponder a text. When I read the text from Philippians, I was reminded of one of my favorite Western Christian theologians from the medieval...
Between Text and Sermon: Psalm 51
ACCORDING to a rabbinic proverb, we go through life carrying a stone in each hand. On one stone is written, "I am dust and ashes." The second reads, "For me this world was created." This proverb encapsules the tension, the challenge, and the promise...
Church Documents on Human Sexuality and the Authority of Scripture
THE PAST FOUR YEARS have witnessed unprecedented productivity on the part of Protestant denominations in the generation of papers on human sexuality. Four such documents, that of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. (ECUSA), the United Methodist...
Major Book Reviews -- after Eden: Facing the Challenge of Gender Reconciliation by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, et Al
After Eden: Facing the Challenge of Gender Reconciliation, by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, et al. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, 1993. 640 pp. $29.99 (paper). ISBN 0-8028-0646-5.THIS HANDY VOLUME is the product of an interdisciplinary team...
Major Book Reviews -- Basic Christian Doctrine by John H. Leith
Basic Christian Doctrine, by John H. Leith. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1993. 350 pp. $19.95 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25192-7.THIS LATEST in a series of Leith's resourceful and competent books provides a compelling, comprehensive, and contemporary...
Major Book Reviews -- Ernst Troeltsch: His Life and Thought by Hans-Georg Drescher and Translated by John Bowden
Ernst Troeltsch: His Life and Thought, by Hans-Georg Drescher. Translated by John Bowden. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1993. 453 pp. $34.95. ISBN 0-8006-2674-5.AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY is always an extremely daunting and difficult task, but Drescher's...
Major Book Reviews -- Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible's First Story by Danna Nolan Fewell and David M. Gunn / Narrative in the Hebrew Bible by David M. Gunn and Danna Nolan Fewell
Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible's First Story, by Danna Nolan Fewell and David M. Gunn. Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1993. 208 pp. $14.95 (paper). ISBN 0-687-14042-0.Narrative in the Hebrew Bible, by David M. Gunn and Danna Nolan Fewell....
Major Book Reviews -- History and Prophecy: The Development of Late Judean Literary Traditions (the Anchor Bible Reference Library) by Brian Peckham
History and Prophecy: The Development of Late Judean Literary Traditions, by Brian Peckham. The Anchor Bible Reference Library. Doubleday, New York, 1993. 880 pp. $35.00 ISBN 0-385-42348-9.IN THIS LATEST and bulkiest addition to the Anchor Bible Reference...
Major Book Reviews -- Judaism: Practice and Belief 63 B.C.E.-66 C.E. by E. P. Sanders
Judaism: Practice and Belief 63 B.C.E.-66 C.E., E. P. Sanders. SCM Press, London/Trinity Press International, Philadelphia, 1992. 580 pp. $29.95 (paper). ISBN 1-56338-015-3.AFTER SETTING THE CONTEXT (44 pp.), Sanders divides this work into two major...
Major Book Reviews -- Renaissance and Reformation and the Rise of Science by Harold P. Nebelsick
Renaissance and Reformation and the Rise of Science, by Harold P. Nebelsick. T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1992. 237 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-567-09604-1.NEBELSICK'S TWO DECADES as professor of doctrinal theology at Louisville Theological Seminary and his two...
Major Book Reviews -- the History of Ancient Palestine from the Palaeolithic Period to Alexander's Conquest (JSOT Sup. Series 146) by Gosta W. Ahlstrom with a Contribution by Gary O. Rollefson and Edited by Diana Edelman
The History of Ancient Palestine from the Paleolithic Period to Alexander's Conquest, by Gosta W. Ahlstrom. With a contribution by Gary O. Rollefson and edited by Diana Edelman. JSOT Sup. Series 146. Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, 1993. 990 pp....
Sexual Ethics: A Feminist Biblical Perspective
WHEN SEEKING biblical guidance for sexual morality, authors commonly focus on specific rules about sexual behavior, such as homosexuality, adultery, and divorce. The critical task for today is then defined in terms of establishing the original setting...
Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church by Letty M. Russell
Church in the Round: Feminist interpretation of the Church, by Letty M. Russell. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1993. 253 pp. $13.50 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25070-X.THE KITCHEN TABLE, the round table, and the welcome table are images Russell uses...
Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest by David R. Blumenthal
Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest, by David R. Blumenthal. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1993. 208 pp. $17.99 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25464-0.BLUMENTHAL, of Emory University, has written a thoroughly Jewish and poignantly important...
Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Great Commission: Biblical Models for Evangelism by Mortimer Arias and Alan Johnson
The Great Commission: Biblical Models for Evangelism, by Mortimer Arias and Alan Johnson. Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1992. 142 pp. $12.95 (paper). ISBN 0-687-15784-6.WITHIN DISCUSSIONS of the evangelistic and mission efforts of the church, the "Great...
Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins by Burton L. Mack
The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins, by Burton L. Mack. HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, 1993. 274 pp. $22.00 ISBN 0-06-065374-4.THIS BOOK has four parts. Part One, "The Discovery of a Lost Gospel," presents a critique of recent discussion...
Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Orphan Gospel: Mark's Perspective on Jesus (the Biblical Seminar 16) by Dean W. Chapman
The Orphan Gospel: Mark's Perspective on Jesus, by Dean W. Chapman. The Biblical Seminar 16. JSOT/Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, 1993. 235 pp. $19.95 (paper). ISBN 1-85075-346-6.THE AIM of this book is to test a set of assumptions about the Gospel...
Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Written Also for Our Sake: Paul and the Art of Biblical Interpretation by James W. Aageson
Written Also for Our Sake: Paul and the Art of Biblical Interpretation, by James W. Aageson. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1993. 156 pp. $10.00 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25361-X.AAGESON'S CLAIM is that Paul's mode of interpreting scripture, which...
The Bible as Foundational Document
WHETHER THE BIBLE speaks authoritatively for our own time is a question that cannot be decided by a single issue, even as crucial a one as sexuality. Rather, the problem of the Bible's understanding of sexuality is but one among many issues that have...
The Holy Bible and Sanctified Sexuality: An Evangelical Approach to Scripture and Sexual Ethics
I AM AN EVANGELICAL. Now, I am usually happy to be called such, for I take the term to identify me as one who longs to think and to live my life--including my sexual life--in the light and power of the gospel, the good news, the evangel."Evangelical"...