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. 55, No. 3, July

2 Kings
2 Kings by Robert L. Cohn Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry. Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 2000. 186 pp. $34.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8146-5054-6. THIS COMMENTARY is an important contribution to the Berit Olam series, which focuses on the...
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A Disciple for Our Time
A Conversation Qoheleth's work invites a passionate response and a new way of living in paradox. Though a product of antiquity, Qoheleth has an uncanny knack for addressing issues of contemporary relevance. Yet we tend to respond not with conversation...
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A Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle in Its Literary and Cultural Setting
A Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle In Its Literary and Cultural setting by Christopher Bryan Oxford University Press, New York, 2000. 278 pp. $49.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-19-513023-5. ACCORDING To BRYAN, Paul's most famous letter reflects the apostle's...
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Ascension and Ecclesion: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology and Christian Cosomology
Ascension and Ecclesia: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology and Christian Cosmology by Douglas Farrow Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1999. 340 pp. $35.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-8028-4683-1. THE CHIEF PURPOSE of this passionate and...
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Augustine: The Scattered and Gathered Self
Augustine: The Scattered and Gathered Self by Sandra Lee Dixon Chalice, St. Louis, 1999. 278 pp. $29.99. ISBN 082720024-2. HOW MIGHT WE, amidst the multitude of experiences that make up our lives, learn to recognize the coherence of the whole? More specifically,...
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Between Text & Sermon: Ecclesiastes 12:1-13
IF ONE FOLLOWS THE CONSENSUS OF SCHOLARS in claiming the relation between the allegorical poem (12:1-8) with the verses that precede it (11:7-10), one should recognize that this passage begins as the second part of a repetitive parallelism, which can...
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Between Text & Sermon: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
When there is no bread, there is no learning. When there is no learning, there is no bread. Rabbi Elazar THIS TEXT FROM QOHELETH OFFERS THE PREACHER or teacher an opportunity to encounter with the community of faith: (1) aspects of Qoheleth's understanding...
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Between Text & Sermon: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
THIS PASSAGE LIES AT THE VERY HEART OF THE BOOK in its placement and significance. While Ecclesiastes uses only Elohim as the name for God, the relationship with God is central in the book. The exclusive use of Elohim as the name for God can be understood...
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Between Text & Sermon: Ecclesiastes 7:1-19
About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be described as the general neurosis of our time. Carl Jung-Modern Man of a Soul IN THE FIRST DECADE OF THE...
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Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes by William R Brown IIBC. John Knox, Louisville, 2000. 143 pp. $21.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8042-3146-X. THIS IS A FINE CONTRIBUTION to the literature on Ecclesiastes, an accessible, well informed and critically acute commentary. Like most recent...
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Ecclesiastes: A Reading from the Periphery
Qoheleth speaks most profoundly to men and women most disillusioned with a world governed by efficiency, technology, and profit. To them, the sage offers both an affirmation of faith and a call to value the concrete and the sensuous. Ecclesiastes is...
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Editorial
Ecclesiastes is a strange book, all the more so when read as scripture. Early Jewish tradition, for example, notes how certain rabbis found this book to be at odds with Torah teaching. Similarly, biblical theologians today often exclude Ecclesiastes...
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"How Sweet Is the Light"
The joy of youth and the ravages of aging lie at the heart of Qoheleth's instructions. Through poetry, the sage instills in his readers a yearning to live more fully in the present. The seven "vanities" mentioned by Qoheleth correspond to the seven worlds...
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James
James by C. Freeman Sleeper Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Abingdon, Nashville, 1998. 152 pp. $19.95. ISBN 0-687-05816-3. SLEEPER HAS GIVEN US a readable and useful commentary on James, which he views as "a more general call to a life of virtue"...
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Jeremiah 1-20: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Jeremiah 1-20: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Jack R. Lundbom AB 21. Doubleday, New York, 1999. 934 pp. $49.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-385-4112-X. LUNDBOM IS A LEADING PROPONENT of rhetorical criticism, a discipline which "analyzes discourse...
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Karl Barth in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Karl Barth In the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Andreas Pangritz Translated by Barbara and Martin Rumscheidt. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 167 pp. $20.00. ISBN 0-8028-4281-X. PANGRITZ HAS WRITTEN a well-researched and much-needed exposition of...
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Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril
Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for A Planet in Peril by Sallie McFague Fortress, Minneapolis, 2001. 251 pp. $18.00. ISBN 0-8006-3269-9. WITH THIS VOLUME, McFague directs her criticalreconstructive energies toward the most formidable challenge...
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My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach
My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Each by Calvin R. Stapert Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 250 pp. $16.00. ISBN 0-8028-4472-3. THE 20TH CENTURY'S SEARCH for historical "truth" seemed to delight in chipping away at the...
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Prayer and the New Testament: Jesus and His Communities at Worship
Prayer and the New Testament: Jesus and His Communities at Worship by Robert 1. Karris Companions to the New Testament. Crossroad, New York, 2000. 210 pp. $25.95. ISBN 0-8245-1874-8. THIS CONTRIBUTION admirably fits the series' goal of providing accessible...
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Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 272 pp. $20.00. ISBN 0-8028-4730-7. THE CHALLENGE OF PREACHING the Old Testament has prompted the knees of many pastors to buckle, sometimes in prayer,...
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Psalms
Psalms by Alastair G. Hunter Old Testament Readings. Routledge, London, 1999. 298 pp.$29.99.ISBN 0-415-12770-X. HUNTER PROVIDES A CHALLENGING and suggestive reading of the psalms. He explains that the primary intent of the study "is that of achieving...
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Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus
Reading and Writing In the Time Of Jesus by Alan Millard New York University Press, New York, 2000. 288 pp. $35.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-8147-5637-9. THIS IS A VERY USEFUL COMPENDIUM of up-to-- date information concerning writing practices in the ancient world....
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Religious Education and the Brain: A Practical Resource for Understanding How We Learn about God
Religious Education and the Brain: A Practical Resource for Understanding How We Loam about God by Jerry Larsen Paulist Press, New York, 2000. 188 pp. $19.95. ISBN 0-8091-3934-0. LARSEN PROVIDES the reader with an introduction to recent discoveries of...
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Suffering Divine Things: Theology as Church Practice
Suffering Divine Things: Theology as Church Practice by Reinhard HUtter Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 314 pp. $25.00 ISBN 0-8028-4688-2. THE ROLE OF THEOLOGY as servant of the church seems all but lost at times in the day-to-day lives of contemporary...
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The Continuing Conversion of the Church
The Continuing Conversion of the Church by Darrell L. Guder The Gospel and Our Culture Series. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 222 pp. $20.00. ISBN 0-8028-4703-X. GUDER'S EXCELLENT INTRODUCTION to evangelism is almost a theology of the church. His overarching...
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The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Investigation of the Collection and Origin of the Canonical Gospels
The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Investigation of the Collection and Origin of the Canonical Gospels by Martin Hengel Translated by John Bowden. Trinity Press International, Harrisburg, 2000. 354 pp. $30.00. ISBN 1-56338-300-4....
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Theology for the Community of God
Theology for the Community of God by Stanley I. Grenz Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 691 pp. $34.00. ISBN 1-57383-160-3. EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY often promotes views of faith and salvation that privilege the individual believer. Grenz challenges both fellow...
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Theology When Everything Is out of Control
Qoheleth's theology concerns the practical realities of life and how one can cope in a topsy-turvy world. He espouses an ethic of liberality and enjoyment in the face of uncertainty. There is probably no book in the Bible whose authority is as frequently...
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The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective
The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective by R. Paul Stevens Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1999. 296 pp. $24.00. ISBN 0-8028-4800. THE AUTHOR PRESENTS a well-developed theology of Christian ministry and mission in the form that...
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The Pilgrim Road: Sermons on Christian Life
The Pilgrim Road: Sermons on Christian Life by B. A. Gerrish Edited by Mary T. Stimming. Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2000. 212 pp. $14.95. ISBN 0-664-25691-0. THIS BOOK BEAUTIFULLY EXEMPLIFIES how theology serves the task of preaching, and how...
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The Promise of the Father: Jesus and God in the New Testament
The Promise of the Father: Jesus and God In the New Testament by Marianne Meye Thompson Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2000. 206 pp. $16.95. ISBN 0-664-22197-1. THE IMMEDIATE IMPETUS for this study is the contemporary debate over God language and,...
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The Prophets: A Liberation-Critical Reading
The Prophets: A Liberation-Critical Reading by Carol J Dempsey A Liberation-Critical Reading of the Old Testament. Fortress, Minneapolis, 2000. 211 pp. $20.00. ISBN 08006-3116-1. DEMPSEY SELECTS TEXTS from prophetic writings that reflect a dual focus:...
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The Significance of Grace in the Letters of Paul
The Significance of Grace In the Letters of Paul by Brad Eastman Peter Lang, New York, 1999. 247 pp. $51.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8204-4075-2. THIS EXCELLENT STUDY begins by briefly surveying the contributions of Sanders, Dunn, Raisanen, Hubner, Westerholm,...
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The Torah's Vision of Worship
The Torah's Vision of Worship by Samuel E. Balentine Overtures to Biblical Theology. Fortress, Minneapolis, 1999. 266 pp. $26.00. ISBN 0-8006-3155-2. BOOK-LENGTH TREATMENTS of the topic "Worship in the Old Testament" last appeared in the 1950s and 1960s....
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Waiting for the Word: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Speaking about God / the Wisdom and Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Waiting for the Word: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Speaking about God by Frits de Lange Translated by Martin N. Walton. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 161 pp. $19.00. ISBN 0-8028-4532-0. The Wisdom and Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer edited by Wayne Whitson...
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What Are They Saying about the Parables?
What Are They Saying About the Parables? by David B. Gowler WATSA. Paulist Press, New York, 2000. 150 pp. $10.95. ISBN 0-8091-3962-6. PARABLE RESEARCH has been a significant microcosm of New Testament scholarship and this work offers a superb review...
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"Whatever Your Hand Finds to Do"
Contrary to popular opinion, Qoheleth does not disparage work; he redefines it by dislodging it from the arena of the marketplace and setting it within the ethos of enjoyment. Qoheleth's "work ethic" is profoundly subversive and relevant. "Socrates said,...
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What Happens in Holy Communion
What Happens In Holy Communion by Michael Welker Translated by John Hoffmeyer. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2000. 183 pp. $18.00. ISBN 0-281-05291-3. THIS BOOK'S TITLE becomes an oft-repeated question throughout the text, "What happens in holy communion?"...
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Who Is Jesus? History in Perfect Tense / the Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is
Who Is Jesus? History In Perfect Tense by Leander E. Keck Studies on Personalities of the New Testament University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 2000.207 pp. $24.95 (cloth). ISBN 1-57003-338-2. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was...
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