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. 2, April

A Theology of Evangelism
The central task of a theology of evangelism is to provide a clear and credible account of the ministry of evangelism that will foster and illuminate responsible evangelistic practices by the Christian church and its agents in the modern world. To date,...
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Between Text and Sermon: I Corinthians 13
Dialogue with I Corinthians 13 engages us in conversation with the faith and practice of both the church at Corinth and the contemporary Christian community we seek to address. Listening to these voices brings us into awareness of the givenness of congregations...
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Between Text and Sermon: Isaiah 43:8-15
This brief passage from Isaiah is an excellent one for showing both the necessity for and the task of evangelism. While it does not have a place in the ecumenical three-year lectionary cycle, it would be appropriate for the Epiphany season with the emphasis...
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Between Text and Sermon: John 4:5-42
The story of the Samaritan woman in John 4:5-42 is old, cast in the customs of an ancient world where water is drawn from deep wells by waterpots, and racial and gender animosity rule social and religious customs. But the story of the Samaritan woman...
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Between Text and Sermon: Psalm 146
Despite the fact that many believe that the psalms should be sung (which they should!) and not preached, I believe they are permeated with rich homiletical possibilities. Psalm 146 is a good example.The psalm introduces the fifth and final division of...
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Editorial
Regardless of denomination, evangelism retains for Christians its strong and rightful appeal. The reason is that it is not tangential to Christian faith but rooted in the apostolic identity of the church. From Baptism and Sunday school, Christians are...
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Evangelism and the Debate over Church Growth
After fifteen years of major expansion and evangelistic enthusiasm following World War II, mainline Protestant churches in the United States began to "rethink, retool, and restructure" their understanding and practice of evangelism. The emerging social...
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Evangelism, Evangelization, and Catechesis
There are as many definitions of "evangelism" as there are definers. Some of these definitions focus on evangelism's message, some on its intended results, some on the recipients of its message, and some on the methods used to transmit that message....
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Is There Biblical Warrant for Evangelism?
It has become all too common, when attempting to ground evangelism in the New Testament, to resort to what we have called the "great commission." The commissioning words of Jesus, variously reported at the end of each of the Gospels (Matt. 28:16-20;...
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Major Book Reviews -- Gaia and God: A Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing by Rosemary Radford Ruether
GAIA AND GOD: AN ECOFEMINIST THEOLOGY OF EARTH HEALING, Rosemary Radford Ruether. HarperSanFransisco/HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1992. 310 pp. $22.00. ISBN 0-06-067022-3.Gaia and God is an admirably readable, wide-ranging account of world-views,...
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Major Book Reviews -- Galations (Sacra Pagina Vol. 9) by Frank J. Matera
It is intriguing that for nearly sixty years (from Burton to Betz) there were few significant commentaries in English on Paul's letter to the Galatians (exceptions being Duncan, Bligh, and the translation of Ridderbos). The 1980s and early 1990s, however,...
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Major Book Reviews -- Life in the Spirit (Systematic Theology, Vol. 3) by Thomas C. Oden
Life in the Spirit, by Thomas C. Oden. Systematic Theology, Vol. 3. HarperSanFrancisco/HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1992. 548 pp. $30.00. ISBN 0-06-066349-9.Life in the Spirit is the third and concluding volume of Oden's ambitious (1561 pages)...
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Major Book Reviews -- Passion for Justice: Retrieving the Legacies of Walter Rauschenbusch, John A. Ryan, and Reinhold Niebuhr by Harlan Beckley
PASSION FOR JUSTICE: RETRIEVING THE LEGACIES OF WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH, JOHN A. RYAN, AND REINHOLD NIEBUHR, by Harlan Beckley. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1992. 391 pp. $27.00 ISBN 0-664-21944-6.Beckley has written an important book for the...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Divorce in the New Testament (Good News Studies, Vol. 38) by Raymond F. Collins
DIVORCE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, by Raymond F. Collins. Good News Studies, Vol. 8. Glazier/The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1992. 389 pp. $19.95 (paper). ISBN 0-8146-5691-9.Collins, a priest and theologian, offers an exhaustive exegetical work on the...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Faithful Persuasion: In Aid of Rhetoric of Christian Theology by David S. Cunningham
FAITHFUL PERSUASION: IN AID OF RHETORIC OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, by David S. Cunningham. University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame and London, 1990 and 1991. 312 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-268-00984-8.Cunningham argues that theology is a thoroughly rhetorical...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Greeks, Romans, Jews: Currents of Culture and Belief in the New Testament World by James D. Newsome
GREEKS, ROMANS, JEWS: CURRENTS OF CULTURE AND BELIEF IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WORLD, by James D. Newsome. Trinity Press International, Philadelphia, 1992. 475 pp. $26.95. ISBN 1-56338-037-4.The purpose of this book is to introduce the interested reader to...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Heirs of Paul: Paul's Legacy in the New Testament and in the Church Today by J. Christiaan Beker
HEIRS OF PAUL: PAUL'S LEGACY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AND IN THE CHURCH TODAY, by J. Christiaan Beker. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1991. 146 pp. $8.95 (paper). ISBN 0-8006-2525-0.Beker's goal is to ascertain the extent to which Paul's earliest New Testament...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Hellenists and Hebrews: Reappraising Division within the Earliest Church by Craig C. Hill
Hellenists and Hebrews: Reappraising Division Within the Earliest Church, by Craig C. Hill. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1992. 237 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-8006-2505-6.In this fine book Hill explores two major and related topics. As to the first, he concludes...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- in Search of "Ancient Israel" (JSOT Sup. Series 148) by Philip R. Davies
IN SEARCH OF "ANCIENT ISRAEL," by Philip R. Davies. JSOT Sup. Series 148. JSOT/Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, 1992. 172 pp. $39.50. ISBN 1-85075-380-6Most people, scholars included, continue to assume that the Old Testament was written by an ancient...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- John's Gospel in New Perspective by Richard J. Cassidy / the Word and the World: The Cosmological Tale in the Fourth Gospel (SBL Mon. Series 45) by Adele Reinhartz
JOHN'S GOSPEL IN NEW PERSPECTIVE, by Richard J. Cassidy. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, 1992. 132 pp. $18.95 (paper). ISBN 0-88344-818-1.The Word and the World: The Cosmological Tale in the Fourth Gospel, by Adele Reinhartz. SBL Mon. Series 45. Scholars Press,...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text by Walter Brueggemann and Edited by Patrick D. Miller Jr
OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: ESSAYS ON STRUCTURE, THEME, AND TEXT, by Walter Brueggemann. Edited by Patrick D. Miller, Jr. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1992. 318 pp. $16.95 (paper). ISBN 0-8006-2537-4.Fifteen of Brueggemann's essays, published in eight different...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- on Character Building: The Reader and the Rhetoric of Characterization in Luke-Acts (Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation) by John A. Darr
ON CHARACTER BUILDING: THE READER AND THE RHETORIC OF CHARACTERIZATION IN LUKE-ACTS, by John A. Darr. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1992. 208 pp. $15.95 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25117-XAs one begins...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Psalm and Story: Inset Hymns in Hebrew Narrative (JSOT Sup. Series 139) by James W. Watts
PSALM AND STORY: INSET HYMNS IN HEBREW NARRATIVE, by James W. Watts. JSOT Sup. Series 139. JSOT/Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, 1992. 246 pp. $46.50. ISBN 1-85075-343-1.Psalms that appear in the context of narratives of the Old Testament have not...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American Praxis by Mark Kline Taylor
REMEMBERING ESPERANZA: A CULTURAL-POLITICAL THEOLOGY FOR NORTH AMERICAN PRAXIS, by Mark Kline Taylor. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, 1990. 292 pp. $16.95 (paper). ISBN 0-88344-798-3.Taylor seeks to produce a theology for North American praxis that does not...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Scripture within Scripture: The Interrelationship of Form and Function in the Explicit Old Testament Citations in the Gospel of John (SBL Dis. Series 133) by Bruce G. Schuchard
SCRIPTURE WITHIN SCRIPTURE: THE INTERRELATIONSHIP OF FORM AND FUNCTION IN THE EXPLICIT OLD TESTAMENT CITATIONS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, by Bruce G. Schuchard. SBL Dis. Series 133. Scholars Press, Atlanta, 1992. 174 pp. $24.95. ISBN 1-55540-712-9.This Union...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Social Justice and Deuteronomy: The Case of Deuteronomy 15 (SBL Dis. Series 136) by Jeffries M. Hamilton
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND DEUTERONOMY: THE CASE OF DEUTERONOMY 15, by Jeffries M. Hamilton. SBL Dis. Series 136. Scholars Press, Atlanta, 1992. 168 pp. $20.95 (paper). ISBN 1-55540-748-X.Deuteronomy 15 was chosen as the focus of this dissertation because it...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Bible and Modern Criticism: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography by Mark Allan Powell with the Assistance of Cecile G. Gray and Melissa C. Curtis
THE BIBLE AND MODERN CRITICISM: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY, by Mark Allan Powell with the assistance of Cecile G. Gray and Melissa C. Curtis. Greenwood Press, Westport, 1992. 469 pp. $65.00. ISBN 0-313-27546-7.This volume provides...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Mediation of Ornament (Bollingen Series XXXV, 8) by Oleg Grabar
THE MEDIATION OF ORNAMENT, by Oleg Grabar. Bollingen Series XXXV, 8. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1992. 284 pp. $49.50. ISBN 0-691-04099-0.In this book, Grabar examines under the rigor of complex scholarly inquiry and discourse the ornamentation...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Theological Ethics of the New Testament by Eduard Lohse and Translated by Eugene Boring
THEOLOGICAL ETHICS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, by Eduard Lohse. Translated by Eugene Boring. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1991. 236 pp. $12.95 (paper). ISBN 0-8006-2506-4.In the crowd of books about New Testament ethics, Lohse's simple, lucid contribution...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Temple of Jesus: His Sacrificial Program within a Cultural History of Sacrifice by Bruce Chilton
THE TEMPLE OF JESUS: HIS SACRIFICIAL PROGRAM WITHIN A CULTURAL HISTORY OF SACRIFICE, by Bruce Chilton. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 1992. 209 pp. $34.50. ISBN 0-271-00824-5.This book undertakes two projects: to reconstruct the...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- the Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Mark by Joel Marcus
THE WAY OF THE LORD: CHRISTOLOGICAL EXEGESIS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IN THE GOSPEL OF MARK, by Joel Marcus. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, 1992. pp. $25.00. ISBN 0-664-21949-7.In this study Joel Marcus applies his impressive knowledge of ancient...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- toward a Grammar of Biblical Poetics: Tales of the Prophets by Herbert Chanan Brichto
TOWARD A GRAMMAR OF BIBLICAL POETICS: TALES OF THE PROPHETS, by Herbert Chanan Brichto. Oxford University Press, New York, 1992. 298 pp. $35.00. ISBN 0-19-506911-0.The interest in literary approaches to the reading of biblical texts continues unabated...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty by J. Cheryl Exum
Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty, by J. Cheryl Exum. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 1992. 206 pp. $49.95. ISBN 0-521-41073-8.This book begins with two provocatively juxtaposed quotes, the first claiming that...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World Edited by R. S. Sugirtharajah
VOICES FROM THE MARGIN: INTERPRETING THE BIBLE IN THE THIRD WORLD, edited by R. S. Sugirtharajah. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, 1991. 454 pp. $19.95 (paper). ISBN 0-88344-770-3.This collection of thirty-two reprinted essays is divided thematically under five...
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Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Wisdom in Theology: The Didsbury Lectures, 1989 by R. E. Clements
WISDOM IN THEOLOGY: THE DIDSBURY LECTURES, 1989, by R E. Clements. The Paternoster Press, Carlisle/Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, 1992. 188 pp. $16.99 (paper). ISBN 0-8028-0576-0.Once the neglected part of the biblical canon, the wisdom...
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