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. 50, No. 4, October

An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics
An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics, by Donald W. Shriver. Oxford University Press, New York, 1995. 284 pp. $27.50. ISBN 0-19509105-1. SHRIVER PRESENTS a compelling argument that justice alone is not sufficient for political relationships,...
A Rereading of Romans: Justice, Jews, and Gentiles
A Rereading of Romans: Justice, Jews, and Gentiles, by Stanley K Stowers. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1994. 383 pp. $35.00. ISBN 0-300-05357-6. IN THIS "SEARCH for the historical Romans" the author provides a reading of Romans which takes seriously...
Between Text and Sermon: Acts 2:1-21
Acts 2:1-21 BEING A DISCIPLE sometimes turns out to be more than one anticipates. For the disciples of Jesus, gathered in a house somewhere along a crowded street in Jerusalem, his promise of power must have seemed remote, especially since he was no...
Between Text and Sermon: Genesis 1:1-5
Genesis 1:1-5 THERE WAS A TME in my life when order seemed an achievable objective. I had a ready supply of fresh batteries in the freezer-C, D, and AA; my albums (as in "phonograph albums"-you see how long ago this was!) were in alphabetical order in...
Between Text and Sermon: John 1:6-8, 19-28
John 1:6-8, 19-28 IF ADVENT Is TIE SEASON to learn about the coming of the Christ, it is also the season to learn what it means not to be the Christ. That is the lesson the Evangelist John teaches us in John the Baptist. The Evangelist portrays John...
Between Text and Sermon: Psalm 31:9-16
Psalm 31:9-16 G. Christopher Scruggs Pastor, First Presbyterian Church Brownsville, Tennessee "SHE WAS A BRILLIANT and talented executive. Her career was one of unbroken success. Then, her immediate superior and mentor became involved in a power struggle...
Dividing Lines in Jesus Research Today: Through Dialectical Negation to a Positive Sketch
The Jesus of history undertook a prophetic ministry to Israel that involved working miracles. These miracles supported his eschatological message about the kingdom of God. The most adequate way to picture Jesus, therefore, is as the miracle-working,...
Divine Immutability: A Critical Reconsideration
Divine Immutability: A Critical Reconsideration, by Isaak August Dorner. Translated by Robert R. Williams and Claude Welch. Fortress Texts in Modern Theology. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1994. 201 pp. $16.00 (paper). ISBN 0-8006-3213-3. WILLIAMS AND...
Editorial
IN JANUARY 1991, the first editorial I wrote appeared and it spoke of "beginnings and endings." Back then I was beginning as editor; now I am ending; and in between I have written editorials pretty much the way editorials at Interpretation have always...
"I Believe.In Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord": The Earthly Jesus and the Christ of Faith
Christians recognize that the earthly Jesus can never be captured fully by historical scholarship. They recognize as well that Christian faith is not based on historical reconstructions. These recognitions notwithstanding, Christians insist that some...
Isaiah's Vision and the Family of God
Isaiah's Vision and the Family of God, by Katheryn Pfisterer Darr. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation. Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 1994. 280 pp. 99 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25537-X. DRAWING FROM RECENT TRENDS in readeroriented literary...
Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship
Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship, by Marcus J. Borg. Trinity Press International, Valley Forge, 1994. 209 pp. $16.00 (paper). ISBN 1-56338-094-3. BORG IS THE MOST ARTICULATE VOICE of those coming out of the Jesus Seminar. He writes clearly and forcefully,...
John, the Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend / Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church
John, the Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend, by Alan Culpepper. Studies on Personalities of the New Testament. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 1994. 376 pp. $49.95. ISBN-87249-962-6. Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church, by Pheme Perkins....
Mary Magdalene and Many Others: Women Who Followed Jesus
Mary Magdalene and Many Others: Women Who Followed Jesus, by Carla Ricci. Translated by Paul Burns. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1994. 237 pp. $15. 00 (paper). ISBN 0-800 2718-0. BY ITS AUTHOR'S OWN DESCRIPIION, this book represents ten years of research...
Mercer Commentary on the Bible
Mercer Commentary on the Bible, Watson B. Mills and Richard F. Wilson, general editors. Mercer University Press, Macon, 1994. 1347 pp. $50.00. ISBN 0-86554-406-9. WITH 1,347 LARGE, TWO-COLUMN PAGEs of rather small-though quite legibleprint, this one-volume...
Models for Scripture
Models for Scripture, by John Goldingay. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, 1994. 420 pp. $19.99 (paper). ISBN 0-8028-0146-3. WHAT GOLDINGAY is AFTER is the doctrinal significance of scripture. He looks to scripture to provide appropriate models...
Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief
Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief, by Christopher Morse. Trinity Press International, Valley Forge, 1994. 432 pp. $22.00 (paper). ISBN 1-56338-087-0. MORSE OFFERS A DISTINCTIVE APPROACH to contemporary theological reconstruction. Rather...
Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary
Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary, by Peter Stuhlmacher. Translated by Scott J. Hafemann. Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 1994. 269 pp. $24.99 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25287-7. A COMMENTARY ON RoMANs by a worldrenowned Pauline scholar is...
The Complete Gospels: Annotated Scholars Version
The Complete Gospels: Annotated Scholars Version, edited by Robert J. Miller. Revised and expanded edition. HarperCollins, New York, 1994. 462 pp. $18.00 (paper). ISBN 0-06065587-9. AN OFFERING of the Jesus Seminar for nonexperts, this volume presents...
The God of Peace: Toward a Theology of Nonviolence
The God of Peace: Toward a Theology of Nonviolence, by John Dear. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, 1994. 212 pp. $16.95 (paper). ISBN 0-88344-980-3. "THE GOD OF PEACE is never glorified by human violence," reads the Thomas Merton quotation at this book's opening....
The Magnificat: Musicians as Biblical Interpreters
The Magnificat: Musicians as Biblical Interpreters, by Samuel Terrien. Paulist Press, New York, 1995. 89 pp. $9.95 (paper). ISBN 0-8091-3485-3. TERRIEN APPROACHES the Magnificat as a superb example of Hebrew poetry; as a poem it "contracts the immensities,"...
Theological Lexicon of the New Testament
Theological Lexicon of the New Testament, by Ceslas Spicq. Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, 1994. 3 volumes, translated and edited by James D. Ernest. 1735 pp. $99.95. ISBN 156563-035-1. A GENERATION AGO, Spicq drew together hundreds of word studies...
The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature
The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature, by John J Collins. The Anchor Bible Reference Library. Doubleday, New York, 1995. 270 pp. $30.00. ISBN 0-385-47457-1. A DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR of apocalyptic...
The Social World of Jesus
WHAT DO WE MEAN when we speak of the "social world" of Jesus? Do we mean the social world Jesus inhabited? Or do we mean the social world Jesus helped shape? As a preliminary question, what exactly do we mean by the term, so familiar in biblical studies,...
The "Third Quest" and the Apostolic Faith
Whether or not one is justified in speaking of a "third quest of the historical Jesus" is open to debate. Any historical quest for Jesus, however, involves three stages of research: (a) establishing a data base of authentic materials; (b) reconstructing...
Zephaniah: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Zephaniah: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, by Adele Berlin. The Anchor Bible 25A. Doubleday, New York, 1994. 148 pp. $29.00. ISBN 0-385-26631-6. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS Zephaniah, like the mythical phoenix, has risen from the ashes...