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. 3, July

And the Poor Get Welfare: The Ethics of Poverty in the United States
COPELAND'S BOOK is truly timely. The issue of welfare for the poor is on the front burner in the national debate. Furthermore, the book provides the reader with an excellent overview of how the present situation has emerged and of the views of influential...
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An Introduction to New Testament Christology
BROWN HAS WRITTEN this volume principally for lay believers, although he also kept reflective skeptics in mind (p. vi). With a minimum of technicality, he undertakes to think through two related topics: ( 1 ) Jesus' self-awareness of his relation to...
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Apocalypse: A People's Commentary on the Book of Revelation
THIS IS AN EXCITING COMMENTARY on the Apocalypse (the Revelation to John). The author, a leading Latin American biblical scholar and theologian, has taught twice at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia as an adjunct faculty member. He is less interested...
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Arguing the Apocalypse: A Theory of Millenial Rhetoric
As THE YEAR 2000 APPROACHES, fascination with the Book of Revelation, and with apocalyptic ideas generally, will continue to grow. In this book O'Leary applies rhetorical theory to select moments in the history of Christian apocalyptic thought, including...
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Back to the Future: The Tabernacle in the Book of Exodus
It is not the details in the account of the tabernacle that make up its significance but the underlying notion that God elects to be present with God's people. In both the ritual of liturgy and the commonality of daily life, God's presence is an act...
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"Because the Whole Earth Is Mine": Theme and Narrative in Exodus
The lens through which one may view the entire Book of Exodus is the speech God utters in 19:3-6. Indeed, it has been said that in the whole tradition of Moses, this is very likely the most programmatic speech we have for Israelite faith. THE BOOK OF...
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Capital and the Kingdom: Theological Ethics and Economic Order
AS HIS TITLE SUGGESTS and his last chapter makes explicit, the author sees only "two ways" the world can go, one evil and disastrous, the other good and "choosing life." The first way is that of capitalism, markets, monetarism, profits, death. The second...
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Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching
PREACHING is the one dimension of Christian ministry in which all other dimensions come to focus most visibly. When a preacher stands to proclaim the Word of God, the message the preacher conveys has been informed by the whole range of theological disciplines,...
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Deuteronomy
THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS COMMENTARY, intended for lay readers, surveys standard critical views of the Book of Deuteronomy. Mann explains, for example, in accessible terms the apparent reliance of Deuteronomy on the ancient Near Eastern suzerainty treaty...
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Deuteronomy and the Death of Moses: A Theological Reading
THE AUTHOR HAS ATTEMPTED a theological reading of Deuteronomy which would "take seriously the full structure and movement of the book as a whole from beginning to end" (p. 1). Commendably, he has also welcomed insights from both literary and historical...
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Editorial
EXODUS TAKES ITS TITLE from terms that describe its main theme: Israel's "going out" from Egypt. This theme, in turn, lies at the foundation of Israel's faith, which explains why it reverberates throughout the literature of the Old and New Testaments....
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Genesis 32:22-32
As THE DESCENDANTS of Abraham and Sarah remembered their history in narratives that formed, informed, and reformed their distinct identity as the people of God, they told and retold the story of Jacob at the Jabbok. This and other traditions collected...
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Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration, and Interpretation
THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK in a sevenvolume systematic theology which has been hailed by conservatives as likely to be, when complete, the most substantial theological contribution of any American evangelical since the work of Carl Henry. There are differences....
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John Calvin's Exegesis of the Old Testament
PUCKETT'SSTUDY PROVIDES a clear, attractive exposition and analysis of Calvin's methods of exegesis of the Old Testament and of the reasoning behind his interpretation. He begins by articulating the sixteenth century spectrum of exegesis, then locates...
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Matthew 11:16-30
AT THE THEOLOGICAL cENTER of Matthew's llth chapter is the judgment of the God who is revealed in hiddenness and the grace of the God who chooses to be known. From the children calling to each other in the marketplace, to the cities where deeds of power...
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Matthew in History: Interpretation, Influence, and Effects
LUZ NAMES THREE LIMITATIONS deriving from the historical critical method: the ditch between past and present, that between objective meaning and personal interpretation, and the problem of plurality in the Bible. How, then, do we understand biblical...
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Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin
THE EVANGEL WORLD no less than the now marginalized world of liberal Christianity, is dominated by counterfeits. The dominant alloys are of wellknown ingredients: The practices and ideas of the modern psychologies have been so liberally and indiscriminately...
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Passover: The Time of Our Lives
To those who reenact the drama, the Passover narrative and ritual mediate the experience of both oppression and liberation. The Passover ritual provides an "order" by which the reality of suffering may be confronted and the earnest of hope celebrated....
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Poststructuralism and the New Testament: Derrida and Foucault at the Foot of the Cross
"IN THE CONTEXT of biblical studies, poststructuralism would be historical criticism's id, the seat of its strongest antiauthoritarian instincts-historical criticism unfettered at last from the ecclesiastical superego that has always compelled it to...
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Psalm 139: The Pathos of Praise
I OCCASIONALLY HAVE a recurring dream that, I am fully convinced, should rank as the nightmare of all nightmares. It is the end of a college semester and I am in a math class to take the final exam, when I suddenly realize with a sinking feeling in the...
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Romans 10:5-15
IT IS MID-AUGUST. The leaping, laughing days of summer have skipped by and the lazy, hazy "dog days" have slunk into their place. A stuffy stillness descends upon the life of the church, as the dust settles after vacation Bible school, choir members...
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Should the Children Pray? / That Godless Court? Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships
SHOULD THE CHILDREN PRAY? Fenwick aims to be objective, not providing a personal answer to the question she asks in the title, but allowing history, legal case authority, and finally quotations drawn from political debates to answer the question for...
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The Bible in Christian Education
THE CENTRALITY OF THE BIBLE in Christian education, according to pioneering educator Iris Cully, arises from the nature of the Christian community itself. The church finds it origins and identity in a story, "the story of God's love made known in creation...
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The Decalogue and a Human Future: The Meaning of the Commandments for Making and Keeping Life Human
THIS IS THE THIRD of three major works published by the late Professor Lehmann. Ethics in a Christian Context (1963) and The Transfiguration of Politics (1975) had established him as a distinctive and significant ethical thinker, and the present work...
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The Gospel of Jesus: The Pastoral Relevance of the Synoptic Problem
FARMER IS WELL KNOWN for his critique of the "two-source" (i.e., "two-document": Mark + Q) hypothesis and his advocacy of the "two-Gospel" (Griesbach-Farmer) hypothesis that Matthew was used by Luke and both of these Gospels were synthesized by Mark,...
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The Jagged Cliffs of Mount Sinai: A Theological Reading of the Book of the Covenant (Exod. 20:22-23:19)
Scholars often attempt to explain away the tensions and jagged edges the reader can observe in the text and thought-world of the Book of the Covenant. If one works with these tensions, however,er one stands to gain profound insight into the ethics and...
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The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions
A BOOK WITH A TITLE AS CATCHY AS THIS calls for a lively review. Fun is to be had here, to be sure, and I will get to it soon enough, but duty demands that I pull a long face for several lines at least. Occhiogrosso, the man once called "the Studs Terkel...
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The Life of Moses: The Yahwist as Historian in Exodus-Numbers
THIS STUDY IS A SEQUEL to the earlier work of Van Seters, Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992). In the previous work Van Seters argued that the Yahwist (J) was an ancient historian of the...
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The Narrative Function of the Holy Spirit as a Character in Luke-Acts
THIS IS A WELCOME CONTRIBUTION to burgeoning study both on Luke's understanding of the Holy Spirit and on the application of narratology to the New Testament. Redaction-critical study of the Spirit in Luke-Acts has tended to focus narrowly on the Spirit's...
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The New Interpreter's Bible
THE PUBLICATION of the Interpreter's Bible (IB) in 1952 marked a significant event in the history of Christian publication in North America. At the time it was the only commentary on the whole English Bible to have appeared in fifty years, and it quickly...
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Theologie Aus Asiatischen Quellen: Der Theologische Weg Choan-Seng Songs Vor Dem Hintergrund der Asiatischen Okumenischen Diskussion
FEDERSCHMIDT'S BOOK is a significant contribution to the assessment of the work of one of the most important contemporary Asian theologians. Besides being the first exploration of the work of Choan-Seng Song in its entirety, this study is also an attempt...
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Theology in Exodus: Biblical Theology in the Form of a Commentary
THE BOOK ASKS only one question: What does Exodus say about God? Thus it is both less and more than a standard commentary: It explores exclusively major affirmations about the divine and then traces these through the rest of scripture and into Jewish...
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Theology of the Pentateuch: Themes of the Priestly Narrative and Deuteronomy
LOHFINK, a Roman Catholic scholar, is among the most prolific and influential contemporary German scholars. I mention his Roman Catholic identity because his church context characteristically leads his scholarship beyond critical matters to important...
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Two Nations under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies
THE AUTHOR OF THIS WORK addresses one of the major problems concerning a centrally important biblical composition, the deuteronomistic history. He perceives its scope, design, and interconnectedness in terms of proleptic and retrospective design. The...
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Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? Calvin's Exegesis of Job from Medieval and Modern Perspectives
AFTER STATING her presumptions that (1) although texts resist closure of definitive interpretation, they do not have infinite meanings, and (2) texts are rooted in their historical age, Schreiner examines the exegetical tradition of the Book of Job....
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