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. 58, No. 4, October

1 & 2 Samuel/1 Samuel
1 & 2 Samuel by Tony W. Cartledge Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. Smyth & Helwys, Macon, 2001. 748 pp. $65.00 (cloth). ISBN 1-57312-064-2.1 Samuel by Antony F. Campbell, SJ. FOIL, 7. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2003. 350 pp. $55.00. ISBN 0-8028-6079-6.BECAUSE...
Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins: Diversity, Continuity, and Transformation
Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins: Diversity, Continuity, and Transformation by George W. E. Nickelsburg Fortress, Minneapolis. 2003. 264 pp. $23.00. ISBN 0-8006-3612-0.THIS is A "MUST-READ" book for students, educated lay people, pastors, and scholars....
Augustine's Commentary on Galatians: Introduction, Text, Translation, and Notes
Augustine's Commentary on Galatians: Introduction, Text, Translation, and Notes by Eric Plumer Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003. 312 pp. $80.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-19-924439-1.GALATIANS is THE ONLY BOOK of the Bible on which Augustine wrote a complete...
Between Text & Sermon: Luke 10:38-42
THIS TEXT, WHICH IS FOUND ONLY IN LUKE, should come with a warning: Proceed with caution! There is nothing neutral about these verses nor are they likely to evoke a neutral response from the hearer. Before the preacher ever gets to the sermon there will...
Between Text & Sermon: Mark 13:1-8
MY HUNCH IS THAT FEW PASTORS TURN TO Mark 13:1-8 and shout with delight, "At last! What a wonderful passage for this week's lectionary!" More commonly, we who ascend to the pulpit week in and week out instead probably read this text then flip back to...
Between Text & Sermon: Matthew 26:47-56
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.Martin Luther King, Jr.IT'S A STORY OF BETRAYAL AND VIOLENCE, a story of revenge. No, it's...
Between Text & Sermon: Romans 1:28-32
If there is no God, then everything is permitted.Dmitry Karamazov in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov utters these words as he contemplates murdering his own father. In this account, Dostoevsky intimates that God's existence is the last hurdle to...
Character & Scripture: Moral Formation, Community, and Biblical Interpretation
Character & Scripture: Moral Formation, Community, and Biblical Interpretation edited by William P. Brown Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2002. 440 pp. $34.00. ISBN 0-8028-4625-4.THIS COLLECTION OF ESSAYS brings together a preeminent group of biblical scholars,...
Created in the Image of a Violent God?: The Ethical Problem of the Conquest of Chaos in Biblical Creation Texts
By its alternative depiction of God's non-violent creative power at the start of the biblical canon, Gen 1 signals the Creator's original intent for shalom and blessing at the outset of human history, prior to the rise of human (or divine) violence....
Editorial
ALL HUMAN BEINGS and indeed the whole creation are heirs of the murderous sibling rivalry between Cain and Abel pictured in the 16th century woodcut on the cover of this issue of Interpretation. Whether individuals or terrorists groups have perpetrated...
Genesis
Genesis by David W. Cotter, O.S.B. Berit Olam. Liturgical, Collegeville, 2003. 366 pp. $49.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8146-5040-6.IN THIS EXCELLENT CONTRIBUTION to the Berit Olam series, David Cotter, a Benedictine monk and priest, focuses on the final form...
Healing Violent Men: A Model for Christian Communities
Healing Violent Men: A Model for Christian Communities by David J. Livingston Fortress, Minneapolis, 2002. 129 pp. $17.00. ISBN 0-8006-3251-6.THIS BOOK'S SUBJECT MATTER is rarely acknowledged by faith communities, much less discussed. Livingston does...
"I Was Only a Little Angry": Divine Violence in the Prophets
A biblical understanding of God's relationship with Israel and the world helps us interpret passages in the prophetic literature that link God and violence. With tears, lament, and regret, God takes into the divine self the violent effects of sinful...
James
James by Patrick J. Hartin SP, 14. Liturgical, Collegeville, 2003. 319 pp. $39.95 (cloth). ISBN O-8146-5816-4.AT ITS BEST, THE SACRA PAGINA COMMENTARY SERIES has served its intended readers well by providing up-to-date critical scholarship on the books...
Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making; Volume 1
Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making; Volume 1 by James D. G. Dunn Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2003. 1019 pp. $55.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-8028-3931-2.THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT OBVIOUSLY owes its origins to the one its adherents identified as the Christ....
Joshua
Joshua by Jerome F. D. Creach Interpretation. John Knox, Louisville, 2003. 135 pp. $22.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8042-3106-0.THE AUTHOR seeKS TO UNCOVER the active relevance of Joshua for the theology and faith of the Christian church. Joshua should not be...
Lamentations
Lamentations by Dianne Bergant Abingdon, Nashville, 2003. 144 pp. $20.00. ISBN 0-687-08461-X.BERGANT HAS A TALENT FOR writing graceful, non-technical commentaries that convey the essence of modern scholarship in an accessible way. Here she eschews an...
Paul among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology beyond Christendom and Modernity
Paul among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology beyond Christendom and Modernity by Douglas Harink Brazos, Grand Rapids, 2003. 283 pp. $23.99. ISBN 1-58743-041-X.THE FRONT COVER OF DOUGLAS HARINK'S BOOK bears a remarkable testimonial from George Lindbeck:...
Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics
Perspectives Old and New On Paul: The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics by Stephen Westerholm Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2004. 508 pp. $35.00. ISBN 0-8028-4809-5.THIS BOOK is AN EXPANSION of Westerholm's 1988 Israel's Law and the Church's Faith: Paul and...
Preaching and Practical Ministry
Preaching and Practical Ministry by Ronald J. Alien Preaching and its Partners. Chalice, St. Louis, 2001. 149 pp. $19.99. ISBN 0-8272-2972-0.As ANY PARISH MINISTER KNOWS, there are many demands that compete for the minister's time-pastoral care, Sunday...
Preaching the Gospel of John: Proclaiming the Living Word
Preaching the Gospel of John: Proclaiming the Living Word by Lamar Williamson, Jr. Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2004. 342 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-664-22533-0.WILLIAMSON PROVIDES PREACHERS and teachers in the church a valuable resource on the fourth...
Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction
Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction by Donald K. McKim Geneva, Louisville, 2003. 126 pp. $10.95. ISBN 0-664-50253-9.ADDRESSED TO PROSPECTIVE or new Presbyterians and to life-long Presbyterians who want to examine the beliefs of their church more...
Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal
Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal by William R. Hutchison Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003. 276 pp. $29.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-300-09813-8.HUTCHISON OFFERS IN THIS book an overall interpretation of American...
Speaking Jesus: Homiletic Theology and the Sermon on the Mount
Speaking Jesus: Homiletic Theology and the Sermon on the Mount by David Riittrick Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2002. 230 pp. $19.95. ISBN 0-664-22602-7.IN SPEAKING JESUS BUTTRICK MAKES contemporary homiletical sense of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount...
The Cross and Cycles of Violence
The passion narratives have often been read in ways that reinforce victimization of abused persons, particularly women, who accept any kind of suffering as their way of "carrying the cross" in the footsteps of Jesus. Yet these narratives can also help...
The First Christian Historian: Writing the "Acts of the Apostles"
The First Christian Historian: Writing the "Acts of the Apostles" by Daniel Marguerat SNTSMS 121, Translated by Ken McKinney, Gregory J. Laughery, and Richard Bauckham. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002. 299 pp. $60.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-521-81650-5.THE...
The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends
The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends by Michael Kinnamon Chalice, St. Louis, 2003. 183 pp. $29.99. ISBN 0-8272-4006-6.THIS BOOK IS A PERSONAL assessment of the ecumenical movement today, undertaken by...
Violence and Women's Lives in the Book of Judges
Violence in the book of Judges is a function of the lawless era it describes, but it is also intertwined with the lives of women. The women in the book are both perpetrators and victims of violence; the relationship between violence and women's lives...
What Did Jesus Do? Gospel Profiles of Jesus' Personal Conduct
What Did Jesus Do? Gospel Profiles of Jesus' Personal Conduct by F. Scott Spencer Trinity Press International, Harrisburg, 2003. 279 pp. $19.95. ISBN 1-56338-392-6.WHETHER A PERSON BRANDISHES "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets or dismisses the pop slogan...