The Vine, Israel, and the Church

The Vine, Israel, and the Church

The Vine, Israel, and the Church

The Vine, Israel, and the Church

Synopsis

Catholic priest Akpunonu (biblical and proclamation studies, U. of St. Mary of the Lake and Mundelein Seminary, Nigeria) begins by explaining the role of the botanical plant in the ancient Near East both as a source of fruit and wine and as a symbol. Then he surveys its appearance in Isaiah and the

Excerpt

More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened.

This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order, and which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. the answer must be yes for inclusion.

In this volume Peter Akpunonu explores in detail the biblical theme of the Vine with regard to both Israel and with implications for the Church. Akpunonu’s approach is textually oriented and bridges with ease and sensitivity both the texts from the Hebrew Bible and those in the New Testament. While the author’s aim finally is to draw theological implications, on the basis of his examination of the respective texts and themes, the journey to that end is done with meticulous and intentional care to the details and various trajectories. What we have at the end is a study that is thoughtful and one that is sure to provide insight for future study.

The horizon has been expanded.

Hemchand Gossai Series Editor . . .

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