Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society is a journal of religion and theology. It was founded in 1958 and is published quarterly by the Evangelical Theological Society.Subjects include religion. The editor is Andreas J. Kostenberger.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, March

An Old Testament Theology of the Spirit of God
An Old Testament Theology of the Spirit of God. By Wilf Hildebrandt. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1995, 208 pp., n.p. Hildebrandt's unique and fruitful contribution in this book to OT theological studies is twofold. (1) He uses sound methodology to identify...
Beware of Philosophy: A Warning to Biblical Scholars
The exhortation of the apostle Paul to "beware of philosophy" (Col 2:8) is as urgent today as it was in the first century, if not more so. And this is not only true for Christians who call themselves philosophers but for those who do not, especially...
Biblical Hermeneutics of Liberation
Biblical Hermeneutics of Liberation. By Gerald West. 2d ed. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1995, 350 pp., n.p. In the two-thirds world, liberation theology has recently come under attack by scholars like the Amerindian Robert Allen Warrior and the Palestinian Naim...
Calvin and the Beasts: Animals in John Calvin's Theological Discourse
In the twentieth century, John Calvin's theology of creation has been the subject of much debate, especially as it has figured in controversies regarding the legitimacy of natural theology in Christian thought and of what is now called "animal theology"...
Customs and Controversies: Intertestamental Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament
Customs and Controversies: Intertestamental Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament. By J. Julius Scott, Jr. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, 419 pp., $19.99 paper. In the past few decades, new editions and translations of the apocrypha, Dead Sea scrolls and...
Despising Shame: Honor Discourse and Community Maintenance in the Epistle to the Hebrews
UMI: Foreign text omited ... Despising Shame: Honor Discourse and Community Maintenance in the Epistle to the Hebrews. By David Arthur deSilva. SBLDS 152. Atlanta: Scholars, 1995, 371 pp., n.p. After surveying the pervasive use of honor and shame language...
Eastern Orthodox Christianity: A Western Perspective
Eastern Orthodox Christianity: A Western Perspective. By Daniel B. Clendenin. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994,176 pp., n.p. Clendenin has written a provocative introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy aimed specifically at a western audience. We western Christians...
Editorial
The present issue marks the passing of the baton from Ronald Youngblood, JETS editor for the last twenty-three years, to myself. I consider it a distinct honor to serve our Lord and you, members and friends of ETS, as the editor of our journal. Let me...
Encouraging the Character Formation of Future Christian Leaders
No longer can it be assumed that incoming seminary students have a working knowledge of the basics of the Christian faith. What is needed to serve Christ with moral excellence must be addressed in the training of our future Christian leaders. The challenges...
From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Pentateuch
From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Pentateuch. By T. Desmond Alexander. Carlisle: Paternoster, 1995, xxv + 227 pp., n.p. paper. This book represents the fruitful intersection of modern literary approaches to...
God at Sinai: Covenant and Theophany in the Bible and Ancient near East
God at Sinai: Covenant and Theophany in the Bible and Ancient Near East. By Jeffrey J. Niehaus. Studies in Old Testament Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995, 426 pp., $18.99 paper. In keeping with a series whose editors hold "it is impossible...
God Behind the Seen: Expositions of the Books of Ruth and Esther
God behind the Seen: Expositions of the Books of Ruth and Esther. By A. Boyd Luter and Barry C. Davis. Expositor's Guide to the Historical Books. Grand Rapids: Baker 1995, 377 pp., $16.99 paper. It is appropriate that the only OT books bearing a woman's...
Greek Grammar beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament
Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. By Daniel B. Wallace. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, xxxii + 797 pp., $39.99. Daniel Wallace has invested here an enormous amount of labor, all of it marked by an obvious love...
Hebrew Bible Insert: A Student's Guide to the Syntax of Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew Bible Insert: A Student's Guide to the Syntax of Biblical Hebrew. By Frederic Clarke Putnam. Quakertown: Stylus Publishing, 1996, 63 pp., n.p. This convenient and able summary of Biblical Hebrew syntax, designed to fit into the small edition of...
Her Testimony Is True: Women as Witnesses According to John
Her Testimony is True: Women as Witnesses according to John. By Robert Gordon Maccini. JSNTSup 125. Sheffield Academic, 1996, 278 pp., $60.00. Her Testimony is True represents an attempt to validate an egalitarian commitment through the author's demonstration...
Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39. By Christopher R. Seitz. Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993, xvi + 271 pp., $23.00; Isaiah 40-66. By Paul D. Hanson. Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1995, x + 255 pp., $23.00. The Interpretation commentary...
Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies
Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies. By Craig A. Evans. AGJU 25. Leiden: Brill, 1995, xiii + 532 pp., n.p. In this hefty volume, Evans brings together a number of his previously published studies on a variety of issues and topics involved...
Jesus and the Holy City: New Testament Perspectives on Jerusalem
Jesus and the Holy City: New Testament Perspectives on Jerusalem. By Peter W. L. Walker. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1996, xvi + 370 pp., $25.00 paper. This important work in NT theology traces the themes of the temple, Jerusalem and the significance...
Jesus and the Victory of God
Jesus and the Victory of God. By N. T. Wright. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996, 741 pp., $39.00. Jesus and the Victory of God is the second in the series called "Christian Origins and the Question of God." The first was Wright's well-received The New Testament...
Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ
Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ. By Robert H. Stein. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1996, 290 pp., $24.99. This work is an introduction and overview of the life of Christ. It is divided into two parts, the first theoretical, and the second...
Joel
Joel. By James L. Crenshaw. AB 24C. New York: Doubleday, 1995, xiv + 251 pp., $32.50. The publication of another commentary on the little book of Joel is always cause for rejoicing, particularly when a scholar of the caliber of James L. Crenshaw is the...
John's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel
John's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel. By Ben Witherington. Louisville: John Knox, 1995, ix + 411 pp., $34.99 paper. As participants in the Johannine literature section of the Society of Biblical Literature can attest, the work of Johannine...
Judges and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies
Judges and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies. Edited by Gale A. Yee. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995, 183 pp., n.p. paper. As a companion volume to Mark and Method this book is intended to introduce aa student audience to new developments in the...
Literary Approaches to the End of Mark's Gospel
Mark 16:7-8 records the instructions of the young man to the women at the tomb and their surprising response. "But go, say to the disciples and to Peter, `He is going before you into Galilee; you will see him there, just as he said to you.' And they...
Matthew 14-28
UMI: Foreign Text omited ... Matthew 14-28. By Donald A. Hagner. WBC 33b. Dallas: Word, 1995, xxxix + 935 pp., $28.95. With Matthew 1-13 having been published in 1993, the present volume completes Hagner's commentary on Matthew. Since vol. 1 sets the...
Memorial: Arnold Douglas Ehlert
Arnold Douglas Ehlert was born on April 22, 1909 in Mondovi, Wisconsin, the eldest son of Richard and Cora Ehlert. Arnold received his A.B. degree from John Fletcher College in University Park, Iowa in 1932. He served with the Volunteers of America in...
Memorial: David M. King
David M. King was born on December 10, 1960 at Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He grew up in St. Claire Shores, Michigan and came to a saving knowledge of Christ at the age of nine or ten through his parents. David was graduated from the University of Michigan...
Memorial: James W. Tollerson
James William Tollerson was born on December 15, 1941 in LaGrange, Georgia to Lonel Roy and Lorraine Dewberry Tollerson. He was reared in a Christian home and saved at age twelve in a tent meeting in the front yard of his father's store. He knew he was...
Memorial: John Alexander Burns
JOHN ALEXANDER BURNS John Alexander Burns, both in Philadelphia on October 9, 1927, was the first of the three sons of Jackie and Peggie Burns, immigrants from Scotland. John quit high school to serve with the United States Navy in the Pacific during...
Memorial: John Bullen Craig
John Bullen Craig was born on February 17, 1915 in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland into the family of Thomas and Sarah (Bullen) Craig. He had one sister, Ellen Wheeler Thompson, who was ten years older than he. John placed his faith in Christ when just...
Memorial: John Hamilton Skilton
John Hamilton Skilton was born in Philadelphia in 1906 to Robert H. and Margaret B. Skilton. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1927 with his B.A. degree and again in 1928 with the M.A. He then received his Bachelor of Theology from...
New Bible Dictionary
New Bible Dictionary. Edited by J. D. Douglas et al. 3d edition. Downers Grove/ Leicester: InterVarsity, 1996, xix + 1298 pp., $39.99. I have long considered the New Bible Dictionary (NBD) (lst ed., 1962; 2d ed., 1982) to be the best one-volume Bible...
New Testament Greek Manuscripts: Matthew
New Testament Greek Manuscripts: Matthew. Edited by Reuben Swanson. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic; Pasadena: William Carey International University, 1995, xx + 304 pp., $29.95 paper. The four-volume series New Testament Greek Manuscripts: Matthew, Mark,...
Of Methods, Monarchs, and Meanings: A Sociorhetorical Approach to Exegesis / Exploring the Texture of Texts: A Guide to Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation
Of Methods, Monarchs, and Meanings: A Sociorhetorical Approach to Exegesis. By Gina Hens-Piazza. Studies in Old Testament Interpretation 3. Macon: Mercer University, 1996, x + 199 pp., $30.00. Exploring the Texture of Texts: A Guide to Socio-Rhetorical...
Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament
Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament. By William Sanford LaSor, David Allan Hubbard, and Frederic W. Bush. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996, xvii + 860 pp., $40.00. The preface to the second edition of this...
On the Hermeneutics and Interpretation of Rev 20:1-3: A Preconsummationist Perspective
ON THE HERMENEUTICS AND INTERPRETATION OF REV 20:1-3: A PRECONSUMMATIONIST(1) PERSPECTIVE As the symposium A Case for Premillennialism: A New Consensus(2) demonstrates, the interpretation of Rev 20:1-6 continues to influence significantly the premillennial...
Paul and the Mosaic Law: The Third Durham-Tubingen Research Symposium on Earliest Christianity and Judaism (Durham, September, 1994)
Paul and the Mosaic Law: The Third Durham-Tubingen Research Symposium on Earliest Christianity and Judaism (Durham, September, 1994). Edited by James D. G. Dunn. WUNT 89. Tibingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1996, xi + 368 pp., DM 248. Perhaps the...
Paul, the Law, Jews, and Gentiles: A Contextual and Exegetical Reading of Romans 2:12-16
I. INTRODUCTION The issue of Jewish and Christian relations is one that occupies public attention to this day. This reality was evidenced with the dedication of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on April 22, 1993. The report of the ceremonies,...
Psalms
Psalms. By James L. Mays. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox, 1994, 457 pp., n.p. A book written by James Mays (Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and editor of the Interpretation...
Psalms of the Way and the Kingdom: A Conference with the Commentators
Psalms of the Way and the Kingdom: A Conference with the Commentators. By John Eaton. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1995,144 pp., $33.50. Every now and then one encounters a genuinely interesting book. Something original and engaging passes under one's...
Reports Relating to the Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the Society
The 50th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held in Orlando, Florida, November 19-21, 1998. It was the largest meeting the society has ever held. The total registration was 1297. The spacious Radisson Twin Towers, each nineteen...
Revelation: The Torah and Bible
Revelation: The Torah and Bible. By Jacob Neusner and Bruce D. Chilton. Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 1995, xv + 175 pp., $17.00 paper. Neusner and Chilton share "the written part of the Torah" for Jewish people, and the "Old Testament"...
Ruth/Esther
Ruth/Esther. By Frederic W. Bush. WBC 9. Dallas: Word, 1996, 514 pp., $29.99. Bush, professor of ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Seminary, follows the format for his studies of Ruth and Esther contained in this volume that has come to be associated...
St. Paul's Theology of Rhetorical Style: An Examination of 1 Corinthians 2.1-5 in Light of First Century Greco-Roman Rhetorical Culture
St. Paul's Theology of Rhetorical Style: An Examination of 1 Corinthians 2.1-5 in Light of First Century Greco-Roman Rhetorical Culture. By Michael A. Bullmore. San Francisco: International Scholars, 1995, 240 pp., $69.95 paper. This work is a revision...
Studies in the Greek New Testament: Theory and Practice
Studies in the Greek New Testament: Theory and Practice. By Stanley E. Porter. Studies in Biblical Greek 6. New York: Peter Lang, 1996, viii + 290 pp., $32.95 paper. Barely into his forties, Stanley Porter has already become as productive as many seasoned...
Text to Text Pours Forth Speech: Voices of Scripture in Luke-Acts
Text to Text Pours Forth Speech: Voices of Scripture in Luke-Acts. By Robert Brawley. Bloomington: Indiana University, 1995, 178 pp., $27.95. In this fascinating study of intertextuality in Luke-Acts, Robert Brawley, Professor of NT at McCormick Theological...
The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Its Unity and Disunity in the Light of John 6
The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Its Unity and Disunity in the Light of John By Paul N. Anderson. WUNT 78. Tubingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1996, xv + 329 pp., n.p. In his foreword, D. Moody Smith calls this work "at once one of the most...
The Colossian Cyncretism: The Interface between Christianity and Folk Belief at Colossae
The Colossian Syncretism: The Interface Between Christianity and Folk Belief at Colossae. By Clinton E. Arnold. WUNT 2.77. Tubingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1995, 378 pp., DM 118.00, paper. The roots of this study go back to Arnold's doctoral dissertation...
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation. By Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1996, 513 pp., $35.00. Wise, Abegg and Cook have undertaken, and succeeded in overcoming, the challenge of developing a one-volume...
The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon
The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon. By James D. G. Dunn. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996, 388 pp., $32.00. James D. G. Dunn, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham, has provided the student of the NT with yet another...
The Letter of James
The Letter of James. By Luke Timothy Johnson. AB 37a. New York: Doubleday, 1995, 412 pp., $35.00. The year prior to his launch into the limelight, commanded by his scathing denunciation of the Jesus Seminar in The Real Jesus, Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert...
The Lord's Anointed: Interpretation of Old Testament Messianic Texts
The Lord's Anointed: Interpretation of Old Testament Messianic Texts. Edited by Philip E. Satterthwaite, Richard E. Hess, and Gordon J. Wenham. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, x + 320 pp., $19.99 paper. Fourteen essays by as many authors offer a rather comprehensive...
The Matthean Parables: A Literary and Historical Commentary
The Matthean Parables: A Literary and Historical Commentary. By Ivor Harold Jones. Leiden: Brill, 1995, 602 pp., $173.00. This work represents thirty years of work on Matthew, which may explain the depth of the author's critiques of various literary...
The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation. A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics
The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation. A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics. By Richard B. Hays. New York: HarperCollins, 1996, xv + 508 pp., $25.00 paper. Richard B. Hays, of Duke University, has made a...
The New Interpreter's Bible: Vol 8
The New Interpreter's Bible. Vol. 8: General Articles on the New Testament; The Gospel of Matthew; The Gospel of Mark. Edited by Leander E. Keck et al. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995, xxix + 744 pp., $55.00. Some forty years after the publication of the original...
The New Interpreter's Bible: Vol 9
The New Interpreter's Bible: Vol. 9: The Gospel of Luke; The Gospel of John. Edited by Leander E. Keck et al. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995, xviii + 875 pp., $55.00. The ninth volume of The New Interpreter's Bible follows the basic format of the other volumes...
Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament: Vol. 7 / Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament: Vol. 8
Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament: Vol. 7 (...). Edited by G. J. Botterweck, H. Ringgren and H.-J. Fabry. Translated by D. E. Green. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995, xxv + 552 pp., $45.00; Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament: Vol. 8 (...)...
"The Place Is Too Small for Us": The Israelite Prophets in Recent Scholarship
"The Place Is Too Small for Us": The Israelite Prophets in Recent Scholarship. Edited by Robert P. Gordon. Sources for Biblical and Theological Study 5. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1995, xviii + 638 pp., $34.50. Robert P. Gordon and Eisenbrauns are to...
The Rhetoric of the Book of Judges
The Rhetoric of the Book of Judges. By Robert H. O'Connell. VTSup 63. Leiden: Brill, 1996, xxi + 541 pp., n.p. This volume represents an updated version of a dissertation researched and composed under J. A. Emerton of Cambridge University. As one who...
The Structure of Psalms 93-100
The Structure of Psalms 93-100. By David M. Howard, Jr. Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego 5. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1997, xvi + 231 pp., $35.00. In the last fifteen years, scholars have made significant gains...
Urgent Advice and Probing Questions / Learning from the Sages: Selected Studies on the Book of Proverbs
Urgent Advice and Probing Questions. By James L. Crenshaw. Macon: Mercer University, 1995, 605 pp., $60.00. Learning from the Sages: Selected Studies on the Book of Proverbs. Edited by Roy B. Zuck. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, 438 pp., $24.99. When one...
Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World
Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. Edited by R. S. Sugirtharajah. 2d ed. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1995, ix + 484 pp., $19.95 paper. When the self-avowed atheist Philip F. W. Bartle joined the Kwawu tribe in order to study Ghana's...
Whose Bible Is It Anyway?
Whose Bible is it Anyway? By Philip R. Davies. JSOTSup 204. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1995,150 pp., $40.00. The thesis of this alluring little book is simple. Davies argues that there are two fundamental strategies for reading Biblical texts, the...
Yesterday, Today and Forever: The Continuing Relevance of the Old Testament
Yesterday, Today and Forever: The Continuing Relevance of the Old Testament. By Larry R. Helyer. Salem: Sheffield, 1996, xii + 459 pp., $19.95 paper. Helyer's contribution to the field of OT survey is as needed as its title suggests and lives up to its...