The translation of the Bible customarily cited in this book is the Revised Standard Version. Much of the research for this book was done during the tenure of a Lilly Faculty Fellowship for the year 2000-1, administered through the Association of Theological Schools. I want to express my profound thanks to Maurice Wiles, Brian Daley, and Everett Ferguson, who supported my candidacy, to the administrators of this Fellowship, and to the board of Reformed Theological Seminary for granting me leave to accept it. Thanks also go to Dan Wright, Kevin Nelson, and Jennifer Redd for interlibrary loan help, to Jon Thompson and to Joyce Sisler for various forms of efficient clerical assistance, and to John and Kathy Muether for agreeing to compile an index. I wish to thank Lucy Qureshi at OUP for her advice and help at many points; June Brooks for her prayers; my beloved wife, Marcy, for the many sacrifices she has made over the years in support of this work; and my children, Sean, Charity, and Jamie, for putting up with 'the laptop'.