New Testament Scholarship

Jesus and the Gospels

Fortress Introduction to the Gospels, Second Edition

by Mark Allan Powell

Publication year: 2019

This volume is an excellent choice for a textbook on the gospels.

Telling Tales about Jesus: An Introduction to the New Testament Gospels

by Warren Carter

Publication year: 2016

Warren Carter leads the beginning student in an inductive exploration of the New Testament Gospels, asking about their genre, the view that they were written by eyewitnesses, the early church traditions about them, and how they employ Hellenistic biography. He examines the distinctive voice of each Gospel, describing the “tale about Jesus” each writer tells, then presenting likely views regarding the circumstances in which they were written, giving particular attention to often overlooked aspects of the Roman imperial setting. A sociohistorical approach suggests that Mark addressed difficult circumstances in imperial Rome; redaction criticism shows that Matthew edited traditions to help define identity in competition with synagogue communities in response to a fresh assertion of Roman power; a literary – thematic approach shows that Luke offers assurance in a context of uncertainty; an intertextual approach shows how John used Wisdom traditions to present Jesus as the definitive revealer of God’s presence to answer an ancient quest for divine knowledge. A concluding chapter addresses how the Gospels inform and shape our understanding of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels

by Thomas G Weinandy

Publication year: 2018

Intro; Contents; Foreword by John C. Cavadini; Preface; Part I. The Infancy Narratives and the Baptism of Jesus; 1. The Conception of Jesus: The Salvific Act of the Incarnation; 2. The Birth of Jesus: The Epiphany of the Salvific Act of the Incarnation; 3. The Baptism and Temptation of Jusus; Part II. Jesus’ Public Ministry; 4. Jesus’ Priestly Salific Acts: Initiating the Kingdom of God; 5. Jesus’ Prophetic Salvific Acts: Promulgating the Law of the Kingdom of Heaven; 6. Jesus’ Filial Relationship with His Father; Part III. Prefigurements of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. 7. Peter’s Profession of Faith and The Transfiguration 8. Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem; Part IV. The Passion Narratives; 9. The Anointing of Jesus and the Last Supper; 10. Jesus’ Agony, Arrest, and Trials; 11. Jesus’ Crucifixition and Death; 12. Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension; Conclusion. The Theological Foundation of Jesus’ Salvific Acts; Suggested Further Reading; Index.

Documents and Images for the Study of the Gospels

by David L Dungan, David R Cartlidge

Publication year: 2015

Since its first appearance in 1980, Documents for the Study of the Gospels has been a welcome and highly regarded sourcebook for the study of the historical environment of the Gospels, introducing religious, philosophical, and literary texts comparable to various aspects of the Gospels and illuminating their genre and the subgenres included in them. In this edition, David R. Cartlidge has added new discoveries (including the Gospel of Mary Magdala and the Gospel of Judas) and previously known texts from the Greco-Roman world that shed light on the Gospels (including Augustus’s Res Gestae). He has updated introductions to texts throughout the book in light of contemporary scholarship and illustrated the texts with a rich repertoire of images from the ancient world and from the cultural reception of the Gospels through centuries of Christian interpretation. The result is an inviting and intriguing treasure that will enrich every student’s appreciation of the New Testament Gospels and early Christianity.

The Message of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III in Dialogue

by Robert B Stewart

Publication year: 2013

John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III, along with a group of diverse scholars, explore points of agreement and disagreement on the message of Jesus. The book shows how each presents his position in light of the others, as well as their responses to selected questions. The balance of the book is comprised of substantive essays on various facets of the topic from a diverse set of scholars.

The Evangelicals and the Synoptic Problem

by Michael Strickland

Publication year: 2014

The Evangelicals and the Synoptic Problem aims to investigate how evangelical Christians and their Protestant forebears, labeled early orthodox Protestants, have dealt with the classic puzzle of New Testament criticism known as the Synoptic Problem. The particular theories considered are the Independence Hypothesis, the Augustinian Hypothesis, the Two-Gospel Hypothesis, the Two-Source Hypothesis, and the Farrer Hypothesis. Starting with John Calvin and continuing to the modern day, consideration is given to the various hypotheses provided by early orthodox Protestant and evangelical biblical.

Memory, Jesus, and the Synoptic Gospels

by Robert K McIver

Publication year: 2011

The Gospels and Acts

by Margaret Aymer, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, David A Sánchez {Commentary}

Publication year: 2016

This commentary on the Gospels and Acts, excerpted from the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament, engages readers in the work of biblical interpretation. Contributors from a diversity of perspectives connect historical-critical analysis with sensitivity to current theological, cultural, and interpretive issues. Each chapter (Matthew through Acts) includes an introduction and commentary based on three lenses: ancient context, the interpretive tradition, and contemporary questions and challenges. The Gospels and Acts introduces fresh perspectives and draws students, preachers, and interested readers into the challenging work of interpretation.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 1: Matthew

by William E McCumber {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Sacra Pagina: The Gospel of Mark

by John R Donahue {Commentary}

Publication year: 2005

In The Gospel of Mark, Fathers Donahue and Harrington use an approach that can be expressed by two terms currently used in literary criticism: intratextuality and intertextuality. This intratextual and intertextual reading of Mark’s Gospel helps us to appreciate the literary character, its setting in life, and its distinctive approaches to the Old Testament, Jesus, and early Christian theology. Includes an updated bibliography as an appendix.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 2: Mark

by A Elwood Sanner {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 3: Luke

by Reuben Welch {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Johannine Tradition

What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies

by Tom Thatcher

Publication year: 2007

The past fifty years have seen powerful shifts in the methods and objectives of Biblical Studies. The study of the Johannine Literature, in particular, has seen a proliferation of new approaches, as well as innovative exegetical and theological conclusions. This volume surveys the emerging landscape from the perspective of scholars who have shaped the field. Written in a conversational and reflective tone, the articles offer an excellent overview of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel and 1-2-3 John.

The Gospel of John and Christian Origins

by John Ashton

Publication year: 2014

One of the most interesting questions facing New Testament scholars –How did Christianity emerge from Judaism? — is often addressed in general and indirect terms. John Ashton argues that in the case of the Fourth Gospel, an answer is to be found in the religious experience of the Evangelist himself, who turned from being a practicing Jew to professing a new revelation centered on Christ as the intermediary between God and humanity.

The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: An Introduction to John

by Paul N Anderson

Publication year: 2011

“Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester course, which leads students through literary, historical, and theological aspects of the Fourth Gospel’s most vexing puzzles. Traditional, historical-critical, and literary-critical approaches are deftly introduced and their limitations evaluated; questions of the Gospel’s authorship, composition, relationship to the Synoptics, and origins in particular historical experiences are succinctly addressed; and distinctive Johannine perspectives on Jesus, the church, and the world are discussed”–Publisher description.

Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and Epistles of John

by Christopher W Skinner, Sherri Brown

Publication year: 2017

The Gospel and Epistles of John are often overlooked in discussions of New Testament ethics; indeed, it has been asserted that the Fourth Gospel is of only limited value to such discussions–even that John is practically devoid of ethical material. Representing a range of viewpoints, the essays collected here by prominent scholars reveal the surprising relevance and importance of the Johannine literature by examining the explicit imperatives and the values implicit in the Gospel narrative and epistles. The introduction sets out four major approaches to Johannine ethics today. Essays in subsequent sections evaluate the directives of the Johannine Jesus (believe, love, follow), tease out the implicit ethics of the Gospel’s narrative (including its fraught and apparently sectarian representation of hoi Ioudaioi as Jesus’s opponents), and propose different approaches for advancing the discussion of Johannine ethics beyond the categories now dominant in critical scholarship. In a concluding essay, the editors take stock of the book’s wide-ranging discussion and suggest prospects for future study. The sum is a valuable resource for the student as well as the scholar interested in the question of Johannine ethics.

Theology and History in the Fourth Gospel: Tradition and Narration

by Jörg Frey

Publication year: 2018

This volume explores the unique ways in which History and Theology interact in the Gospel of John.

The Glory of the Crucified One: Theology and Christology in the Fourth Gospel

by Jörg Frey, Wayne Coppins, Christoph Heilig

Publication year: 2018

Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation

by Richard B Hays, Stefan Alkier

Publication year: 2012

John’s apocalyptic revelation tends to be read either as an esoteric mystery or a breathless blueprint for the future. Missing, though, is how Revelation is the most visually stunning and politically salient text in the canon. Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation explores the ways in which Revelation, when read as the last book in the Christian Bible, is in actuality a crafted and contentious word. Senior scholars, including N.T. Wright, Richard Hays, Marianne Meye Thompson, and Stephan Alkier, reveal the intricate intertextual interplay between this apocalyptically charged book, its resonances with the Old Testament, and its political implications. In so doing, the authors show how the church today can read Revelation as both promise and critique.

The Book of Revelation: A Biography

by Timothy K Beal

Publication year: 2018

The life and times of the New Testament’s most mystifying and incendiary book: Few biblical books have been as revered and reviled as Revelation. Many hail it as the pinnacle of prophetic vision, the cornerstone of the biblical canon, and, for those with eyes to see, the key to understanding the past, present, and future. Others denounce it as the work of a disturbed individual whose horrific dreams of inhumane violence should never have been allowed into the Bible. Timothy Beal provides a concise cultural history of Revelation and the apocalyptic imaginations it has fueled. Taking readers from the book’s composition amid the Christian persecutions of first-century Rome to its enduring influence today in popular culture, media, and visual art, Beal explores the often wildly contradictory lives of this sometimes horrifying, sometimes inspiring biblical vision. He shows how such figures as Augustine and Hildegard of Bingen made Revelation central to their own mystical worldviews, and how, thanks to the vivid works of art it inspired, the book remained popular even as it was denounced by later church leaders such as Martin Luther. Attributed to a mysterious prophet identified only as John, Revelation speaks with a voice unlike any other in the Bible. Beal demonstrates how the book is a multimedia constellation of stories and images that mutate and evolve as they take hold in new contexts, and how Revelation is reinvented in the hearts and minds of each new generation. This succinct book traces how Revelation continues to inspire new diagrams of history, new fantasies of rapture, and new nightmares of being left behind.

The Alter-Imperial Paradigm: Empire Studies & The Book of Revelation

by Shane J Wood

Publication year: 2016

“Many assume the book of Revelation is merely an “anti-imperial” attack on the Roman Empire. Yet, Shane J. Wood argues this conclusion over-exaggerates Rome’s significance and, thus, misses Revelation’s true target–he construction of the alter-empire through the destruction of the preeminent adversary: Satan. Applying insights from Postcolonial criticism and ‘Examinations of Dominance,’ this monograph challenges trajectories of New Testament Empire Studies by developing an Alter-Imperial paradigm that appreciates the complexities between the sovereign(s) and subject(s) of a society–eyond simply rebellion or acquiescence. Shane J. Wood analyses Roman propaganda, Jewish interaction with the Flavians, and Domitianic persecution to interpret Satan’s release (Rev 20:1-10) as the climax of God’s triumphal procession. Thus, Rome provides the imagery; Eden provides the target.”–Publisher.

The Theme of Deception in the Book of Revelation

by Wiriya Tipvarakankoon

Publication year: 2017


by Karoline M Lewis {Commentary}

Publication year: 2014

Karoline Lewis draws together the strengths of two exegetical approaches to the Gospel of John in this volume of the Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries series. Lewis takes a broad thematic approach to the Gospel while at the same time giving exegetical and homiletical insights about individual pericopes. With attention to both liturgical interpretation and exegetical analysis, Lewis provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding John’s Gospel as a whole, not just a collection of vaguely related stories. Those who peruse these pages will discover anew how John’s story of Jesus shapes and gives worth to being a disciple for the sake of the world God loves. In other words, the intent of this commentary is to invite the reader into an encounter with the Jesus of John’s Gospel. Such an encounter witnesses to how an experience of the Jesus of John actually matters. Readers, preachers, and their parishioners will have a deeper appreciation of the book’s unique interpretation of the Christ event and how that influences their approach to living the Christian faith in today’s world.

Sacra Pagina: The Gospel of John

by Francis J Moloney {Commentary}

Publication year: 2005

No other book of the New Testament has attracted as much attention from commentators as the Fourth Gospel. It has stirred minds, hearts, and imaginations from Christianity’s earliest days. In The Gospel of John, Francis Moloney unfolds the identifiable “point of view” of this unique Gospel narrative and offers readers, heirs to its rich and widely varied interpretative traditions, relevance for their lives today. Includes an updated bibliography as an appendix.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 4: John

by Samuel Young {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

1, 2, and 3 John

by John Painter, Daniel J Harrington {Commentary}

Publication year: 2002

The Johannine Epistles are today read as an important part of the Johannine literature. Yet the meaning of the text is often unclear. Part of the problem arises because, although 1 John is called an Epistle, it lacks the formal marks of an Epistle. In 1, 2, and 3 John, John Painter illuminates the relationship 1, 2, and 3 John have to each other and to the Gospel.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 12: 1 John Through Revelation

by T E Martin {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Acts & Paul

Paul, Apostle to the Nations: An Introduction

by Walter F Taylor

Publication year: 2012

Who was Paul? What did he do? What did he write? Walter F. Taylor Jr. sets out to bring together a wealth of contemporary perspectives in a clear and accessible synthesis, bringing to bear on his subject the best of recent social-scientific
and cultural-anthropological thinking on Paul. – Publisher.

Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought

by E P Sanders

Publication year: 2015

Decades after setting the study of Paul on a profoundly new footing with Paul and Palestinian Judaism (Fortress Press, 1977), E.P. Sanders now offers an expansive introduction to the apostle, navigating some of the thorniest issues in scholarship in language accessible to the novice and seasoned scholar alike. Always careful to distinguish what we can know historically from what we may only conjecture, and these from dogmatically driven misrepresentations, Sanders sketches a fresh picture of the apostle as an ardent defender of his own convictions, ever ready to craft the sorts of arguments that now fill his letters but–as Sanders carefully argues–were not the basis for his own beliefs and attitudes. He also gives sustained attention to a historical sketch of Paul’s context, particularly Second Temple Judaism, in order to set comparisons of Paul and that context on solid ground. Here are familiar themes from Sanders’ earlier work–the importance of works in Paul’s thought, the relationship of “plight” and “solution”–In a presentation that reveals a career’s reflection, along with new thinking regarding development in Paul’s thought. All of the letters are carefully introduced in a text that will prove a worthy guide to the student and interested reader.

Walking in Love: Moral Progress and Spiritual Growth with the Apostle Paul

by J Paul Sampley

Publication year: 2016

Across the history of Christianity, Paul’s letters have been mined for doctrines like original sin and the “Fall” of Adam or for arguing that justification is by faith, not by works. J. Paul Sampley’s concern is not first with doctrines but with how Paul instructed, encouraged, built up–and, at times, chided–the followers who trekked behind him in “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” (Phil. 3:14). Sampley writes particularly for readers today who seek insight into the spiritual and moral life but are perplexed by the apostle. While taking seriously the distance between Paul and our time, he also understands Paul’s relevance for those seeking to live responsibly in a broken and alienated world. Sampley articulates how important themes in his letters–the grand narrative of God’s action, the new creation, the power of baptism and of the Lord’s Supper–serve the basic goal of calling people to faithful living and to “walking in love,” for God and for each other. Walking in Love is a clear exposition of the ethical dimension of Paul’s complex theology.

Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination

by Ben C Blackwell, John K Goodrich, Jason Maston

Publication year: 2016

Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination brings together eminent Pauline scholars from diverse perspectives, along with experts of Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic philosophy, patristics, and modern theology, to explore the contours of the current debate. Contributors discuss what apocalypticism, and an “apocalyptic Paul,” have meant at different times; examine different aspects of Paul’s thought and practice; and show how different implicit understandings of apocalypticism shape different contemporary presentations of the apostle’s significance.

Christ’s First Theologian: The Shape of Paul’s Thought

by Leander E Keck

Publication year: 2015

This volume contains the definitive collection of Leander Keck’s Pauline scholarship.

A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity

by Daniel Boyarin

Publication year: 1997, 1994

Introduction: Wrestling with Paul — 1. Circumcision, Allegory, and Universal “Man” — 2. What Was Wrong with Judaism? The Cultural Politics of Pauline Scholarship — 3. The Spirit and the Flesh: Paul’s Political Anthropology — 4. Moses’ Veil; or, The Jewish Letter, the Christian Spirit — 5. Circumcision and Revelation; or, The Politics of the Spirit — 6. Was Paul an “Anti-Semite”? — 7. Brides of Christ: Jewishness and the Pauline Origins of Christian Sexual Renunciation — 8. “There Is No Male and Female”: Galatians and Gender Trouble — 9. Paul, the “Jewish Problem,” and the “Woman Question” — 10. Answering the Mail: Toward a Radical Jewishness.

St. Paul among the Philosophers

by John D Caputo, Linda Alcoff

Publication year: 2009

Postcards from Paul : subtraction versus grafting / John D. Caputo — St. Paul, founder of the universal subject / Alain Badiou — From Job to Christ : a Paulinian reading of Chesterton / Slavoj Žižek — Historical integrity, interpretive freedom : the philosopher’s Paul and the problem of anachronism / Paula Fredriksen — Paul between Judaism and Hellenism / E.P. Sanders — The promise of teleology, the constraints of epistemology, and universal vision in Paul / Dale B. Martin — Paul among the antiphilosophers, or, Saul among the sophists / Daniel Boyarin — Paul’s notion of dunamis : between the possible and the impossible / Richard Kearney — Concluding roundtable : St. Paul among the historians and the systematizers.

Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle

by Magnus Zetterholm, Mark D Nanos

Publication year: 2015

In these chapters, a group of renowned international scholars seek to describe Paul and his work from “within Judaism,” rather than on the assumption, still current after thirty years of the “New Perspective,” that in practice Paul left behind aspects of Jewish living after his discovery of Jesus as Christ (Messiah). After an introduction that surveys recent study of Paul and highlights the centrality of questions about Paul’s Judaism chapters explore the implications of reading Paul’s instructions as aimed at Christ-following non-Jews, teaching them how to live in ways consistent with Judaism while remaining non-Jews. The contributors take different methodological points of departure: historical, ideological-critical, gender-critical, and empire-critical, and examine issues of terminology and of interfaith relations. Surprising common ground among the contributors presents a coherent alternative to the “New Perspective.” The volume concludes with a critical evaluation of the Paul within Judaism perspective by Terence L. Donaldson, a well-known voice representative of the best insights of the New Perspective.

Abraham our Father: Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa

by Israel Kamudzandu

Publication year: 2013

Israel Kamudzandu explores the legacy of how the Shona found in the figure of Abraham himself a potent resource for cultural resistance, and makes intriguing comparisons with the ways the apostle Paul used the same figure in his interaction with the ancestry of Aeneas in imperial myths of the destiny of the Roman people. The result is a groundbreaking study that combines the best tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu offers at last a model of multi-cultural Christianity forged in the experience of postcolonial Zimbabwe.

Paul and Economics: A Handbook

by Thomas R Blanton, Raymond Pickett

Publication year: 2017

In Paul and Economics, leading scholars address a variety of topics in contemporary discussion, including an overview of the Roman economy; the economic profile of Paul and of his communities, and stratification within them; architectural considerations regarding where they met; food and drink; idol meat and the Lord’s Supper; material conditions of urban poverty; patronage; slavery; travel; gender and status; the collection for Jerusalem; and the role of Marxist theory and the question of political economy in Paul scholarship.

Remember the Future: The Pastoral Theology of Paul the Apostle

by Jacob W Elias

Publication year: 2006

This volume examines how the Apostle Paul worked as a theologian within the churches that he founded.

Paul: An Outline of his Theology

by Michael Wolter

Publication year: 2015

This volume offers a comprehensive accounting of the Apostle Paul’s theology.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 5: Acts.

by Airhart E Arnold {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

The Letters and Legacy of Paul

by David A Sánchez, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Margaret P Aymer {Commentary}

Publication year: 2016

This commentary on the letters and legacy of Paul, excerpted from the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament, engages readers in the work of biblical interpretation. Contributors connect historical-critical analysis with sensitivityto current theological, cultural, and interpretive issues. Introductory articles describe the challenges of reading the New Testament in ancient and contemporary contexts, as well as exploring other themes ranging from the Jewish heritage of early Christianity to the legacy of the Apocalyptic. These are followed by the survey “Situating the Apostle Paul in His Day and Engaging His Legacy in Our Own.” Each chapter (Romans through Philemon) includes an introduction and commentary on the text through the lenses of three critical questions: The Text in Its Ancient Context. What did the text probably mean in its original historical and cultural context? The Text in the Interpretive Tradition. How have centuries of reading and interpreting shaped our understanding of the text? The Text in Contemporary Discussion. What are the unique challenges and interpretive questions that arise for readers and hearers of the text today? The Letters and Legacy of Paul introduces fresh perspectives and draws students, preachers, and interested readers into the challenging work of interpretation.


by Brendan Byrne {Commentary}

Publication year: 1996

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 6: Romans

by William M Greathouse {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 7: Corinthians

by Oscar F Reed

Publication year: 2010

First Corinthians

by Raymond F Collins {Commentary}

Publication year: 1999

“One of the most exciting of Paul’s letters, First Corinthians offers a vantage point from which modern readers can reflect on the diversity in Christian churches today. In First Corinthians, Raymond Collins explores that vantage point as well as the challenge Paul posed to the people of his time – and continues to pose in ours – to allow the gospel message to engage them in their daily lives.”–Page 4 of cover.

Second Corinthians

by Jan Lambrecht {Commentary}

Publication year: 1999

Second Corinthians is often regarded as the most personal of Paul’s letters. In this letter, Paul more than once fiercely counters the attacks of his opponents. He extensively describes both the quality and circumstances of his apostolic existence – the sufferings he endures, the opposition he encounters, and his continual care for the churches. Second Corinthians is, therefore, highly significant theologically as well as autobiographically. This letter is an especially important document because of Paul’s ongoing reflection on his ministry. It is both profound in its content and style for its original audience as well as for today’s readers.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 8: Galatians Through Ephesians

by Taylor H Willard {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Colossians and Ephesians

by Margaret Y MacDonald {Commentary}

Publication year: 2008

No two works in the Pauline Epistles resemble each other as closely as Colossians and Ephesians. Often recognized for their majestic tone and powerful theological statement, Colossians and Ephesians also present many challenges of interpretation. Most commentaries on these letters seem preoccupied with the same few issues, particularly the question of authorship. As MacDonald addresses these classic questions, she offers a fresh perspective on Colossians and Ephesians by making use of insights from the social sciences. Moreover, by paying attention to subtle differences between the two letters, she brings their distinct perspectives into sharp relief. MacDonald highlights the interplay between Colossians and Ephesians and the social life of New Testament communities. She illustrates how the texts reflect ancient cultural values and are influenced by particular aspects of community life such as worship and household existence. In particular, she reflects on the issues faced by these communities as they formed institutions and interacted with the society around them. She shows the struggles of the New Testament communities to survive and maintain a distinct identity in first-century society.

Philippians and Philemon

by Bonnie Bowman Thurston, Judith Ryan {Commentary}

Publication year: 2005

“Translations with commentary of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and his Letter to Philemon. The letters are approached methodologically, with attention to historical and cultural contexts.”–Provided by publisher.

The Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy, Second Timothy, Titus

by Benjamin Fiore {Commentary}

Publication year: 2007

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 10: Thessalonians Through Titus

by Sydney Martin {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010

Social-Science Commentary on the Deutero-Pauline Letters

by Bruce J Malina, John J Pilch


Publication year: 2013

“The Social-Science Commentary series pioneers an alternative commentary genre, providing in this volume the text of the deutero-Pauline letters and cultural notes on them. The Social-Science Commentary on the Deutero-Pauline Letters provides essential reading scenarios on specific cultural phenomena in these letters, including forgery, normative conflict, paideia (training), and Household Codes. This volume highlights the transformation of the memory of Paul in early Christianity as reflecting the concerns and interest of communities after Paul’s death”–Publisher description.

General Epistles

The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition

by Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, Robert W Wall

Publication year: 2009

This volume explores how the general letters in the New Testament draw upon and interact with the existing Apostolic tradition.

Four Times Peter: Portrayals of Peter in the Four Gospels and at Philippi

by Richard J Cassidy

Publication year: 2007

Because he plays such a prominent role in the New Testament and the tradition of the church, the apostle Peter has been the focus of much scholarship over the centuries. One wonders whether there can be anything more to say about Peter. Indeed, there is. In Four Times Peter Richard Cassidy takes a narrative critical look at Peter in the story of each gospel individually (rather than studying Peter via a side-by-side analysis of the gospels). Cassidy looks first to the character of Jesus in each of the gospels and then to the group of apostles as a whole before turning to Peter. In the end, Four Times Peter allows an intriguing portrait of this apostle to emerge. Readers discover a portrait of Peter that would have been familiar to the earliest Christian communities. And it is this ancient portrait that gives modern readers a refreshing new sense of Peter. Richard J. Cassidy, STL, PhD, is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. This book is part of the series Interfaces.

James and Paul: The Politics of Identity at the Turn of the Ages

by V George Shillington

Publication year: 2015

Here V. George Shillington seeks to understand both James and Paul as Jews engaged in different but complementary missions and concludes that the tension between those missions indicates a conflict between different politics of identity.–Provided
by publisher.

Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation

by David A Sánchez, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Margaret P Aymer {Commentary}

Publication year: 2016

This commentary on the Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation, excerpted from the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament, engages readers in the work of biblical interpretation. Contributors connect historical-critical analysis with sensitivity to current theological, cultural, and interpretive issues. Introductory articles describe the challenges of reading the New Testament in ancient and contemporary contexts, as well as exploring other themes ranging from the Jewish heritage of early Christianity to the contexts of diaspora. These are followed by the survey “Introduction to Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation.” Each chapter (Hebrews through Revelation) includes an introduction and commentary on the text through the lenses of three critical questions: The Text in Its Ancient Context. What did the text probably mean in its original historical and cultural context? The Text in the Interpretive Tradition. How have centuries of reading and interpreting shaped our understanding of the text? The Text in Contemporary Discussion. What are the unique challenges and interpretive questions that arise for readers and hearers of the text today? Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation introduces fresh perspectives and draws students, as well as preachers and interested readers, into the challenging work of interpretation.


by Mary Ann Beavis, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Linda M Maloney, Barbara E Reid {Commentary}

Publication year: 2015

Hebrews seems like unpromising material for feminist interpretation, although it is the only New Testament writing for which female authorship has been seriously posited. Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg highlight the similarities between Hebrews and the book of Wisdom/Sophia, which share cosmological, ethical, historical, and sapiential themes, revealing that Hebrews is in fact a submerged tradition of Sophia-Wisdom. They also tackle the sacrificial Christology of Hebrews, concluding that in its ancient context, far from symbolizing suffering and abjection, sacrifice was understood as celebratory and relational. Contributions from Filipina (Maricel and Marilou Ibita), Jewish (Justin Jaron Lewis), historical (Nancy Calvert-Koyzis), and First Nations (Marie Annharte Baker) perspectives bring additional scholarly, cultural, religious, and experiential wisdom to the commentary.

Beacon Bible Expositions, Volume 11 : Hebrews Through Peter.

by W T Purkiser {Commentary}

Publication year: 2010


by Alan C Mitchell {Commentary}

Publication year: 2007


by P J Hartin {Commentary}

Publication year: 2003

“The letter of James is one of the most neglected writings of the New Testament. One of the strongest and most influential voices against James has been that of Martin Luther who saw James as a challenge to Paul’s teaching on the relationship between faith and works. Even within the Roman Catholic Church, James has suffered great neglect as is evidenced through the scant usage of this writing within her liturgy.” “Hartin’s study begins with a detailed examination of the letter’s literary background and its relationships within the context of the Jewish, Hellenistic, and emerging Christian worlds. From this examination James emerges clearly as a writing at home within the world of Jewish-Christianity. Those complex issues of genre, authorship, and readership are examined, and Hartin argues convincingly that James is an early writing, stemming from the authority of James, the brother of the Lord, who writes to those Jewish-Christians in the dispersion of northern Syria.”–Jacket.

The Book that James Wrote

by Earl F Palmer {Commentary}

Publication year: 1997

In The Book That James Wrote, Palmer offers a user-friendly guide to James that is ideal for pastors and parishioners, for personal or small-group study. In the opening chapters Palmer interestingly sets the historical scene behind the book of James, discussing the book’s authorship, date, and the political and religious atmosphere of the city of Jerusalem and its first church. He also examines the book of James itself, its structure, its major themes, and its remarkable similarity to the book of Proverbs. In the main body of the book, Palmer first provides a verse-by-verse commentary on James before focusing more deeply on such pastoral-theological themes as the nature of God and the meaning of faith, wisdom, temptation, hope, and patience. A study guide at the back of the book suggests further readings and questions for reflection. – Back cover.

1 Peter

by Donald Senior {Commentary}

Publication year: 2003

“Crisis in the Church is not a new phenomenon. In fact, the Church has always been (and probably always will be) involved in some kind of crisis. Even in the apostolic period, which is regarded by many as the Church’s “golden age,” there were serious crises coming from both the outside (as in 1 Peter) and from the inside (as in Jude and 2 Peter). The three short New Testament letters treated in this volume illustrate the kinds of problems that early Christians faced, as well as the rhetorical techniques and theological concepts with which they combated those problems.”–Jacket.