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God Is His Own Interpreter, And He Will Make It Plain, Barry Fike Dec 2015

God Is His Own Interpreter, And He Will Make It Plain, Barry Fike

Barry D. Fike

Religion, in its mystical, emotional or practical expression is, to me at any rate, of little value if divorced from intellectual integrity. I think that the reason “many believers” are so repulsive is that they don’t really have faith but a kind of false security. They operate by the slide rule, and the Church for them is not the body of Christ but the poor man’s insurance system. It’s never hard for them to believe because actually they never think about it. Unfortunately the reality is simply that it is not easy to get vast masses of ...


The Women Jesus Met: Jacob Of Serug’S Homilies On The Canaanite Woman, The Samaritan Woman, And The Paralytic Woman (Forthcoming, Under Contract With Gorgias Press; On Track For Final Submission In December 2015), Translations By Rebecca Falcasantos, Reyhan Durmaz, Susan Harvey, Daniel Picus Nov 2015

The Women Jesus Met: Jacob Of Serug’S Homilies On The Canaanite Woman, The Samaritan Woman, And The Paralytic Woman (Forthcoming, Under Contract With Gorgias Press; On Track For Final Submission In December 2015), Translations By Rebecca Falcasantos, Reyhan Durmaz, Susan Harvey, Daniel Picus

Rebecca S. Falcasantos

No abstract provided.


First Families; The Genesis Account, William Paul Haas Nov 2015

First Families; The Genesis Account, William Paul Haas

William P. Haas

The Book of Genesis is principally a description of the emergence of interconnected families with specific relationships such as husband and wife, husband and wife-surrogate ( distinct from prostitutes and harlots ) sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers-sons-daughters-in-law. Love, loyalty, fidelity and affection appear often and in many forms, but no family portrayed in Genesis appears as immune to exploitation, manipulation, trickery, treachery, lust, hatred or murder. Both men and women are seen as active forces in the destiny of these troubled families, for good and ill. We ourselves still bear a likeness to these ancient portraits and many bear their ...


The "Spiritual Body" As Oxymoron In 1 Corinthians 15:44, Brian Schmisek Oct 2015

The "Spiritual Body" As Oxymoron In 1 Corinthians 15:44, Brian Schmisek

Brian Schmisek

In the entire undisputed Pauline corpus, the term “body” is used with respect to resurrection in only two verses: 1 Corinthians 15:44 and Philippians 3:20–21. In neither case does it mean resuscitated flesh as some theologians would have it. In Corinthians, Paul uses the rhetorical device of oxymoron in modifying the term body by “spiritual.” The oxymoron expresses the ineffability of Paul’s experience of the Risen Christ, which for him is something beyond precise description.


The Chosen People: Election, Paul, And Second Temple Judaism, A. Thornhill Oct 2015

The Chosen People: Election, Paul, And Second Temple Judaism, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Aggressive Exegesis Of Ann Coulter, A. Thornhill Oct 2015

The Aggressive Exegesis Of Ann Coulter, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


Anti-Social Media: Communal Transformation And The Barriers Of Technology, A. Thornhill Sep 2015

Anti-Social Media: Communal Transformation And The Barriers Of Technology, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

In light of the proliferation of social media consumption in the West and across the world, this paper considers the implications for communal participation and transformation, particularly for the Christian community. The paper argues that God intends for our formation as human beings in general, and as Christians in particular, to occur primarily in the context of interdependent relationships with others, and particularly within our faith family.


Paul And The Law: Keeping The Commandments Of God, A. Thornhill Sep 2015

Paul And The Law: Keeping The Commandments Of God, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Jewish Nature Of The First Century Church, Barry D. Fike Sep 2015

The Jewish Nature Of The First Century Church, Barry D. Fike

Barry D. Fike

“When men realized that the teaching of God was no heritage that one accepts passively but rather a heritage that has to be won, they began to see this relationship to the Bible as a religious obligation. It became a supreme commandment to “study”, to explore the Scriptures. To explore means to consider the Bible as a challenge rather than a gift…..The duty to “explore” requires further rethinking: each end becomes a new beginning and each solution a new problem…Once Today’s Church is fully aware of the vast importance of learning, it too will realize that it ...


The Pilgrim Gospel: The Old Testament As A Theology Of The Journey, David Pederson Aug 2015

The Pilgrim Gospel: The Old Testament As A Theology Of The Journey, David Pederson

David J. Pederson

No abstract provided.


The 'P'-Word: Conversion In A Postmodern Environment, Brad Kallenberg Aug 2015

The 'P'-Word: Conversion In A Postmodern Environment, Brad Kallenberg

Brad J. Kallenberg

Allow me to write frankly about the “P”-word. There is great concern about the proliferation of the “P”-word. In the past decade, over 1,500 articles and 2,000 books have come into print bearing the "P"-word in their titles. Nearly 1,000 of these books are still in print. Everywhere we turn we find that we have been inundated with the “P”-word. And so we have come to fear for our culture. The "P"-word? “Postmodernism.” Granted, postmodernism is a slippery concept; there are many versions, many postmodernisms. But should Christians fear postmodernism? To be ...


Some Practices Of Theological Reasoning, Or, How To Work Well With Words, Brad Kallenberg Jul 2015

Some Practices Of Theological Reasoning, Or, How To Work Well With Words, Brad Kallenberg

Brad J. Kallenberg

This Companion introduces readers to the practice of Christian theology, covering what theologians do, why they do it, and what steps readers can take in order to become theological practitioners themselves. The volume aims to capture the variety of practices involved in doing theology, highlighting the virtues that guide them and the responsibilities that shape them. It also shows that the description of these practices, virtues and responsibilities is itself theological: what Christian theologians do is shaped by the wider practices and beliefs of Christianity. Written by a team of leading theologians, the Companion provides a unique resource for students ...


Give Yourself An Orcid: Boosting Your Visibility Through Researcher Profiling Networks, Carolyn Schubert, Steven W. Holloway Jul 2015

Give Yourself An Orcid: Boosting Your Visibility Through Researcher Profiling Networks, Carolyn Schubert, Steven W. Holloway

Steven W Holloway

Looking for researchers who share your interests but not sure where to find them? Struggling to quantify all the different ways your research impacts your discipline? A number of free and subscription-based initiatives exist to promote researcher identification, manage researcher profiles and publications, and facilitate collaborative networking. The actors in this academic ecosphere include individual researchers, national governments, umbrella organizations, librarians, publishers, and research funding agencies.These platforms move beyond the historical citation metrics and enhances how we define the impact of scholarship by maintaining up-to-date researcher profiles and synchronizing their data. We will cover the nature of these researcher ...


The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 3), A. Thornhill Jul 2015

The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 3), A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 2), A. Thornhill Jul 2015

The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 2), A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 1), A. Thornhill Jul 2015

The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 1), A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


A Theology Of Vacation, A. Thornhill Jun 2015

A Theology Of Vacation, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


Election Of The Lesser Son: Paul's Lament Midrash In Romans 9-11, A. Thornhill Jun 2015

Election Of The Lesser Son: Paul's Lament Midrash In Romans 9-11, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Vessels Of The Treasure, Charles Ralston Smith Jun 2015

The Vessels Of The Treasure, Charles Ralston Smith

Charles Kay Smith

No abstract provided.


The Nominations And Personnel Committee As A Tool For Laity Activation Within United Methodist Congregations Of The Alabama-West Florida Conference, Charles Ray Smith Jun 2015

The Nominations And Personnel Committee As A Tool For Laity Activation Within United Methodist Congregations Of The Alabama-West Florida Conference, Charles Ray Smith

Charles Kay Smith

No abstract provided.


'Feminist Receptions Of Biblical Women', Consulting Editor, Lesleigh Cushin Stahlberg, Julie Kelso May 2015

'Feminist Receptions Of Biblical Women', Consulting Editor, Lesleigh Cushin Stahlberg, Julie Kelso

Julie Kelso

Extract: This issue of Nashim, under the consulting editorship of Lesleigh Cushin Stahlberg, addresses the branch of feminist biblical studies that concerns reception history. The issue includes an Introduction from Stahlberg; five principal essays; an essay on Hannah Semer, the “first lady of Israeli journalism”; an additional short essay by Judith Margolis about the very beautiful, biblically inspired work of American feminist visual artist Carol Hamoy; and eight book reviews. In this review, given the usual constraints of space and time, I am only going to focus on the Introduction and five main essays.


From Ark Of The Covenant To Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’S Iconic Texts, James Watts May 2015

From Ark Of The Covenant To Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’S Iconic Texts, James Watts

James Watts

Torah scrolls are the central icon of Jewish worship. Interpreters usually regard such ritual uses of physical Torah scrolls as a consequence of the Pentateuch’s textual authority and canonization. However, the traditions about tablets of commandments carried in a reliquary ark show that ritualization of texts in the iconic dimension began early in Israel’s history. Was the Pentateuch itself developed with such iconic uses in mind? That is, was the Pentateuch shaped to replace the tablets and the ark? Evidence for such shaping appears in ambiguities surrounding Pentateuchal traditions about the tablets and scrolls of the law. These ...


The Historical And Literary Contexts Of The Sin And Guilt Offerings, James Watts May 2015

The Historical And Literary Contexts Of The Sin And Guilt Offerings, James Watts

James Watts

Many interpreters have noted that the common nouns, hattat and asham, carry legal connotations in Akkadian and non-priestly parts of the Hebrew Bible. In P, they also serve as the names of the “sin” and “guilt” offerings. The fact that the offering names evoke legal documents and treaties suggests that they were introduced because priests were playing a larger role in legal matters, or at least wished to. The demise of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah provide plausible reasons for why the Temple would have been looking for additional sources of revenue in the form of the sin and ...


The Three Dimensions Of Scriptures, James Watts May 2015

The Three Dimensions Of Scriptures, James Watts

James Watts

This article proposes a new model for understanding the ways that scriptures function. Several big media stories of recent years, such as those surrounding controversies over Ten Commandments monuments in U.S. courthouses and Qur’ans desecrated at Guantánomo Bay, involve the iconic function of scriptures. Yet contemporary scholarship on Jewish, Christian or Muslim scriptures is ill-prepared to interpret these events because it has focused almost all its efforts on textual interpretation. Even the increased attention to the performative function of scripture by Wilfred Cantwell Smith and his students does not provide resources for understanding the iconic roles of scriptures ...


Deflategate And The Purpose Of Punishment, A. Thornhill May 2015

Deflategate And The Purpose Of Punishment, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


From Theology To Praxis: The Quest For The Full Inclusion Of Women In Churches Of Christ, Jennifer H. Christy May 2015

From Theology To Praxis: The Quest For The Full Inclusion Of Women In Churches Of Christ, Jennifer H. Christy

Jennifer H Christy

From the earliest days of the movement’s history, Churches of Christ have been shaped by a literalist reading of the Bible that has privileged certain texts over others in the conversation surrounding the role of women in the life of the church. Patriarchal systems of thought and practice have dominated the conversation. Support from a few key texts has been used to establish the belief that women are created in subordination and submission to men, often resulting in the status of women being regarded as inferior and unequal to men. This manifests in a polity where women are limited ...


The Impeccability And Humanity Of Jesus, A. Thornhill Apr 2015

The Impeccability And Humanity Of Jesus, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


Losing Influence And Finding Faithfulness: The Decline Of Evangelicalism And The Lost And Found Parables, A. Thornhill Mar 2015

Losing Influence And Finding Faithfulness: The Decline Of Evangelicalism And The Lost And Found Parables, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


A Theology Of Good Works: The Apostle Paul’S Concept Of Good Works Within The Context Of Second Temple Judaism, Martin E. Sheldon Mar 2015

A Theology Of Good Works: The Apostle Paul’S Concept Of Good Works Within The Context Of Second Temple Judaism, Martin E. Sheldon

Martin E Sheldon

The apostle Paul lived and ministered within the context of Second Temple Judaism. Following just over three decades of adherence to and immersion in Pharisaic Judaism, Saul of Tarsus converted to Jesus Christ and in consequence, conducted several missionary journeys proclaiming the gospel of Christ and writing letters to the newly established churches. While the Hebrew Scriptures provided the theological foundation for the apostle Paul’s teaching, his concept of good works was forged within the historical context of Second Temple Judaism. Inasmuch as this is the case, it is essential to explore the concept of good works within the ...


The Fall Of The Fall: A Brief Political History, William Cavanaugh Mar 2015

The Fall Of The Fall: A Brief Political History, William Cavanaugh

William T. Cavanaugh

No abstract provided.