It is time to draw a name for The Romans Debate, Revised and Expanded Edition (1991, Baker Academic). This book is a brand new paperback (with a remainder mark) and is my own copy.
There were 24 people signed up (I allowed only one entry per person). I took each of your names, sorted randomly and then pasted them into Excel. Random.org gave me a number between 1-28, and the winner is…..
Rubén de Rus
Congratulations to Rubén, better luck next time for the rest of you. Rubén should contact me privately with his shipping info, I will get the book out tomorrow.
I at least one more book to give away, so look for another post later today.
This week I am giving away a copy of The Romans Debate, Revised and Expanded Edition (1991, Baker Academic). This collection of essays on Romans was first published in 1977 and then reprinted and expanded in 1991 by Hendricksen. The current printing of the book is under from Baker Academic. This is one of the best resources for anyone doing serious work in Romans. The book collects key essays in the book of Romans from as early as 1962. All of the essays were published elsewhere, but this 372 page volume makes them available with a full set of indices.
This book is a brand new paperback (with a remainder mark) and is my own copy.
Same rules as last week: Enter by leaving a comment telling me which essay you will read first. On Tuesday January 16 I will randomly select one comment and ship the book out to the lucky winner. If you leave more than one comment, I will only count one comment per person for the contest.
Table of Contents:
St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans–and Others, T. W. Manson
The Letter to the Romans as Paul’s Last Will and Testament, Gunther Bornkamm
Paul’s Purpose in Writing the Epistle to the Romans, Gunter Klein
A Short Note on Romans 16, Karl Paul Donfried
The Letter to Jerusalem, Jacob Jervell
Romans 14:1-15:13 and the Occasion of Romans, Robert J. Karris
The Jewish Community in Ancient Rome and the Origins of Roman Christianity, Wolfgang Wiefel
False Presuppositions in the Study of Romans, Karl Paul Donfried
The Occasion of Romans: A Response to Prof. Donfried, Robert J. Karris
Paul’s Rhetoric of Argumentation in Romans: An Alternative to the Donfried-Karris Debate Over Romans, Wilhelm Wuellner
The Form and Function of the Greek Letter-Essay, Martin Luther Stirewalt, Jr.
Part II Section A: Historical and Sociological Factors
The Romans Debate, F. F. Bruce
Purpose and Occasion of Romans Again, A. J. M. Wedderburn
The Two Roman Congregations: Romans 14:1-15:13, Francis Watson
The Roman Christians of Romans 16, Peter Lampe
The Purpose of Romans, Peter Stuhlmacher
Section B The Structure and Rhetoric of Romans
The Formal and Theological Coherence of Romans, James D. G. Dunn
Romans III as a Key to the Structure and Thought of Romans, William S. Campbell
Following the Argument of Romans, Robert Jewett
Romans as a Logos Protreptikos, David E. Aune
Section C The Theology of Romans: Issues in the Current Debate
The New Perspective on Paul: Paul and the Law, James D. G. Dunn
Israel’s Misstep in the Eyes of Paul, Lloyd Gaston
The Faithfulness of God and the Priority of Israel in Paul’s Letter to the Romans, J. C. Beker
This series features the work of many world-class scholars who have contributed major commentaries on a book. For example, Douglas Moo, who wrote a major commentary in the NICNT series, contributes the NIVAC volume on Romans. It is possible many busy pastors and teachers who do not have the time to wade through all of the exegetical intricacies of Moo’s 1000+ page commentary on Romans will find his comments on Romans in this series more accessible.
Each section of the commentary begins with as section entitled “original meaning.” Here the author provides a narrative commentary on the text. In most cases the commentary reflects the author’s work in the original although there is little reference to Hebrew or Greek. I would characterize this as an exposition of the text rather than exegesis.
After the exposition, the commentary has a short section entitled “bridging contexts.” Since the world of the Bible is different than our world, the authors attempt to set scripture in context of the first century and then provide some analogy to a modern situation. In Scot McKnight’s commentary on Galatians, for example, he describes the challenge of the Judaizers to Paul’s ministry, then draws an analogy the challenge faced of strict fundamentalists today.
Following this section, the author’s offer some application of the text to contemporary Christian life or church practice. This “contemporary significance” is often very personal, McKnight’s comments on fundamentalism are draw from his own experience. These sections will help a pastor or teacher apply the text, but will also be encouraging to general readers.
In fact, the NIV Application series is designed to be an accessible commentary for general readers. Any volume of the series would make a good companion volume to supplement a layperson’s reading of a biblical book. There are footnotes pointing to other literature for readers who want to read the technical, scholarly details and the bibliography will point readers to other more extensive commentaries.
Each commentary is only $4.99 in an eBook format (Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble/Nook; CBD/eBooks; iTunes/iBooks). There are several bundles collecting several NIVAC volumes, starting at $17.99 (Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Books, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Gospels and Acts, Pauline Epistles, General Epistles and Revelation).
For this week’s giveaway, I have a copy of Reading Luke:Interpretation, Reflection, Formationedited by Craig Bartholomew, Joel B. Green, and Anthony C. Thiselton (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2005). This is the sixth volume coming from the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and contains essays Luke and Acts from a wide range of scholars. Graham Stanton said the essays “offer fresh perspectives, especially on issues of method and interpretation. The essays are accessible to a wide readership, yet they are full of insights which will stimulate further reflection and research.”
This book is a brand new hardback and is my own copy. The only caveat is that the book has a different slip jacket than the picture above. I think it is the Paternoster (British) printing rather than the North American Zondervan printing. I cannot see any other differences. I bought the book not realizing I already had the Zondervan edition, so my bad memory is your gain.
Same rules as last week: Enter by leaving a comment telling me which essay you will read first. On Tuesday September 8 I will randomly select one comment and ship the book out to the lucky winner. If you leave more than one comment, I will only count one comment per person for the contest.
Table of Contents:
INTRODUCTION The Hermeneutical Dynamics of ‘Reading Luke’ as Interpretation, Reflection, and Formation. Anthony C. Thiselton
NARRATIVE, HISTORY, AND THEOLOGY Learning Theological Interpretation from Luke. Joel B. Green
The Purpose of Luke-Acts: Israel’s Story in the Context of the Roman Empire. David Wenham
Preparing the Way of the Lord: Introducing and Interpreting Luke’s Narrative: A Response to David Wenham. F. Scott Spencer
Reading Luke’s Gospel as Ancient Hellenistic Narrative: Luke’s Narrative Plan of Israel’s Suffering Messiah as God’s Saving Plan for the World. David P. Moessner
LANGUAGE, PARABLES, AND LEVELS AND WAYS OF READING LUKE
Political and Eschatological Language in Luke. I. Howard Marshall
The Role of Money and Possessions in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32): A Test Case. John Nolland
Reading Luke, Hearing Jesus, Understanding God: Reflection on Hermeneutical Issues in Response to John Nolland. Stephen I. Wright
A Critical Examination of David Bosch’s Missional Reading of Luke. Michael W. Goheen.
DISTINCTIVE THEOLOGICAL THEMES IN LUKE-ACTS
Luke and the Spirit: Renewing Theological Interpretation of Biblical Pneumatology. Max Turner
Kingdom and Church in Luke-Acts From Davidic Christology to Kingdom Ecclesiology. Scott W. Hahn
A Canonical Approach to Interpreting Luke. The Journey Motif as a Hermeneutical Key. Charles H. H. Scobie
Prayer in/and the Drama of Redemption in Luke: Prayer and Exegetical Performance. Craig G. Bartholomew and Robby Holt
ISSUES IN RECEPTION HISTORY AND RECEPTION THEORY
The Reception and Use of the Gospel of Luke to the Second Century. Francois Bovon.
Looking for Luke in the Second Century: A Dialogue with Francois Bovon Andrew Gregory
Illuminating Luke: The Third Gospel as Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting. Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons
Beale, Gregory K., Daniel J. Brendsel, and William A. Ross. An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek: Analysis of Prepositions, Adverbs, Particles, Relative Pronouns, and Conjunctions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014. 96 p. Pb. $15.99. Link to Zondervan.
This short book combines a lexical analysis and exegetical syntax for the always troublesome “little words”: prepositions, adverbs, particles, relative pronouns and conjunctions. It joins Murray Harris’s Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament (Zondervan, 2012) and Dan Wallace’s Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics (Zondervan, 1996) as a specialized tool for Greek exegesis focusing on logical relationships between propositions (p. 6).
In the introduction to the Interpretive Lexicon, the authors explain the need for a handy list of words that used in the Greek New Testament to indicate relationships between clauses. The book uses a series of abbreviations for the types of logical relationships possible. For example, Alt = Alternative, C-E = Cause and Effect, C?-E = Condition, T = Temporal, +/- = Negative-Positive, etc. The authors provide brief descriptions of these abbreviations and offer a short introduction on how to read the entries in the Lexicon.
The main purpose of the books is to help interpreters tease out the often subtle connections between phrases and clauses in order to shed light on the text. Because the book is a brief handbook, a student can quickly identify the types of logical relationships possible for any given preposition when working on a discourse analysis of a pericope.
The lexicon itself is only 69 pages. It includes mores prepositions, adverbs and particles, but it is not exhaustive. Each entry begins by providing the page numbers in either the second edition of Bauer (1979, BAGD) or the third edition (2000, BDAG). Entries also include page references to either Harris or Wallace. Each entry is subdivided into usage (preposition with the dative, adverb, etc.) and the entry is “tagged” with an abbreviation indicating the type of logical connection the word usually indicates. The word ἐκεῖ, for example, is an “adverb of place” in BDAG, the Interpretive Lexicon identifies it has an adverb, either L (location) or NLR (no logical relationship). Other entries are more complex, ἐν includes six logical relationships as well as references to Wallace and Harris, plus separate entries for ἐν τῷ + and infinitive and ἐν ᾧ.
There are other guides that are similar to this Lexicon, such Steven Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2010) or Harris’s text used throughout this Interpretive Lexicon. Runge is far more detailed, which is to be expected in a monograph that runs over 400 pages. This Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek is therefore a valuable exegetical aid for the student reading the Greek New Testament. Considering the book low price of the book, it is an affordable addition to any student’s Greek reading aides. It will in a valuable handbook for those working on a discourse analysis of a text.
NB: Thanks to Zondervan for kindly providing me with a review copy of this book. This did not influence my thoughts regarding the work.