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The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition
A New Perspective on James to Jude

Edited by Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr and Robert W. Wall

The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition
Hardback, 570 pages $69.95
Published: 1st November 2009
ISBN: 9781602582156
Format: 9in x 6in

Paperback, 548 pages $49.99
Published: 1st March 2018
ISBN: 9781602583641
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition asks two questions: Can the Catholic Epistles from James to Jude be fruitfully examined in relation to each other, without contrasting them with the Pauline Epistles? And, if so, will we learn something new about them and early Christianity? The essayists here answer “yes” and “yes,” offering provocative perspectives on James, the Johannine epistles, the Petrine epistles, and Jude.

Additional contributors are Ernst Baasland (Church of Norway), Lutz Doering (University of London—King’s College), Reinhard Felmeier (University of Göttingen), Jörg Frey (University of Munich), Scott J. Hafemann (Gordon-Conwell Seminary), Patrick J. Hartin (Gonzaga University), John S. Kloppenborg (University of Toronto), Matthias Konradt (University of Berne), David R. Nienhuis (Seattle Pacific University), and John Painter (Charles Sturt University).

Introduction: Two Retrospectives

1. R. W. Wall, Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Traditions:  A Retrospective

2. K-W Niebuhr, Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition:  Retrospect with Perspective

Interpreting the Catholic Epistles as a Collection

3. R. W. Wall, A Unifying Theology of the Catholic Epistles:  a Canonical Approach (2003)

4. C. C. Newman, The Theology of the Apostles: The Convictional World Beneath the Catholic Epistles (2003)

A New Perspective on James

5.K.-W. Niebuhr, A Letter from Jerusalem:  James in the Mind of the Recipients of his Epistles (2004)

6. R. W. Wall, The Priority of James (2004)

7. R. W. Wall, Acts and James: The Prospect of Intracanonical Readings (2002)

8. J. Painter, James as the First Catholic Epistle (2006)

9. D. R. Nienhuis, The Letter of James as a Canon-Conscious Pseudepigraph (2006)

10. M. Konradt, James’ Epistle as an Epistle of James: Considerations on the Historical Context of the Letter of James in Light of its Traditio-Historical Relations with First Peter and on its Pseudepigraphical Background (2001)

11. P. Hartin, James and the Jesus-tradition – some theological reflections and implications (2001)

12. J. S. Kloppenborg, The Reception of the Jesus Tradition in James (2003)

 Petrine Epistles

13.R. Feldmeier, Salvation of the Soul: Reflections on the Soeriology and Anthropology of the First Epistle of Peter (2001)

14. L. Doering, First Peter as Early Christian Diaspora Letter (2003)

Johnannine Epistles

15. J. Painter, The Importance of the Johannine Epistles within the Catholic Epistles (2002)


16. J. Frey, The Epistle of Jude between Judaism and Hellenism (2002)

17. S. Hafemann, God’s Salvation “Once and for All” in Jude 5 and the Covenant Argumentation of 2 Peter 1:3-11:  Confirming One’s Election in the CE (2005)

Conclusion: A Prospective

18. E. Baasland, Prolegomenon to a History of the “Post-apostolic era” (Early Christianity 70-150 CE):  Challenging Current and Future Scholarship (2005)

”A richly rewarding volume with stimulating approaches to these writings and fascinating insights into their meaning and significance.”

—Andrew Chester, Reader in Early Jewish and Christian Thought, and Fellow of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

"This volume is important and highly stimulating for those who study James or the collection of [Catholic Epistles]."

—Pieter J. Lalleman, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2011, 33:5)

"Summa summarum, this is a significant contribution to, and stimulation of, conversation on the formation of the New Testament canon and of the place and function of the Catholic Epistles within the canon. It is likewise to be hailed for its needed attention to some neglected canonical waifs."

Review of Biblical Literature (2011)

Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, D.Theo., is Professor and Department Head of Theology at Fredrich Schiller University of Jena. Well-published in the German market, he is the author of Walter Grundmann: Ein Neutestamentler in Dritten Reich (with Roland Deines, and Volker Leppin 2007), and Heidenapostel Aus Israel (1992). He lives in Jena, Germany.

Robert W. Wall, Th.D., is the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of Called to Be Church (2006), The New Interpreter's Bible: Acts (Volume 10, 2002), and Community of the Wise: The Letter of James (New Testament in Context, 1997). He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 570 pages
 9in x 6in

 Paperback , 548 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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