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Texts and Contexts
Gospels and Pauline Studies and Sermons in Honor of David E. Garland

Edited by Todd D. Still

Texts and Contexts
Hardback, 252 pages $49.95
Published: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781481300742
Format: 6in x 9in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All Theology, Biblical Theology, New Testament

Texts and Contexts honors the life and scholarship of David E. Garland. Fifteen colleagues, friends, and former students each offer a study on one of the canonical Gospels or Paul’s letters, demonstrating how these texts continue to reveal new surprises and a wealth of resources for service to the gospel.

Throughout his productive career as a New Testament scholar—first at the Southern Seminary and later at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary—Garland became widely known and highly regarded for his wise and careful interpretive work. His commentaries on the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) as well as Paul’s letters (1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) exemplify careful, thoughtful, and faithful biblical scholarship in service of both the academy and the church.

This present volume begins with five studies on Gospels texts and the Jesus tradition (Margaret E. Ramey, Richard Bauckham, Mikeal C. Parsons, Andrew E. Arterbury, and Craig L. Blomberg). Five essays on Pauline passages and interpretation follow (Todd D. Still, Mark A. Seifrid, Craig S. Keener, Bradley Arnold, and Klyne R. Snodgrass). Five homilies round out the collection (Ben Witherington III, W. Hulitt Gloer, Bill J. Leonard, Timothy George, and Daniel O. Aleshire). Even as this book celebrates and commemorates what Garland has already done, it anticipates scholarship yet to be received.

Part One: Gospels Studies

1. Seasoning in the Sermon: Wealth Wisdom in the Sermon on the Mount

Margaret E. Ramey

2. Where Was Dalmanutha?: Mark 8:10

Richard Bauckham

3. The “Sinful Woman” and Simon the Pharisee: Character and Characterization in Luke 7:36-50

Mikeal C. Parsons

4. The Battle on the Mount of Olives: Reading Luke 22:39-46 in Its Literary Context

Andrew E. Arterbury

5. When Ockham’s Razor Shaves Too Closely: A Necessarily Complex Model of the Development of the Jesus Tradition

Craig L. Blomberg


Part Two: Pauline Studies

6. Why Did Paul Preach “Christ Crucified” in Corinth? A New Answer to an Old Question from an Unexpected Place

Todd D. Still

7. Paul: A Theologian of the Cross

Mark A. Seifrid

8. Corrupted vs. Renewed Minds in Romans 1, 7, and 12

Craig S. Keener

9. The Presence and Function of Athletic Language in Philippians 1:27-30

Bradley Arnold

10. Reflections on Paul and Women

Klyne R. Snodgrass


Part Three: Gospels and Pauline Sermons

11. You Be the Judge: Matthew 7:1-6

Ben Witherington III

12. The Jericho Connection: Luke 19:1-10; 4:14-30

W. Hulitt Gloer

13. The Things That Make for Freedom: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Bill J. Leonard

14. Why Don’t Y’all Pass the Bread?: Galatians 2:11-16; 3:26-29

Timothy George

15. Traveling Mercies: Reflections along Life’s Journey: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Daniel O. Aleshire

"A fitting tribute to an outstanding scholar, leader, and churchman, this remarkable collection of essays and sermons introduces fresh perspectives and sheds new light on the Gospels and Paul."

—R. Alan Culpepper, Dean and Professor Emeritus, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

"David Garland has had a productive career as a scholar, professor, dean, and university president. Most people know him for the outstanding commentaries he has written on many books of the New Testament. This volume is a fitting tribute to the breadth of his interests. Readers will find this fascinating and diverse collection of essays engaging and enriching."

—Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"This sterling series of studies on the Gospels and Paul is a fitting tribute to the teaching career of David Garland. The contributors, like Garland himself, have striven to let the text speak to us, and honored Garland by their noble labors. A job well done."

—Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

Todd D. Still is Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of Jesus and Paul Reconnected: Fresh Pathways into an Old Debate; Colossians in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition; and Conflict at Thessalonica: A Pauline Church and Its Neighbors. He lives in Waco, Texas.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 252 pages
 6in x 9in

  REL006100, REL006710, REL006720
 Baylor University Press

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