Interpretation and the Claims of the Text combines the writings of more than a dozen prominent biblical scholars to elucidate the theological building blocks for the New Testament. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Mikeal C. Parsons, Jason A. Whitlark, Loveday Alexander, Warren Carter, Sharyn Dowd, Amy-Jill Levine, Bruce W. Longenecker, Frank J. Matera, David P. Moessner, Alicia D. Myers, Lidija Novakovic, Todd D. Still, C. Clifton Black, and R. Alan Culpepper chart the waters of creation and humanity, the problems of sin, Christ's redemptive power, and God's overarching plan for humankind. Students and scholars alike will benefit from their exegetical groundwork, perceptive discussion, and enlightening conclusions. Interpretations and the Claims of the Text illuminates multiple points of departure for further exploration of the depths of New Testament texts.
1 Interpreting the Claims of the New Testament: The Life and Scholarship of Charles H. Talbert
Sharyn Dowd and Alicia D. Myers
Claims about God
2 The God Who Raised Jesus from the Dead: Toward a Theology of Resurrection
3 The "Glory of God" in Paul’s Letter to the Romans
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Claims about the Human Condition
4 "The World Was My Oyster but I Used the Wrong Fork" (Oscar Wilde): The Parable of the Pearl Reopened
5 The Problem of Evil in the Gospel of John
R. Alan Culpepper
6 Placing Pain in a Pauline Frame: Considering Suffering in Romans 5 and 8
Todd D. Still
Claims about Creation and Human Destiny
7 Endzeit als Urzeit: Mark and Creation Theology
C. Clifton Black
8 Conformed to the Image of God’s Own Son: The Goal of God’s Redemptive Plan according to the Pauline Epistles
Frank J. Matera
9 Cosmology and the Perfection of Humanity in Hebrews
Jason A. Whitlark
Claims about the Christian Community
10 Luke and the Heritage of Israel
Mikeal C. Parsons
11 The Love of God (Romans 5:5): Expansive Syntax and Theological Polyvalence
Bruce W. Longenecker
12 Diakonia, the Ephesian Comma, and the Ministry of All Believers
13 The Living Resources of Early Christology: Papias and the Gospel of Mark
David P. Moessner
Claims about Empire
14 The Question of the State and the State of the Question: The Roman Empire and New Testament Theologies
List of Contributors
Index of Primary Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Jason A. Whitlark is Assistant Professor of New Testament, Baylor University.
Bruce W. Longenecker is Professor of New Testament and W.W. Melton Chair of Religion, Department of Religion, Baylor University.
Lidija Novakovic is Professor of Religion, Baylor University.
Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair in Religion, Baylor University.