christian origins and the language of the kingdom of god

Book Title : Christian Origins and the Language of the Kingdom of God
Author : Michael L. Humphries
Publisher : SIU Press
Release Date : 1999
Pages : 98
ISBN : 0809322307
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

Traditionally, scholars have traced the origin of Christianity to a single source—the kingdom of God as represented in the message of the historical Jesus. Through a rhetorical critical analysis of one of the most important texts in early Christian literature (the Beelzebul controversy), Michael L. Humphries addresses the issue of Christian origins, demonstrating how the language of the kingdom of God is best understood according to its locative or taxonomic effect where the demarcation of social and cultural boundaries contributes to the emergence of this new social foundation. The Beelzebul controversy exists in two versions— Q and Mark—and thereby allows the study to engage the import of the kingdom language at the point of juxtaposition between two distinct textual representations. This makes it possible to deal directly with the issue of the disparity of texts in the synoptic tradition. Humphries suggests that these two versions of the same controversy indicate two distinct social trajectories wherein the kingdom of God comes to mean something quite different in each case but that nevertheless they demonstrate a similarity in theoretical effect where the language contributes to the emergence of relatively distinct social formations. Humphries establishes the Q and Markan versions of the Beelzebul controversy as relatively sophisticated compositions that are formally identified as elaborate chreiai (a literary form used in the teaching of rhetoric at the secondary and post-secondary level of GrecoRoman education) and that offer an excellent example of the rhetorical manipulation of language in the development of social and cultural identity.

Book Title : Jesus and Christian Origins
Author : Ben Wiebe
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date : 2019-02-26
Pages : 292
ISBN : 9781532614835
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

There has been a varied range of studies on Jesus. Though now it seems there is a pause and perhaps opening to new orientation, with the aim not simply to cover old ground or repeat past mistakes. This is a study of Jesus and Christian origins with a primary focus on the Gospels. There have been comprehensive and important contributions, like N. T. Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God. At the same time, more defined studies have appeared. The purpose here is not to develop particular New Testament themes as such. Rather, in this volume the writers take up Gospel related topics in the context of the early church in order to illuminate specific baselines for New Testament interpretation and to discern directions toward a new paradigm. There is much to do. The need to take account of reception history and so of the “external evidence” for the New Testament documents; also eyewitness and oral tradition as embodied in the Gospel accounts. The genre of the Gospels with reference to biography or history has its own importance. The reception and “authority” of the Gospels in the early church marks another baseline. Jesus in his Jewish context and in relation to emerging Christianity is also a critical baseline for interpretation.

Book Title : Living in the Kingdom of God
Author : Sigurd Grindheim
Publisher : Baker Academic
Release Date : 2018-11-06
Pages : 192
ISBN : 9781493415786
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

This brief, accessible book offers a unique approach to the theme of the kingdom of God and to biblical theology. Sigurd Grindheim explains the whole Bible's teaching on the kingdom of God, discussing its implications for the Christian, the church, and politics. Grindheim shows what it means that God rules on earth, how his rule is established through the work of Christ, and how this rule is embodied by the church today, offering a new vision for the church's role in the kingdom: putting God's gifts to work.

Book Title : Moving Beyond Symbol and Myth
Author : Anne Moore
Publisher : Peter Lang
Release Date : 2009
Pages : 332
ISBN : 0820486612
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

For hundreds of years, scholars have debated the meaning of Jesus’ central theological term, the ‘kingdom of God’. Most of the argument has focused on its assumed eschatological connotations and Jesus’ adherence or deviation from these ideas. Within the North American context, the debate is dominated by the work of Norman Perrin, whose classification of the kingdom of God as a myth-evoking symbol remains one of the fundamental assumptions of scholarship. According to Perrin, Jesus’ understanding of the kingdom of God is founded upon the myth of God acting as king on behalf of Israel as described in the Hebrew Bible. Moving Beyond Symbol and Myth challenges Perrin’s classification, and advocates the reclassification of the kingdom of God as metaphor. Drawing upon insights from the cognitive theory of metaphor, this study examines all the occurrences of the ‘God is king’ metaphor within the literary context of the Hebrew Bible. Based on this review, it is proposed that the ‘God is king’ metaphor functions as a true metaphor with a range of expressions and meanings. It is employed within a variety of texts and conveys images of God as the covenantal sovereign of Israel; God as the eternal suzerain of the world, and God as the king of the disadvantaged. The interaction of the semantic fields of divinity and human kingship evoke a range of metaphoric expressions that are utilized throughout the history of the Hebrew Bible in response to differing socio-historical contexts and within a range of rhetorical strategies. It is this diversity inherent in the ‘God is king’ metaphor that is the foundation for the diversified expressions of the kingdom of God associated with the historical Jesus and early Christianity.

Book Title : Christian Origins
Author : Christopher Rowland
Publisher : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Release Date : 2002-01-01
Pages : 451
ISBN : STANFORD:36105112252494
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

An account of the beginnings of the Christian movement: a third of it on the Judaism of the first century, a third on Jesus, and a third on Paul and the development from messianic sect to Christian religion.

Book Title : Contested Issues in Christian Origins and the New Testament
Author : Luke T. Johnson
Publisher : BRILL
Release Date : 2013-01-11
Pages : 768
ISBN : 9789004242982
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

In Contested Issues in Christian Origins and the New Testament, Luke Timothy Johnson offers a series of independent studies on a range of critical questions from the historical Jesus to sexuality and law.

Book Title : Christian Origins and the Question of God Jesus and the victory of God
Author : Nicholas Thomas Wright
Publisher : Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Release Date : 1996
Pages : 741
ISBN : UOM:39015054037901
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

This highly anticipated second volume of N.T. Wright's project on Christian origins focuses directly on the historical Jesus: Who was he? What did he do? What did he say? And what did he mean by it all? It is packed with new insights and controversial proposals, yet supports a much more positive view of Jesus than has been the case with much 20th-century scholarship.

Book Title : Encyclopedia of religion
Author : Lindsay Jones
Publisher : MacMillan Reference Library
Release Date : 2005
Pages : 10
ISBN : UOM:39015059251515
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.

Book Title : Nietzsche and the Rhetoric of Nihilism
Author : Tom Darby
Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release Date : 1989
Pages : 205
ISBN : 9780886290993
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

New readings and perspectives on Nietzsche's work are brought together in this collection of essays by prominent scholars from North America and Europe. They question whether Nietzsche's work and the conventional interpretation of it is rhetorical and nihilistic.

Book Title : The Ox Herder and the Good Shepherd
Author : Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date : 2013-10-10
Pages : 118
ISBN : 9780802867582
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

Argues how the messages of the Ten Ox-Herding pictures and the teachings of Christ, present similar guidance for living an authentic spiritual life.