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October 2017 Web Sale: 30–50% off JTI Supplement titles!

Eisenbrauns is offering 30–50% off the Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplement series this month. Fill in the holes in your collection or start a new one! Great titles at even better than usual prices.

Updated September 1, 2017. Books ordered from this sale are sold under these conditions.

Irenaeus and Genesis Irenaeus and Genesis
A Study of Competition in Early Christian Hermeneutics

by Thomas Holsinger-Friesen
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 1
Eisenbrauns, 2009. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067001

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Irenaeus, the second-century bishop of Lyons, left such an impression upon the church that he is sometimes considered to be theology's "founding father." After all, his legacy includes such theological landmarks as the regula fidei (or "rule of faith") and the doctrine of recapitulation. Although these ought not to be minimized, we may gain a new appreciation for this early bishop by highlighting a facet of his work that is even more central: the distinctive shape of the hermeneutic guiding his readings of sacred texts as Christian . . . (more)

Jeremiah's New Covenant Jeremiah's New Covenant
An Augustinian Reading

by Joshua N. Moon
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 3
Eisenbrauns, 2011. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067025.

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The struggle to read Jeremiah 31:31-34 as Christian Scripture has a long and divided history, cutting across nearly every major locus of Christian theology. Yet little has been done either to examine closely the varieties of interpretation in the Christian tradition from the post-Nicene period to the modern era, or to make use of such interpretations as helpful interlocutors. This work begins with Augustine’s interpretation of Jer 31:31-34 as an absolute contrast between unbelief and faith, rather than the now-standard reading (found in . . . (more)

"According to the Law"
Reading Ezra 9-10 as Christian Scripture

by Csilla Saysell
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 4
Eisenbrauns, 2012. Paperback. English.
ISBN: 9781575067032

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Christian interpreters have struggled with the story of Ezra 9-10 for many reasons. Its apparent legalism and racism, as well as its advocacy of divorce as a solution for intermarriage, is unacceptable for many Christians, yet this incident is presented in implicitly positive terms, and the narrative forms a part of Scripture. What then should a Christian reader make of such a story, not least from the vantage point of the NT?

The troubling aspects of the incident are considered in Part I through a detailed exegesis outlining the . . . (more)

The Limits of a Text The Limits of a Text
Luke 23:34a as a Case Study in Theological Interpretation

by Joshua Marshall Strahan
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 5
Eisenbrauns, 2012. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067049

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How does one limit a biblical text? Can one limit it? Should one? These questions drive one to examine core assumptions of biblical interpretation, assumptions about the aims and attitudes one brings to the task of reading the Bible. Is the aim of biblical exegesis to uncover what really happened, to discover the author’s intentions, to attend to the interpretations of readers—ancient and/or contemporary? Furthermore, should the interpreter approach biblical texts from a position of neutrality, suspicion, and/or faith? . . . (more)

Reading with the Faithful Reading with the Faithful
Interpretation of True and False Prophecy in the Book of Jeremiah from Ancient to Modern Times

by Seth B. Tarrer
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 6
Eisenbrauns, 2013. Paperback. English.
ISBN: 9781575067056

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If, therefore, someone is a prophet, he no doubt prophesies, but if someone prophesies he is not necessarily a prophet. —Origen

Origen, writing sometime in the mid-third century on the Gospel of John, has charted a course for the subsequent history of interpretation of true and false prophecy. Although Tarrer's study is concerned primarily with various readings of Jeremiah’s construal of the problem, the ambiguity inherent in Origen's statement is glaring nonetheless.

This monograph is a study of the history of . . . (more)

Toward an Interpretation of the Book of Proverbs Toward an Interpretation of the Book of Proverbs
Selfishness and Secularity Reconsidered

by Zoltan S. Schwab
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 7
Eisenbrauns, 2013. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067070

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Major religious themes of the Bible, such as election and covenant, are not mentioned in the book of Proverbs. Furthermore, self-interest underlies its motivational system (“you shall behave well, because it will be good for you”). These “selfish” and “secular” features have posed serious ethical and theological challenges for some interpreters, while others have claimed that their presence is only in the eyes of the beholder.

After a thorough investigation of the history of Proverbs’ interpretation in the nineteenth and . . . (more)

Reading the Way to Heaven Reading the Way to Heaven
A Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture

by Steven Joe Koskie Jr.
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 8
Eisenbrauns, 2014. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067063

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The proliferation of work on the theological hermeneutics of Scripture in recent years has challenged and reimagined the divisions between systematic theology and biblical studies on the one hand and academy and church on the other. Also notable, however, has been the absence of a full-length treatment of theological interpretation from a Wesleyan perspective. This monograph develops a Wesleyan theological hermeneutic of Scripture, approached as a craft learned from a tradition-constituted appropriation of John Wesley’s hermeneutics. . . . (more)

A Canonical Exegesis of Psalm 8 A Canonical Exegesis of Psalm 8
YHWH's Maintenance of the Created Order through Divine Reversal

by Hubert James Keener
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 9
Eisenbrauns, 2013. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067087

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Since Brevard Childs first introduced it as a “fresh approach” in the late 1960s, canonical exegesis has grown into a widely discussed and developed program—virtually a “school” of biblical interpretation—with many scholars carrying forward an approach to theological exegesis that emphasizes the role of canon as the central context for interpretation of the Christian Scriptures. In this study, Keener takes a twofold approach: (1) he demonstrates that a canonical exegesis is tenable if the task is approached with clarity regarding its . . . (more)

"Too Much to Grasp"
Exodus 3:13-15 and the Reality of God

by Andrea D. Saner
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 11
Eisenbrauns, 2015. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575063973

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Few phrases in Scripture have occasioned as much discussion as has the "I am who I am" of Exodus 3:14. What does this phrase mean? How does it relate to the divine name, YHWH? Is it an answer to Moses? question (v. 13), or an evasion of an answer?

The trend in late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholarly interpretations of this verse was to superimpose later Christian interpretations, which built on Greek and Latin translations, on the Hebrew text. According to such views, the text presents an etymology of the divine name . . . (more)

Trinity, Economy, and Scripture Trinity, Economy, and Scripture
Recovering Didymus the Blind

by Jonathan Douglas Hicks
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 12
Eisenbrauns, 2015. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064116

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The 4th-century teacher, Didymus the Blind, enjoyed a fruitful life as head of an episcopally-sanctioned school in Alexandria. Author of numerous dogmatic treatises and exegetical works, Didymus was considered a stalwart defender of the Nicene faith in his heyday. He duly attracted the likes of Jerome and Rufinus to his school. Contemporary scholarship has focused most of its attention on understanding him as an exegete, especially focusing on his exegetical vocabulary and the driving assumptions behind his particular method of reading . . . (more)

Knowledge by Ritual Knowledge by Ritual
A Biblical Prolegomenon to Sacramental Theology

by Dru Johnson
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 13
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064314

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What do rituals have to do with knowledge? Knowledge by Ritual examines the epistemological role of rites in Christian Scripture. By putting biblical rituals in conversation with philosophical and scientific views of knowledge, Johnson argues that knowing is a skilled adeptness in both the biblical literature and scientific enterprise. If rituals are a way of thinking in community akin to scientific communities, then the biblical emphasis on rites that lead to knowledge cannot be ignored. Practicing a rite to know occurs frequent . . . (more)

The <i>Imago Dei</i> as Human Identity The Imago Dei as Human Identity
A Theological Interpretation

by Ryan S. Peterson
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 14
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064338.

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Theologians and Old Testament scholars have been at odds with respect to the best interpretation of the imago Dei. Theologians have preferred substantialistic (e.g., image as soul or mind) or relational interpretations (e.g., image as relational personhood) and Old Testament scholars have preferred functional interpretations (e.g., image as kingly dominion). The disagreements revolve around a number of exegetical questions. How do we best read Genesis 1 in its literary, historical, and cultural contexts? How should it be read the . . . (more)

"Seventy Sevens Are Decreed"
A Canonical Approach to Daniel 9:24–27

by Ron Haydon
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 15
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064352

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Few passages in the Old Testament are as enigmatic as Daniel 9:24-27. It makes sense, therefore, that a myriad of interpretations surround these four verses. Expanding on Brevard Childs’s brief work on Daniel, Haydon responds to this question with a canonical approach to Dan 9:24-27: reading a text that is shaped to include future generations of faithful interpreters. The first part lays the groundwork for a canonical approach. Whereas most biblical scholars read Daniel 9 through the lens of historical- and composition-critical tools . . . (more)

Imprecation as Divine Discourse Imprecation as Divine Discourse
Speech Act Theory, Dual Authorship, and Theological Interpretation

by Kit Barker
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 16
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064444

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Christian readers of the Hebrew Bible are often faced with a troubling tension. On the one hand, they are convinced that this ancient text is relevant today, yet on the other, they remain perplexed at how this can be so, particularly when parts of it appear to condone violence. Barker’s volume seeks to address this tension in two parts: (1) by defending a particular form of theological interpretation and (2) by applying this interpretive method to the imprecatory psalms.

Barker suggests that the goal of theological interpretation . . . (more)

Reading Old Testament Narrative as Christian Scripture Reading Old Testament Narrative as Christian Scripture

by Douglas S. Earl
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements - JTISup 17
Eisenbrauns, 2017. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575067582

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Douglas Earl sets out a fresh perspective on understanding what is involved in reading Old Testament narrative as Christian Scripture. Earl considers various narratives as examples that model different interpretive challenges in the form of exegetical, ethical, historical, metaphysical, and theological difficulties. Using these examples, the significance of interpretive approaches focused on authorial intention, history of composition, canonical context, reception history, and reading context are considered in conjunction with spiritual . . . (more)