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Pauline Theology as a Way of Life A Vision of Human Flourishing in Christ Joshua W. Jipp Paul is known as a theologian, and indeed his writings yield rich theological insights. But Paul was foremost a missionary and a pastor who wrote to real people and churches. In this fresh approach to Pauline theology, Joshua Jipp brings Paul’s pastoral concerns to the fore, specifically his concern for human flourishing in his congregations. Jipp argues that Paul’s writings are best understood as invitations to a particular way of life, one that is oriented toward the supreme good of experiencing life in God through participation in Christ. For Paul, Christ epito- mizes the good life and enables others to live it. While analyzing Paul’s thought through this lens of well-being and flourishing, Jipp introduces conversation partners as points of comparison and contrast. He interacts with ancient philosophy and modern positive psychology, both of which also address “the good life.” This important and substantial contribution to Pauline studies covers issues such as transcendence, suffering and death, rela- tionships, pursuit of Christian virtue, and moral agency. It will be a valuable resource for all students of Paul. “In this informed and wide-ranging study, Jipp puts Paul’s Letters in conversation with both ancient philosophy and contemporary positive psychology. The result is an energetic invitation to read Paul’s theology as nothing less than ‘a way of life.’” —BEVERLY ROBERTS GAVENTA, Princeton Theological Seminary (emerita) “A masterful interdisciplinary exploration of Paul’s theology as a way of life. Highly recommended!” —CHRISTIAN B. MILLER, Wake Forest University “Jipp argues not only that Paul has something to say about how to live in our world today but also that the apostle offers a powerful vision for human flourishing in our contemporary world.” —LISA M. BOWENS, Princeton Theological Seminary “Brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed. A fresh and fascinating contribution to Pauline studies that can profitably be read by all students of the human condition.” —LUKE TIMOTHY JOHNSON, Emory University (emeritus) “Jipp is that rare combination of a prolific and thoughtful scholar, and this newest addition to his body of work shows learning and conceptual refinement. It is also a reframing of Paul in ways that are important to consider and also, as it turns out, existentially rich, pastorally relevant, and quietly inspiring.” —C. KAVIN ROWE, Duke Divinity School

JULY 2023 • 288 pp. • cloth • $37.99 • 9781540965721

Joshua W. Jipp (PhD, Emory University) is associate professor of New Testament and director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several important books, including Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology , Saved by Faith and Hospitality , and The Messi- anic Theology of the New Testament . Jipp is also a series coeditor for the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.



“Students will appreciate this text!”

This lively, engaging introduction to the Old Testament is critical and theological, lavishly illustrated, and accompanied by a variety of pedagogical aids. It serves as the Old Testament counterpart to Mark Allan Powell’s successful Introducing the New Testament. Introducing the Old Testament presents disputed and controversial issues fairly, neither dictating conclusions nor privileging skepti- cism over faith-based perspectives. The full-color interior is illus- trated with photographs and fine art and includes sidebars, maps, a glossary, and further reading suggestions. Rolf A. Jacobson (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is profes- sor of Old Testament and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology, and Ministry at Luther Seminary. Michael J. Chan (PhD, Emory University) is executive director for faith and learning at Concordia College and hosts the Gospel Beau- tiful podcast.

MARCH 2023 • 9780801049255 • 672 pp. • $54.99c

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“This is a textbook written by top-notch scholars who are also extraordinary teachers. I can’t wait to use this book in my seminary courses!” —CAMERON HOWARD, Luther Seminary “I predict this introduction, unlike so many others presently on the market, will have a very long shelf life, with enduring usefulness in a wide range of classroom settings.” —BRENT A. STRAWN, Duke University “An attractive and accessible textbook that is well-grounded in contemporary scholarship. Students will appreciate this text!” —DAVID N. De JONG, Hope College

“This rich multidimensional study will be the state-of-the-art intro- duction to the Old Testament for some time to come.” —WALTER BRUEGGEMANN, Columbia Theological Seminary (emeritus) “An excellent resource for studying and teaching the Old Testa- ment. Jacobson and Chan provide a wealth of knowledge in this critical, creative, and visually stimulating volume.” —JAIME L. WATERS, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry “Thorough and accessible for students from a wide range of theo- logical backgrounds.” —BO LIM, Seattle Pacific University



today with the relatively small religious group known as the Samaritans, who only acknowledge their version of the Pentateuch, called the Samaritan Penta- teuch, as Scripture. The Pentateuch also has a greater role in the religious life of modern Judaism, where the entire Torah is covered in Sabbath worship over a one-year period of time. Within various Christian traditions, the Pentateuch has had a tremendous impact. Many of the most well-known stories and passages of the Bible come from the Pentateuch, including the following: • creation in seven days • Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the forbidden fruit • the flood • Sarah laughing at God and giving birth in old age • Jacob and the ladder from heaven and wrestling with God • the plagues and the exodus • the Ten Commandments • the golden calf • the great commandments to love God and your neighbor as yourself • the Shema , a confessional statement about the singularity of God But the influence of the Pentateuch goes far beyond a few popular stories. The Pentateuch’s influence reaches into the smallest corners of daily life. It has affected everything from the way society organizes the calendar (the powerful rhythm of the seven-day week, with some days to work and some to rest and worship, is a result of the Pentateuch), to common names that many children are given (Adam, Noah, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Joseph, and Benjamin still rank among the most popular names), to how people think about the law (the pattern of legal principles and precedents is established in the Pentateuch). And, most significantly, the Pentateuch has deeply impacted how human beings conceive of God, the universe, and ourselves as created “in the image of God.” Authorship and Composition As is the case with most Old Testament books, the pentateuchal books are anonymous. Nowhere in any of the five books is an author named. Perhaps the best approach then would be to read and interpret them as anonymous volumes.

Shema The central affirmation of Jew- ish faith. Based on Deuteronomy 6:4–9; 11:13–21; Numbers 15:37–41, it was re- cited daily. Shema is the Hebrew word for “Hear!”

Fig. 3.1. This scene shows the Israelites crossing the Red Sea with Miriam singing and dancing: “Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with danc- ing. And Miriam sang to them: ‘Sing to Yahweh, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has cast into the sea’” (Exod. 15:20–21, modified).

But everyone enjoys a good mystery—or even better, a good conspiracy theory. Telling people that a piece of literature is anonymous is the best way to get them to wonder who the author is. The Tradition of Mosaic Authorship For thousands of years, tradition has ascribed authorship of the Pentateuch to Moses. This is for at least two reasons. First, Moses is the main human character from Exodus, which begins with the account of his birth, through Deuteronomy, which ends with the account of his death. Second, beginning in Exodus 20, God reveals the law through Moses, who delivers it to the people. For this reason, the many legal and ethical passages of the Pentateuch are called the Mosaic law. The tradition of attributing the Pentateuch to Moses began very early. Al- ready in the Old Testament, at least by the time of the exile (ca. 540 BCE) and

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Union with the Resurrected Christ Eschatological New Creation and New Testament Biblical Theology G. K. Beale Union with Christ is an important theological and practical concept that has received considerable attention in recent years. But not much consideration has been given to this union and its benefits in light of Jesus’s resurrection and ascension. In this follow-up to his successful A New Testament Biblical Theology , G. K. Beale summarizes and expands on that work with an eye to fleshing out the theology and theological implications of the resur - rection and ascension. Beale explains that Christ’s resurrection- ascension place him as the beginning of the eschatological fulfill- ment of the new creational kingdom. Specifically, Christ is the fulfillment of a cluster of nineteen Old Testament end-time expec - tations, which Beale pictures as facets of a diamond that represent the resurrection-ascension. In turn, these eschatological realities attributed to Christ are imprinted on believers through dynamic union or identification with him. Through careful exegesis, Beale explores these facets and deliberately draws out important practical applications for everyday Christian living in the overlap of the old creation and the new. Students of the New Testament will benefit from this important contribution to New Testament theology. “I am not aware of another book that demonstrates so sweepingly the relevance of Christ’s resurrection and ascension to believers’ union with him in its rich benefits and inexhaustible glories.” —ROBERT W. YARBROUGH, Covenant Theological Seminary “Building on his biblical theology tome, Beale pulls together the rich diversity of the New Testament to identify the central theme: believers become united with, participate in, identify with, and are incorporated into Christ in his resurrection even as they strive to live consistently with that reality. Ultimately, coursing through the pages of Beale’s study is a sense of the victory that Christ’s own share in the new creation and the Spirit—a timely and powerful message.” —A. ANDREW DAS, Elmhurst University “This volume represents the matured culmination of much of Beale’s decades-long biblical-theological work. Truly a magnum opus, I commend its careful reading and study.” —RICHARD B. GAFFIN JR., Westminster Theological Seminary (emeritus)

APRIL 2023 • 576 pp. • cloth • $49.99 • 9781540960429

G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Tes- tament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Dallas. He is coeditor (with D. A. Carson) of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology , Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament , and commentaries on Colossians and Philemon, Revelation, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.




Jesus the Purifier John’s Gospel and the Fourth Quest for the Historical Jesus Craig L. Blomberg

The third quest for the historical Jesus has reached an impasse. Craig Blomberg explains that a fourth quest is underway, one that highlights the contribution of a heretofore largely neglected source: the Gospel of John.

“This book is a treasure. Recognizing the value of the third quest, it appropriately raises the need for a fourth. You will profit greatly from this read.” —DARRELL L. BOCK, Dallas Theological Seminary “Required reading for all those interested in the ongoing quest for the historical Jesus.” —JEANNINE K. BROWN, Bethel Seminary “The method and approach offered in this book will become a model for future generations of scholars, and the implications of its con- clusions will challenge and strengthen the theology and mission of the church.” —CARLOS RAÚL SOSA SILIEZAR, Wheaton College “Readers essentially get two good books here: a fair and extremely helpful survey of the history of Jesus research, suitable for a historical Jesus course, that does not leave out voices often marginalized by Bultmannians, and a case for why John’s Gospel belongs in historical Jesus research.” —CRAIG S. KEENER, Asbury Theological Seminary “Blomberg’s book paints a picture of Jesus worth placing alongside others—Jesus the Purifier.” —MIGUEL ECHEVARRÍA, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

APRIL 2023 • 416 pp. • cloth • $49.99 • 9781540962959

Craig L. Blomberg (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is distinguished professor emeritus of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has taught for more than thirty years. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Can We Still Believe in God? , Can We Still Believe the Bible? , A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis , Jesus and the Gospels , The Historical Reliability of the Gospels , and commentaries on Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and James.




The Original Quest for the Historical Jesus

2. No Quest and New Quest? 3. Launching the Third Quest with a Jewish Jesus 4. The Jesus Seminar and Its Kin: A Step Back in Time 5. Has the Third Quest Played Itself Out? 6. Foreshadowing the Fourth Quest: Rehabilitating the Gospel of John 7. Purification, Baptism, and Transformation in John 1–4 8. Purification Starting to Change in John 5–11 9. Ritual Purity Fades Away in John 12–21 10. Purity and the Historical Jesus of the Synoptics Conclusion Indexes




God the Creator The Old Testament and the World God Is Making Ben C. Ollenburger This volume captures the Old Testament’s celebration of God the Creator and the Creator’s relentless efforts to bring the world into harmony with God’s intentions. “Ollenburger synthesizes and expands his career-long investigation of biblical concepts of creation. Taking the Creator God as its touchstone, this book articulates a concise biblical theology. Highly recommended.” —C. CLIFTON BLACK, Princeton Theological Seminary “ God the Creator is the magnum opus of a mature scholar and teacher, the loving product of years of study, teaching, and reflection. A must-read for seminarians, ecologists, pastors, church groups, and anyone seeking an encounter with the Creator God.” —KATHLEEN M. O’CONNOR, Columbia Theological Seminary (emerita) “A careful, informed study from a master theologian.” —M. DANIEL CARROLL R. (RODAS), Wheaton College and Graduate School “In this deeply researched and accessible volume, Ollenburger demonstrates the breadth of biblical reflection on the God who creates, protects, and sustains the world and its inhabitants. A splendid contribution that will amply enrich its readers.” —BEVERLY ROBERTS GAVENTA, Princeton Theological Seminary (emerita) “Ollenburger serves as a trustworthy and engaging tour guide for specialists and laypeople alike.” —JACKIE WYSE-RHODES, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

APRIL 2023 • 256 pp. • paper • $25.99 • 9780801048661

Ben C. Ollenburger (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is pro- fessor emeritus of biblical theology at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), where he has taught since 1987. Prior to AMBS, he taught for seven years at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ollenburger has written or edited numerous books, including Old Testament Theology: Flowering and Future and the New Interpreter’s Bible commentary on Zechariah.



1. God’s World at Peace: Genesis 1 2. From Virtually Nothing to the Garden of God: Genesis 2 3. From God’s Peaceful Garden to Peace Divinely Disturbed: Genesis 3:1–11:9 4. “In Primeval Days”: Creation Texts before the Bible 5. “Who Is the King of Glory?”: God the Creator in the Psalms 6. “The Lord by Wisdom Founded the Earth”: God the Creator in Wisdom Literature 7. Royal Theology: God the Creator in Isaiah 8. “Who Treads the Heights of the Earth”: God the Creator in the Prophets after Isaiah 9. Rearranging the World: God the Creator in Zechariah and Daniel 10. God the Creator beyond the Old Testament Indexes



Engaging the Old Testament How to Read Biblical Narrative, Poetry, and Prophecy Well Dominick S. Hernández This introductory textbook invites students to explore the depths and riches of the Old Testament and demonstrates its relevance for Christian readers. “This helpful tool by an important Latino Old Testament scholar should serve a wide audience.” —M. DANIEL CARROLL R., Wheaton College and Graduate School “This creative and helpful book demonstrates what riches we can gain through genuine engagement of the Old Testament.” —SARA M. KOENIG, Seattle Pacific University “What a delightful book! Hernández meets beginning students where they are and provides all the tools necessary to begin reading—really reading—the Old Testament.” —MICHELLE KNIGHT, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “An ideal textbook both for new students and for those who want something fresh and challenging.” —THOMAS R. SCHREINER, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “This book will become a standard for introductions of the Bible for years to come.” —SETH D. POSTELL, Israel College of the Bible CONTENTS 1. What’s the Old Testament “God” to Do with Me? 2. The Commitment to Really Reading 3. From Talking to Tablets to Tabernacle to Today 4. Reading from Today Back to the Text 5. The Confessions of a Close Reader 6. How the Old Testament Is Told: Narrative 7. Learning to Love the Law ? 8. Seeds of Remembrance 9. Redeeming Rahab the Conqueror 10. Why Is the Book of Judges So Weird? 11. Hannah and Ruth: Mothers of the Monarchy 12. King David’s True Legacy 13. Divided Allegiances to Divided Kingdom: The Tragedy of King Solomon 14. How Biblical Poets Wrote Poetry: The Importance of Parallelism 15. How Biblical Poets Wrote Poetry: The Proliferation of Metaphors 16. Metaphors and Retributive Justice in the Poetry of Job 17. How Prophets Prophesy

APRIL 2023 • 320 pp. • paper • $29.99 • 9781540962836

Dominick S. Hernández (PhD, Bar-Ilan University) is associate pro- fessor of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He previously taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and Israel College of the Bible. Hernández preaches and gives seminars and is the author of four books. He has also served in English, Spanish, and Hebrew-language ministries in the United States and abroad.

18. How to Engage Poetic Prophecy 19. Who Is Isaiah’s Suffering Servant? Postscript Indexes



Beyond the Greek New Testament Advanced Readings for Students of Biblical Studies Max Botner Max Botner teaches students of New Testament Greek to read beyond the New Testament, showing both how to do it and why it matters. This helpful resource covers a variety of relevant texts from the Septuagint and the Apostolic Fathers to Homer and Ignatius, making it a perfect supplemental text for courses on Greek or New Testament backgrounds. The book also considers the specific challenges students face when they seek to read complex Hellenis- tic and classical texts. Each reading includes a brief introduction to the text, suggested readings, and extensive footnotes that provide key points of grammar, vocabulary help, and cross-references to major Greek grammars. “This is the book I wish I’d had when I was teaching Greek to uni- versity and seminary students. It beckons the new generation into a kind of intellectual maturity: understanding not only the New Testament but also the world in which it was birthed. This book is a gift that will keep on giving.” —N. T. WRIGHT, former Bishop of Durham; University of St. Andrews (emeritus); Wycliffe Hall, Oxford “As I read this book, I felt the excitement that I had when I first started reading Greek texts, when I sensed a vast new world open- ing up before me. I wish that this book had been available then! It will certainly be a valuable resource now.” —DANA M. HARRIS, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “I love this textbook! This is a phenomenal way to introduce students both to more advanced Greek readings and to significant ancient texts that are outside the Greek New Testament. Serious students will come away with increased facility to read Greek and with a wealth of insight about the ancient world.” —JOSHUA W. JIPP, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “Botner fills an important niche in Greek studies. He eases the way into secular Greek for those previously exposed primarily to New Testament Greek. He skillfully opens up the broader Greek world for an audience that will surely profit from learning about the social and linguistic environment in which the New Testament was composed.” —J. S. RUNDIN, University of California, Davis “An exceptional resource. It should be a standard textbook for any advanced Greek class.” —ELIZABETH E. SHIVELY, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

JULY 2023 • 400 pp. • paper • $36.99 • 9781540965028

Max Botner (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of biblical studies at William Jessup University. He is the author of Jesus Christ as the Son of David in the Gospel of Mark , which won the Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise, and the coeditor of Atonement: Jewish and Christian Origins .



A Jewish Paul The Messiah’s Herald to the Gentiles Matthew Thiessen

What was the apostle Paul’s relationship to Judaism? How did he view the Jewish law? How did he understand the gospel of Jesus’s messiahship relative to both ethnic Jews and gentiles? These remain perennial questions both to New Testament scholars and to all serious Bible readers. New Testament scholar Matthew Thiessen offers an important contribution to this discussion. A Jewish Paul is an accessible introduction that situates Paul clearly within first-century Judaism, not opposed to it. Thiessen argues for a more historically plausible reading of Paul. Paul did not reject Judaism or the Jewish law but believed he was living in the last days, when Israel’s Messiah would deliver the nations from sin and death. Paul saw himself as an envoy to the nations, desiring to introduce them to the Messiah and his life-giving, life-transforming Spirit. This new contribution to Pauline studies will benefit professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament as well as pastors and lay readers.



1. Making Paul Weird Again 2. Radically New or Long-Lost Reading of Paul? 3. Judaism Doesn’t Believe Anything 4. Paul, an End-Time Jew 5. The Gentile Problem 6. Jesus the Messiah 7. The Gentile Problem and Cosmetic Surgery

AUGUST 2023 • 208 pp. • paper • $24.99 • 9781540965714

Matthew Thiessen (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of religious studies at McMaster University. He is the author of numerous books, including Paul and the Gentile Problem , Jesus and the Forces of Death , and Contesting Conversion: Genealogy, Circum- cision, and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (awarded the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise). He is also the coeditor of several volumes.

8. Pneumatic Gene Therapy 9. The Bodies of the Messiah 10. Living the Resurrected Life 11. Resurrection as the Culmination of the Messiah’s Coming 12. The Messiah and the Jews Conclusion Indexes




The Pastoral Epistles A Commentary on the Greek Text Stanley E. Porter

New Testament scholar Stanley Porter offers a comprehensive commentary on the Pastoral Epistles that features rigorous biblical scholarship and emphasizes Greek language and linguistics. This book breaks new ground in its interpretation of these contro- versial letters by focusing on the Greek text and utilizing a linguisti- cally informed exegetical method that draws on various elements in contemporary language study. Porter pays attention to the overall argument of the Pastoral Epistles while also analyzing word mean- ings and grammatical structures to tease out the textual meaning. Porter addresses major exegetical issues that arise in numerous highly disputed passages and—while attentive to the history of scholarship on First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus—often takes untraditional or innovative positions to blaze a new path forward rather than adopt settled answers. This commentary will appeal to professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament. PRAISE FOR STANLEY PORTER “Porter is not only a fine scholar but also an excellent teacher and communicator.” —CRAIG A. EVANS, Houston Baptist University “Porter has produced numerous excellent books on New Testament Greek and has shown himself to be a master of Greek grammar, syntax, idiom, and text. Porter is always judicious, informative, and creative.” —ANTHONY C. THISELTON, University of Nottingham (emeritus) “No one in recent decades has matched Stanley Porter in the breadth of his interests in linguistic analysis of the Greek New Testament. He is the most prolific scholar currently working in these fields.” —D. A. CARSON, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (emeritus) “Porter is one of the most prolific scholars working on the manuscripts, language, linguistics, and translation of the New Testament writings.” —CHARLES E. HILL, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

OCTOBER 2023 • 1,008 pp. • cloth • $70.00 • 9780801027185

Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College. He has authored, coau- thored, or edited more than 130 books, including Interpretation for Preaching and Teaching , Origins of New Testament Christology , The Synoptic Problem , Sacred Tradition in the New Testament , How We Got the New Testament , and Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament .




Origins of New Testament Christology An Introduction to the Traditions and Titles Applied to Jesus Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer “An excellent introduction to New Testament Christology, organized around the titles used of Jesus, including Lord, Messiah, Son of Man, and Son of God. The approach is not a simple catalogue but rather a sophisticated reading of literary and social contexts, in illuminating dialogue with contemporary scholars. Examination of each title leads students through a close reading of key texts toward a more general evaluation of the title’s significance. Introductory courses will find in the work an extremely valuable resource.” —HAROLD ATTRIDGE, Yale Divinity School “Insightful and clear, this book will be an essential resource for students, pastors, and scholars interested in constructing an exegetically informed Christology.” —ELIZABETH E. SHIVELY, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews “Porter and Dyer have written a learned book on an important and complicated topic, and they have done so in a remarkably clear and compelling fashion. What makes the book so good is how well they contextualize every aspect of New Testament Christology with the relevant biblical and extrabiblical texts. This book will become the foundational study of biblical Christology.” —CRAIG A. EVANS, Houston Christian University “Who is Jesus, according to the New Testament? Porter and Dyer answer this question with a fresh appraisal of the New Testament’s various titles for Jesus and the Jewish and Greco-Roman tradi- tions from which these titles emerged. An accessible introduction to the portrayal of Jesus—and Jesus’s divinity—in the New Testa- ment canon.” —BRITTANY E. WILSON, Duke Divinity School “Wonderfully immersed in the historical and sociocultural traditions of Jesus’s time, this book is a fantastic textbook for any New Testament Christology classroom! Porter and Dyer avoid the pitfalls of past works on this topic and instead offer the best of recent scholarship with their own unique flair.” —BETH M. STOVELL, Ambrose University “Students of the New Testament with historical and theological interest will come to rely on this volume as a treasured resource.” —AMY PEELER, Wheaton College “In the tradition of Oscar Cullmann’s classic The Christology of the New Testament , Porter and Dyer provide a fresh, up-to-date study of Christology through the lens of titles. The authors rightly conclude that Jesus is presented as divine in the New Testament. An important topic indeed!” —BRANDON D. CROWE, Westminster Theological Seminary

MARCH 2023 • 304 pp. • paper • $32.99 • 9780801098710

Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College. He has written or edited many books. Bryan R. Dyer (PhD, McMaster Divinity College) is acquisitions editor at Baker Academic and a part-time faculty member of religion at Calvin University. He is the author of Suffering in the Face of Death and the coeditor of Paul and Ancient Rhetoric and The Bible and Social Justice .




Galatians Kathryn Greene-McCreight BRAZOS THEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE R. R. Reno, general editor; Robert W. Jenson†, Robert Louis Wilken, Ephraim Radner, Michael Root, and George Sumner, series editors “Greene-McCreight’s engagement with a broad range of theological interpretation, both ancient and modern, is impressive. Here is a rich compendium of resources for the theological interpretation of Paul’s provocative letter.” —SUSAN EASTMAN, Duke Divinity School “Greene-McCreight adds a rich and important contribution to the Brazos series. The approach is linguistically careful, responsibly resourced by a range of Christian and Jewish scholarship, and steeped in the (especially patristic) tradition of the church. The result is hardly pedantic but bracingly pointed and provocative in fundamental ways.” —EPHRAIM RADNER, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Kathryn Greene-McCreight (PhD, Yale University) is a priest affiliate at Christ Church New Haven, a spiritual director with Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the author of several books, including Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness .


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Re-enchanting the Text Discovering the Bible as Sacred, Dangerous, and Mysterious Cheryl Bridges Johns In an age when the Bible has been stripped of its sacredness and mystery, and functional biblical illiteracy reigns, this book makes the case that we must work to re-enchant the text in order to return the Bible to its rightful place in the lives of Christians. “One can only voice a vigorous ‘yes’ to this wise and welcome book. Johns sees clearly that the numbing impact of Enlightenment rationality on our view of the Bible has left us with the toxic options of progressive liberalism and reactionary fundamental- ism, neither of which can allow the biblical text its proper work of wonder and deconstruction. Her rich Pentecostal legacy lets her see that it is the free, unfettered, unrestrained work of the Spirit that inhabits Scripture and that may also inhabit our reading of the text. Johns’s work is at once breathtaking and breath-giving in its expansive hopefulness.” —WALTER BRUEGGEMANN, Columbia Theological Seminary “In this powerful and compelling analysis, Johns offers a way to ‘re-enchant’ Scripture that refuses domestication; sees the text’s power to disrupt, redescribe, and reorient; and embraces a pneumatic imagination. For those who want and yearn for more, this book is a must-read.” —LISA BOWENS, Princeton Theological Seminary “Johns’s vision for a Pentecostal ontology of Scripture is not just for Pentecostals—it is a gift to the church catholic, born at Pentecost.” —JAMES K. A. SMITH, Calvin University; author of How (Not) to Be Secular , Thinking in Tongues , and You Are What You Love “This work demonstrates a certain verve and facility with the relevant issues, and it is at once both accessible and seasoned. Educators and church leaders who find such a journey important for those they serve would do well to start with this volume.” —DANIEL CASTELO, Duke Divinity School “I have been waiting on this book. Feast on this volume and open yourself up to God’s mystery being unveiled in our daily lives, even in a late modern world.” —AMOS YONG, Fuller Theological Seminary “Johns’s vision of and for Scripture calls us into deeper, richer participation in God’s revelation and presence. This vision is vital to engage the next generation, whose members long for true spirituality and value authenticity.” —REV. JACQUELINE GREY, Alphacrucis University College, Australia “Johns has opened through this wide-ranging work an urgent, timely, and evocative discussion.” —RICKIE MOORE, Lee University

MAY 2023 • 192 pp. • paper • $22.99 • 9781540965134

Cheryl Bridges Johns (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a pastor and theologian who has taught college and seminary students for over forty years. She is visiting professor and director of the Pentecostal House of Studies at United Theological Seminary. Johns previously taught at Pentecostal Theological Seminary and is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. She has researched the ways human development intersects with spiritual transformation for over three decades.



Listening to Scripture An Introduction to Interpreting the Bible Craig G. Bartholomew

Looking for a guide to interpreting the Bible that is accessible, up- to-date, and theologically grounded? Old Testament scholar Craig Bartholomew introduces us to reading the Bible with an ear toward hearing God’s address. “When we read the Bible, we need to take off our shoes, as it were, because we are on holy ground,” says Bar- tholomew. “We take up the Bible to read it, only to find that through it God speaks to us. This is the awesome potential of Bible reading and interpretation.” Bartholomew begins with a theological orientation, including topics such as the relationship between prayer, analysis, and reading Scripture; the Bible as the true story of the whole world; and reading the text in light of its literary, historical, and kerygmatic (proclamation) dimensions. He then explores the history of inter- pretation before discussing how we receive the Bible liturgically, ethically, and missionally. Throughout the book, exercises in lectio divina invite readers to engage both the head and the heart as they learn to interpret the Bible. Professors and students of the Bible will value this work. It will also appeal to church leaders and other serious students of the Bible.


AUGUST 2023 • 224 pp. • paper • $24.99 • 9780801099038

Running the Way of God’s Instruction

2. The Bible as a Whole 3. How We Got the Bible

Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is director of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology. His most recent books include The Doctrine of Creation (coauthored with Bruce R. Ashford) and The God Who Acts in History . Bartholomew is also the coauthor (with Michael W. Goheen) of The Drama of Scripture , Living at the Crossroads , and Christian Philosophy .

4. A Triadic Approach 5. Literature and Genre 6. Narrative and History 7. Kerygma 8. Listening to and Preaching the Bible Today

9. A Liturgical Hermeneutic 10. An Ethical Hermeneutic 11. A Missional Hermeneutic Indexes




Interpretation for Preaching and Teaching An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics Stanley E. Porter This accessible introduction to hermeneutics helps students and pastors better interpret and understand God’s Word. Interpretation for Preaching and Teaching focuses on various levels of interpretation and proclamation, which are arranged in a neces- sary hierarchy: language and linguistics, the biblical text, biblical theology, systematic theology, and homiletics. Stanley Porter grounds the discussion within a conversation of biblical authority and offers a fresh examination of the key issues. The result is a workable method that introduces each of the major topics of inter- pretation and addresses some of the complexities of their use. This book provides the basics for a Bible interpreter to move from fundamental questions about the task of biblical interpretation to understanding a text and its theology to creating and delivering a sermon. It offers valuable guidance for professors and students of hermeneutics and equips pastors and Bible teachers to deliver a rel- evant message to those who rely on them to be faithful interpreters.

CONTENTS 1. What Is Hermeneutics, and Why Are so Many Talking about It? 2. Hermeneutics and the Authority of Scripture 3. Hermeneutics at the Level of Language and Linguistics

AUGUST 2023 • 208 pp. • paper • $26.99 • 9781540966377

Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College. He has authored, co- authored, or edited more than 130 books, including The Pastoral Epistles , Origins of New Testament Christology , The Synoptic Prob- lem , Sacred Tradition in the New Testament , How We Got the New Testament , and Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament .

4. Hermeneutics at the Level of Text: Part 1 5. Hermeneutics at the Level of Text: Part 2

6. Hermeneutics at the Level of Biblical Theology 7. Hermeneutics at the Level of Systematic Theology 8. Hermeneutics at the Level of Homiletics Indexes




Numbers Mark A. Awabdy BAKER COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT: PENTATEUCH Bill T. Arnold, series editor This substantive and useful commentary on the book of Numbers is both critically engaged and sensitive to the theological contribu- tions of the text. It is grounded in rigorous scholarship but useful for those who preach and teach. This is the second volume in a new series on the Pentateuch, which complements other Baker Commentary on the Old Testament series: Historical Books, Wisdom and Psalms, and Prophets. Each series volume covers one book of the Pentateuch, addressing im- portant issues and problems that flow from the text and exploring the contemporary relevance of the Pentateuch. The series editor is Bill T. Arnold, the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Mark A. Awabdy (PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary) is a professor of Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern history, who teaches in the Arabian Gulf and South Asia. He is the author of Immigrants and Innovative Law and a commentary on Leviticus.

NOVEMBER 2023 • 656 pp. • cloth • $59.99 • 9780801035746

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“Goldingay’s immense contribution to our understanding of the Old Testament over the past few decades cannot be overesti- mated. Now we have his detailed study of Genesis to guide us in our reading of this foundational book.” —TREMPER LONGMAN III, Westmont College (emeritus) “Goldingay’s critically informed, resourceful, comprehensive, and relevance-driven volume stands out remarkably among others in the field. This is a commendable commentary for the church and academy today, for whoever wishes to hear the retelling of the Genesis narrative afresh.” —BARBARA M. LEUNG LAI, Tyndale University and Seminary



Joshua John Goldingay BAKER COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT: HISTORICAL BOOKS David G. Firth and Lissa M. Wray Beal, series editors Old Testament scholar John Goldingay draws on the best of biblical scholarship as well as the Christian tradition to offer a substantive and useful commentary on Joshua. The commentary is both critically engaged and sensitive to the theological contributions of the text. This volume, the first in a new series on the Historical Books, com - plements other Baker Commentary on the Old Testament series: Pentateuch, Wisdom and Psalms, and Prophets. The series editors are David G. Firth, Trinity College, Bristol; and Lissa M. Wray Beal, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. “Join John Goldingay for another winsome engagement with the biblical text, this time Joshua. Consider his creative insights into what is going on in this most difficult of books. Reflect on the questions he asks and his interaction with scholarship. In the end, you cannot help but benefit from this excellent commentary on Joshua.” —RICHARD S. HESS, Denver Seminary “Goldingay has a special gift for theological insight, and this volume showcases that flair, especially when it adeptly addresses some of the thorniest theological issues in the book of Joshua— namely, the conquest of the land, colonialism, and the displacement of native people groups. This wonderful commentary is highly accessible and will be especially useful for clergy and lay readers.” —MELISSA RAMOS, Portland Seminary at George Fox University “Goldingay provides a vibrant and down-to-earth engagement with the book of Joshua, challenging interpreters at every turn to reconsider their assumptions and think about the text afresh.” —MICHELLE KNIGHT, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “In this masterful commentary on the book of Joshua, Goldingay offers readers a fresh translation, fascinating textual insights, rich literary wisdom, and surprisingly relevant connections to current popular culture.” —DAVID T. LAMB, Missio Seminary; author of God Behaving Badly and The Emotions of God “Goldingay is an interpreter of remarkable breadth, insight, and clarity. This volume constitutes the new beginning point for those drawn to the study of Joshua.” —L. DANIEL HAWK, Ashland Theological Seminary “Another excellent commentary by John Goldingay, now on the book of Joshua. A thorough analysis of Joshua, skillfully unfolding the meaning of the text and uncovering its theological message.” —ELIE ASSIS, Bar-Ilan University

APRIL 2023 • 528 pp. • cloth • $54.99 • 9781540964618

John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham) is senior professor of Old Testament and David Allan Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and is the author of numerous books, including a three-volume Old Testament Theology as well as major commentaries on Genesis, the Psalms, Isaiah 40–66, Daniel, and Hosea–Micah. Goldingay lives in Oxford, England.



In this series, leading biblical scholars address key Bible passages from both the Old and New Testaments, making high-quality biblical scholarship accessible for the church. TOUCHSTONE TEXTS SERIES Stephen B. Chapman, series editor

9781540961853 • 224 pp. • $24.99c

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Academy of Parish Clergy 2022 Top Five Reference Book “Thoughtful and scholarly but also accessible, this book will greatly benefit preachers and teachers and also any Christian who wants to dive deep into this touchstone text.” —JENNI WILLIAMS, vicar of St. Matthew with St. Luke Oxford

“This is a timely, engaging, and provocative book—well suited to the classroom and the church—that demonstrates again and again how interpretation and ethics are tightly intertwined.” —JOEL B. GREEN, Fuller Theological Seminary



The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6 and Luke 11 for the Life of the Church William M. Wright IV TOUCHSTONE TEXTS Stephen B. Chapman, series editor Since the beginning of Christianity, the Lord’s Prayer has occupied an important place in the lives of Jesus’s disciples, for it is the prayer Jesus himself taught them. Like other biblical prayers, the Lord’s Prayer contains words people offer to God. But since this prayer is from Jesus and is part of Scripture, it is also God’s Word to people. When we say this prayer, not only are we speaking to God, but God is also speaking to us. New Testament scholar William Wright shows how this classic text can speak afresh to the life of the church today. He integrates critical exegesis, theological exposition, and Christian spirituality to explicate the theological substance of the Lord’s Prayer. His goal is to help readers come to know God and love God and others more deeply through a focused study of this important Christian prayer. “Wright’s careful exposition of the Lord’s Prayer effectively joins exegetical study to theological reflection and spiritual practice. A must-read for all students of Scripture.” —ELIZABETH E. SHIVELY, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews “For anyone wishing to access the treasures hidden in the Lord’s gift of a model prayer, this book will be a magnificent guide.” —ANTHONY GIAMBRONE, OP, École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem “Wright’s close reading of this pivotal text gives us fresh eyes to see how this familiar prayer touches so many facets of the Christian faith. His lucid exposition of its main theological issues and his thoughtful reflections on its practical significance for the community of faith will surely benefit those who wish to embrace this prayer on their spiritual journeys.” —TE-LI LAU, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “Wright unlocks the meaning of each line of the one prayer Jesus is recorded as teaching to his disciples. The result is a wonderful window into the mystery of what St. Thomas Aquinas called ‘the most perfect of prayers’—a window that will transform the way you pray the Lord’s Prayer.” —BRANT PITRE, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology; author of Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus

APRIL 2023 • 208 pp. • cloth • $24.99 • 9781540963062

William M. Wright IV (PhD, Emory University) is a professor of Cath- olic studies and theology at Duquesne University and a specialist in New Testament studies. With Francis Martin, he is the coauthor of The Gospel of John in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series and Encountering the Living God in Scripture: Theological and Philosophical Principles for Interpretation .


Stephen B. Chapman on Numbers 6 J. Gordon McConville on Isaiah 53 Klyne R. Snodgrass and Stephen Chester on Romans 6


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