Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Forthcoming Hendrickson Releases
Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis
by Steven E. Runge
Pub Date: September 2010
Product Description: In Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, Steve Runge introduces a function-based approach to language, exploring New Testament Greek grammatical conventions based upon the discourse functions they accomplish. Runge’s approach has less to do with the specifics of language and more to do with how humans are wired to process it.
The approach is cross-linguistic. Runge looks at how all languages operate before he focuses on Greek. He examines linguistics in general to simplify the analytical process and explain how and why we communicate as we do, leading to a more accurate description of the Greek text. The approach is also function-based—meaning that Runge gives primary attention to describing the tasks accomplished by each discourse feature.
This volume does not reinvent previous grammars or supplant previous work on the New Testament. Instead, Runge reviews, clarifies, and provides a unified description of each of the discourse features. That makes it useful for beginning Greek students, pastors, and teachers, as well as for advanced New Testament scholars looking for a volume which synthesizes the varied sub-disciplines of New Testament discourse analysis.
With examples taken straight from the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament, this volume helps readers discover a great deal about what the text of the New Testament communicates, filling a large gap in New Testament scholarship.
Each of the 18 chapters contains:
• An introduction and overview for each discourse function
• A conventional explanation of that function in easy-to-understand language
• A complete discourse explanation
• Numerous examples of how that particular discourse function is used in the Greek New Testament
• A section of application
• Dozens of examples, taken straight from the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament
• Careful research, with citation to both Greek grammars and linguistic literature
• Suggested reading list for continued learning and additional research
Steven E. Runge is the General Editor of the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament. He has a Master of Theological Studies degree in Biblical Languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, B.C., Canada; a BA in Speech Communication from Western Washington University; and a Doctor of Literature degree in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education.
Key Questions about Christian Faith: Old Testament Answers
by John Goldingay
Pub Date: September 2010
Product Description: A highly respected author and scholar, Goldingay brings his strong knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures and his deep appreciation of the New Testament to offer biblical and practical answers to 25 serious theological questions, including:
• Who Is God?
• How Do God’s Love and God’s Wrath Relate to Each Other?
• Does God Have Surprises?
• What Does It Mean to Be Human?
• Can We Make Sense of Death and Suffering?
• What Is Sin?
• What Is the People of God? (A Narrative Answer)
• What Is the People of God? (An Answer in Images)
• What Is a Covenant?
• What Is the Meaning of Sacrifice?
• Why Circumcision?
• Should I Tithe Net or Gross?
• Was the Holy Spirit Active in First Testament Times?
• How Does Prayer Work?
• What Is Israel’s Place in God’s Purpose?
• Is Election Fair?
• What Is the Relationship Between Creation and Salvation?
• How Does the First Testament Look at Other Religions? • Is Leadership Biblical?
• Is God in the City?
• Does God Care About Animals?
• What Is a Family?
• What Does the Bible Say About Women and Men?
• What Might the Song of Songs Do for People?
• How Should We Think About Same-Sex Relationships?
Pastors, curious laypeople, college students, Sunday school teachers, and small-group Bible-study leaders will appreciate Goldingay’s passion for his subject. Writing in the Anglican tradition of Owen Thomas, N.T. Wright, and others, he challenges the reader with an intelligent and clear dogmatic; and derives pragmatic contemporary principles and applications from ancient laws and literature.
John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister and and is the author of numerous books and articles, including Isaiah in the NIBCOT and Old Testament Theology, Volume One: Israel’s Gospel.
The Christ of the Miracle Stories: Portrait through Encounter
by Wendy J. Cotter, C.S.J.
Pub Date: October 2010
Product Description: “. . . all those interested in the miraculous in the New Testament . . . will benefit from Cotter’s work.”
—Review of Biblical Literature, in praise of Miracles in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Veering away from the academic norm (Bultmann, Theissen, Dibelius) that has historically focused on the actual phenomena and messages in the New Testament miracle accounts, Cotter brings attention to bear on the way Jesus responds to the petitioner—and what the anecdotes reveal about his person, character, and power. She addresses the function of the miracle stories prior to their incorporation into the gospels, contextualizes the behavior and speech of the supplicants against the cultural backdrop of the Greco-Roman world, and reveals the example—and challenge—of a compassionate Christ in situations that reveal not only his power but also his “soul,” as Plutarch would say.
The Christ of the Miracles is divided into four sections, according to the relationship of the petitioners to the needy person:
Section I: Petitioners Who Must Ask for Themselves
Chapter One: Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40–42, 44)
Chapter Two: Jesus and Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46–52)
Section II: Petitioners Who Ask on Behalf of Others
Chapter Three: Jesus and the Friends of the Paralytic (Mark 2:1–12)
Chapter Four: Jesus and the Centurian (Q [Luke] 7:1, 3, 6–9)
Section III: Petitioners Who Ask on Behalf of Their Child
Chapter Five: Jesus and the Syrophoenician Mother (Mark 7:26–30)
Chapter Six: Jesus and the Father of the Demonized Boy (Mark 9:17–27)
Section IV: Petitioners Who Are Jesus’ Disciples
Chapter Seven: Jesus and His Storm-Tossed Disciples (Mark 4: 35–41)
Chapter Eight: The Sea-Walking Jesus and His Disciples (Mark 6:45–51)
Each chapter begins with an original-language rendition of the featured text with a fresh English translation. Individual anecdotes are then analyzed for editorial revisions in order to clarify and affirm their message. Detailed character studies of seekers and Jesus as presented by the gospel narrators are thoroughly discussed and set against their cultural venue, as is the way in which Jesus’ “virtue,” his narrated portrait, is revealed.
Scholars, students, and interested laypersons will find Cotter’s revelatory descriptions and conclusions and her carefully explained method of exegesis very helpful in their own exploration of the New Testament texts. Copious footnotes, indices, and a bibliography add to the volume’s usefulness.
Wendy J. Cotter, C.S.J., is associate professor of Theology at Loyola University, Chicago. She is also the author of Miracles in Greco-Roman Antiquity: A Sourcebook for the Study of New Testament Miracle Stories.