Christadelphian eJournal of Biblical Interpretation
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, Knowing from whom you have learned them.
Who Through Jesus Sleep is a compendium of essays about the mortality of the soul (254 pages, ISBN 978-0-9574460-9-0, June 2015). The book analyses what the biblical writers believed about the nature of the soul and the opportunity for life after death. It explores both the beliefs of the ancient Israelites, as presented in the Old Testament, and those of the early Christians, as presented in the New Testament. It traces the development of these biblical ideas to the emergence of the notion of the immortality of the soul in both Judaism and Christianity through the influence of Greek philosophy. It describes thinkers throughout history, as well as modern scholars, who have affirmed the biblical idea of the mortality of the soul. Common "proof" texts for the immortality of the soul are also examined. LULU
One God, the Father (First Edition, Jan 2013, ISBN 978-0-9574460-2-1, 310 pages). This book is a collection of 16 essays by various authors offering a defence of Biblical Monotheism. It presents a definition of 'monotheism' from the Jewish Scriptures and contrasts this with the trinitarian definition of God. It explores how the Old Testament presents Yahweh as 'one God'. It details how the Synoptics, the writings of John and Paul present the relationship of Israel's God to Jesus. It traces the development of church ideas about God showing how they then deviated from the Bible. It describes how thinkers and communities have preserved the truth of Biblical Monothesism down the ages. It concludes with essays discussing the atonement, and the issue of worship and prayer in relation to Jesus. LULU
Reasons (Ed., Thomas E. Gaston, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9563841-4-0, 231 pages). In this book a number of authors bring together their expertise in various fields, including science, philosophy and biblical studies, to lay out some of the reasons for believing in God, Jesus and the Bible. Covering topics ranging from the fine-tuning of physical constants to the historical evidence of the resurrection of Jesus, this book provides positive reinforcement for faith in the modern world. Now available directly from LULU
Isaiah 40-48 (A. Perry, Willow Publications, 2010: 356 pages, ISBN 978-0-9563841-1-9). Isaiah 40-48 argues that the traditional Babylonian reading of these chapters is wrong and it presents a new reading that situates these oracles in the years 701-699. It offers a new explanation of Isaiah's famous Cyrus prophecy and shows how Isaiah's oracles relate to events east of Jordan, to Sennacherib's campaign in Babylonia in 700, and to the visit of the Babylonian envoys.Now available directly from LULU
Joel (A. Perry, Willow Publications, 2008:242 pages, ISBN 978-0-9526-1927-7). This study on Joel is based on the KJV, RSV and NASB versions of the Bible. It locates Joel in the latter half of the eighth century, and relates the prophecy to the reigns of Ahaz and Hezekiah. Now available directly from LULU
Job (A. Perry, Willow Publications, 2009:363 pages, ISBN 978-0-9526-1925-3). This book offers a chapter by chapter commentary on the Book of Job using the KJV, RSV and NASB versions of the Bible. It compares Job with the Book of Isaiah and argues that Job, in addition to being a story about a patriarch, is also a prophetic and political commentary about Hezekiah and Judah during the days of the Assyrian Crisis. This prophetic and political discourse is set within the parabolic framework of the prologue and epilogue, in which the details of the patriarch Job's experience have been chosen in such a way so as to represent Hezekiah and Judah. Now available directly from LULU
Historical Issues in the Book of Daniel (Thomas E. Gaston, 2009, 176 pages: ISBN 978-0-9561540-0-2). In the nineteenth century critical scholars dismissed the book of Daniel as a creation of the Hellenistic period, some four hundred years after the events recorded therein. Though there were some historical mentions, many of the characters, customs and situations described in the book were unknown to the nineteenth century scholar. Over the last century the curtain of historical ignorance has been slowly pulled back by archaeological discoveries and greater research. In Historical Issues in the Book of Daniel Thomas Gaston reappraises the historicity of the events recorded in the book of Daniel. Now available directly from LULU
God is Judge: A Commentary on Daniel (Paulus Wyns, 2011, 515 pages: ISBN 978-0-9870808-0-6). This commentary presents an intertextual reading of Daniel that places the Temple and eschatological Atonement at the centre of the book's theology. A failure of exilic prophetic interpretation inspired a failed attempt to restore the First Temple under Cyrus. The unsuccessful mission under Cyrus was corrected 21 years later during the ministries of Zechariah-Haggai under Darius Hystaspis; precisely 62 years after the deportation of the last Judean captives by Nebuchadnezzar with the Second Temple rebuilt exactly 70 years after it had been destroyed. For this reason Daniel ignores the reign of Cyrus and proceeds directly to the conquest of Babylon by Darius Hystaspis (Darius the Mede). Daniel's history is subordinated to his theology. The initial setting of Babylonian First Temple destruction and Persian era restoration is supplemented by Antiochene desecration and Maccabean rededication of the Second Temple resulting in an already/not yet realization (apocalyptic moment). However, Daniel's enigmatic numerical time periods are not Maccabean era inventions or ex eventu prophecy as they represent supra-historical realities based on intervals between the destruction of the Temple on the ninth of Ab and prominent Jewish Feasts in the lunar Jewish Festal Calendar. The influence of Temple-Atonement theology is traced from Daniel through the New Testament where it shaped the annunciation narrative in Luke, the Synoptic trial narratives, the resurrection event (an apocalyptic moment) and the Olivet prophecy. The destruction of the Second Temple by Rome predicted in the Olivet prophecy closes this period and confirms Christ as the replacement of the Second Temple. The measuring and revelation of the eschatological Temple in the Apocalypse completes the New Testaments treatment of Daniel's Temple-Atonement oriented theology. Now available directly from LULU .
Rightly Dividing the Word (Jonathan Burke, 2012, 296 pages). This book examines egalitarian arguments concerning the role of women in the church. A number of issues and arguments related to this subject, are also examined. Now available directly from LULU
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