Perseverance in Gratitude

A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews
Author: David A. deSilva
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802841889
Category: Religion
Page: 560
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This commentary is the first to fully apply the resources of socio-rhetorical analysis to Hebrews. Insights into the cultural and social world of the audience are combined with analysis of the author's rhetorical strategy and ideology to create a rich, three-dimensional reading that helps unravel key issues in the interpretation of the epistle. David deSilva's reflections on application concluding each section also make his commentary valuable to seminarians and pastors seeking to make Hebrews relevant to today's world.

The New Testament Church

The Challenge of Developing Ecclesiologies
Author: John P. Harrison,James D. Dvorak
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877816
Category: Religion
Page: 326
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Christian communities today face enormous challenges in the new contexts and teachings that try to redefine what churches should be. Christians look to the New Testament for a pattern for the church, but the New Testament does not present a totally uniform picture of the structure, leadership, and sacraments practiced by first-century congregations. There was a unity of the Christian communities centered on the teaching that Jesus is the Christ, whom God has raised from the dead and has enthroned as Lord, yet not every assembly did exactly the same thing and saw themselves in exactly the same way. Rather, in the New Testament we find a collage of rich theological insights into what it means to be the church. When leaders of today see this diversity, they can look for New Testament ecclesiologies that are most relevant to the social and cultural context in which their community lives. This volume of essays, written with the latest scholarship, highlights the uniqueness of individual ecclesiologies of the various New Testament documents and their core unifying themes.

Who Needs a New Covenant?

Rhetorical Function of the Covenant Motif in the Argument of Hebrews
Author: Michael D. Morrison
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1556358040
Category: Religion
Page: 226
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Although covenant is a major theme in Hebrews, Morrison contends all mention of covenant can be deleted without damaging the coherence of the epistle or its christological conclusions. What role, then, does the covenant motif have in the epistle? The arguments in Hebrews are aimed at a Jewish audience--they ignore the needs and religious options relevant to Gentiles. For the readers, the Sinai covenant was the only relevant conceptual competitor to Christ. First-century Jews looked to the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants as the basis of their obligations to God and God's promises toward them. Although most Jewish writers merged these covenants as if they were one, the author of Hebrews does not--he retains the Abrahamic promises while arguing that the Mosaic covenant is obsolete. The covenant concept supports the exhortations of Hebrews in two ways: 1) it provides the link between priesthood, worship rituals, and other laws, and 2) it enables the author to argue for allegiance to the community as allegiance to Christ.

Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians

A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude
Author: Ben Witherington III
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830829326
Category: Religion
Page: 656
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Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians is the second of three volumes extending Ben Witherington's innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of New Testament books to the latter-Pauline and non-Pauline corpora. A third volume will extend the focus on Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians begun in the first volume. By dividing the volumes according to the socioreligious contexts for which they were written, Witherington sheds fresh light on the documents, their provenance, character and importance. Throughout, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature on these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis that either reinforces or corrects those gleaned from other approaches. "Bridging the Horizons" sections point to the relevance of the text for believers today, making this volume of special value to pastors and general readers as well as to students and scholars. Features and Benefits Provides commentary from a prominent New Testament scholar Offers a fresh look at Hebrews, James and Jude in light of recent study and socio-rhetorical concerns Includes "Closer Look" sections that explore contemporary issues in more detail

Theology of the New Testament


Author: Frank S. Thielman
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 031086433X
Category: Religion
Page: 800
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Studying the theology of the New Testament can be a daunting task, even to the knowledgeable Bible student or pastor. Each of the twenty-seven books, written by various authors, has its own theological emphasis and nuances. How do we elicit a coherent message from such theological diversity, especially given that some of the theological statements in the New Testament seem to be at odds with one another? Is such an endeavor achievable or even valid? Theology of the New Testament takes a balanced approach in response to these challenges. Frank Thielman presents a theology of the New Testament that is careful to take into account the cultural and historical circumstances surrounding each book and the New Testament as a whole. He not only examines each book’s theological content individually, but also in relation to the rest of the New Testament, particularly within each of the three theological units that comprise the New Testament: the gospels and Acts, the Pauline epistles, and the general epistles and Revelation. This canonical and synthetic approach honors both the theological diversity of the various books and the theological connections between the books. In the end, Thielman finds a unified theological vision of the New Testament, anchored in the centrality of Jesus Christ. Frank Thielman’s Theology of the New Testament is an outstanding achievement. The book is marked by scholarly depth, exegetical rigor, and theological profundity. Both students and professors will profit immensely from this lucid treatment of the theology contained in the New Testament documents. Thomas R. Schreiner Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary An accessible presentation of the key theological points of the New Testament books by an accomplished New Testament scholar and teacher. Its clear style, lucid organization, and sound theological insight make it a prime resource for serious students in both the academy and the church. Karen H. Jobes, PhD Associate Professor of New Testament, Westmont College

Enabling Fidelity to God

Perseverance in Hebrews in Light of the Reciprocity Systems of the Ancient Mediterranean World
Author: Jason A. Whitlark
Publisher: Authentic Media
ISBN: 9781842275733
Category: Religion
Page: 225
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The primary focus of this book is to demonstrate how Hebrews represents, in view of its historical and religious context, human fidelity to God. Thus, the basic thesis is twofold. First, with regard to the divine-human relationship in the ancient Mediterranean world, the belief in the reciprocity rationale was one primary dynamic for establishing fidelity to a relationship and has been applied by some scholars, such as David deSilva, to Hebrews as the way to understand its strategy for creating perseverance. A major problem with the application of this dynamic is that a common optimistic anthropological assumption is associated with the various reciprocity systems in the ancient world, both Jewish and pagan. This assumption is required if reciprocity is to be effective for establishing ongoing fidelity. Second, there was, however, a middle Judaic stream that can be traced from the period of the exile which held to a pessimistic anthropology. This anthropological assumption crippled the perceived success of reciprocity to secure fidelity. Thus, the solution to God's people's inability to remain faithful was an act of God that transformed the human condition and enabled faithfulness to the relationship. The argument of this book is that Hebrews, with its emphasis upon the inauguration of the new covenant by Jesus' high priestly ministry, belongs to this latter stream of thought in understanding how fidelity is secured between God and his people. Hebrews, thus, implicitly rejects the rationale of reciprocity for fidelity. The implications of this offers a fresh perspective on the soteriology of Hebrews.

The Psychology of Gratitude


Author: Robert A. Emmons,Michael E. McCullough
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195150100
Category: Psychology
Page: 368
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Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most-neglected emotion. The volume begins with the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of gratitude, then presents the current research perspectives from social, personality, and developmental psychology, as well as from primatology, anthropology, and biology. The volume also includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of research on gratitude. This work contributes a great deal to the growing positive psychology initiative and to the scientific investigation of positive human emotions. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students in social, personality, and developmental, clinical, and health psychology, as well as to sociologists and cultural anthropologists.

Transatlantic Politics and the Transformation of the International Monetary System


Author: Michelle Frasher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135627320
Category: Political Science
Page: 248
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With original archival documents and interviews from the US and Europe, Michelle Frasher brings the reader into the negotiating room with American, German, and French officials as they confronted the collapse of the Bretton Woods monetary system and made decisions that affected the course of European integration and the contemporary neoliberal order. She identifies crisis as the catalyst for change in international monetary policies, but argues that the causes of crisis originated from a multitude of factors such as market speculation, American hegemony, institutional flaws, and ideational conflicts among the leaders themselves. Far from a planned and consensual process, this book shows that the transformation to neoliberalism was riddled with discord and fret with trial and error. She argues that the resulting currency regime allowed governments to entrench themselves in national interests and facilitated the "marketization" of the state, where states have became both clients and participants in the financialized global economy—to the detriment of international stability. Frasher’s is the first work to connect the 1960s and 1970s to the difficulties of inter-state and inter-market cooperation that have plagued the system in the last decades, and it puts the 2008 debacle into historical perspective.

The Art of Living & Dying Well

How to Extract the Nectar from Both Faces
Author: Peter Roche de Coppens
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469175789
Category: Religion
Page: 133
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To live well one must be able to die well and vice versa. Life and death are two faces of the same coin but with a fundamental transformation when one moves from the spiritual dimension to the physical and back to the spiritual. Actually, there is but one thing: Life without beginning and without ending but with two expressions, one on the spiritual plane and the other on the material plane. Today, in the West we find a great paradox: we have made enormous progress at the material, technological level but not at the human and psychological level. One aspect of this paradox is that we do not die well! We are afraid of death, we deny it and seek to postpone it for as long as possible at an enormous human and economic cost. The spiritual tradition always had very substantial cognitive and practical contributions to make to our understanding of life, death, and life after death. The basic objective of this book is to present these contributions and help us die with more dignity and less fear. In fact, this work was written to help you live and die without fear, anxiety, guilt, blame or frustration with an appreciation and gratitude for all our human experiences which include birth, life and death.

Letters Papers from Prison


Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451650532
Category: Religion
Page: 448
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One of the great classics of prison literature, Letters and Papers from Prison effectively serves as the last will and testament of the Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a young German pastor who was executed by the Nazis in 1945 for his part in the “officers’ plot” to assassinate Adolf Hitler. This expanded version of Letters and Papers from Prison shifts the emphasis of earlier editions of Bonhoeffer’s theological reflections to the private sphere of his life. His letters appear in greater detail and show his daily concerns. Letters from Bonhoeffer’s parents, siblings, and other relatives have also been added, in addition to previously inaccessible letters and legal papers referring to his trial. Acute and subtle, warm and perceptive, yet also profoundly moving, the documents collectively tell a very human story of loss, of courage, and of hope. Bonhoeffer’s story seems as vitally relevant, as politically prophetic, and as theologically significant today, as it did yesterday.

Harnessing Courage

A Secondary Or Subordinate Title of a Literary Work. Overcoming Adversity With Grit and Gratitude
Author: Laura Bratton
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
ISBN: 9781942557623
Category: Self-Help
Page: 240
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Through the dramatic transition of becoming blind at a young age, Laura Bratton shows how we all can overcome adversity with grit and gratitude.

What Doesn't Kill Us

A guide to overcoming adversity and moving forward
Author: Stephen Joseph
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748119116
Category: Self-Help
Page: 336
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Research has shown than anywhere from 30 to 90 per cent of people confronted by tragedy, horror and adversity emerge as wiser, more mature and more fulfilled people, sometimes despite great sadness. Relationships become stronger. Perspectives on life change. Inner strengths are found. For the past twenty years, Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma and sufferers of posttraumatic stress. In this groundbreaking book, he boldly challenges the notion that trauma and its aftermath devastate and destroy the lives. His studies have shown that a wide range of traumatic events - from illness, separation, assault and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters and terrorism - can act as catalysts for positive change, strengthening relationships, changing one's perspective and revealing inner strengths. In What Doesn't Kill Us, Stephen Joseph shares the six steps we can all use to manage our emotions and navigate adversity to find new meaning, purpose and direction in our lives.

Practical Orthopedic Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach E-Book

A Volume in the Pattern Recognition Series
Author: Andrea T Deyrup,Gene P. Siegal
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 145573828X
Category: Medical
Page: 400
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Apply a systematic pattern recognition approach to achieve more accurate diagnoses of both neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Andrea Deyrup, MD, PhD and Gene P. Siegal, MD, PhD use a practical, pattern-based organization that helps you efficiently and confidently evaluate even the most challenging histologic specimens. Consult this title on your favorite e-reader. Compare specimens to commonly seen patterns, categorize them accordingly, and turn directly to in-depth diagnostic guidance using the unique, pattern-based Visual Index at the beginning of the book. Includes guidance on both pathologic and radiologic diagnostic patterns. Assess key pathologic and clinical aspects of neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions with 800 high-quality, full-color images that help you evaluate and interpret both common and rare diseases. Find complete coverage of the musculoskeletal system from Normal Bone Anatomy through discussions of all major classifications of disease, both neoplastic and non-neoplastic. Progress logically from the histologic pattern, through the appropriate workup, around the pitfalls, and to the best diagnosis.

BTV # 08: De Pentecostés a Patmos

Una introducción a los libros de Hechos a Apocalipsis
Author: Craig L. Blomberg
Publisher: Vida
ISBN: 0829777296
Category: Religion
Page: 448
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Este libro es una lectura esencial para aquellos que buscan un estudio profundo del nacimiento y crecimiento de la iglesia primitiva. Siendo un volumen acompañante del galardonado Jesús y los Evangelios de Blomberg, esta accesible investigación provee una introducción, un comentario y una aplicación para cada uno de veintitrés libros restantes del Nuevo Testamento, ayudando de esta forma a los estudiantes a captar su significado histórico, lingüístico y teológico.

Mindfulness For Dummies


Author: Shamash Alidina
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118868196
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 360
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Use mindfulness to relax and control anxiety, depression, stressand pain Whether you're looking to control your depression and anxietylevels, improve concentration and reduce stress, or just want torestore balance in your life, Mindfulness For Dummies,2nd Edition shows you how to slow down, become awareof what is going on around you and react effectively. Focusing onbreathing and other self-control techniques, the practice ofmindfulness is scientifically proven to calm jittery nerves andfree the mind of distracting thoughts, mental clutter andunrealistic expectations. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll discover how to payattention to the present in order to change the way you think, feeland act. Covering the latest research on the effect of mindfulnesson the brain, Mindfulness For Dummies, 2ndEdition shows you how to break free from a downward spiral ofnegative thought and action, and empowers you to make positivechoices that support your well-being. Use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, combat pain andmore Receive guidance on incorporating mindfulness into everydaylife Establish your own mindfulness routine Access audio downloads of guided meditations Written by a professional mindfulness trainer, and packed withtips to incorporate this practice into your daily life,Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows youhow to reap the benefits of a more attentive life.

Passion Perseverance & Prayer


Author: Pooja Ruprell
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing PvtLtd
ISBN: 9381576157
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 234
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Contemporary life often feels like a daily, all consuming, overwhelming grind, getting in the way of a peaceful, loving and healthy existence. But there is another way. Passion, Perseverance and Prayer is all about everyday guidance and inspiration, juxtaposing the personal with the profound. It is a story, a diary, a guide – 52 inspirational, weekly readings encourage us to find beauty, shine with our own special light, and muster the courage to carry on through tough times - with passion, perseverance and prayer. It blends everyday experiences and observations with the insights of philosophers. With monthly themes, that are organized around a dominant topic, recognizing our vulnerability as we journey from day to day, these pages offer non-judgmental support. They help us believe that we can be truly happy, every day.