Born of a Virgin?
This book will appeal to those many Christians who struggle with the concept of the virgin birth. Andrew Lincoln's Born of a Virgin? begins by discussing why the virgin birth is such a difficult and divisive topic for Christians. The...
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This book will appeal to those many Christians who struggle with the concept of the virgin birth. Andrew Lincoln's Born of a Virgin? begins by discussing why the virgin birth is such a difficult and divisive topic for Christians. The book then deals with a whole range of literary, historical, and hermeneutical issues from a perspective that takes seriously creedal confessions and theological concerns.
As part of his exegetical investigation of the New Testament texts, Lincoln considers the literary genre and distinctive characteristics of the birth narratives as ancient biography. Further, he delineates how changes in our views of history and biology decisively affect any traditional understanding of the significance of an actual virgin birth, and he explores what that means for the authority of Scripture and creed, along with implications for Christology and for preaching and teaching from the birth narratives.
Andrew T. Lincoln (Ph.D., Trinity College, University of Cambridge) is Portland Professor of New Testament at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. Previously he was Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and taught in the University of Sheffield. His publications include Paradise Now and Not Yet (Cambridge University Press), Ephesians(Word Biblical Commentary), The Theology of the Later Pauline Letters (Cambridge University Press), Colossians (New Interpreter's Bible) and Gospel of St John (Black's New Testament Commentary).