What's in the Word
Written in clear, and at times colorful, prose, Ben Witherington'sWhat's in the Word explains how the recognition of the oral and socio-rhetorical character of the New Testament and its environment necessitates a change in how the New Testament literature...
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Written in clear, and at times colorful, prose, Ben Witherington'sWhat's in the Wordexplains how the recognition of the oral and socio-rhetorical character of the New Testament and its environment necessitates a change in how the New Testament literature is read. Expanding on the work in which he has been fruitfully engaged for over a quarter century, Witherington challenges the previously assured results of historical criticism and demonstrates chapter by chapter how the socio-rhetorical study shifts the paradigm.
Taken together, the chapters inWhat's in the Wordcoalesce around three of Witherington's ongoing academic concerns: orality and rhetoric; New Testament history, including issues of authenticity and canonicity; and the exegesis of given words in their canonical and socio-cultural contexts. Always unpredictable, this book never fails to pique interest and proffer instruction.
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press); Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press); The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press). With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul--The Word and the Witness.
Dr Witherington has written a commentary on every book of the New Testament in a wide variety of series.
- Invitation To The Dance Chapter One : Oral Examination: How Did 'oral' Texts Function In A Rhetorical Culture? Chapter Two : Canonical Pseudepigrapha--is It An Oxymoron? Chapter Three : Rethinking And Redescribing Scribal Culture Chapter Fou R: The Question Of Sermons And Homilies In The New Testament Chapter Five : Rom. 7.7-25- Retelling Adam's Tale Chapter Six : What's In A Name? Rethinking The Historical Figure Of The Beloved Disciple In The 4th Gospel Chapter Seven : What's In A Word? Part One: Eidolothuton Chapter Eight : What's In A Word? Part Two-- Porneia Chapter Nine : What's In A Phrase?--'no Male And Female' (gal. 3.28) Chapter Ten : Christianity In The Making': Oral Mystery Or Eyewitness History? Chapter Eleven : Rethinking The Canonizing Of The New Testament Chapter Twelve : Sign Posts Along The Way--on Taking The Less Travelled Path