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Old Testament

MARK A. AWABDY Immigrants and Innovative Law

Deuteronomy’s Theological and Social Vision for the גר  

Mark A. Awabdy argues that Deuteronomy exhibits a novel and complex vision for the גר ( gēr , engl. immigrant). The author substantiates this by investigating Deuteronomy’s gēr theology and placement, motive clauses, intertextuality with or independence from other gēr laws, and mechanisms for integrating the gēr into the community of YHWH’s people.   (learn more...)

New Testament

JULIA A. SNYDER Language and Identity in Ancient Narratives

The Relationship between Speech Patterns and Social Context in the Acts of the Apostles, Acts of John, and Acts of Philip

How might social factors be reflected in an ancient writer’s choice of words? Julia A. Snyder explores the social significance of word choice in three ancient Greek narratives and shows how sociolinguistic variation contributes to particular portrayals of Christian identity.   (learn more...)

New Testament

HANNA STETTLER Heiligung bei Paulus

Ein Beitrag aus biblisch-theologischer Sicht

[Sanctification in Paul. A Contribution from a Biblical-Theological Point of View]

Can the sanctification of Jewish and Gentile Christians be considered as the goal of Paul's mission? Hanna Stettler analyzes Paul's statements regarding sanctification against their tradition-historical background in Old Testament-Jewish literature and the Jesus tradition.   (learn more...)

Practical Theology

PETER MEYER Predigt als Sprachgeschehen gelebt-religiöser Praxis

Empirisch-theologische Beiträge zur Sprach- und Religionsanalyse auf der Basis komparativer Feldforschung in Deutschland und in den USA

[The Sermon as a Language Event in Lived Religious Practice. An Empirical-Theological Contribution to an Analysis of Language and Religion Based on Comparative Field Research in Germany and the USA]

Both preaching and listening to sermons means acting in complex lifeworlds through language. Experiencing a sermon is the result of numerous factors such as patterns in religious culture, expectations concerning churches and pastors or the specific way in which listeners deal with religious symbols. Based on this, Peter Meyer develops his approach, analyzing the lived experience of sermons by qualitative empirical methods and through a cross-cultural comparison.   (learn more...)