Category: Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies filtered by type: Book Chapters

Kathryn Schifferdecker "Creation Theology" In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings. eds. Tremper Longman and Peter Enns. InterVarsity Press 2008

Describes themes in the creation theology of the Wisdom books of the Old Testament and the Psalms.

Rivta H. Williams "Chapter 5: An Illustration of Historical Inquiry: Histories of Jesus and Matthew 1:1-25" In Handbook of Early Christianity and the Social Sciences. ed. Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-Andre Turcotte, Jean Duhaime. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press 2002 : 105-124

This essay integrates cultural anthropological insights about life in the ancient Mediterranean world with traditional historical critical methods for reconstructing the life of Jesus. As I assess the historicity of Matthew‘s birth narrative, I ask how its claims would have been understood by the 1st century Judeans in the text and who produced the text, specifically, would claims for virginal conception make sense to them?

Rivta H. Williams "Bishops as Brokers of Heavenly Goods: Ignatius to the Ephesians" In Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East. ed. Richard E. Averbeck, Mark Chavalas, David Weisberg. Bethesda, MD: CDL Press 2002 : 389-398

In this essay I contend that the Greco-Roman system of patron-broker-client relations shaped early church structures in important ways, even when the language of patronage was not explicitly used. This is especially evident in Ignatius of Antioch‘s letter to the Ephesians in which he ascribes various functions to bishops that most resemble the role of brokers of heavenly goods in a system of divine patronage.

Rivta H. Williams "Chapter 14 – Purity, Dirt, Anomalies and Abominations" In The Social World of the New Testament. eds. Dietmar Neufeld and Richard E. DeMaris. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group 2010 : 207-219

Drawing on the work of anthropologist Mary Douglas, I define purity rules as symbolic expressions of a group‘s identity and core values. Reading Mark 7:1-23 through this lens demonstrates that Jesus and the Pharisees are both concerned about the purity of personal and social bodies, but differ in their assessment of what threatens that purity and how best to preserve the body‘s wholeness and integrity.

Carol LaHurd "Biblical Exorcism and Reader Response to Ritual in Narrative" In The Daemonic Imagination: Biblical Text and Secular Story. eds. Robert Detweiler and William G. Doty. Atlanta: American Academy of Religion 1990 : 53-63

Applying reader response criticism and ritual studies, LaHurd examines Jesus’ encounter with the Gerasene demoniac in Mark 5. Mark’s portrayal of Jesus is illuminated by analysis of such ritual elements as liminality, exorcism, and the categories of clean and unclean.

Carol LaHurd "Re-Viewing Luke 15 with Arab Christian Women" In A Feminist Companion to Luke. ed. Amy-Jill Levine with Marianne Blickenstaff. London and New York: Sheffield Academic Press 2002 : 246-248

Taking account of the religious perspectives of contemporary Arab Christian women and LaHurd’s own observations of women’s lives in Yemen, this chapter reinterprets Luke 15 in dialogue with other feminist and anthropological readings and finds new insights into women’s roles and informal power as displayed in the parables of lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son.

Carol LaHurd "Participating in the Body of Christ" In Church Unity and the Corinthian Correspondence. ed. Robert Henry Crewdson. Buena Vista, VA: Mariner 2008 : 67-76

LaHurd reflects on the implications of Paul’s sacramental theology in 1 Corinthians 11 for current day ecumenical relations and for joint mission as the spiritual body of Christ.

Elizabeth Huwiler "Patterns and Problems in Psalm 132" In The Listening Heart: Essays in Wisdom and the Psalms in Honor of Roland E. Murphy, O. Carm. ed. Kenneth R. Hoglund, Elizabeth F. Huwiler, J. T. Glass. Sheffield. England: JSOT Press 1987

Argues for limited usefulness of Psalm 132 in theological reconstructions of ancient Israel.

Elizabeth Huwiler "Song of Songs" In Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. eds. Roland E. Murphy and Elizabeth Huwiler. Peabody MA: Hendrickson Publishers 1999

Commentary on New International Version. Includes extensive introductory material, including theological relevance.

Elizabeth Huwiler "Ecclesiastes" In Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. eds. Elizabeth Huwiler and Roland E. Murphy. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers 1999

Commentary on New International Version. Includes extensive introductory material, including theological relevance.