The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading
theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the
twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers,
and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. "The
Pastoral Epistles with Philemon & Jude" is the seventh volume
in the series. This commentary, like each in the series, is
designed to serve the church--through aid in preaching, teaching,
study groups, and so forth--and demonstrate the continuing
intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation
of the Bible.
"Risto Saarinen's commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, Philemon,
and Jude does an excellent job of mediating the insights of recent
large-scale works in a readable exposition that concentrates on
theology, bringing in from time to time the contributions of such
expositors as Chrysostom and Calvin. Helpful appendices and
excursuses break new ground in situating the letters within the
context of ancient teachings on moderation, mental disorders, and
generosity, and the author's background in Scandinavian Lutheranism
affords a fresh perspective. Saarinen is not uncritical of what he
sees as the Pastor's misogynism and argues that following literally
his tendency to accommodate church practice to contemporary social
standards may achieve today the opposite effect from what was
intended. His hermeneutical approach in terms of theological
subjects and elucidatory predicates offers a fresh entry into the
teaching of Jude. This is a stimulating study that helpfully and
sympathetically challenges some traditionalist approaches without
being the last word on the subject."--I. Howard Marshall,
Praise for "Acts," by Jaroslav Pelikan
"[Jaroslav Pelikan] ranges widely in the zone between what the
text meant and what it means: taking his cue from Irenaeus, Origen,
Augustine and Chrysostom, he is focused on what the text has been
understood to mean. The editors could not have found a more
qualified person to probe the thick pages of the history of
interpretation and Christian doctrine. One might expect a wooden
catalog of ancient comments . . . but Pelikan serves up richer
fare. Drawing on a stunning array of theological writings, he looks
beyond the text of Acts to themes and ultimately dogmas hovering
over the text."--James Howell, "Christian Century"
General editor: R. R. Reno (Creighton University)
Series editors: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological
Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)
Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
Michael Root (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
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