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Royal Priesthood? The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically

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ISBN-10: 0310234131

ISBN-13: 9780310234135

Edition: 2002

Authors: Craig G. Bartholomew, Al Wolters, Colin Greene, Jonathan Chaplin, Karl M�ller

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Since September 11, 2001, we are intensely aware of the need for political wisdom. Can Scripture help us in this respect? Yes, but not simplistically. In an exhilarating dialogue with Oliver O'Donovan, a team of international scholars look in detail in this book at biblical interpretation as we make the journey from what God said to Abraham, as it were, to how to respond to the political challenges of today. Such exploration is essential if the church is to become "a royal priesthood" today. Craig Bartholomew Contributors include: Oliver O'Donovan (respondent to 14 chapters) Gilbert Meilaender Christopher Rowland Bernd Wannenwetsch N. T. Wright A Royal Priesthood? is the third volume from the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar. This annual gathering of Christian scholars from various disciplines was established in 1998 and aims to reassess the discipline of biblical studies from the foundations up and forge creative new ways for reopening the Bible in our cultures. Any attempt to open the Book in new and fresh ways for our cultures at the start of the third millennium must explore how to read the Bible ethically and politically. This volume looks at the obstacles to such a process and in dialogue with Oliver O'Donovan's creative work in this regard, looks in detail at how to read different parts of the Bible for ethics and politics. A unique element of the book is Oliver O'Donovan's 14 responses to individual chapters. Volume 1, Renewing Biblical Interpretation and Volume 2, After Pentecost, are also published by Paternoster Press and Zondervan.
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Book details

List price: $37.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 11/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Craig Bartholomew (MA, Potchefstroom University, PhD, Bristol University) is professor of philosophy and biblical studies at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical Theory. He has also edited In the Fields of the Lord: A Calvin Served Reader and co-edited Christ and Consumerism: A Critical Analysis of the Spirit of the Age. He is the series editor for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Series.

Al Wolters is professor of religion and theology/classical languages at Redeemer University College in Canada. His publications include Creation Regained: Biblical Basics of a Reformational Worldview, and The Song of the Valiant Woman: Studies in the Interpretation of Proverbs 31:10-31. He is working on a commentary on Zechariah.

Colin Greene is head of theology and public policy at the British and Foreign Bible Society and visiting professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of Christology and Atonement in Historical Context and the forthcoming Making Out the Horizons: Christ in Cultural Perspective.

Karl M�ller is lecturer in theology and religious studies at St. Martin's College, Lancaster, and senior tutor at the Carlisle and Blackburn Diocesan Training Institute. He is the author of A Prophet in Debate: The Rhetoric of Persuasion in the Book of Amos. He has also co-edited Renewing Biblical Interpretation and After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation.

Contributors
Preface
Abbreviations
The Artists
Introduction
Introduction: A Royal Priesthood
The Cover and Goya's The Third of May
Obstacles to Reading the Bible Ethically and Politically
How Has the Bible Been Used Ethically?
O'Donovan's Biblical, Theological Ethics
O'Donovan's Reading of the Bible for Politics
O'Donovan's Biblical Hermeneutic
This Volume
The Use of Scripture in The Desire of the Nations
O'Donovan's Scriptural Hermeneutic
General Issues of Scriptural Hermeneutics
Cui Bono? What is at Stake in this Discussion?
Response to Walter Moberly
Law and Monarchy in the Old Testament
Locating Israel's History
Deuteronomy and David/Zion in the Old Testament Story
Deuteronomy as Critique of the Zion-Davidic Synthesis
Deuteronomy as a 'Constitution'?
Deuteronomy, Government and Creation
Implications for O'Donovan's Thesis
The Zion-Davidic Theology Beyond Deuteronomy
Response to Gordon McConville
A Time for War and a Time for Peace: Old Testament Wisdom, Creation and O'Donovan's Theological Ethics
Introduction
Creation Order
Epistemology
Wisdom and Politics
Conclusion
Response to Craig Bartholomew
The Power of the Future in the Present: Eschatology and Ethics in O'Donovan and Beyond
Introduction
Old Testament Ethics and Eschatology
Eschatology in the Ethics of O'Donovan
The Demands on Eschatology in Latin America
Contributions from the Books of Isaiah and Amos
Conclusion
Response to Daniel Carroll R.
Power, Judgement and Possession: John's Gospel in Political Perspective
Variations on Old Testament Judgement Themes
Power and Judgement in Jesus' Mission
Power and Judgement in the Trial before Pilate
Power and Judgement in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus
Possession and Community Identity
Justice, Truth and Life
Response to Andrew Lincoln
Paul and Caesar: A New Reading of Romans
Introduction
A Fresh Perspective?
Initial Comments
Towards a Multi-Dimensional Fresh Reading of Paul
New Creation, New Covenant: The Heart of Romans
Conclusion
Response to N.T. Wright
'Members of One Another': Charis, Ministry and Representation: A Politico-Ecclesial Reading of Romans 12
Ecclesiology and Politics
Paraklesis: The Genuine Political Speech Act of the Church
The Transformation of the Body
Members of One Another: The Representation of Charis and Ministry
Representation and Political Society
Response to Bernd Wannenwetsch
The Function of Romans 13 in Christian Ethics
Introduction
Two Visions of the Relation Between Government and God in Romans 13
Judgement and the Paradigmatic Political Act
Response to Gerrit de Kruijf
The Apocalypse and Political Theology
Oliver O'Donovan on the Apocalypse
The United States of America, the Beast and Babylon
Contrasting Interpretations of the Apocalypse
Practical Engagement in Political Theology in the Light of the Apocalypse
Response to Christopher Rowland
Ethics and Exegesis: A Great Gulf?
Political Eschatology and Responsible Government: Oliver O'Donovan's 'Christian Liberalism'
Introduction
Christian Liberalism
Christianity and Liberal Society
Christian Political Liberalism
After Christian Liberalism
O'Donovan's 'Dispensationalist Political Eschatology': Critical Reflections
Response to Jonathan Chaplin
Revisiting Christendom: A Crisis of Legitimization
The Reign of God and the Concept of Authority
Jesus: Lord of Lords
The Early Church
Romans 13
The Christendom Settlement
The Christendom Settlement in the West
Revisiting Christendom
Conclusion
Response to Colin Greene
'Return to the Vomit of "Legitimation"'?: Scriptural Interpretation and the Authority of the Poor
Authority of the Poor and the Poverty of Authority
The Argument of this Paper
Attending to Legitimation: True Speech and Ideology
Praxis and Knowledge
Christ and Political Order
In Jesus Christ, a Revolution
Scriptural, Practical Reasoning?
Response to Peter Scott
A Timely Conversation with The Desire of the Nations on Civil Society, Nation and State
The 'Romantic', the 'Civic' and the 'Functional' Nation
The Nation as a Theological Construct
Response to Joan Lockwood O'Donovan
Acting Politically in Biblical Obedience?
Introduction
Welfare Policy and Religious Freedom
Action on Welfare Reform and Reading the Bible
Reading O'Donovan
Church, Society and Rulers
Romans 13
History and the State
Conclusion
Response to James W. Skillen
University of Gloucestershire, Theology and Religious Studies
The British and Foreign Bible Society
Baylor University
Scripture Index
Name Index
Subject Index