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  1. Major Review: Proverbs 1–15: A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs 1:1–15:33 by Bernd U. Schipper. [REVIEW]William P. Brown - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):334-336.
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  2. Major Review: Sexism and Sin-Talk: Feminist Conversations on the Human Condition by Rachel Sophia Baard. [REVIEW]Shannon Craigo-Snell - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):339-341.
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  3. Is Nothing Sacred? 1 Timothy and Clergy Sexual Abuse.Marie M. Fortune - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):317-327.
    1 Timothy and the Pastoral Letters appear to be efforts to codify structure and roles in the early church. These efforts largely reflected the patriarchal social structures of the time and as such are not relevant to the twenty-first-century church. But some of the concerns identified herein, for example expectations of church leaders, are useful for a current discussion. What is missing is any acknowledgement of the potential for identified church leaders to take advantage of vulnerable congregants, particularly women and (...)
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  4. Major Review: Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy by Luke Bretherton. [REVIEW]Roger J. Gench - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):342-343.
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  5. Idealized Motherhood: Examples of the Gendered Worldview of the Pastoral Letters.Annette Huizenga - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):294-304.
    In the Pastoral Letters, the roles and practices of mothering in a domestic household serve as benchmarks for the general instructions on how “one ought to behave in the household of God”. This article examines several passages in 1–2 Timothy and Titus in which the author employs an idealized and stereotypical view of motherhood in order to persuade female believers to fulfill this socially-appropriate condition and to restrict them from leadership positions in the community.
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  6. The “Believing Woman” and Her Ekklēsia: Rethinking Intersectional Households and Manuscript Variations in the Widows’ Tale.Marianne Bjelland Kartzow - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):305-316.
    The widows of the Pastoral Epistles have been a puzzle for interpreters for generations. In the “Widows’ Tale” different categories of women are given a whole set of instructions, including how they shall be organized and with whom to live. In this article, I will highlight the interpretative potential of the very last verse of the paragraph, where “a believing woman who has widows” is mentioned. In some important manuscripts, scribes have added “believing man” in v. 16, while others have (...)
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  7. 1 Timothy 2:1–7.HyeRan Kim-Cragg - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):328-330.
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  8. Education and the Household in the Pastoral Epistles.Margaret Y. MacDonald - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):283-293.
    The article examines the convergence of studies on the Pastoral Epistles, with greater attention to the theme of education as a key to the purpose of the documents. The close association between the household and education is considered in an effort to shed light on the presentations of Timothy and Titus, emerging leadership roles, intergenerational instruction, and constructions of gender.
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    Major Review: The Word Made Flesh: A Theology of the Incarnation by Ian A. McFarland. [REVIEW]Edwin Chr van Driel - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):337-338.
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  10. Titus 3:4–7.Edgar “Trey” Clark - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (4):331-333.
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    Major Review: Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity Within First-Century Judaism by Matthew Thiessen. [REVIEW]Marianne Blickenstaff - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):244-246.
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    The Spiritual Tasks of Aging Towards Death.Dawn DeVries - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):227-235.
    This article presents experiential reflections on the spiritual tasks for the last stage of human life. These tasks—experiencing escalating losses, accepting growing dependence on others, reframing the meaning of one’s life, and finding purpose even as one slowly lets go of life—are challenging, at least in part because they are counter-cultural for twenty-first century Americans. Exploring the spiritual tasks of aging towards death is necessary and important work for both aging elders and those who accompany them on the last stage (...)
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    “Is There No Balm in Gilead?”: Health, Illness, Death, and Dying in the Hebrew Bible and Today.Joel S. Kaminsky - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):196-206.
    This essay argues that the Hebrew Bible contains conceptual resources that can contribute to and enrich the ongoing discussions surrounding healthcare in the U.S. and in other modern Western societies. These biblical ideas may help us reframe our understandings of sickness and health, something urgently needed if we wish individuals and their families to have less medically invasive and less alienating experiences of illness, most especially during end of life care.
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  14. The Christian Funeral as Counter Witness.Thomas G. Long - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):216-226.
    The proliferation of unconventional death practices in North America, however innovative, is in part an expression of societal confusion about the nature of death and grief. If the church can recover the theological and liturgical fabric of funerals, reclaiming their main purpose as public confession rather than private pastoral care, Christian funerals can serve as a hopeful counter-witness to an uncertain culture.
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  15. Major Review: A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible by Matthew J. Suriano. [REVIEW]Safwat Marzouk - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):242-243.
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  16. Genesis 35:13–26.Amy P. McCullough - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):236-238.
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    Major Review: The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live by J. Todd Billings. [REVIEW]Peter C. Phan - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):247-248.
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  18. Major Review: Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire by Scot McKnight. [REVIEW]Rafael Rodríguez - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):249-251.
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    John 5:24–29.Geoffrey Noel Schoonmaker - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):239-241.
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  20. Resurrecting the Nepeš.Jim Wright - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (3):207-215.
    Our culture’s approach to dementia typically focuses on preserving the person as they once were. Mental exercises, special diets, and entire memory care facilities are designed to maintain the “previous person.” As important as this is to family and friends, it can be challenging and burdensome to the person who is living with dementia, a person who may not recall, or want to recall, their past life. This essay asserts that the emphasis on maintaining the previous person often results from (...)
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    Major Review: The Beauty of Preaching: God’s Glory in Christian Proclamation by Michael Pasquarello III.Robert W. Brewer - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):158-160.
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    Mark 1:9–15.Gennifer Brooks - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):149-151.
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  23. Isaiah 52:1–7.Claire George Drumheller - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):146-148.
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  24. Major Review: The Overshadowed Preacher: Mary, The Spirit, and the Labor of Proclamation by Jerusha Matsen Neal.Karoline M. Lewis - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):155-157.
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  25. The Edge of Water: Preaching Sovereignty in Rising Tides.Jerusha Matsen Neal - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):112-122.
    This analysis of two Fijian Methodist sermons responding to climate catastrophe argues for the significance of preaching that emerges from displaced and occupied communities, particularly for Christianities shaped by Western colonialism. Not only do these testimonies call the Western church to repentance, they challenge the West’s over-eager cooption of “place” as a theological project. In their proclamation of ontological alternatives to Western political and epistemological sovereignties, these sermons call listeners—and preachers—to a radical relationality with the world and with God.
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    On Shrieking the Truth: Mary and Proclamatory Wailing.Donyelle C. McCray - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):102-111.
    Drawing on examples of the Virgin Mary, Margery Kempe, and Mothers of the Movement, this article explores wailing as a form of prophetic speech. According to Christian tradition, the Virgin Mary wailed at the crucifixion, and her cries constituted a substantive message of judgment and lament. Many in the medieval church considered her a preeminent preacher. Margery Kempe, a medieval pilgrim preacher, and the Mothers of the Movement, African American activist-mourners, also herald a divine message through wailing. In illuminating this (...)
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  27. 1 Corinthians 9:8–18.Jacob D. Myers - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):152-154.
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    Major Review: Christobiography: Memory, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels by Craig S. Keener.Sarah E. Rollens - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):164-166.
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    Preaching by the Rivers of Babylon: How an Exile From Pulpit and Pew Can Change White Preaching On the Other Side of Pandemic.Casey T. Sigmon - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):123-133.
    Preaching platforms have always influenced the message preachers prepare and the message people receive, for good and for ill. The shift from the pulpit platform to social media platforms during stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic reveals a legacy of White supremacy haunting the sanctuary. This essay explores this legacy, its relationship with technoculture, and its impact on the practice of White preaching.
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  30. Major Review: Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays by Ellen F. Davis with Austin McIver Dennis.Frances Taylor Gench - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):161-163.
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  31. Questions for Conversational Preaching.Richard W. Voelz - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (2):134-145.
    This essay considers the role of questions within sermons, in dialogue, with efforts to develop an ethos of conversational preaching. Questions reveal much about who preachers are, how they relate to listeners, and how they envision the homiletical situation. And in so doing, they continue to highlight the relationship between theology and rhetoric in preaching.
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  32. Slave Christologies: Augustine and the Enduring Trouble with the “Form of a Slave”.Matthew Elia - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):19-32.
    This essay finds in the thought of Augustine of Hippo a key moment in the development of a strand of the Western theological tradition I will call slave Christologies: theological accounts of the person and work of Jesus Christ that, drawing from the Philippians hymn, symbolically identify his body with the body of the enslaved, and in so doing, weave the order of slaveholding into the texture of Christian thought. I approach the political and theological implications of this tradition under (...)
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    Major Review: Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience by M. Shawn Copeland.Roger J. Gench - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):64-65.
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  34. How to Rename a Campus Building in Just A Quarter Century: Benjamin Morgan Palmer, Rhodes College, and Palmer Hall.Stephen R. Haynes - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):33-43.
    Benjamin Morgan Palmer was one of the leading voices in the Southern Presbyterian Church between the 1850s and his death in 1902. Part of Palmer’s “principal legacy” was his career-long commitment to interpreting Genesis 9–11 in a way that endorsed racial hierarchy and Black subordination. Nevertheless, it has been far from easy to repudiate Palmer’s legacy in the institutions that honor him.
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    Mary’s Slave Song: The Tensions and Turnarounds of Faithfully Reading Doulē in the Magnificat.Raquel S. Lettsome - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):6-18.
    This article traces the enduring legacy of slavery in the United States and its biblical foundations that create interpretive tension around the Greek words doulos/doulē for readers and translators. Following Clarice Martin’s lead, I advocate for a faithful reading of doulē as “slave” in Luke 1:38, 48 and draw parallels between African-American slave songs and Mary’s Magnificat. I then explicate the tensions inherent in reading Mary as “the slave of the Lord” and “his [God’s] slave” against the socio-historical backdrop of (...)
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    Major Review: Cut in Stone: Confederate Monuments and Theological Disruption by Ryan Andrew Newson.Christine Luckritz Marquis - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):62-63.
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    Major Review: A New Testament Theology by Craig L. Blomberg.Frank J. Matera - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):69-71.
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  38. Romans 6:12–23.Emerson B. Powery - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):59-61.
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    Major Review: The Internal Conversation of the Old Testament by Mark McEntire.Kandy Queen-Sutherland - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):66-68.
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  40. Biblical Interpretation, Race, and Union Presbyterian Seminary.William B. Sweetser - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):44-55.
    Chattel slavery in the United States was never foreordained. The deliberate misinterpretation of Scripture predisposed people to accept what the Bible condemned. The development of the Biblical Theology movement, by emphasizing the plain sense of Scripture over cultural assumptions and discredited scientific theories, led Union Presbyterian Seminary to repudiate the immorality that was slavery and segregation.
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  41. Exodus 20:1–17.Sunggu Yang - 2021 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 75 (1):56-58.
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