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By Peter Byrne, Leslie Houlden

The spouse Encyclopedia of Theology presents a finished consultant to trendy theological concept. a global staff of theologians and practitioners of either the Christian and Jewish faiths examine and look at points of theology in forty eight self-contained articles. Neither partisan and denominational, nor indifferent and summary, this significant other explores the assets and functions of theology within the gentle of Christianity's position within the sleek world.
The Structure
The significant other Encyclopedia of Theology is split into six elements. the 1st 3 care for significant foundational features of Western theological reflection:
* the Hebrew and Christian Bible
* the Tradition
* the contribution of Philosophy
The moment half the spouse is anxious with application:
* with regards to Spirituality
* on the subject of modern Ethics
* on the subject of matters in and elements of present-day theological construction
The forty eight essays are descriptive, informative and analytical; their wide-ranging content material is certain right into a unified point of view through the editors' normal advent and the introductions to every of the six components. on the finish of every article, there are feedback for extra interpreting and the paintings is concluded with a complete index.
This significant other Encyclopedia is a precious resource of reference for college kids, academics and either lay and clerical practitioners of Christian and Jewish theology.

Key Features
* vast assurance - comprises forty eight in-depth essays overlaying either the heritage and alertness of Western theological thought
* foreign Authorship - written in non-technical language through a exotic group of editors and authors from either Christian and Jewish faiths
* Balanced method - discusses and analyses the main matters with no implementing any unmarried viewpoint
* basically provided - on the finish of every article, there are feedback for additional analyzing and the paintings features a accomplished index

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This can again be illustrated briefly for different genres of writing. Narrative The interaction between texts that were well on the way to being Scripture, and new texts that would eventually become so, can be seen most clearly in the books of Chronicles. Though there may be some independent sources lying behind Chronicles, it is clear that for the most part these books are a reworking of the books of Samuel and Kings—parts of the Deuteronomistic History. Chronicles describes the history of Judah as it would have been, if history conformed to more regular patterns of cause and effect, merit and reward.

Once this has happened, 14 HEBREW BIBLE: FORMATION AND CHARACTER it makes sense to speak of the existence of ‘Scripture’. Again this can be illustrated in detail by concentrating on different genres of literature. Narrative+Law When the Pentateuch was edited into its present shape, probably in the late sixth or early fifth century BCE, the legal material surveyed on pp. 9–10 above was placed in its ‘correct’ historical context. The Book of the Covenant and the Holiness Code were presented as part of the divine revelation given to Moses at Sinai, the Deuteronomic law as part of his final address to the Israelites in the plains of Moab, just before they were to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land.

But if we turn to it after reading the New Testament or later works in the Christian tradition, it is likely to seem to connect with religion intermittently at best. Many of the narrative texts are political history rather than ‘ecclesiastical’ history; many of the proverbs are wise advice rather than religious teaching; and many of the laws legislate for situations that arise in any society, religious or secular, rather than reflecting the concerns of a religious community of believers, as is the case in the New Testament.

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