Radical Christian Voices and Practice: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland

Hardcover | February 19, 2012

EditorZoe Bennett, David Gowler

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On the margins of the biblical canon and on the boundaries of what are traditionally called 'mainstream' Christian communities there have been throughout history writings and movements which have been at odds with the received wisdom and the consensus of establishment opinion. If one listenscarefully, these dissident voices are reflected in the Bible itself-whether in the radical calls for social change from the Hebrew Bible prophets, with Jesus the apocalyptic prophet who also demanded social and economic justice for his oppressed people, or perhaps from the apocalyptic tradition'smillenarian visions. The use of the Bible has been fertile ground throughout Christian history for prophetic calls for radical change within society as a whole and the church in particular. The essays contained in this volume examine aspects of this radical tradition, its doctrine, hermeneutics, pedagogy, and socialaction. They offer a sustained development of the theme of the Bible and its reception and appropriation in the context of radical practices, and an exposition of the imaginative possibilities of radical engagement with the Bible in inclusive social contexts. Part 1 treats New Testament texts directly-the Lukan writings, Paul and the Book of Revelation; Part 2 explores some examples of reception history and of radical appropriation of the Bible in history and literature; Part 3 addresses contemporary issues in liberation theology and public theology. This book is a Festschrift in honour of Professor Christopher Rowland, the Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture in the University of Oxford.

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On the margins of the biblical canon and on the boundaries of what are traditionally called 'mainstream' Christian communities there have been throughout history writings and movements which have been at odds with the received wisdom and the consensus of establishment opinion. If one listenscarefully, these dissident voices are reflect...

Edited by Zoe Bennett, Director of Postgraduate Studies in Pastoral Theology at Cambridge Theological Federation and Anglia Ruskin University, and David Gowler, The Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Professor of Religion; Director, The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement; Oxford College of Emory Univers...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:February 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Zoe Bennett and David B. Gowler: Introduction: Action is the life of all : Approaching the work of Christopher RowlandPart I: The Bible and Radicalism1. David B. Gowler: The limits of Radicalism: A dialogical response to liberation in Luke 13:10-172. Peter Garnsey: Peter Olivi on the community of the first Christians at Jerusalem3. Ched Myers: From capital to community: Discipleship as defection in Jesus parable about a manager of injustice (Luke 16:1-13)4. Judith Kovacs: The language of grace: Valentinian reflection on New Testament imagery5. John J. Collins: Radical religion and the ethical dilemmas of apocalyptic millenarianism6. Paolo Nogueira: Hidden identities and the arriving new world: The experience of reading the Book of RevelationPart II: Reception History: The appropriation of the biblical text in the radical tradition7. Christine E. Joynes: Still at the margins?: Gospel women and their afterlives8. Denys Turner: Winstanley, Hobbes, and the sin of the world9. Rowan Williams: The human form divine : Radicalism and orthodoxy in William Blake10. Jane Shaw: A modern millenarian prophet s BiblePart III: Radical Christian voices today11. Brad Braxton: Every time I feel the spirit : African American Christology for a pluralistic world12. Ivan Petrella: The futures of Liberation Theology13. Tim Gorringe: Does God tell us how to build?14. Andrew Bradstock: Seeking the welfare of the city : Public theology as radical action15. Marilyn McCord Adams: Sex and the sins of the fathers: Fertility religion versus human rights16. Christopher Rowland: I have writ, I have acted, I have peaceChristopher Rowland A biographical noteBibliography of the major works of Christopher Rowland