The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Paperback | October 11, 2012

EditorBrent A. Strawn

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Scholars of the social sciences have devoted more and more attention of late to the concept of human happiness, mainly from sociological and psychological perspectives. This volume, which includes essays from scholars of the New Testament, the Old Testament, systematic theology, practicaltheology, and counseling psychology, poses a new and exciting question: what is happiness according to the Bible? Informed by developments in positive psychology, The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness explores representations of happiness throughout the Bible and demonstrates the ways in which these representations affect both religious and secular understandings of happiness. In addition to the twelve essays,the book contains a framing introduction and epilogue, as well as an appendix of all the terms used in reference to happiness in the Bible. The resulting volume, the first of its kind, is a highly useful and remarkably comprehensive resource for the study of happiness in the Bible and beyond.

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Scholars of the social sciences have devoted more and more attention of late to the concept of human happiness, mainly from sociological and psychological perspectives. This volume, which includes essays from scholars of the New Testament, the Old Testament, systematic theology, practicaltheology, and counseling psychology, poses a new...

Brent A. Strawn is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbbreviationsContributorsBrent A. Strawn: Introduction, ''The Bible and Happiness?''Part I. Hebrew Bible/Old TestamentIntroduction to Part ITerence E. Fretheim: ''God, Creation, and the Pursuit of Happiness''Nathan MacDonald: ''Is There Happiness in the Torah?''Jacqueline Lapsley: ''A Happy Blend: Isaiah's Vision of Happiness (and Beyond)''William P. Brown: ''Happiness and Its Discontents in the Psalms''Carol A. Newsom: ''Positive Psychology and Ancient Israelite Wisdom''Part II. New TestamentIntroduction to Part IICarl R. Holladay: ''The Beatitudes: Happiness and the Kingdom of God''Joel B. Green: '''We Had to Celebrate and Rejoice!' Happiness in the Topsy-Turvy World of Luke-Acts''Colleen Shantz: '''I Have Learned to Be Content': Happiness according to St. Paul''Greg Carey: ''Finding Happiness in Apocalyptic Literature''Part III. Beyond the BibleContinuing the Conversation into Other DisciplinesIntroduction to Part IIIEllen T. Charry: ''The Necessity of Divine Happiness: A Response from Systematic Theology''Thomas G. Long: ''A Constructed Happiness: A Response from Practical Theology''Steven J. Sandage: ''The Transformation of Happiness: A Response from Counseling Psychology''Brent A. Strawn: Epilogue, ''The Triumph of Life: Towards a Biblical Theology of Happiness''Michael J. Chan: Appendix, ''A Biblical Lexicon of Happiness''BibliographyIndex