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Acts of God in History: Studies Towards Recovering a Theological Historiography
Deines, Roland
Ochs, Christoph and Peter Watts, editors

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 pp. xxiv + 502. 317

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 317
Edited by JŲrg Frey


Description: The eleven studies in this volume are connected by the conviction that God acts in history and that it remains necessary for biblical exegesis to integrate this into its methodology. Roland Deines presents historical and methodological considerations to trace how God was experienced within historical events and how such events inspired the formation of Scripture. Topics range from the Pharisees to Bar Kokhba, and from the historical Jesus to the Apostolic decrees, with Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on Jesus and Martin Hengel on Jesus' pre-existence and incarnation discussed as particular methodological examples. Roland Deines intends these studies to be contributions towards a theologically motivated historiography. His aim is to propose a viable reading of history under the assumption that the one God to whom the Holy Scriptures of the Jewish-Christian tradition bear witness is indeed the creator, sustainer and perfecter of this world and its history.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Wil Rogan
Published 7/16/2015
Citation: Wil Rogan, review of Roland Deines, Christoph Ochs and Peter Watts, eds., Acts of God in History: Studies Towards Recovering a Theological Historiography, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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