Born of a Virgin?: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology
Lincoln, Andrew T.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. xii + 322. $35.00
This engaging book enables ordinary Christians to understand and give honest expression to the problems surrounding the virgin birth—a concept that many Christians are not sure how to handle.
Andrew Lincoln's Born of a Virgin? begins by discussing why the virgin birth is such a difficult and divisive topic. The book then deals with a whole range of issues—literary, historical, and hermeneutical—from a critical yet positive perspective that takes seriously creedal confessions and theological concerns.
As part of his exegetical investigation of the New Testament texts, Lincoln considers the literary genre and distinctive characteristics of the birth narratives as ancient biography. Further, he delineates how changes in our views of history and biography decisively affect any traditional understanding of the significance of an actual virgin birth. He also explores what that means for the authority of Scripture and creed, along with implications for Christology and for preaching and teaching from the birth narratives.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches
Review by Michael Kochenash
Citation: Michael Kochenash, review of Andrew T. Lincoln, Born of a Virgin?: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
Review by Marianne Blickenstaff
Citation: Marianne Blickenstaff, review of Andrew T. Lincoln, Born of a Virgin?: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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