Contributions to this volume focus on three issues, best understood as porous in their relationship with each other. The first of these is the method of theological exegesis. This text asks questions about how do theologians go about reading Scripture around Christ and what contribution (if any) historical-criticism makes to this endeavour. These hermeneutical issues are therefore concerned with constructing a credible mode of Scriptural exegesis that can be related to Christological doctrine. The second issue is that of the person and work of Christ in relation to Scripture. As an exercise in Christological thinking, contributors engage with the related questions of who Christ is and how his benefits are communicated, and in bringing these answers into relation with specific texts. Contributors focus both on the theological exegesis of disparate parts of the canon and on more contained sections. The third and final issue is that of responsiveness to our current context of reading. Theological thinking cannot, and should not, fail to respond to the context in which it goes about its business, and to this end contributors relate their thinking to postmodern categories of thought.
Whether postmodernity is embraced, rejected, or approached with trepidation is of less significance than that it provides an ongoing background for the deliberations. Likewise, a responsibility to our context of reading leads to contributor reflection on how Christological models relate to relevant cultural and political contexts.
Table of Contents
Introduction Professor Andrew Lincoln and Dr Angus Paddison (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Chapter 1 'Who is Jesus Christ for us today?': Peter's Confession, Dr Walter Moberly (University of Durham, UK); Chapter 2 Learning to be a Gentile: Christ's Transformation and Redemption of our Past, Professor Stephen Fowl (Loyola College, USA); Chapter 3 Christology and Jewish-Christian understanding: Reading the fourth Gospel as Scripture, Dr Angus Pattison (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Chapter 4 Christology through Scriptural interpretation through New Testament Theology, Robert Morgan (Oxford University, UK); Chapter 5 'Born of the Virgin Mary': Creedal Affirmation and Critical Reading, Professor Andrew T Lincoln; Chapter 6 Suffering Servant or King of Glory? Christological readings of the Old Testament in the patristic era. Dr Morwenna Ludlow (University of Oxford, UK); Chapter 7 Christology in the Early Arian Controversy: the Exegetical War, Dr Sara Parvis (University of Edinburgh, UK). Chapter 8 Resurrection and Scripture, Professor John Webster (University of Aberdeen, UK); Chapter 9 Christology, Scripture, Divine Action and Hermeneutics, Dr Steve Holmes (University of St Andrews, UK); Chapter 10 Exegesis, Ontology, and Ethics: Karl Barth on the Sermon on the Mount', Paul T Nimmo; Chapter 11 Seasons of Grace? Christ's Cursing of a Fig Tree, Dr Peter Scott (University of Manchester, UK).
Andrew Lincoln is Portland Professor of New Testament, University of Gloucestershire, UK. Angus Paddison is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in New Testament Studies, University of Gloucestershire, UK.