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              Babatha's Orchard: The Yadin Papyri and an Ancient Jewish Family Tale Retold

              Babatha's Orchard: The Yadin Papyri and an Ancient Jewish Family Tale Retold (Hardback)

              By Esler, Philip F.

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              This work considers the story behind papyri discovered in 1960 in the Cave of Letters by the Dead Sea. The archive contains various contracts and deeds entered into by a Jewish woman named Babatha, daughter of a land owner named Shim'on, at the end of the first century.

              ISBN 9780198767169
              Released NZ 26 Jan 2017
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
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              The First Christians in Their Social Worlds: Social-scientific approaches to New Testament Interpretation
               

              The First Christians in Their Social Worlds: Social-scientific approaches to New Testament Interpretation (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 1991. Corr. 4th edition)

              By Esler, Philip F.

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              An examination of how the New Testament was influenced by the social realities of the early Christian communities for whom the books were wtitten. It reveals an intimate connection between society and Gospel.

              ISBN 9780415111225
              Released NZ 1 Sep 1994
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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              The Early Christian World
               

              The Early Christian World (Hardback, 2nd New edition)

              Edited by Esler, Philip F.

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              Since its publication in 2000, The Early Christian World has come to be regarded by scholars, students and the general reader as one of the most informative and accessible works in English on the origins, development, character and major figures of early Christianity. In this new... edition, the strengths of the first edition are retained. These include the book's attractive architecture that initially takes a reader through the context and historical development of early Christianity; the essays in critical areas such as community formation, everyday experience, the intellectual and artistic heritage, and external and internal challenges; and the profiles on the most influential early Christian figures. The book also preserves its strong stress on the social reality of early Christianity and continues its distinctive use of hundreds of illustrations and maps to bring that world to life. Yet the years that have passed since the first edition was published have seen great advances made in our understanding of early Christianity in its world. This new edition fully reflects these developments and provides the reader with authoritative, lively and up-to-date access to the early Christian world. A quarter of the text is entirely new and the remaining essays have all been carefully revised and updated by their authors. Some of the new material relates to Christian culture (including book culture, canonical and non-canonical scriptures, saints and hagiography, and translation across cultures). But there are also new essays on: Jewish and Christian interaction in the early centuries; ritual; the New Testament in Roman Britain; Manichaeism; Pachomius the Great and Gregory of Nyssa. This new edition will serve its readers for many years to come.
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              ISBN 9781138200074
              Released NZ 24 Jul 2017
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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              Series Routledge Worlds
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              Sex, Wives, and Warriors
                

              Sex, Wives, and Warriors (Hardback)

              By Esler, Philip F.

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              Why and how should we read Old Testament narrative? This book provides fresh answers to these questions. First, it models possible readers of the Bible--religious and nonreligious, professional and nonprofessional--and the reasons that might attract them to it. Second, with the a...id of Mediterranean anthropology, it sets out an approach that helps us to interpret a selection of narratives with a cultural understanding close to that of an ancient Israelite. Powerful stories, such as those of Tamar and Judah in Genesis 38, Hannah in 1 Samuel 1-2, Saul and David in 1 Samuel, David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 10-12, and Judith, burst into new light when understood in closer relation to their original audience. Interpreted in this way, these narratives allow us to refresh the memory that links us with pivotal stories in Jewish and Christian identities, they disclose more ample possibilities for being human, they foster our capacity for intercultural understanding, and they provide aesthetic pleasure from their embodying plots of great imaginative power. Esler shows us how to read afresh in the ancient narratives of the Old Testament. He shows us that these several plots of David and his traveling companions are saturated with old social habits and old cultural presuppositions that summon us to alertness and attentiveness. He offers us his deep learning of how stories work, how folk society functions, and how texts reveal and conceal. The outcome is a fresh invitation to textual materials that we thought we had long since mastered an exhausted. This is a welcome exercise in method that keeps its focus on plot and character in all their thickness. -Walter Brueggemann Columbia Theological Seminary author of A Pathway of Interpretation Philip Esler has done much to make biblical scholars aware of social-scientific approaches. In this book he brings this perspective to a reading of Old Testament narrative texts, showing just how much social science can illuminate the Bible. The
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              ISBN 9781498213066
              Released NZ 9 Jun 2011
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              Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and their Implications for Today
                

              Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and their Implications for Today (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New edition)

              By Countryman, L. William; Preface by Esler, Philip F.

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              Conducting a thorough examination of sexual ethics in the New Testament, Countryman discusses biblical notions of purity and property, and characterises sex as one of the rich blessings of creation.

              ISBN 9780334028574
              Released NZ 1 Feb 2011
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              The Blessing of Enoch
                

              The Blessing of Enoch (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Esler, Philip F.

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              In recent decades the ancient apocalyptic work 1 Enoch has been intensively explored for its historical meaning and its contribution to Israelite and Christ-movement thought and identity. Yet its theological meaning, what it can contribute to understanding of the divine-human int...erface today, has been neglected by scholarship. This is surprising given that 1 Enoch is Scripture for the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox churches and has been a major influence on Christian theology, experience, and art in Ethiopia since the fifth and sixth centuries CE. This book inaugurates a project in Western scholarship to bring 1 Enoch into theological discussion. It contains a number of essays delivered at meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Cheltenham, England, involving scholars from Ethiopia, Germany, the UK, and the USA. The papers cover topics such as the appropriate theological response to a text that is Scripture for only some Christians; the role of 1 Enoch in Ethiopian ecclesial and theological tradition; the theological potential of 1 Enoch in areas such as the environment, politics, social justice, Christology, persecution, the problem of evil and how 1 Enoch stimulates artistic expression today. The Blessing of Enoch aims to launch a wider discussion on 1 Enoch and contemporary theology. This volume breaks new ground in the study of the Enoch literature. On the one hand, it brings traditional Ethiopian commentary, which is virtually unknown in the West, into the discussion. On the other, it takes seriously what the Enochic books have to say on topics of theological interest. A new departure in the study of the pseudepigrapha. --John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale University Building upon extensive historical work, this collection of essays uniquely identifies ways in which 1 Enoch provides an important resource for contemporary reflection in doctrine and ethics. Richly illustrated and diverse in content, the volume will advance our understanding
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              ISBN 9781532614248
              Released NZ 9 Jun 2017
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              God's Court and Courtiers in the Book of the Watchers
                

              God's Court and Courtiers in the Book of the Watchers (Hardback)

              By Esler, Philip F.

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              First Enoch is an ancient Judean work that inaugurated the genre of apocalypse. Chapters 1-36 tell the story of the descent of angels called Watchers from heaven to earth to marry human women before the time of the flood, the chaos that ensued, and God's response. They also relat...e the journeying of the righteous scribe Enoch through the cosmos, guided by angels. Heaven, including the place and those who dwell there (God, the angels, and Enoch), plays a central role in the narrative. But how should heaven be understood? Existing scholarship, which presupposes Judaism as the appropriate framework, views the Enochic heaven as reflecting the temple in Jerusalem, with God's house replicating its architecture and the angels and Enoch functioning like priests. Yet recent research shows the Judeans constituted an ethnic group, and this view encourages a fresh examination of 1 Enoch 1-36. The actual model for heaven proves to be a king in his court surrounded by his courtiers. The major textual features are explicable in this perspective, whereas the temple-and-priests model is unconvincing. The author was a member of a nontemple, scribal group in Judea that possessed distinctive astronomical knowledge, promoted Enoch as its exemplar, and was involved in the wider sociopolitical world of their time. Esler has offered an obvious, yet much overlooked framework within which to understand the influential rebellious angel's myth in the Book of Watchers of 1 Enoch. This book should become necessary reading for anyone exploring how it is that evil could be thought to have emerged in proximity to God. --Loren Stuckenbruck, Chair of New Testament, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Philip Esler has written a fresh and important study of the early Enoch literature, informed by a sociological perspective. His fundamental insight is that the model for heaven is not the temple but the royal court, and that the group behind this literature consisted of scribes who were not priests. Th
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              ISBN 9781498285827
              Released NZ 6 Nov 2017
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              Ethiopian Christianity: History, Theology, Practice
               

              Ethiopian Christianity: History, Theology, Practice (Hardback)

              By Esler, Philip F.

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              Presents a rich and comprehensive history of Christianity's flourishing. But Philip Esler is ever careful to situate this growth in the context of Ethiopia's politics and culture. In so doing, he highlights the remarkable uniqueness of Christianity in Ethiopia.

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              Released NZ 30 Aug 2019
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              Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul's Letter
                

              Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul's Letter (Paperback, illustrated edition)

              Foreword by Esler, Philip F.

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              Esler provides an analysis of Paul's epistle to the Romans, employing social-scientific methods along with epigraphy and archaeology. His conclusion is that Paul was attempting to facilitate the resolution of intergroup conflict among the Christ-followers of Rome, especially betw...een Judeans and non-Judeans, and to establish a new identity for them.
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              ISBN 9780800634353
              Released NZ 1 Nov 2003
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              Lazarus, Mary and Martha: Social-Scientific Approaches to the Gospel of John
                

              Lazarus, Mary and Martha: Social-Scientific Approaches to the Gospel of John (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Piper, Ronald; Foreword by Esler, Philip F.

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              Using social identity theory, Esler and Piper set out what social identity theory actually means, how it works, and how it applies to John's Gospel. They then show how their ecclesiological reading of the Lazarus story finds confirmation in the catacomb art from Rome. The book in...cludes four pages of full-color illustrations from the catacombs and concludes by setting out some of the theological dimensions of the investigation, and ultimately provides fresh theological insight into this New Testament text.
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              ISBN 9780800638306
              Released NZ 31 Jul 2006
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