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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Reading Joshua as Christian scripture

Earl, Douglas Scotohu January 2008 (has links)
The perception of historical and ethical difficulties associated with Joshua in the twentieth century have led to difficulties in appropriating it as Christian Scripture. I argue that from the perspective of cultural memory Joshua nonetheless has an important role as Scripture, but, moreover, that in engagement with patristic interpretation such difficulties call for Joshua to be read in a different way from that in which it has been since at least the time of Calvin onwards. I develop a way of reading based on recent anthropological approaches to myth, such as those of Victor Turner and Seth Kunin in particular. I combine this treatment of myth with Paul Ricoeur's approach to narrative hermeneutics and the hermeneutics of testimony to produce a reading of Joshua in dialogue with its reception and use in order to argue for a constructive contemporary means of reading Joshua as Christian Scripture

Kerygma and didache

McDonald, J. I. H. January 1975 (has links)
No description available.

Spirit, penance, and perfection : the exegesis of I Corinthians 5:3-5 from A.D. 200 to 451

McDonald, B. A. January 1994 (has links)
This thesis examines the exegesis of I Corinthians 5:3-5 between the years of 200, when the text is first cited, and 451, by which time the text had been subjected to a variety of exegetical approaches and applied to a number of different situations. A chronological (rather than topical) approach has been adopted; each writer's overall use of the passage is studied, in hope that this will give better insight into his exegesis of the Corinthian text. Although penitential theology was beginning to develop, with one major penance allowed for grievous post-baptismal sin (an idea found in the <I>Shepherd </I>of Hermas), the earliest extant exegesis of I Corinthians 5:3-5 occurs in the works of Tertullian during his Montanist phase; he cites it to support his argument that certain grave sins are beyond remission by the Church. For Tertullian, the <I>interitum carnis</I> refers to irrevocable excommunication and possible death for a serious offender. The <I>spiritus</I> which is to be saved is that of the Church, since the offender's spirit cannot possibly be saved after a descent into serious sin. Later in the same century, Origen takes a different position; since Paul counselled the church at Corinth to forgive a penitent sinner (II Corinthians 2:5-11), this was presumably the same man who had so grievously sinned (I Corinthians 5). Therefore, all sins are remissible by the Church.

The assumption of Moses : a critical investigation of its origin, language and theological contents

Wallace, D. H. January 1955 (has links)
No description available.

St. Paul's conception of the humanity of Jesus Christ

Wood, C. A. January 1954 (has links)
No description available.

The resurrection of Jesus in history and faith : an investigation of two critical approaches to the Easter kerygma in the New Testament

McDonald, R. L. January 1976 (has links)
The resurrection of Jesus in history and faith: an investigaticn of two critical approaches to the Easter kerygma in the New Testament. McDonald, R.L.Christianity makes its boldest claim when it speaks about a God who acts in time and space events in history such as in the Exodus or the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This claim has always been a part of the Christian message; but since the time of the Enlightenment and the development of the historical-critical method, it has become the focal point of numerous debates among Christian theologians. Does God in fact work in ways which can be observed, detected, or experienced through the sensory perceptions of man? Is it conceivable that God would intervene in history by raising someone from the dead?The primary purpose of this thesis is first of all to point out some of the problems which the modern approach to history poses for Christian faith and then to set forth an alternative approach to the biblical message of God's unique activity in Jesus Christ which will be both meaningful and a challenge to modern man. Rudolf Bultmann's radical application of the historical-critical method to the biblical writings and his resultant negative approach to miracles or the supernatural events recorded in Scripture has been most helpful in clarifying some of the major problems which face the Church in a secular society today. He has raised the question of the relevance of all such supernatural talk for modern man and has attempted to translate the message of the New Testament into meaningful twentieth-century language. Whether or not he has adequately translated the Church's Easter message and how well he has handled the New Testament traditions which confess the resurrection of Jesus will be explored in Part One of this thesis. It will be shown in Part One that Bultmann's understanding of the Easter message has been greatly influenced by his understanding of history and how this understanding has guided him to an inappropriate interpretation of the Resurrection narratives. In Part Two of the thesis, the writer will offer an alternative approach to history which will appreciate the uniqueness of God's activity in raising Jesus from the dead and also set forth another interpretation of the Resurrection narratives. It will be argued that the most appropriate way of examining the Easter faith of the earliest Christian community begins with an open view of history which does not rule out either in principle or methodology the uniqueness of God's activity in history. Following this, a study will be made of the problems of harmony and coherence in the Resurrection narratives and an attempt made to clarify their message. Before bringing the thesis to a conclusion, a final chapter will be added which will briefly examine the primary arguments generally used to support the case for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It will be shown there that the 'case' cannot be based so much upon 'air-tight' historical arguments as upon the religious presuppositions which are derived from Christian experience with the Risen Christ. Through this study it is hoped that a more meaningful confession of the resurrection of Jesus will be set forth which will, on the one hand, appreciate the value of salvation history and, on the other, emphasize the significance of the Easter event in the Church's theology. It is also hoped that through this work a contribution will be made toward a better understanding of the problems in the Resurrection narnatives.

A socio-theological critique of fresh expressions in the Diocese of Canterbury

Walker, John January 2012 (has links)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the innovative theological praxis of 'Fresh Expressions of Church' can help reverse attendance decline. A combination of mixed-methods research and correlative theological analysis was used to evaluate fresh expressions praxis . . Existing quantitative data were used to illustrate a general reliance by churches on an experience of church attendance as a child for recruiting new adult churchgoers. However, recent trends of child attendance decline were shown to be increasing the proportion of adults with no child churchgoing experience (hereafter, 'unchurched adults') in the British population, thus threatening this strategy and implying an accelerated general decline. A study of fresh expressions and parish churches in the Diocese of Canterbury used quantitative and qualitative methods. Percentages of attendance by children were calculated from attendance records. Percentages of attendance by unchurched adults were calculated from 535 out of 607 questionnaires issued, a response rate of eighty-eight per cent. The processes by which newcomers are socialized into faith communities were investigated. through semistructured interviews with 103 participants. Two differences were found between fresh expressions and parish churches. Some fresh expressions, the 'Messy Churches', demonstrated a higher percentage of child attendance but a reduced ability to socialize adult newcomers. Fresh expressions were also better able to focus on specific social contexts. The socialization of newcomers was explained by a theory of cyclical reinforcement of changes to self-perception, integration into community and internalization of tradition. After applying a critical theological analysis using the typologies of Maurice, Troeltsch and Niebuhr, this study concludes that the major contribution of the fresh expressions movement is its capacity to reinvigorate the mission of all churches, but that Messy Churches, whether as fresh expressions or as an element of parish mission, may be particularly effective in helping reverse long-term decline.

The use of the Old Testament in the Pauline epistles

Ellis, E. E. January 1955 (has links)
No description available.

The Pauline doctrine of sin with special reference to its Old Testament and Jewish backgrounds and later development in Christian theology

Gwinn, R. A. January 1957 (has links)
No description available.

An inquiry into the origin, literary character, historical and religious significance of the Pastoral Epistles

Henderson, R. C. January 1960 (has links)
No description available.

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