Eerdmans Ben Witherington Biblical Theology Collection (6 vols.)

Eerdmans, 2002–2012
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Overview

Join leading New Testament scholar Ben Witherington as he examines major themes in New Testament practical and biblical theology. Examine how the Bible treats aspects of everyday life, including work, love, and recreation. Learn how worship plays a critical role in day to day living, and gain a broader understanding of what the Bible teaches about living as a Christian.

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Key Features

  • Presents theological explorations of Christian living
  • Ties daily human tasks to the biblical text
  • Demonstrates that worship is a key aspect of human life
  • Addresses major questions in practical theology

Product Details

Individual Titles

Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration

  • Author: Ben Witherington
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 93

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What is the kingdom of God? Where is it? How should the church celebrate the coming of the kingdom? In this popularl level study Ben Witherington addresses these and various other questions about the ever-elusive kingdom of God. Clearly defining the kingdom in terms of God’s dominion, Witherington discusses both its present (“already”) and future (“not yet”) dimensions, and he brings out at length the implications of kingdom thinking for theology, ethics, and worship. Filled with practical wisdom on the kingdom of God and how to celebrate it faithfully, Imminent Domain consists of six short chapters, each of which ends with several questions for reflection and discussion, making the book ideal for church classes and study groups.

The New Testament Story

  • Author: Ben Witherington
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 93

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This informative, clearly written book introduces the New Testament in two ways. First, it explains where the New Testament came from, and two it examines the New Testament writings themselves. Ben Witherington first tells how and why the New Testament documents were written and collected and how they came to be known as the New Testament that we have today. He then discusses the main stories and major figures in the New Testament. Witherington looks particularly at the Gospels, examining how and why their stories differ and pointing out what these ancient biographies actually say about Jesus. He also surveys the ways that these stories were told and retold, explaining how this literary development has influenced Christian theology, ethics, and social thought. At once scholarly and accessible—it really is written in plain English—Witherington’s guide to the origins and message of the New Testament is eminently suitable as a text for college and seminary students. Each chapter is followed by a section of exercises and questions for study and reflection. The New Testament Story will also prove valuable to individual readers and ideal for church classes and group Bible studies.

The New Testament is a collection of a wide variety of stories. Ben Witherington is a sure guide through this library of stories and how they were collected. His book is a fresh take on introducing the New Testament. It comes highly recommended for its treatment of the wealth of testimony to the story.

Darrell L. Bock, professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

Synthesizing much of his earlier work in a very readable way, Ben Witherington traces the development of New Testament stories into our New Testament books and canon. Along the way he rightly challenges time-worn schemes of an evolution from lower to higher Christology and also retells stories of New Testament individuals without losing the distinctives of the various New Testament sources where we find them.

Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

What a valuable book for the beginner eager to probe the New Testament more deeply! Ben Witherington has packaged his enormous learning in clear, understandable, accessible ways. With its excellent illustrations and charts, The New Testament Story will be an open window into the world of stories found in the Bible.

—James C. Howell, senior pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church

The depth and big-picture perspective of Witherington’s work will succeed in bringing serious Bible students a fresh appreciation for the New Testament story.

Publishers Weekly

The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective

  • Author: Ben Witherington
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 168

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When was the last time you heard a sermon on the theological importance of play? What do rest, eating, studying—and sex—have to do with the kingdom of God? Strangely, although these activities together take up much of our time, they seldom receive much discussion from a biblical point of view. In The Rest of Life Ben Witherington explores these subjects in the light of biblical teaching about the kingdom of God and the Christian hope for the future. He shows why and how all the normal activities of life should be done to the glory of God and for the edification of others. Focusing as it does on practical, everyday matters in an accessible style, this topical study is ideal for both individual reading and small-group discussion.

This latest creation of Ben Witherington is a delicious blend of research in Scripture and conversations with theological partners. Witherington makes a unique contribution to the biblical understanding of everyday themes by rooting his discussion in the kingdom of God. He gives us bifocal lenses so we can look at life both close-up, as it is now, and as it will become in the fullness of God’s lovely reign. This is an invigorating book, a delight to read.

—R. Paul Stevens

This timely book by Ben Witherington is all about ‘life appreciation’ from a biblical and eschatological view. The Rest of Life is a most relevant book for small-group discussion. An added bonus to me is Witherington’s fair critique of other contemporary and popular writers. He challenges and enhances our daily life experiences, which, strangely enough, seldom receive detailed theological and ethical discussion. Witherington calls us to be better stewards of the rest of our life!

—Clayton L. Smith

The Shadow of the Almighty: Father, Son, and Spirit in Biblical Perspective

  • Author: Ben Witheringon
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 168

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The Shadow of the Almighty introduces readers to the nature of God by exploring the biblical references to God as “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit.” This fruitful approach offers fresh insight into the meaning of the biblical language used for God, giving readers the background necessary for properly understanding the trinitarian perspective of the New Testament and of the Christian faith. Divided into four chapters, the book looks at “Father" language in early Judaism, at “Father” language in early Christianity, at “Son” language, and at language designating the Spirit. This thorough review of the traditional God language across the biblical texts shows what the earliest Christians understood by using these terms and, ultimately, what these terms mean for modern faith and practice.

While much of this material is deceptively familiar, the authors’ close examination of how and where the different terms are used reveals some surprising results. It makes clear, for example, that speaking of God in trinitarian terms was not as radical a departure from early Jewish monotheism as many have thought, and it shows that while early Christianity was characterized by disparate ideas, the first Christians nevertheless shared a common understanding of God. Equally engaging findings of the book include the authors’ support for the traditional gendered term “Father” when speaking about God. Complete with helpful questions at the end of each chapter, The Shadow of the Almighty provides an excellent place to begin a deeper study of God.

An excellent introduction to the nature of God and the Godhead in Scripture.

—Lee Hardy

We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship

  • Author: Ben Witherington
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 176

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We Have Seen His Glory sounds a clarion call to worship in light of the coming kingdom. Ben Witherington here contends that Christian worship cannot be a matter of merely continuing ancient practices; instead, we must be preparing for worship in the kingdom of God when it comes on earth. The eight chapters in this thought-provoking book each end with questions for reflection and discussion—ideal fare for church study groups.

A solid meditation on the theocentric focus that is at the core of worship. Worship is about God and for God, touching the whole of our lives. Witherington’s book is really a series of biblical reflections on this theme. Read, enjoy, and then take a moment to delight in the God Witherington draws us to behold.

Darrell L. Bock, professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

In a day when the worship of the triune God has been trivialized, marketed, and squandered for human consumption, Ben Witherington provides a proper theological frame for understanding the majesty, power and awe of Christian worship. No one who reads this book can ever be satisfied with a consumer, spector-sport approach to Christian worship.

Timothy C. Tennent, president, Asbury Theological Seminary

Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor

  • Author: Ben Witherington
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 192

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Most Christians spend most of their waking hours working, yet many regard work as at best a necessary evil—just one more unfortunate by-product of humanity’s fall from grace. Not so, says Ben Witherington, and in Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor, he considers work as neither the curse nor the cure of human life but, rather, as something good that God has given us to do. In this brief primer on the biblical theology and ethics of work, Witherington carefully unpacks the concept of work, considering its relationship to rest, play, worship, the normal cycle of human life, and the coming kingdom of God. Work as calling, work as ministry, work as a way to make a living, and the notably unbiblical notion of retirement—Witherington’s Work engages these subjects and more, combining scholarly acumen with good humor, common sense, cultural awareness, and biblically based insights from Genesis to Revelation.

Conducting a critical dialogue with the theological voices of our day, drawing upon the wisdom of the Christian tradition, and offering a sensitive reading of New Testament parables, Witherington delivers sound counsel on the kingdom meaning of work and its implications for our lives today.

—Lee Hardy, professor of philosophy, Calvin College

Ben Witherington has given the whole people of God something desperately needed to make sense of Monday to Friday—a theology of work that breaks down the heretical sacred-secular distinction. This book offers a work-view and life-view that, if embraced, would revitalize the mission of God’s people in the world. It’s that good.

—R. Paul Stevens, David J. Brown Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent College

About Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best biblical studies book of the year award, and his many books include socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.