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SPCK Biblical Studies Collection Upgrade (5 vols.)

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Overview

From a contemplative guide to the Song of Songs, to an examination of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments, the SPCK Biblical Studies Collection Upgrade gathers fresh insights that help you dig deeper into Scripture.

N.T. Wright provides a passionate case for putting the Psalms back at the center of Christian prayer and worship with his guide to praying the Psalms. Margaret Barker examines how temple tradition forms the background to John’s Gospel—highlighting how Jesus’ debates with the Jews centered on the great difference between the world of the second temple and the world of the first temple from which Christianity emerged. Jenni Williams investigates key narratives involving women in the Bible, showing how even so-called “texts of terror” have something valuable to teach women and men today. Graeme Watson presents a contemporary mystical reading of the Song of Songs, with reference to some later Christian poetry—including John Donne, George Herbert, and R.S. Thomas. And rounding off the collection, in A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, an international team of scholars contribute to a comprehensive exploration of the role and work of the Holy Spirit, as witnessed in both the Old and New Testaments.

In the Logos edition, the SPCK Biblical Studies Collection Upgrade is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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Key Features

  • Gathers contributions from top scholars in biblical studies
  • Provides fresh insights into studying the Bible
  • Includes a biblical theology of the Holy Spirit

Product Details

Individual Titles

Finding God in the Psalms

  • Author: N.T. Wright
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 208

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Finding God in the Psalms is a spiritual manifesto by one of the world’s most popular Christian writers. N.T. Wright provides a passionate case for putting the Psalms back at the center of Christian prayer and worship. This engaging and useful guide to praying the Psalms provides insights into helping us live and commune with God as Jesus did. In the introduction, Wright notes, “I have decided, as a kind of thought-experiment, to order the material in three sections. The Psalms invite their singers, as they always have, to live at the crossroads of time, space and matter. This book explores what happens at this crossing-point.”

A characteristic blend of learning, personal insight, and spiritual perception. This book will be of enormous help to Christians who want to know how to make fuller use of one of the greatest scriptural resources for prayer.

Rowan Williams, author, The Lion’s World

Prayer is an act of rebellion. In this incisive and fresh look at the book of Psalms, Wright invites us to enter an alternative world-view that the Psalms embody. Let this book lead you to the Psalms—but beware, it’s the wardrobe door into a new world order.

Scot McKnight, author, The King Jesus Gospel

N.T. Wright (1948–) has been named by Christianity Today as one of our time’s top theologians. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology, a master’s in Anglican ministry, and a DPhil, all from University of Oxford.

A fellow and chaplain at Cambridge from 1978 to 1981, he then served as assistant professor of New Testament language and literature at McGill University in Montreal. Before becoming a chaplain, tutor, lecturer and fellow at Oxford in 1986, Wright served as dean of Lichfield Cathedral, canon theologian of Westminster Abbey, and bishop of Durham. Wright is currently professor of New Testament and early Christianity at St. Andrews University.

King of the Jews: Temple Theology in John’s Gospel

  • Author: Margaret Barker
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 648

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Only John’s Gospel says that Jesus was crucified as Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews. In this volume, Margaret Barker analyzes how Jesus was the keeper of the ways of the first temple in Jerusalem, which had almost been lost when the Moses traditions came to dominate in the second-temple period. Jesus’ mission was to restore the ways of the original temple.

Baker uses temple theology to show how the background to the fourth Gospel is temple tradition. John shows how Jesus’ debates with the Jews centered on the great difference between the world of the second temple and the world of the priest-kings of the first temple from which Christianity emerged.

Margaret Barker is former president of the Society for Old Testament study. She is a member of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s Symposium on Religion, Science, and the Environment and a Methodist preacher. She is the author of The Great High Priest, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, and The Risen Lord. Her Temple Theology was short-listed for the Michael Ramsey Prize, and she was awarded the honor of a Lambeth degree in 2008.

God Remembered Rachel: Women’s Stories in the Old Testament and Why They Matter

  • Author: Jenni Williams
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 160

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This volume presents a lively investigation into key narratives involving women in the Bible that shows how even the so-called “texts of terror” have something valuable to teach women and men today. Written by a brilliant young evangelical scholar in touch with the latest developments in feminist scholarship, it is designed for use by individuals or groups, with questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter.

The women of the Old Testament are brought to life afresh in this compelling and sensitive retelling of their stories in a feminist and Christian context. Williams both celebrates affirming texts and tackles the challenge of difficult ones. Her wide-ranging treatment of varied stories about very different women reveal the rich tapestry of interweaving texts about women contained in the Old Testament and the patriarchal agendas that shaped them. Whilst they belong to a different time, culture and set of values, Williams draws out their ever-generative capacity to afford us insight for today’s church and world.

Katharine Dell, fellow and director of studies in theology, University of Cambridge

Jenni Williams is tutor in Old Testament at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.

The Song of Songs: A Contemplative Guide

  • Author: Graeme Watson
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 144

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From its recorded beginning before Christ, this biblical poem was widely, and in fact exclusively, interpreted both by Jews and Christians as a hymn of God’s passionate love for his chosen people. The Song of Songs is however a mysterious book, and the more modern reading of it as a celebration of human erotic love has largely displaced this older interpretation. Here, the author presents a contemporary mystical reading, with reference to some later Christian poetry, including John Donne, George Herbert, and R.S. Thomas.

Graeme Watson has given us another little gem of a book. Rediscovering the patterns of metaphor and allegory in the Song of Songs, he unlocks an ancient but modern contemplative understanding of this most intriguing of Old Testament texts, and invites us to express Christianity once more in the language of Love.

—Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney

For those interested in deepening their relationship with that most mysterious of texts—the Song of Songs—this book will come as a delight and a joy. Scholarly yet accessible, it is a real pleasure to read. Graeme Watson weaves poetry, biblical scholarship, and mystical commentary together to produce a gem of a book.

—Peter Tyler, reader in pastoral theology and spirituality, St. Mary’s University, London

This imaginatively rich study draws on one of the most complex books of the Bible in order to offer clear, practical guidance for prayer. Graeme Watson also helps us to pray more honestly; the Song of Songs shows us what it is to long for a divine lover who is experienced most often as an elusive, yet infinitely desirable, presence.

Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke University Divinity School

Graeme Watson is reader in pastoral theology and spirituality.

A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit

  • Editors: Trevor J. Burke and Keith Warrington
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 312

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Written by an international team of leading scholars, this volume is a comprehensive exploration of the role and work of the Holy Spirit, as witnessed in both the Old and New Testaments. With contributions by Craig Bartholomew, Gary Burge, James D.G. Dunn, Walter Kaiser, Wonsuk Ma, and Matthias Wenk, among others, this authoritative survey will rapidly establish itself as a standard reference point for scholars and students of all theological persuasions.

Any attempt at a “biblical theology” must begin with a careful exegesis of the biblical text. To this end, each contributor address the text through a rigorous exegesis of pertinent passages, keeping in mind the genre, canonical contexts and sweep of redemptive history.

For anyone who wants to know what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit, this is the book to read! A wealth of leading biblical scholars and theologians, each of whom has a personal engagement with the subject matter, examines the entirety of the (Protestant) biblical canon, helping the reader discover how the biblical texts contribute to a contemporary understanding of the Holy Spirit. Whatever books you choose to read about this vital area of Christian theology, make sure this is one of them.

—Glenn M. Balfour, principal, Mattersey Hall Christian College, Doncaster

Pentecost was not the debut of the Holy Spirit. In this broad yet sensitive sweep across the Bible, a team of international scholars shows that from eternity the Spirit has been an active member of the Godhead . . . In a stream of developing themes, this book offers the reader a unique opportunity to explore the generosity of God seen in the life-giving and resurrecting power of his Spirit in the pages of the Bible—and beyond!

Graham H. Twelftree, professor of New Testament and early Christianity, Regent University

A remarkable array of scholars assembles here to write a remarkable book that covers most comprehensively the theology of the Spirit from Genesis to Revelation. This collection is focused, coherent, and nonpartisan. Essential reading for every student of the Bible.

—Allan H. Anderson, professor of mission and Pentecostal studies, University of Birmingham

Trevor J. Burke is a professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.

Keith Warrington is vice principal and director of doctoral studies at Regents Theological College in Cheshire, England. He is the author of 10 books, including Discovering the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.