Offenbarung und Geschichte

Acts of God in History. Studies Towards Recovering a Theological Historiography

Roland Deines


Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament I 317

Mohr Siebeck

2013, 502 Seiten



"The eleven studies in this volume are connected by the conviction that God acts in history and that it remains necessary for biblical exegesis to integrate this into its methodology. Roland Deines presents historical and methodological considerations to trace how God was experienced within historical events and how such events inspired the formation of Scripture. Topics range from the Pharisees to Bar Kokhba, and from the historical Jesus to the Apostolic decrees, with Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) on Jesus and Martin Hengel on Jesus’ pre-existence and incarnation discussed as particular methodological examples. Roland Deines intends these studies to be contributions towards a theologically motivated historiography. His aim is to propose a viable reading of history under the assumption that the one God to whom the Holy Scriptures of the Jewish-Christian tradition bear witness is indeed the creator, sustainer and perfecter of this world and its history."




Introduction: God’s Role in History as a Methodological Problem for Exegesis


Part One: Historical Studies The Social Profile of the Pharisees - Jesus the Galilean: Questioning the Function of Galilee in Recent Jesus Research - Jesus and the Jewish Traditions of His Time - The Apostolic Decree: Halakha for Gentile Christians or Christian Concession to Jewish Taboos?


Part Two: Responses to the God who Acts How Long? God’s Revealed Schedule for Salvation and the Outbreak of the Bar Kokhba Revolt - Biblical Viewpoints on Repentance, Conversion, and Turning to God - The Term and Concept of Scripture


Part Three: Methodological Probings The Recognition of God’s Acting in History in the Gospel of Matthew - Can the ‘Real’ Jesus be Identified with the Historical Jesus? Joseph Ratzinger’s (Pope Benedict XVI) Challenge to Biblical Scholarship - Pre-existence, Incarnation and Messianic Self-understanding of Jesus in the Work of Martin Hengel

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?  A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture

James K. Hoffmeier & Dennis R. Magary



2012, 544




"Is historical accuracy an indispensable part of the Bible’s storyline, or is Scripture only concerned with theological truths? As progressive evangelicals threaten to reduce the Bible’s jurisdiction by undermining its historical claims, every Christian who cares about the integrity of Scripture must be prepared to answer this question.

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? offers a firm defense of Scripture’s legitimacy and the theological implications of modern and postmodern approaches that teach otherwise. In this timely and timeless collection of essays, scholars from diverse areas of expertise lend strong arguments in support of the doctrine of inerrancy. Contributors explore how the specific challenges of history, authenticity, and authority are answered in the text of the Old and New Testaments as well as how the Bible is corroborated by philosophy and archaeology.

With contributions from respected scholars—including Allan Millard, Craig Blomberg, Graham Cole, Michael Haykin, Robert Yarbrough, and Darrell Bock—Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? arms Christians with fresh insight, arguments, and language with which to defend Scripture’s historical accuracy against a culture and academy skeptical of those claims."