Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Feldmeier, Der Höchste

NEW BOOK FROM MOHR SIEBECK: Reinhard Feldmeier Der Höchste Studien zur hellenistischen Religionsgeschichte und zum biblischen Gottesglauben [The Most High. Studies on the Hellenistic History of Religion and Biblical Deism. Student edition.] Unchanged student edition 2018; first edition 2014. XIII, 561 pages. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 330. 39,00 € sewn paper. ISBN 978-3-16-156331-7..
Published in German.
This collection of Reinhard Feldmeier's essays is linked by a common theme: the question about God, posed repeatedly by Jews, Christians and Gentiles. The author shows how the biblical belief in God is discussed again and again in the context of ancient religiosity and philosophy in a perpetual process of assimilation and delimitation, rejection and appropriation, surpassing and transformation and in this way how the examination of the history of religion helps raise our awareness of the biblical discourse on God. In the first part, Feldmeier deals with the history of ancient religion in the Roman Empire and in the second part he traces how in this context Jews and Christians reflected on their belief in the God of Israel and the father of Jesus Christ and created a new awareness of this. In the third part he focuses on the connection between the belief in God and Christology.
I missed the 2014 publication of this book, but here's the student-edition reprint.

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