Slater, Thomas Bowie
Thomas B. Slater is Professor of New Testament Language & Literature in the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. Prof. Slater has a D.Min in Christian Education from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and also a PhD in New Testament studies from King’s College London, the University of London. He has published Christ and Community in the Library of New Testament Studies series (T&T Clark) and Ephesians in the Smyth & Helwys commentary series. He has over thirty scholarly publications in such venues as Biblica, Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies and the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Dr. Slater is also an Elder in full connection in the Georgia North Region of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.2015 1-4955-0282-1
This collection of essays is an Afrocentric examination into the gospels and Jesus-studies by persons of African descent. The study encourages us to reassess our commonly held beliefs about biblical interpretation by offering us a fresh point of view and different cultural perspective than those that have been developed by traditional Eurocentric research. This work challenges our presuppositions about the Bible and biblical interpretation.2017 1-4955-0621-5
The main argument of this monograph is that the Hebrew Bible (HB) and the extant Jewish pseudepigraphal writings consistently distinguished between generic expressions (e.g., “son of man”/“sons of men” [Ezek 2:1] and, descriptions of heavenly beings in human-likeness (e.g., “one like a son of man” [Dan 7:13]; “someone who looked like a human” [Dan 8:15]). Any investigation of the New Testament (NT) “son of man” traditions must take these distinctions into account.