Subject Area: Religion-Exegesis & Hermeneutics

An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of the Son’s Relationship to the Father in John’s Gospel: Equal Yet Subordinate
2015 1-4955-0306-2
John's Gospel is generally regarded as the clearest and boldest affirmation of Jesus' deity in the New Testament. Yet John also highlights Jesus'subordination to the Father more than any other New Testament writer. The profundity of this phenomenon has not been lost on Johannine scholarship. For nearly two millennia various approaches to the problem have been proposed by biblical scholars and theologians - often stressing equality at the expense of subordination, or vice versa.

In his thorough exegetical and theological analysis of John's Christology, Randy Rheaume proposes fresh insights into this ancient conundrum. With close attention to current Johannine scholarship, Rheaume seeks to uncover John's original meaning regarding the Son's eternal relationship to the father. Rather than appealing to disparate, pre-Johannine sources to solve the riddle, Rheaume argues that the Fourth Gospel is the product of a theological genius who brought together the diverse pieces of the Christological puzzle to produce a vibrant portrait of the person whom the writer and his community had come to believe, adore, and worship.

Analysis of the Hermeneutics of John Chrysostom's Commentary on Isaiah 1 - 8 with an English Translation
1992 0-88946-612-2
Provides scholars with both an English translation of a previously untranslated commentary and an analysis of Chrysostom's method of interpretation. A valuable work for students of patristics and of the history of biblical interpretation.

Battle Over Hermeneutics in the Stone-Campbell Movement, 1800-1870
1998 0-7734-8314-4
This volume carefully traces the Reformed, Lockean, and Common Sense roots of the use of inference as a principle for interpreting scripture, along with its complex and often inconsistent use in the Stone-Campbell Reformation.

Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes
2016 1-4955-0429-8
This is a comprehensive study of Ecclesiastes in commentary form that explores all aspects of the book and its interpretations, ancient and modern. It explores Ecclesiastes in the light of contemporary Judeo-Christian historical, theological, and biblical scholarship, with special attention to the role of Ecclesiastes among the Megilloth, the Five (biblical) Scrolls liturgically read at five important festivals in the Jewish community.

Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Ruth
2012 0-7734-4055-0
Gladson’s commentary presupposes some knowledge of Hebrew, but it also breaks down the text of the book of Ruth to provide a widely accessible interpretation of a rather important female voice in the Old Testament. This commentary engages with other exegetical works and claims that Ruth was probably one of the first short stories in recorded history. Due to its presence in the sacred canon it has functioned as a religious text, but it carries much importance as a literary accomplishment for depicting a female protagonist, but also for telling such a vibrant story in such a compact span of time, roughly four short Biblical chapters.

Gladson attempts to provide the most extensive scholarly treatment of the biblical book of Ruth to date. His exegesis looks at the way the story has been interpreted by biblical scholars, in music, art, literature, and culture. It is an amazing attempt to draw out as much material as possible considering the short length of the Book of Ruth, and the topics covered show an experienced scholar detailing what can be known and what is yet to be known about Ruth. Questions of authorship, origin, historical and literary importance are all addressed precisely because it is one of the only books in the Old Testament depicting a female protagonist in a positive light. Ruth is also considered to be one of the first written attempts at the short story genre.

Drinking the Blood of Jesus: A Theological Rationale From the Jewish Blood Prohibitions
2015 1-4955-0360-7
This excellent book is very well written, thoroughly researched and full of insight, Readers will find much new light shed on the conundrum of ‘drinking Jesus’ blood’, on John 6 as a passage, and on Johannine theology in general.

Five-Thousand Year Search for a Way to Describe the Feminine Nature of God
2015 0-7734-4267-7
This a feminist interdisciplinary examination of the divine imagery and its connection to sexual justice, investigating the use of the word Zöe, Greek for “life”. A feminist hermeneutics using varying methodologies is utilized to empower women’s autonomy. The book examines the Greek Septuagint, the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, the Kabbalah, Hebrew and other scriptural sources to argue that Zöe can serve to provide multiple feminine images of God: Lady Wisdom, Mother God, Fountain of Life, Tree of Life, and Restorer.

Is Isaiah's
2014 0-7734-0079-6
“Fredrickson’s work is fresh, engaging and foundational for those who embrace the blessings of the New Covenant. His careful exegesis of the relevant new Covenant texts makes his book an especially helpful resource… this book would be warmly welcomed by biblical scholars, theologians and serious minded pastors. [It] is a significant contribution to the study of the New Covenant and the question of whether the New Covenant is referred to in Isaiah’s Servant Songs.
– Professor J. Carl Laney,
Western Seminary, Oregon

John's Gospel and the History of Biblical Interpretation
2002 0-7734-6982-6
Like the author's previous studies on Mark's Gospel (1982) and The History of Biblical Interpretation, this study of John's Gospel is much more than a mere list of annotated entries. The aim of these lively entries is to situate Johannean scholarship within the main trends of biblical scholarship from the first century up to the present while reaching out to the main corners of the Christian traditions. It avoids duplicating many items which are normally discussed in standard works. It is based on the firm belief that a solid knowledge of the whole Johannean tradition and its afterlife is vital for the adequate grasp of this key text. A valuable index of names is included.

Key Signifier as Literary Device
2006 0-7734-5524-8
This book represents the definitive explanation of the literary device of the Key Signifier, a phrase which was coined by the author at the 2005 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Singapore. This book serves as a handbook for understanding the literary device and for learning how to identify and use it in one’s own composition, work of art, film or TV media.

Paul, His Roman Audience, and the Adopted People of God: Understanding the Pauline Metaphor of Adoption in Romans as Authorial Audience
2008 0-7734-4927-2
Argues that the use of the metaphor of adoption as a literary construct in Romans would aid Paul's intended audience in the understanding of their Christian experience both in the present and at the eschaton.

Social Scientific Interpretations of Religion: Comparing the Hermeneutic Methodologies of James, Weber, Heidegger, and Durkheim
2009 0-7734-4782-2
The study of religion is at once a taking stock of the historical consciousness of the texts that define the object, here, those of James, Weber, Heidegger, Durkheim, and others, while at the same time making meaning anew, which for history had been but tacit or perhaps unknown. Such a study accomplishes the renewal of both the most profound dialogue as it takes place within human history by representing the fundamental insights from an age which affirmed its triumph over religion, as well as aiding the realization that this event is in fact achieved only by the recognition that the idea of the sacred is the source of dialogue itself.

Study of the De Potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich Creation as Discipleship
1993 0-7734-2238-2
This study is a hermeneutical project, attempting to interpret Aquinas' creation doctrine, as found in the disputed question, De Potentia, in light of the creation teaching of Paul Tillich as articulated in the recently published Dogmatik of 1925. Applying the Tillichean hermeneutic, the study argues that Thomas' seemingly abstract and metaphysical account can and should be read as the encouragement of a Christ-like stance of pure receptivity on the part of the creature.

Syntax Criticism of the Synoptic Gospels
1987 0-88946-610-6
The sequel to Martin's pioneering Syntactical Evidence of Semitic Sources in Greek Documents (Cambridge, Society Bib. Lit., 1974). In this study Martin applies his previously developed set of criteria for evidence of a Greek translation of a Semitic original to the Synoptic gospels, using as his methodology a calculus of the frequency of unusual syntactical formation.

Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts: Seventeen Case Studies
2012 0-7734-3073-3
This book examines the textual emendations to patristic writings to showcase the theological preoccupations of early Christian teachings. The debate around the formation of a unified church produced several key texts in the history of Christianity, and they are discussed in these scholarly essays. These seventeen chapters examine a shift in textual interpretations, notice a change in literary genre, and also identify ancient editing techniques. Two essays actually show an intentional change in a text to make it palatable to a different audience.

Women and the Qur'an: A Study in Islamic Hermeneutics
2009 0-7734-3858-0
This work argues that a link between the modern consciousness of woman and the Qur’anic discourse can be established only by revealing the historical continuity in the language formation in the image of woman. A resource for addressing this issue can be found in the discussion of modern hermeneutics. The central theme of modern hermeneutics is to examine the historical continuity between the text and its interpretations. The work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, a contemporary German philosopher who is influential in the hermeneutical ontology of language in both North America and Europe, provides the framework for this discussion.