Acts of God in History

Study Towards Recovering a Theological Historiography

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen Zum Neuen Testament. No. 317

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Edited by: Christoph Ochs & Peter Watts
February 2014
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161521812
502 Pages
$287.50 Hardcover


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.