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Into God's Presence : Prayer in the New Testament
Richard N. Longenecker, Editor
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One cannot fully understand the New Testament without grasping the importance of prayer throughout its pages. Yet prayer has received limited attention as a topic for serious study. Into God's Presence offers a comprehensive look at the nature and use of prayer in the life and ministry of Jesus, in his teachings, and among his earliest followers.
Written by twelve leading biblical scholars with diverse confessional perspectives, the book first sets the background of Christian prayer by discussing prayer in the Old Testament, the Greco-Roman world, first-century Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The rest of the book studies prayer as it appears from Matthew to Revelation, with special attention given to Jesus as an exemplar and teacher of prayer.
Contributors include: David E. Aune, Richard Bauckham, Stephen Farris, Asher Finkel, Joel B. Green, Andrew T. Lincoln, Richard N. Longenecker, I. Howard Marshall, J. Ramsey Michaels, Eileen M. Schuller, Christopher R. Seitz and N. T. Wright.
A splendid collection of essays by a distinguished group of scholars. It is without doubt the best survey of its subject now available.
Dale C. Allison Jr.
This is a thoroughly researched yet wonderfully accessible account of a regrettably ignored subject. Nicely detailed, yet profound and spiritually enriching, Into Gods Presence is sure to become a significant resource for scholars and pastors alike.
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About the Author
Richard N. Longenecker is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formerly he was Distinguished Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Table of Contents
I. The Setting
1. Prayer in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible
2. Prayer in the Greco-Roman World
3. Prayer in Jewish Life of the First Century as Background to Early Christianity
4. Prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls
II. Jesus and the Gospels
5. The Canticles of Luke's Infancy Narrative: The Appropriation of a Biblical Tradition
6. Jesus - Example and Teacher of Prayer in the Synoptic Gospels
7. The Lord's Prayer as a Paradigm of Christian Prayer
8. God's Name, Jesus' Name, and Prayer in the Fourth Gospel
III. Acts Through the Apocalypse
9. Preserving Together in Prayer: The Significance of Prayer in the Acts of the Apostles
10. Prayer in the Pauline Letters
11. Finding Yourself an Intercessor: New Testament Prayer from Hebrews to Jude
12. Prayer in the Book of Revelation
Index of Subjects and Modern Authors
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Literature
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