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Witherington, Ben III 1951-

Works: 164 works in 625 publications in 2 languages and 29,116 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries  Prophecies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: BS2454.J3, 225.92
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Most widely held works about Ben Witherington
Most widely held works by Ben Witherington
The brother of Jesus : the dramatic story & meaning of the first archaeological link to Jesus & his family by Hershel Shanks( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The discovery of a limestone burial box with the inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" set the world of biblical archaeology abuzz. Hershel Shanks and Ben Witherington III reveal not only what the discovery means for understanding the Bible, but also what it shows about the family of Jesus and the earliest Christians
Women in the earliest churches by Ben Witherington( Book )

34 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the roles and functions that women assumed in the early Christian communities from AD 33 to the Council of Nicaea. It surveys, too, the views about women held by various New Testament authors including Paul and the Evangelists. In a careful and judicious study, Ben Witherington shows that early Christianity was neither unreservedly patriarchal nor adamantly feminist in its view of women and their roles, but rather charted a middle course which combined a reforming of the predominantly patriarchal framework of society with an affirmation of new religious roles for women. Now available in paperback, this is the first book to survey such a large amount of material exegetically, and make use, at the same time, of original languages and texts
Women in the ministry of Jesus : a study of Jesus' attitudes to women and their roles as reflected in his earthly life by Ben Witherington( Book )

34 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women in the Ministry of Jesus is a study of both of Jesus' attitudes towards women as reflected in his words and deeds, and of the women who were part of his ministry, or who interacted with him according to the Gospel accounts. The book seeks to provide a balanced analysis of the relevant Biblical material, and also the historical background necessary to illuminate the setting of the Gospel events. Particular attention is given to related issues such as Jesus' views on marriage, the family and the single life, as well as his teaching on adultery, the laws of the clean and unclean and the sabbath. Witherington concludes that Jesus cannot be categorized neatly either as chauvinist or as feminist
The Jesus quest : the third search for the Jew of Nazareth by Ben Witherington( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Who is the Jesus behind the Gospel narratives? How would he have been understood by his contemporaries? Did the church transform a charismatic rabbi or a peasant-philosopher into its heavenly, incarnate Lord? Does the key to Jesus' real identity actually lie in the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Peter or other noncanonical Jesus literature suppressed by the ancient orthodox church? What do the sects, parties and movements of Jewish Palestine tell us about the real Jesus, his words, his actions and his intentions?" "These are the questions being asked by a new generation of investigators of the man behind the origin of Christianity. Dubbed the Third Quest of the historical Jesus, this renewed effort is a transformation of the first quest, memorialized and chronicled by Albert Schweitzer, and the second quest, carried out in the 1950s and 1960s in the wake of extreme Bultmannian skepticism. Now in the 1990s, with the time, place and social setting of Jesus newly illumined by renewed and vigorous investigation of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish and Hellenistic sources, there has appeared a surge of scholarly books on Jesus within his Jewish and Mediterranean environment." "The controversial works of John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg and Burton Mack, and the results of the Jesus Seminar have been thrust upon the public by publicists and media as the voices of learned consensus. Meanwhile, at the center of the scholarly investigation of Jesus, a less celebrated but certainly no less informed majority rejects many of the methods and conclusions of those who have captured the limelight."--Jacket
Women and the genesis of Christianity by Ben Witherington( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents in as clear a way as possible the New Testament material dealing with women and their roles in the context of the movement Jesus began. Dr Witherington begins by illustrating the roles of women in Judaism, in the Hellenistic world, and in the Roman Empire. She goes on to show how Jesus broke significantly with convention in the way he viewed women and their roles, offering as he did a wholly new conception of the legitimate rights of women in society. An analysis follows of the apostle Paul's attitude toward women, which shows how he agreed with and differed from the ideas of his contemporaries. The concluding chapters discuss the evangelists, whose selection and presentation of material with respect to women casts much light on the early Church's understanding of women and their roles. This comprehensive survey, which avoids slanting its material to serve a modern patriarchal or feminist bias, comes to the exciting conclusion that we can see in the New Testament an attempt to reform the patriarchal orientation of the day
The christology of Jesus by Ben Witherington( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using the evangelist's portrayals of Jesus' words, deeds, and relationships as avenues of insight, Witherington reveals a Jesus who both understood and disclosed himself in messianic terms, filling traditional terms-Son of man, Son of David, and Messiah-with new content. --from publisher description
New Testament history : a narrative account by Ben Witherington( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An engaging and accessible look into the world that gave birth to the Christian faith
The Gospel code : novel claims about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da Vinci by Ben Witherington( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In plain language that any interested reader can follow, the author, a New Testament scholar, responds to fictionalized claims in The Da Vinci Code that there exist documents that reveal secrets about Jesus, secrets long suppressed by the church and other religious institutions. He takes us back to the early centuries after Jesus' death and tells us what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels and their Gnostic rivals
The Paul quest : the renewed search for the Jew of Tarsus by Ben Witherington( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revelation by Ben Witherington( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without sacrificing scholarly perspective or academic rigor, this book is written to be accessible for a wide audience--including pastors, scholars, teachers, seminarians, and interested lay people. A "Suggested Reading List" will serve as point of entry and as a helpful annotated bibliography for all readers. "Closer-Look" sections examine key elements of the Roman-Greco world that bear on the text's meaning while "Bridging the Horizons" sub-chapters connect this world with the cultural, political, and religious environments of today. The entire NRSV translation is provided throughout the text
Conflict and community in Corinth : a socio-rhetorical commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians by Ben Witherington( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus the sage : the pilgrimage of wisdom by Ben Witherington( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entering into the renewed and sometimes confusing attempts to comprehend the work of Jesus of Nazareth and his person, Ben Witherington guides the reader through a vast complex of ancient documents and contemporary questions. He shows that Jesus' contemporaries viewed Jesus as a Jewish prophetic sage whose teaching and style were a reflection of the convergence of Hebrew wisdom and prophetic forms and ideas. Witherington traces the path of wisdom from its earliest manifestations in the Hebrew Bible to its importance in the work of Jesus and then to its apparent influence on the Christology of Paul and other New Testament writers. The result is a masterful contribution to scholarship, written with verve and clarity
The problem with evangelical theology : testing the exegetical foundations of Calvinism, dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism by Ben Witherington( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is no doubting the legacy of the Protestant Reformers and their successors. Luther, Calvin, and Wesley not only spawned specific denominational traditions, but their writings have been instrumental in forging a broadly embraced evangelical theology as well. In this volume Ben Witherington wrestles with some of the big ideas of these major traditional theological systems (sin, God's sovereignty, prophecy, grace, and the Holy Spirit), asking tough questions about their biblical foundations. For these key doctrines, Witherington argues that evangelicalism sometimes wrongly assumes a biblical warrant for some of its more popular beliefs and, further, pushes the reader to engage the larger story and plot of the Bible to understand these central elements of belief
Jesus the seer : the progress of prophecy by Ben Witherington( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increasingly, scholars recognize that prophetic traditions, expressions, and experiences stand at the heart of most religions in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is no less true for the world of Judaism and Jesus. Ben Witherington III offers an extensive, cross-cultural survey of the broader expressions of prophecy in its ancient Mediterranean context, beginning with Mari, moving to biblical figures not often regarded as prophets -- Balaam, Deborah, Moses, and Aaron -- and to the apocalyptic seer in postexilic prophecy, showing that no single pattern describes all prophetic figures. The consequence is that different aspects of Jesus's activity touch upon prophetic predecessors: his miracles, on Elijah and Elisha; his self-understanding as the Son of Man, on Daniel and 1 Enoch; his warnings of woe and judgment, on the "writing prophets" in Judean tradition; and his messianic entry into Jerusalem, on Zechariah 9. Witherington also surveys the phenomenon of apocalyptic prophecy in early Christianity, including Paul, Revelation, the Didache, Hermas, and the Montanist movement. Jesus the Seer is a worthy complement to Witherington's other volume on Jesus, Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press, 2000)
Letters and homilies for Jewish Christians : a socio-rhetorical commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude by Ben Witherington( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude, Ben Witherington III applies his socio-rhetorical method to elucidate these letters within their primarily Jewish context, probing the social setting of the readers and the rhetorical strategies of the authors of the letters
Troubled waters : the rethinking the theology of baptism by Ben Witherington( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baptism has been a contested practice from the very beginning of the church. In this volume, Ben Witherington rethinks the theology of baptism and does so in constant conversation with the classic theological positions and central New Testament texts. By placing baptism in the context of the covenant, Witherington shows how advocates of both believer's baptism and infant baptism have added some water to both their theology and practice
Making a meal of it : rethinking the theology of the Lord's Supper by Ben Witherington( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making a Meal of It explores the background and implication of the Lords Supper. Delving into its historical and Scriptural origins, Witherington argues that the Lords Supper is a sacramental celebration of the community of God, designed to incorporate people of varying backgrounds. Excavating the diverse ways in which Scripture and early Christian tradition speak about the Lords Supper, Witherington advocates that the meal is primarily about who the people of God are and how they should thus live together
The living Word of God : rethinking the theology of the Bible by Ben Witherington( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this final installment of his trilogy on the central ordinances of the Christian faith (baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the proclamation of God's Word), Ben Witherington asks: What does it mean to call the Bible "God's word"? In doing so, he takes on other recent studies which downplay the connection between history and theology, or between historical accuracy and truth claims. The Bible is not merely to be viewed as a Word about God, Witherington argues. Instead, he says, the Bible exhorts us to see the Bible as a living Word from God. -- Publisher
The message of Jesus : John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III in dialogue( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III, along with a group of diverse scholars, explore points of agreement and disagreement on the message of Jesus. The book shows how each presents his position in light of the others, as well as their responses to selected questions. The balance of the book is comprised of substantive essays on various facets of the topic from a diverse set of scholars
Revelation and the end times : unraveling God's message of hope by Ben Witherington( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The brother of Jesus : the dramatic story & meaning of the first archaeological link to Jesus & his family
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Ben Witherington Amerikaans theoloog

Ben Witherington US-amerikanischer evangelikaler Theologe

Witherington, Ben

Witherington, Ben 1951-

Witherington, Ben III 1951-

Witherington III, Ben 1951-

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Women in the earliest churchesWomen in the ministry of Jesus : a study of Jesus' attitudes to women and their roles as reflected in his earthly lifeThe Jesus quest : the third search for the Jew of NazarethWomen and the genesis of ChristianityThe christology of JesusNew Testament history : a narrative accountThe Gospel code : novel claims about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da VinciThe Paul quest : the renewed search for the Jew of Tarsus