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University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

Works: 32 works in 46 publications in 1 language and 704 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses  Church history  Interviews  Sources 
Classifications: DA750, 941.1005
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Most widely held works by University of Aberdeen
Northern Scotland by Centre for Scottish Studies( )

in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presbyterian church government and the "Covenanted interest" in the three kingdoms 1649-1660 by Kirsteen M MacKenzie( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genesis of the 1715 Vilnius Confederation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1710-1715 by Mindaugas Šapoka( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis focuses on the effects of sustained warfare on the consensual Polish-Lithuanian political system with particular attention to the 1715 crisis in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, when the Vilnius Confederation was formed to oppose the Polish king Augustus II's policies. Although the Confederation was stopped by the king in its early stage, it induced the Polish nobility to proclaim the Confederation of Tarnogród in November of 1715. This thesis offers a synthesis of economic, social, and political questions in Lithuania in the period preceding the Confederations of Tarnogród and Vilnius. The dissertation demonstrates that, because of the long-established tendency to neglect Lithuanian political history in favor of studies that focus on Poland, existing scholarship fails to reflect the reality of Lithuanian political culture in the first quarter of the eighteenth century. This study shows that, despite conventionally held beliefs which emphasise chaos and underdevelopment, Lithuania's economy and political system were functioning fairly well during this era. The thesis also disproves deep-rooted myths which portray the Lithuanian nobility as largely subservient to the magnates, and the Lithuanian magnates as entirely subservient to the Russian tsar Peter I. This thesis argues that the genesis of the Vilnius Confederation can rather be associated with the ignorant policy of Augustus who failed to engage in constructive dialogue with his subordinates most of whom suspected Augustus of planning a plot to transform his kingship into an absolute one
Doxological theology : Karl Barth on divine providence, evil and the angels by Christopher C Green( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1949, Karl Barth confidently upholds a high doctrine of divine providence, main-taining God's control of every event in history. His argument is at once cheerful, but also defiant in the face of a Europe that is war-weary and doubtful of the full sovereignty of God. Barth's movement to praise God shows his affin-ity for the Reformed theological tradition. While Barth often distances himself from his Calvinist predecessors in important ways, he sees his own view of providence to be a positive reworking of the Reformed position in order to maintain what he un-derstands as its most important insights: the praiseworthiness of the God of provi-dence and the doxology of the creature. Doxological Theology investigates how the theologian, in response to the praiseworthy God of the Reformed tradition, is ex-pected to pray his or her way through the doctrine of providence."--Publisher's website
Leviticus 25:39-43 in light of sources of unfree labour in the Ancient Near East by John Nicholas Reid( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most scholars understand the law of Lev 25:39-43 to be legislation concerning debtslavery. The present study questions such a conclusion. By considering the complex nature of the study of unfree labour systems, analyzing legal-historical documents and socio-economic contracts found in the ancient Near East, and through detailed exegesis of Lev 25:39-43, this study argues that the sale of the individual in Lev 25:39-43 reflects, rather than debt-service, the practice of self-sale in the ancient Near East. While debt is a form of poverty, I contend that poverty does not necessarily involve debt. By refusing to blur these terms into one, the semantic range of the key verb (Kwm) in Lev 25:25-55 is preserved along with the logical order of the text. As such, I propose that the law of Lev 25:39-43 represents the only extant ancient Near Eastern attempt to regulate the practice of self-sale. The connection between the sociological reality of self-sale in the ancient Near Eastern documents and the law of Lev 25:39-43 explains the extended period of service, the relationship between the sale of the individual and the Jubilee, the emphatic Hebrew construction dObSoAt_aøl dRb`Do tådObSo wø;b, the stated theological purpose of the law that the Israelites shall not be enslaved (Lev 25:42), and could also shed some light on the long-standing debate about the relationship of Lev 25:39-43 to Exod 21:2-6 and Deut 15:12-15. As my study does not seek to enter into the debate about the Sitz im Leben, determine finally the relationship between the three manumission laws of the Pentateuch, or establish a sociological reality of unfree labour in ancient Israel, these are areas for further study
Watch out for whom? : reconstructing the historical background of Paul's rhetoric in the letter to the Colossians by Adam Copenhaver( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars have long debated the nature of Paul's opponents in the book of Colossians. This thesis approaches the debate from a methodological standpoint and contends that Paul was not actually confronting active opponents when he wrote the letter. This thesis seeks to demonstrate that the challenge of reconstructing a singular opponent arises not only from the limitations of textual and historical evidence but also from the assumptions and methodologies inherent to historical approaches to the text. By modifying these assumptions and adjusting the methodology, Paul's letter takes on a new relationship to its historical context. Paul writes the letter to the churches in the Lycus Valley in a desire to develop their identity as a new people in Christ and to appeal to them to live a new kind of life in Christ. His warnings in Col 2 function as oppositional rhetoric contrasting the religious practices of the Lycus Valley with this new life in Christ. Paul's warnings are therefore broadly representative of the ancient world yet focused especially on two threads of historical referents, Judaism and pagan religions. This thesis engages in epistolary, rhetorical, and historical analysis to demonstrate how Paul uses the historical practices of these two referents to create a broad contrast between the body of Christ and the religious world of the Lycus Valley
Palestinian Christians and the Old Testament : history, hermeneutics, and ideology by Will Stalder( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The foundation of the modern State of Israel in 1948 is commemorated by countless Palestinians as a day of "catastrophe." Many Palestinian Christians claim that it was also spiritually catastrophic as the characters, names, events, and places of the Old Testament took on new significance with the newly formed political state and thereby caused vast portions of the text to be abandoned and unusable in their eyes. The present dissertation investigates this issue and asks, "How do Palestinian Christians read the Old Testament in light of the foundation of the modern State of Israel?" "Is it markedly different from that which preceded it?" "And what is the solution to the problem?" These questions form the basis of the present dissertation, "Palestinian Christians and the Old Testament: Hermeneutics, History and Ideology." Chapter 1 introduces the dissertation. Chapter 2 looks at the basic elements of contemporary Palestinian Christian hermeneutics of the Old Testament, outlining the opinions of Naim Ateek, Mitri Raheb, Naim Khoury, Yohanna Katanacho, Michel Sabbah, and Atallah Hanna (Hermeneutics). Chapters 3-5 examine the degree to which Palestinian Christianity has developed and PCHOT has changed over the years (History). Chapter 3 looks at the years prior to 1917 and analyzes among other things the views of Chalil Jamal, Seraphim Boutaji, and Michael Kawar. Chapter 4 then surveys the years between 1917 and 1948, and chapter 5 reviews the years since 1948. Chapters 6-7 then look at how Palestinian Christians might read the Old Testament in the future (Ideology). Chapter 6 examines proposals made by Michael Prior, Charles Miller, and Gershon Nerel. Chapter 7 then outlines this author"s own hermeneutic and provides an in depth analysis of Deuteronomy 7. Chapter 8 concludes the dissertation and proposes a way forward for Palestinian Christians and their reading of the Old Testament
Commerce and constitutionalism : the English East India Company and political culture in Scotland and Ireland, 1681-1813 by Anne Crerar( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accepted ideas regarding the role of the British Empire in the construction of North British and Anglo-Irish identity have been challenged. The hypothesis that provinciality was a product of the Atlantic Empire is also contested. This dissertation questions certain aspects of the 'gentlemanly capitalism' thesis. The notion that East India patronage inhibited Scottish debate should also be reassessed. Furthermore the thesis contends that the importance of the Eastern Empire to contemporaries has been underestimated in both Scottish and Irish historiography
Times of trouble and deliverance : worship in the Kirk of Scotland, 1645-1658 by Christopher R Langley( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thesis is the first full scale analysis of the hundreds of untapped parochial sources created by the Kirk of Scotland during the mid-seventeenth century. By taking a thirteen-year period of study, these documents allow a significant assessment of how parishes balanced the practice of Reformed religion on a day-to-day basis, with the emerging backdrop of war and invasion. This takes our historical appreciation of the Kirk away from high-level politics and into the heart of communities. The findings of this thesis illustrate the depth of activity and flexibility in Scottish parish life during the mid-seventeenth century, showing how the Presbyterian Kirk survived the internal wars and foreign invasions of the mid-seventeenth century. As Kirk leaders become increasingly concerned with the sins of political disaffection and with wars affecting parishes, ministers and sessions entered into an active dialogue with local communities seeking ecclesiastical services as normal. Such conclusions display the Kirk as a living and evolving entity, rather than a monolithic body. This negotiation ensured that Reformed services continued at the centre of communal life and that the Kirk emerged from the Civil Wars into a restored monarchy still holding its position as the national church in Scotland. The thesis also illustrates that mid-seventeenth-century Scotland did not experience a distinct 'second reformation', but that reforming processes were on going. This defines the mid-seventeenth century as less of a modernising moment, than a period that constantly looked into the past. The desires of Kirk leaders were couched in a much older terminology, sharing the concerns of their Reformed forebears. While the context of the National Covenant altered the Kirk's national standing, it continued to operate in the same, negotiated, manner it had since the mid-sixteenth century
Singing at the winepress : Ecclesiastes and the ethics of work by Tyler Atkinson( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourth and final chapter is the constructive portion of this thesis. It draws upon the previous chapters in order to make positive claims about Qoheleth's work ethic. In sum, Ecclesiastes enhances conversations surrounding the theology and ethics of work by working protology and eschatology through christology
Pelagius, portrait of a Christian teacher in late antiquity by Winrich Alfried Löhr( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mediaeval foundations of England? by D. N Dumville( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vikings in Britain and Ireland : a question of sources by D. N Dumville( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aberdeen pamphlets on mediaeval history and culture( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These are two covenants" : considering Paul's portrayal of Hagar in the context of Second Temple Judaism by Ryan Heinsch( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An examination of the theologically-informed environmental ethics of the Scottish-Amercian naturalist John Muir and his legacy to the 21st century environmental ethical arena by Jacqueline Lee Hall Broen( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Restored order subordination and freedom in 1 Peter : a conceptual and exegetical study by Steve Carter( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The ties that bind? : what should characterise a Christian pastoral response to a bereaved parent's desire to maintain continuing bonds with their deceased child? by Morgan P. G Jamieson( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The question around which this thesis is gathered arose from a period of public concern regarding historical practice in respect of post-mortem examinations during which the researcher was required to engage with a significant number of parents who had lost a child, often many years previously. These encounters offered privileged insight into the longevity, nature and expressions of parental grief and, on subsequent reflection, raised questions as to how the specifics of Christian belief might meaningfully engage the pastoral needs of a bereaved parent. Through its capacity to accommodate conversation between human experience; the insights offered by science, philosophy and culture; and the Christian message, practical theology offered a discipline within which such questions could best be explored. Using a research methodology drawing on the principles of hermeneutic phenomenology the lived experience of ten bereaved parents was engaged through semi-structured interviews. The transcription and analysis of these interviews identified key themes – connection; continuity and identity; and reunion – which became the subject of further reflection. Common to these themes is the concept of a continuing relationship ('bond') with the deceased child, a concept at variance with the Freudian thinking that has shaped much of bereavement care over the past century. Such thinking understands a sustained 'relationship' as futile and promotes patterns of care that aim for a staged and time-limited recovery. In contrast the more recent paradigm of 'continuing bonds', which has particular resonance with the loss of a child, offers a different perspective on grief which, in turn, finds accord with a Christian narrative that is profoundly relational and incorporates a message of resurrection offering explicit hope in regard to matters of continued existence, retained identity and eventual reunion
Necessitas : a theological history of taxation by Allen D Calhoun( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The thesis begins by asking why American tax policy is both attracted to and repelled by the idea of justice. Accepting the invitation of mid-twentieth-century economist Henry Simons to acknowledge that tax justice is a theological concept, the thesis seeks to excavate theological doctrines of taxation throughout Christian history in a way that can answer the presenting question. After analyzing the confusions in contemporary American tax policy (Chapter One), the thesis argues that Christian theology relativized property interests (the moral category most closely related to taxation). Taxation came to express different interests simultaneously and balanced them, while the idea of necessitas (need) emerged as the fulcrum of that balance (Chapter Two). The thesis develops the themes incipient in the early history by highlighting three salient theological moments. Thomas Aquinas clarified his predecessors' doctrines of property, resolving the tension between communal and private property through the interplay of natural and positive law (Chapter Three). In Thomas' account, the positive law of private ownership yields to the natural law substrate of communal property at the boundary between need and superabundance. Taxation can serve to implement that balance
The sky as mirror of the mind : exploring the role of light and weather for emotional expression in northern European landscape painting by Sophie Dietrich( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In northern Germany at the turn of the nineteenth century, and in late nineteenth century Scandinavia, the exploration of the margins between inner feeling and perceived natural environment coincided with an increased interest in the depiction of seasonal variations and times of day. By exploring how artists and intellectuals from the north of Europe interpreted local atmospheric conditions, this thesis enquires into the existence of a distinctively northern European trend in landscape painting where daily and seasonal variations in light and weather signal the transformation of nature into expressions of subjective feelings and cultural concepts. The timeframe spans the period from the end of the eighteenth to the end of the nineteenth century, when landscape painting achieved its greatest popularity. The work of the northern German painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is of central interest as it was inspired by, exemplified, and fostered the development of the aesthetic trend central to this dissertation. In exploring the imaginative and conceptual frameworks which paved the way for Friedrich's Stimmungslandschaften (mood landscapes), the role light and weather played in aesthetic theories of the Sublime and the Picturesque will be discussed. Precursors from the seventeenth century Dutch and eighteenth-century Danish landscape traditions will also be considered. In the latter part of the thesis I explore a possible continuation of the trend of eclectic emotional expression through the depiction of landscapes dominated by atmospheric conditions extending beyond the Romantic period. This is done by analysing the work of the mid- and late nineteenth-century Norwegian landscape painters Peder Balke (1804-1887) and Edvard Munch (1863-1944) through the lens of the light-and-weather-based landscape aesthetics developed throughout the dissertation
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