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The child in the Bible

"In this volume nineteen biblical scholars collaborate to provide an informed and focused treatment of biblical perspectives on children and childhood. Looking at the Bible through the lens of the child exposes new aspects of biblical texts and themes. Some of the authors focus on selected biblical texts - Genesis, Proverbs, Mark, and more - while others examine such biblical themes as training and disciplining, children and the image of God, the metaphor of Israel as a child, and so on. In discussing a vast array of themes and questions, the chapters also invite readers to reconsider the roles that children can or should play in religious communities today"--Publisher description
Print Book, English, 2008
William B. Eerdmans Pub., Grand Rapids, Mich., 2008
xxvi, 467 pages ; 23 cm
9780802848352, 0802848354
Introduction / Marcia J. Bunge
pt. 1: Texts from the Hebrew Scriptures
"God was with the boy" (Genesis 21:20) : children in the Book of Genesis / Terence E. Fretheim
Exodus as a "text of terror" for children / Claire R. Mathews McGinnis
That the children may know : children in Deuteronomy / Patrick D. Miller
To discipline without destruction : the multifaceted profile of the child in Proverbs / William P. Brown
"Look! The children and I are as signs and portents in Israel" : children in Isaiah / Jacqueline E. Lapsley
"Israel, my child" : the ethics of a biblical metaphor / Brent A. Strawn
pt. 2: Texts from the New Testament
Children in the Gospel of Mark, with special attention to Jesus' blessing of the children (Mark 10:13-16) and the purpose of Mark / Judith M. Gundry
"What then will this child become?" : perspectives on children in the Gospel of Luke / John T. Carroll
Children in the Gospel of John / Marianne Meye Thompson
"Tell me a story" : perspectives on children from the Acts of the Apostles / Joel B. Green
Finding a place for children in the letters of Paul / Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Like a child : Paul's rhetorical uses of childhood / Reidar Aasgaard
A place of belonging : perspectives on children from Colossians and Ephesians / Margaret Y. MacDonald
pt. 3: Thematic essays
Children and the image of God / W. Sibley Towner
Child characters in biblical narratives : the young David (1 Samuel 16-17) and the little Israelite servant girl (2 Kings 5:1-19) / Esther M. Menn
"He placed a little child in the midst" : Jesus, the Kingdom, and children / Keith J. White
Adoption in the Bible / David L. Bartlett
Vulnerable children, divine passion, and human obligation / Walter Brueggemann