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Notice board: New Testament

JAMES RENIHAN’s True Love originated in a sermon series. Twelve chapters consider the mean­ing of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13 (EP Books, £8.99; 978-0-85234-713-3).

The Return by J. John, with Chris Walley, explores the parable of the Prodigal Son. The first part updates and retells the story (taking 50 pages); the second considers Jesus’s use of parables, this one in particu­lar; the third applies it to life (Hodder & Stoughton, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-340-99516-7).

Douglas Harink’s 1 and 2 Peter is in the SCM Theological Comment­ary of the Bible, whose underpin­ning is that the proper basis for scriptural interpretation is the Nicene tradition, and that doc­trine is for enlightenment and not the servant of anti-hermeneutical approaches (SCM, £19.99 (£18); 978-0-334-04328-7).

The Pillar New Testament Com­mentary seeks “to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it”. G. Walter Hansen’s The Letter to the Philippians focuses on the gospel, and the community, of Christ (Apollos, £26.99 (£24.30); 978-1-84474-403-9).

Michael Mullins’s commentary on The Gospel of Luke has a range of readers in mind, including stu­dents, and those who practise lectio divina. He avoids technical lan­guage, translates Hebrew and Greek, and introduces up-to-date scholar­ship (The Columba Press, £22.99 (£20.70); 978-1085607-691-3).

In Gathered Around Jesus, Eric Stewart uses Mark as a basis for pro­posing the theory that Jesus in­tro­duced an alternative spatial prac­tice centred on himself (James Clarke & Co., £20; 978-0-227-17317-6).

Figures in brackets are Church Times Bookshop prices.

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