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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi

Volume 3- Studies in Intertestamental, Extra-Canonical, and Early Christian Literature-


Edited By Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This is the third of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi. Volume 3 of Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi is a collection of articles discussing the latest findings in a variety of theological subjects related to the Bible as received and interpreted in the Orthodox Church tradition. Scholars from around the world have contributed their recent findings in the field of their research and teaching in this volume.
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The first two volumes in this Festschrift series focus mainly on Old Testament and New Testament exegesis. This last volume in the series includes articles that relate to the field of scriptural studies in different ways. Some examine biblical texts, but with more of an emphasis on practical or theological implications. Others study how early Christians understood and applied what they learned from Scripture. Still others are about modern scholars who study Scripture.

The volume begins with two surveys of modern scriptural scholarship. John Karavidopoulos chronicles the development of scriptural studies in Greece in the latter half of the twentieth century. He looks at the causes of increased interest in Scripture, identifies the biblical texts that scholars studied most frequently, and recounts the development of disciplines such as textual criticism and historical criticism. He concludes with recommendations for future directions that Greek scholars should take.

Stelian Tofană also surveys the history of biblical scholarship in his own country—Romania in this case—but focuses on an aspect of that history especially relevant to this Festschrift publication: the influence of Fr. Paul Nadim Tarazi. He shows how Tarazi challenged Romanian biblical scholars to look at Scripture in new ways. Tofană asserts that Tarazi’s work helped to define “an anastasic Christology of the New Testament,” that is, one that keeps the appropriate balance and unity between Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection.

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