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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi- Volume 2

Studies in the New Testament

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Edited By Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This book, the second of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi, includes contemporary essays on the New Testament. The topics offer a rich array of exegetical studies related to the life and teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul. Coming from America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the contributors to Volume 2 of the Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi have gathered to advance the scholarly vision of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi.
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This book is the second of a three-volume compendium of scholarly papers dedicated to Fr. Paul Nadim Tarazi. The background and occasion for this Festschrift (a bouquet of essays in celebration of a distinguished scholar) has already been noted by my colleague, Dr. Nicholae Roddy, in the Foreword to volume one. To those remarks, I would like to add further insight into the life and legacy of Fr. Paul.

I first met Fr. Paul while a student of his at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. Then, as now, I observed with profound respect a single unifying theme that has governed the entire span of his teaching career and literary output. That theme is the centrality of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fr. Paul seems never to have artificially imposed that Gospel on the historical-critical methods he has used when studying the Bible – controversial as those methods have been. The integrity of the Bible’s textual history was always respected. At the end of the day—when linguistic and historical complexities have been unraveled -- the church’s central confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, God and Savior is celebrated and proclaimed. As Fr. Paul ceaselessly reminds us, without Scripture, the church empties its Gospel of content and context. Thus, with keen historical insight, Fr. Paul has led us to see how the Scriptures contain the Word of God (as past revelation), are the Word of God (God speaking to us), and...

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