Publication date: 8-22-2006
Imprint: Kregel Academic
Category: Biblical Studies
Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament
Everything we do, say, and think is, in some sense, emotional. We describe ourselves and our experiences in terms of how we feel.
In the New Testament, Jesus and Paul displayed a wide range of emotions in their lives and teaching. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards and others have recognized the vital importance of emotion in Christian experience. However, in recent times, many preachers and theologians have relegated it to the margins. Our thinking on the relationship between reason and emotion is often confused or obscure.
Faithful Feelings takes a fresh look at the causes, nature, and role of felt experience in Christian living. While the author discusses the vocabulary of emotionlove, joy, hope, jealousy, fear, sorrow, angerhis primary concern is with emotion itself, how it was perceived by the New Testament writers in their cultural context, and what role it should play in the lives of Christian believers. He argues that our feelings play an essential role in Christian faith, theology, and ethics.
I. Howard Marshall
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis,
University of Aberdeen
Craig S. Keener
Professor of New Testament Studies,