Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The cover of my new book

Above is the cover of my new book, Leadership Succession in the World of the Pauline Circle. It's a highly revised version of my doctoral dissertation, written at Baylor University under the direction of Charles H. Talbert. You can see the publisher's blurb, sans cover photo, at www.sheffieldphoenix.com.

The jacket copy reads:

Leadership Succession in the World of the Pauline Circle

Since New Testament times, the discussion of leadership succession in the church has always been polemical. But what the New Testament, especially in the Pastoral Epistles, means in speaking of succession deserves a more sober investigation in the light of the literary tradition about succession in the ancient Mediterranean world. How is succession actually depicted in Graeco-Roman texts and in Jewish and early Christian texts of that world?

This book undertakes, for the first time, a thoroughgoing analysis of the evidence, deftly laying out the data from a wide range of Greek and Roman writers. The question then becomes how the early readers of the New Testament, conditioned by prior knowledge of such epistolary and other literary conventions, would have interpreted Paul’s relationship with his delegates like Timothy and Titus, and how they would have conceived the ministry portrayed in the Pastorals as passing from a leader to a successor.Stepp's study has important implications both for our understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world and for our conceptions of ordination and ministry in the New Testament.

Perry L. Stepp is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, Kentucky.

Series: New Testament Monographs, 5


Blogger Rick said...

Thanks for coming by my blog.

I also visited yours. As I write
Jerry is wailing away on the Grateful Dead Europe '72.

I look forward to getting to know you.


12:39 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

BTW, it is nice to find a Christian who like the Dead.

Funny, I was at the gym working out a couple years ago in a small town north of San Francisco. I kept noticing someone that I recognized. I thought it was someone "I knew" from back East.
The it dawned on me that it was MIckey Hart. I used to run on the treadmill beside him twice a week.

I now live in the town Jerry Garcia
once called home.

Why am I telling you this? I have no idea... :)

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. The cover *is* beautiful. And I'm also impressed with the content description. You are one well read man :-)
I'll be back,
Nenla (peeking in from the other side)

11:01 AM  
Blogger gratefulbear said...

Deadheads For Christ, Unite! We should make our own bracelets, "What Would Jerry Do?"

[BTW, if you live in an area that doesn't carry the radio program "The Grateful Dead Hour," you can download it to your computer or your iPod through AudioFeast.com -- along with some other cool shows, like "World Cafe" and "JamNation."]

To return to the topic at hand:

Congratulations on the publication of your book! Sounds like an interesting study, especially since it seems to take into account the cultural context, the literary tradition in which the Epistles were written. I'm especially intrigued by the last sentence of the jacket copy. What ARE the implications "for our conceptions of ordination and ministry in the New Testament"? Or do we have to spend $42.50 to find out? :o)

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