Reading with an ‘I’ to the Heavens: Looking at the Qumran Hodayot through the Lens of Visionary Traditions
Angela Kim Harkins
This book examines the collection of prayers known as the Qumran Hodayot (= Thanksgiving Hymns) in light of ancient visionary traditions, new developments in neuropsychology, and post-structuralist understandings of the embodied subject. The thesis of this book is that the ritualized reading of reports describing visionary experiences written in the first person "I" had the potential to create within the ancient reader the subjectivity of a visionary which can then predispose him to have a religious experience. This study examines how references to the body and the strategic arousal of emotions could have functioned within a practice of performative reading to engender a religious experience of ascent. In so doing, this book offers new interdisciplinary insights into meditative ritual reading as a religious practice for transformation in antiquity.
Eric F. Mason, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Angela Kim Harkins, and Daniel Machiela
Angela Kim Harkins is a co-editor of volume 2 as well as a contributing author, “Who is the Teacher of the Teacher Hymns? Re-examining the Teacher Hymns Hypothesis Fifty Years Later.” Pages 449-467.
Book description: These essays honor James C. VanderKam on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday and twentieth year on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. Essays from an international group of scholars address various topics in Second Temple Judaism and biblical studies.
Michael D. Coogan and Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing author, "Hymns and Prayers.” pp. 175-83.
Book description: Books of the Bible provides a single source for authoritative reference overviews of scholarship on some of the most important topics of study in the field of biblical studies. The Encyclopedia contains almost 120 in-depth entries, ranging in length from 500 to 10,000 words, on each of the canonical books of the Bible, major apocryphal books of the New and Old Testaments, important noncanonical texts, and thematic essays on topics such as canonicity, textual criticism, and translation.
Books of the Bible has extensive cross-references to other useful points of interest within the Encyclopedia, and comprehensive lists of abbreviations and an index for ease of use. Illustrations of various types supplement the text and enhance its appeal. Bibliographies for all entries further add to its usefulness.
J. J. Collins, D. Harlow, and Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing author, "Hymns, Prayers, and Psalms” pp. 753-757.
Book description: This comprehensive and authoritative volume is the first reference work devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism. A striking and innovative project, it combines the best features of a survey and a reference work. The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is ecumenical and international in character, bringing together the contributions of a superb group of Jewish, Christian, and other scholars.
Daniel K. Falk, Marianna Metso, Donald W. Parry, Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, and Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing author, "A New Proposal for Thinking about 1QHa Sixty Years after its Discovery.” Pages 101-134.
Book description: This volume contains a selection of the papers presented at the sixth meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies, held in 2007 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on the topic Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Reconsidering the Cave 1 Texts Sixty Years after Their Discovery. While the opening paper assesses theories about the character of Qumran Cave 1 in relation to the other Qumran caves, all other papers discuss texts from Cave 1, in particular six of the seven large scrolls found there in 1947: the two Isaiah scrolls, the Rule of the Community, the War Scroll, the Thanksgivings Scroll, and the Genesis Apocryphon. Many papers revisit those texts in light of the corresponding versions found in Cave 4.
Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer
Franklin T. Harkins and Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing author, "Biblical and Historical Perspectives on ‘the People of God’.” Pages 319-339.
Book description: Transforming Relations is a collection of original essays on the history of Jews and Christians in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the modern era that honors the influential work of Michael A. Signer (1945-2009). Reflecting the breadth of Signer’s research and pedagogical interests, the essays treat various aspects of the Jewish-Christian relationship through the centuries, from the divine law in antiquity to philosemitism in contemporary Christianity, from scriptural interpretation in the twelfth century to Christian Hebraism in the fifteenth, and from the presentation of Christianity in the Talmud and Midrashim to modern Christian understandings of Judaism. The essays are unified in their emphases on two principles that pervade Signer’s own scholarly work: that the sacred texts shared by Jews and Christians serve simultaneously as a point of convergence and divergence for the two religious communities, and that modern practitioners of Judaism and Christianity must recognize and appreciate the other as part of a living tradition.
Margaret Kamitsuka and Paul F. Lakeland
Paul F. Lakeland is a contributing author, "Ecclesiology, Desire and the Erotic" p. 247-260
Book description: The topic of sexuality intersects directly with the most contested historical, theological, and ethical questions of our day. In this edgy yet profound volume, noted scholars and theologians assay the Christian tradition's classic and contemporary understandings of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity.
The project unfolds in three phases: contemporary assessments of the Christian tradition, new thinking about eros and being human religiously, and new perspectives on classic mysteries in light of eros and embodiment. – Publisher description.
Paul F. Lakeland
Yves Congar (1904-1995), a French Dominican theologian, was a prophet in the church of the mid-twentieth century, persecuted in the 1950s only to become perhaps the single most formative influence on Vatican II. To the extent that the agenda of Vatican II remains to be fulfilled, one could say that it is Congar's vision that provides the ongoing agenda of the church. Congar's many contributions ranged from ecumenism to social justice, the Holy Spirit to the identity of the church. Perhaps his most significant and far-reaching influence was his commitment to the role of the laity. Throughout his life he embodied the struggle to join faithfulness to the church with an ongoing commitment to reform and renewal. In recognition of his service to the church, Pope John Paul II named him a cardinal just before his death. This volume provides real insight and fresh hope for those concerned to breathe new life into the church of the twenty-first century. – Publisher description.
Susan Ross, Maria Clara Bingemer, Paul Murray, and Paul F. Lakeland
Paul F. Lakeland is a contributing author, "The Lay Ecclesial Minister: is S/he a Theological Monster?" p. 55-64.
Book description: Concilium is a theological review, perhaps, the most subscribed in the world. It is published five times a year. The editors of the review belong to "who's who" in the world of theology. Each issue takes up and studies a relevant and contemporary theme. The writers of the articles are chosen from among the best scholars of the question in the world. Every contribution reflects deep knowledge and scholarship presented in a highly readable style, and each issue brings home the salient aspects of the question treated. – Publisher description.
Paul F. Lakeland
Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes—Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church—is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition.
While paying close attention to the classical "marks of the Church," Paul Lakeland's focus is on what we can learn about the nature of the Church as living communion by examining the values and practices of ordinary believers. Following the advice of Bernard Lonergan, Lakeland adopts a resolutely inductive approach to ecclesial reflection. He explores ten questions that the Church must address, both those that affect the internal workings of the faith community and those that have to do with its relationships to other groups, religious and secular. Finally, he offers a constructive proposal for a contextual ecclesiology of the U.S. Catholic Church that utilizes the images of hospice, pilgrim, immigrant, and pioneer. – Publisher description.
Gerald Mannion and Paul F. Lakeland
Paul F. Lakeland is a contributing author, "John Paul II and Collegiality" p. 184-199.
Book Description: The Vision of John Paul II assesses the writings, work, and ecclesial vision of this long-serving pontiff. Moving beyond the scope of so many other books on John Paul II, this volume seeks to fill a gap by focusing on his lasting influence on pressing issues facing the church today: social justice, women’s roles, collegiality, ecumenism, and interreligious dialogue. – Publisher description.
Tim Muldoon and Paul F. Lakeland
Paul F. Lakeland is a contributing author, "Maturity and the Lay Vocation: From Ecclesiology to Ecclesiality" p. 241-260.
Original essays explore the role of the laity within the Catholic Church and the nature of Catholic identity. –Publisher description.
Marsha E. Ackermann, Michael Schroeder, Janice J. Terry, Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur, Mark F. Whitters, and Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing author, "Essenes,” pp. 133-35, "Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” pp. 379-80, and “Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism” pp. 18-19.
Book description: In today's world of globalization, there is a growing trend among historians and students alike to study the common challenges and experiences that unite the human past. Facts On File's seven-volume Encyclopedia of World History is a truly groundbreaking work and one of the first to offer a balanced presentation of human history for a global perspective on the past. A team of distinguished world history academics has brought together scores of specialists in writing signed entries based on the latest scholarship.
Gerald Mannion and Paul F. Lakeland
Paul F. Lakeland is a contributing author, "The Laity" p. 511-523.
Book description: The nature and story of the Christian church is immensely important to theology students and scholars alike. Written by an international team of distinguished scholars, this comprehensive book introduces students to the fundamental historical, systematic, moral and ecclesiological aspects of the study of the church, as well as serving as a resource for scholars engaging in ecclesiological debates on a wide variety of issues. – Publisher description.
Robert Miller and Angela Kim Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins is a contributing aurhor, "What do Syriac/Antiochene Exegesis and Textual Criticism Have to do with Theology?" Pages 151-187.
Book description: The observation that scholarly work on the Bible is of little use to theologians is the starting premise for this volume. As a possible solution to this impasse, the contributors explore the potential insights provided by a distinct tradition of biblical interpretation that has its roots in both the patristic School of Antioch and in the Syriac Fathers, such as Ephrem and Jacob of Sarug, and which has survived and developed in the Churches of the Antiochene Patrimony, such as the Maronite and Syriac. Some of the essays have a patristic focus, examining Aphrahat (Craig Morrison), Ephrem (Sidney Griffith), the 4th-century Book of Steps (Robert Kitchen), John Chrysostom (Paul Tarazi), and other Syriac fathers (Edward Mathews). Others engage with modern historical-critical method more directly (Angela Harkins, Stephen Ryan, Anthony Salim). Another still challenges the very assumption assumed by other contributors of an Antiochene “School” (John O’Keefe). The volume concludes with a series of responses from Paul Russell, Robert Miller, and Ronald Beshara, respectively, that consider the various essays from different angles. Here one of the key questions asked is whether biblical interpretation done “with Antioch” is relevant to the church today.
Paul F. Lakeland
Try to define a layperson without using the word not: cannot preach or say mass, is not a priest, is not in a position of leadership in the church. This generally negative or passive understanding of the laity was epitomized in a statement of Pope Pius X: “The one duty of the multitude [i.e., the laity] is to allow themselves to be led and, like a docile fl ock, to follow the Pastors.” The Second Vatican Council, with its emphasis on the priesthood of all believers rooted in baptism, changed all that. Yet, writes Paul Lakeland, “many of our bishops and not a few of the lay members of the church are attracted to a dangerously incomplete vision of Catholicism…one that sidesteps the major themes and key insights of Vatican II.” In Catholicism at the Crossroads, he teases out themes first developed in a much more formal way in his prize-winning The Liberation of the Laity. In his new book he is “talking to ordinary Catholics in language that requires no special expertise in theology and does not necessitate constant reference to a dictionary.”
Baptism, says Lakeland, not priestly ordination, is the basis for all mission and ministry, and the mission of those baptized into Christ is to be the sacrament of God’s love in a world rife with violence and brutal inequity. The specific mission of the laity is to the world, whereas the mission of the clergy is to the household of the faith. Yet lay people can’t leave “church business” exclusively to the clergy, and the clergy can’t leave the church’s “worldly mission” exclusively to the laity. The key to resolving these overlapping responsibilities is by becoming an adult church, an open church in an open society. In pursuing this goal, Lakeland develops “ten steps toward a more adult church.” -- Publisher description.
Fred Skolnik, Angela Kim Harkins, and Franklin T. Harkins
Angela Kim Harkins (with Franklin T. Harkins) is a contributing author, "Old Latin/Vulgate," section in “Bible, ancient translations.”
Book description: Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition is important to scholars, general readers and students.
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