The Biblical Annals, 2021, Tom 11 (68), Nr 3

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    Iveta Strenková, «Devastata è Ninive!» Studio esegetico di Na 3,1-7 alla luce del suo contesto storico-letterario (Studia Biblica Slovaca. Supplementum 4; Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského 2020). Pp. 384. € 25. ISBN 978-80-223-5050-1
    (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2021) Szmajdziński, Mariusz
    Book Review: Iveta Strenková, «Devastata è Ninive!» Studio esegetico di Na 3,1-7 alla luce del suo contesto storico-letterario (Studia Biblica Slovaca. Supplementum 4; Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského 2020)
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    R. Alan Culpepper – Jörg Frey (eds.), The Opening of John’s Narrative (John 1:19–2:22). Historical, Literary, and Theological Readings from the Colloquium Ioanneum 2015 in Ephesus (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 385; Tübingen: Mohr S
    (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2021) Darowski, Łukasz Tomasz
    Book Review: R. Alan Culpepper – Jörg Frey (eds.), The Opening of John’s Narrative (John 1:19 – 2:22), (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 385, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017)
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    Christian Worship at the Tomb of the Prophet Samuel on Mount Joy
    (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2021) Briks, Piotr Mieszko
    One of the exceptionally interesting examples of a living biblical tradition, maintained by Christian, Muslim and Jewish pilgrims for over sixteen hundred years, is the history of St. Samuel monastery on the Mount of Joy. The shrine was founded in the Byzantine period, but its heyday falls on the period of the Crusades. It was from here, after the murderous journey, that the troops of the First Crusade saw Jerusalem for the first time. The knights were followed by more and more pilgrims. On the hill, called Mons Gaudii, the Premonstratensians built their monastery, which in time became a real pilgrimage center. Based on the preserved traces, the author reconstructs the Christian chapters of the history of Nabi Samuel. He recalls people, events and traditions related to it, and also the accounts of pilgrims coming here. Christians left the Mons Gaudii probably at the end of the 12th century. Worship of the prophet Samuel were taken over by Muslims and Jews. For the latter, the Tomb of Prophet Samuel became one of the most important places of pilgrimage, in some periods even more important than Jerusalem itself. There were numerous disputes and conflicts about holding control over this place, there were even bloody battles. In 1967 this place was taken by the Israeli army. Over time, a national park was created in the area around the mosque, in the mosque itself was established a place of prayer for Jews, and a synagogue in the tomb crypt. A slightly forgotten sanctuary began to warm up emotions anew.
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    Questi scese giustificato a differenza di quello L’analisi narrativa illumina la parabola del fariseo e del pubblicano (Luca 18,9-14)
    (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2021) Blajer, Piotr
    The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) contains an enigmatic expression παρ’ ἐκεῖνον (v.14) which conveys the final judgment on the characters. It is not entirely clear whether it should be interpreted in a comparative or exclusive sense. The present study aims to examine the way the narrator presents the two characters of the parable, the Pharisee and the tax collector, as well as the content of their prayers. Narrative criticism suggests that although both interpretations (comparative and exclusive) are possible it might be better to construe παρ’ ἐκεῖνον with a distinctive value. In fact, the new condition of the tax collector is different from his previous one and clearly distinguishes him from the condition of the Pharisee. In other words, the application of the narrative method suggests to translate the enigmatic complement παρ’ ἐκεῖνον in such a way that it makes visible the difference existing between the two characters.
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    Baptism – the Revelation of the Filial Relationship of Christ and the Christian
    (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2021) Kowalski, Marcin
    The author analyses Jesus’ baptism in Jordan, looking for its parallel in the Christian baptism. He begins by acknowledging the historicity of Jesus’ baptism and reflects on the meaning of the baptism of John by juxtaposing it with similar rites described in the Old Testament texts, in Second Temple Jewish literature, and in rabbinical sources. Then he analyses the meaning of Jesus’ baptism, criticizing the historical-critical interpretations that separate the scene of baptism from the theophany that follows it. According to the author, such an operation is unfounded due to the nature of ancient texts and the literary and thematic continuity between baptism and theophany in the synoptic Gospels. Further, the author presents arguments demonstrating that Jesus comes to Jordan already aware of his identity and mission, which the Father’s voice announces to others and objectivizes. In the last step, it is argued that Jesus’ baptism in Jordan together with the Lord’s death and resurrection could have been a point of reference for the early Christian understanding of baptism connected with the gift of the Spirit, with the filial dignity and the “Abba” prayer and with the inheritance of heaven. All these elements can be found in Rom 8:14-17,23 which describes the new life of those baptized in Christ.