scholars recognize that prophetic traditions, expressions, and experiences
stand at the heart of most religions in the ancient Mediterranean world. This
is no less true for the world of Judaism and Jesus. Ben Witherington III offers
an extensive, cross-cultural survey of the broader expressions of prophecy in
its ancient Mediterranean context, beginning with Mari, moving to biblical
figures not often regarded as prophets‒‒Balaam, Deborah, Moses, and Aaron‒‒and
to the apocalyptic seer in postexilic prophecy, showing that no single pattern
describes all prophetic figures. The consequence is that different aspects of
Jesus’s activity touch upon prophetic predecessors: his miracles, on Elijah and
Elisha; his self-understanding as the Son of Man, on Daniel and 1 Enoch; his
warnings of woe and judgment, on the “writing prophets” in Judean tradition;
and his messianic entry into Jerusalem, on Zechariah 9. Witherington also
surveys the phenomenon of apocalyptic prophecy in early Christianity, including
Paul, Revelation, the Didache, Hermas, and the Montanist movement. Jesus the
Seer is a worthy complement to Witherington’s other volume on Jesus, Jesus
the Sage (Fortress Press, 2000).
Utilizing a fresh "personality profile" approach, Witherington highlights core Christian claims by investigating the major figures in Jesus’s inner circle of followers: Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Thomas, Peter, James the brother of Jesus, Paul, and the mysterious "beloved disciple." In each chapter Witherington satisfies our curiosities and answers the full range of questions about these key figures and what each of them can teach us about the historical Jesus. What Have They Done with Jesus? is a vigorous defense of traditional Christianity that offers a compelling portrait of Jesus’s core message according to those who knew him best.
In the Wesleyan tradition, we believe that Christian formation happens best “when two or more are gathered.” So focus is the body of Christ gathered--worshiping; sharing, learning, fellowshipping, taking Holy Communion, and doing works of piety and charity--together. In addition, a relationship with God is not primarily an individual’s lonely personal quest for transcendence. It is not about becoming more self-centered, more self-focused, but it is about becoming more self-forgetful.
The book outlines spiritual practices that involve individual and congregational transformation through learning and loving, fellowship and worship, by being lifted up in spirit and being enlightened in mind. A normal Christian life needs balance not only between work and rest and play, but also between worship, sacraments, doing, and learning. It needs balance between being alone with God and time with significant others.
In this 4-session video study with popular author and New Testament scholar, Ben Witherington takes you to the sites where Jesus ministered. Through Jesus, we see God’s grace empowering us to live more fully and faithfully.
Relax as Dr. Witherington takes you to the places where the Son of God taught and performed miracles. Visit such places as Jerusalem, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Caesarea Philippi. Gain new understandings of the world in which Jesus taught as you deepen your faith and walk beside Jesus down the streets and paths of the Holy Land. See how God’s passion for us will open your eyes to new possibilities for your own discipleship.
Filmed throughout the places Jesus walked and dwelt among us, On the Road with Jesus, with Dr. Witherington's knowledge and perspective, will help you see God's grace at work and bring us back to lives of true meaning and purpose. As believers see places such as Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, and more, our faith will be deepened while following along the paths Jesus journeyed during his world-changing life and ministry.
Revelation and the End Times unravels God’s message for our time. With his rich knowledge of and provocative insights into the New Testament, Ben Witherington will guide you into a deeper understanding of the truths found within Revelation's often mysterious text, so that you can feel more secure in your faith.
In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on Romans, Witherington gleans fresh insights from reading the text of Paul s epistle in light of early Jewish theology, the historical situation of Rome in the middle of the first century A.D., and Paul s own rhetorical concerns. Giving serious consideration to the social and rhetorical background of Romans allows readers to hear Paul on his own terms, not just through the various voices of his later interpreters. Witherington s groundbreaking work also features a new, clear translation of the Greek text, and each section of the commentary ends with a brief discussion titled Bridging the Horizons, which suggests how the ancient text of Romans may speak to us today.