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Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament [Paperback]

By Matthew A. Elliott (Author)
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This interdisciplinary, widely researched study reclaims the vital importance of the emotions emphasized in the lives and teachings of Jesus and Paul, as well as the writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and others. In discussing the vocabulary of emotion and how the New Testament writers perceived feelings in their cultural context, Matthew Elliott shows readers that our feelings play an essential role in Christian faith, theology, and ethics.

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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 pushed emotion to the sidelines. The relationship between reason and emotion is often confused or obscure, creating the need for a fresh look at the causes, nature, and role of felt experience in Christian living.

In this significant new study, Matthew Elliott asks, "What is an emotion?" and applies recent studies of emotion to the New Testament. While he discusses the vocabulary of emotion-love, joy, hope, jealousy, fear, sorrow, anger-his primary concern is with emotion itself, how it was perceived by the New Testament writers in their cultural context, and what role they thought it should play in the lives of Christian believers. He argues that our feelings play an essential role in Christian faith, theology, and ethics.

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Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament by Matthew A. Elliott has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christianity Today - 03/01/2007 page 80

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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Pages   301
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Kregel Publications
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0825425425  
ISBN13  9780825425424  

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A thoughtful examination of a dimension of the New Testament that is all too often marginalized in importance.  Feb 3, 2007
Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament is a studious and pious examination of the role emotion plays in the New Testament, how it has been perceived by New Testament writers in cultural context, and how emotion affects modern Christian faith, theology, and ethics in an essential role. Chapters discuss the definition of emotion, including cognitive and non-cognitive perspectives; emotion as perceived in both the Greco-Roman world and in Jewish culture; instances of the emotions of love, joy, hope, jealousy, fear, sorrow, and anger in the New Testament; and more. A thoughtful examination of a dimension of the New Testament that is all too often marginalized in importance.
A New Look at Emotions in the New Testament  Jan 12, 2007
Faithful Feelings is a foundational work in the Theology of Emotion. For too long biblical scholarship has neglected the primary nature of emotions in one's proper interpretation of Scripture.

Matthew Elliott's work does not simply offer a good definition of emotion; it goes on to examine the theories of emotion and their consequences. Elliott's work maintains the cognitive theory (as opposed to the non-cognitive theory held by biblical scholarship for too long) and defends an appropriate connection between reason and emotion. The books examination of emotion theory in Jewish and Greco-Roman history offers excellent support to Elliott's premise. In the following section, Elliott discusses the implications of the foundational principles he established in the previous chapters--implications which have immense influence on our interpretation and application of Scripture. By using several key New Testament terms as examples, Dr. Elliot begins to unravel some of the significant, central terms (specifically study the sections on "Love" and "Anger and hatred").

Elliott's conclusion seems to be right on target. Although the book could be lengthened by several chapters to include a section into Old Testament emotional terminology, like loving-kindness and faithfulness, the text is an excellent introductory study. Elliott's approach to emotions in the New Testament opens the door to an entirely new way of understanding emotion in the whole canon. Dr. Elliott has only begun a study that has substantial repercussions to our understanding of biblical terms like fear, hope, joy, and love. Faithful Feelings makes an enormous contribution to modern biblical interpretation, and demands the attention of any New Testament student.
Faithful Feelings by Matthew Elliott  Sep 10, 2006
Matthew Elliott's excellent book is a real winner. The scholarship is first rate from cover to cover. It is a seminal work that will be used by scholars for decades to come. It opens doors and supplies a crucial missing link that scholars have needed for centuries. His conclusions are right on target. When we transfer allegiance from this world to the kingdom of God, our emotions get transferred with our allegiance. He is one of the few scholars who makes a real contribution to the scholar's body of knowledge.

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