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The Bible and the pursuit of happiness : what the Old and New Testaments teach us about the good life

Author: Brent A Strawn
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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Scholars of the social sciences have devoted increasing attention of late to the concept of human happiness, mainly from sociological and psychological perspectives. This groundbreaking volume, which includes twelve essays from scholars of the New Testament, the Old Testament, systematic theology, practical theology, and counseling psychology--along with an extensive introduction and epilogue by the editor--poses a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brent A Strawn
ISBN: 9780199795734 0199795738 9780199795741 0199795746
OCLC Number: 773493605
Description: xvii, 430 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. The Bible and ... happiness? / Brent A. Strawn --
pt. 1. Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. God, creation, and the pursuit of happiness / Terence E. Fretheim ; Is there happiness in the Torah? / Nathan MacDonald ; A happy blend : Isaiah's vision of happiness (and beyond) / Jacqueline Lapsley ; Happiness and its discontents in the Psalms / William P. Brown ; Positive psychology and ancient Israelite wisdom / Carol A. Newsom --
pt. 2. New Testament. The Beatitudes : happiness and the kingdom of God / Carl R. Holladay ; "We had to celebrate and rejoice!" : happiness in the topsy-turvy world of Luke-Acts / Joel B. Green ; "I have learned to be content?" : happiness according to St. Paul / Colleen Shantz ; Finding happiness in apocalyptic literature / Greg Carey --
pt. 3. Beyond the Bible : continuing the conversation into other disciplines. The necessity of divine happiness : a response from systematic theology / Ellen T. Charry ; A constructed happiness : a response from practical theology / Thomas G. Long ; The transformation of happiness : a response from counseling psychology / Steven J. Sandage ; Epilogue. The triumph of life : towards a biblical theology of happiness / Brent A. Strawn ; Appendix. A biblical lexicon of happiness / Michael J. Chan.
Responsibility: edited by Brent A. Strawn.
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Scholars of the social sciences have devoted increasing attention of late to the concept of human happiness, mainly from sociological and psychological perspectives. This groundbreaking volume, which includes twelve essays from scholars of the New Testament, the Old Testament, systematic theology, practical theology, and counseling psychology--along with an extensive introduction and epilogue by the editor--poses a new and exciting question: what is happiness according to the Bible? Informed by developments in positive psychology, the contributions explore representations of happiness throughout the Bible and demonstrate the ways in which they impinge upon both religious and secular understandings of happiness.

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