The Hope of Glory: Honor Discourse and New Testament Interpretation invites the reader to examine how the New Testament sought to shape the ambitions, behaviors, and social interactions of honor-sensitive people. How did these texts help the early Christians set their hearts on gaining honor and self-respect before God, and withstand society's pressure to return to its values? How may those who share commitment to Jesus support one another so as to offset society's erosion of their commitment? What is the source of the believer's honor, and how can he or she preserve it intact?
Endorsements & Reviews-
"DeSilva brings some of the best results of social-scientific and rhetorical analyses of the New Testament out of the academic ghetto and . . . makes them available to non-specialists. . . . A real contribution to our understanding of early Christianity--and of ourselves." --Luke Timothy Johnson, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
". . . focus on the influence of honor and shame principles in the ancient Mediterranean world has been less well defined . . . David deSilva's work on 'honor discourse' clarifies just how important honor and disgrace were to the peoples of this region. . . . Readers will appreciate both the degree of scholarly thoroughness in his treatment of ancient sources as well as the broad use of modern studies that effectively pull together current thinking on the New Testament world." --Victor H. Matthews Southwest Missouri State University
David A. deSilva
David A. deSilva (Ph.D., Emory, 1995) is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. His publications include Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation (Westminster John Knox, 2009), 4 Maccabees: Introduction and Commentary on the Greek Text (Brill, 2006), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (InterVarsity, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews" (Eerdmans, 2000), and Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (InterVarsity, 2000). He is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.