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As of 2021, Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions is no longer published as a journal by Brill, but will be merged with Research Perspectives in Theology and continue as a book series.

Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions presents extended essays addressing the current research into the theology and doctrine of Christianity’s diverse traditions as well as similar bodies of thought in other religious traditions. In each issue—typically fifty to one-hundred pages in length including annotated bibliographies – expert scholars map out the current field of research and provide a state of the art account of the subject. Our authors provide historical overviews of important developments, discuss influential theological figures and their ongoing reception, as well as analyzing contemporary debates about the history, present state, and emerging future of specific confessional theological traditions. Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions is an invaluable resource for students wishing to become and stay current with the latest research concerning the wide-range of Christian and other religious traditions, as well as a dynamic and expert resource for students of theology, history, and related fields.

Forthcoming issues:
Evangelical Theology
Old Catholic Theology
Latin-American Protestantism

The confession of faith in the lordship of Jesus Christ may be considered the originary practice of the Christian life. As such it recommends itself as a primary site at which to investigate the relation between the agency of the Holy Spirit and human activity. Focusing on 1Cor. 12:1–3, which identifies the act of the Spirit as the sine qua non of Christian confession, we examine its importance within the theological setting of Paul’s apocalyptic gospel in order to illumine classical Reformed debates about the nature of faith and ‘effectual calling’ in relation to the act of publicly confessing faith in Christ. Recognition of the Spirit as the present power of God’s eschatological reign, militant to shape reality, to win and secure faith, and to move women and men to a free creaturely acknowledgment of the same, proves essential to understanding the act of confessing the faith.

In: Journal of Reformed Theology
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Brill's Companions to Modern Theology offers cutting-edge, advanced level research in Modern Theology by world-leading scholars. Volumes address the themes, movements, backgrounds, central figures and challenges of Theology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, seeking to describe Christian life and the thought which underlies it. Each edited volume seeks not only to provide a rigorous synthesis of the current research in the field, but also advanced level original contributions to the current scholarship. Volumes are published in English and generally comprise 350-500 pages with eight to fifteen chapters. Editors and contributors are the foremost specialists in their respective fields.

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In the context of his Church Dogmatics Karl Barth offers a radical and radically revisionist account of the origins and nature of evil under the rubric of das Nichtige. Closely related to it is his concise discussion of the reality and agency of the devil. Barth displaces this topic from its usual place in the doctrine of the angels, contending that whatever the Enemy is it is not a creature of God, but rather a vicious dynamic power fundamentally antithetical to both God and God’s good creation. But how to think and speak Christianly of such a ‘third’ factor in the drama of salvation at all? This chapter explores Barth’s treatment of evil’s epitome and reflects upon how this theme raises important questions concerning the nature and limits of theological reasoning and expression.

In: The Finality of the Gospel
Karl Barth and the Tasks of Eschatology
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In this volume, leading systematic theologians and New Testament scholars working today undertake a fresh and constructive interdisciplinary engagement with key eschatological themes in Christian theology in close conversation with the work of Karl Barth. Ranging from close exegetical studies of Barth’s treatment of eschatological themes in his commentary on Romans or lectures on 1 Corinthians, to examination of his mature dogmatic discussions of death and evil, this volume offers a fascinating variety of insights into both Barth’s theology and its legacy, as well as the eschatological dimensions of the biblical witness and its salience for both the academy and church.

Contributors are: John M. G. Barclay, Douglas Campbell, Christophe Chalamet, Kaitlyn Dugan, Nancy J. Duff, Susan Eastman, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Grant Macaskill, Kenneth Oakes, Christoph Schwöbel Christiane Tietz, Philip G. Ziegler.
In: The Finality of the Gospel
In: Vetus Testamentum

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Central to Markus Barth’s work as a New Testament exegete was the pursuit of an ever more responsible interpretation of the letters of the apostle Paul that combined rigorous historical and theological concerns into a form of “biblical theology.” The culmination of this endeavour is unarguably his two-volume commentary on Ephesians. This essay explores the central claims advanced in that commentary with an especial focus on Barth’s claim that Ephesians 2:11–22 represents a high point in Paul’s witness concerning Jews and Gentiles. It goes on to demonstrate how Barth understood justification as the ‘sociohistorical’ outworking of God’s reconciling act in Jesus Christ. It concludes by examining some of the consequences of Barth’s contentions for orienting Christians toward the important task of Jewish-Christian relations in the present.

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In: Journal of Reformed Theology