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The essays in this volume identify apocalyptic discourse in the New Testament and examine its intertexture, that is, what the apocalyptic discourse represents, refers to, and uses of phenomena outside itself. Intertexture includes references in the Hebrew Bible, intertestamental texts, and Greco-Roman literature, as well as related social and cultural phenomena. Contributors identify the biblical writer’s selection and use of the intertextural references in argumentative strategies in apocalyptic discourse. They identify topics and argumentation that might be distinctive to apocalyptic discourse, refining the definition of the apocalyptic genre and determining more precisely the social and cultural placement of early Christianity. This volume arises out of a special session of the Rhetoric and the New Testament Section of the Society of Biblical Literature 1999 Annual Meeting. The contributors to the volume are include L. Gregory Bloomquist, David A. deSilva, James D. Hester, Edith M. Humphrey, B. J. Oropeza, Vernon K. Robbins, Russell B. Sisson, Wesley Hiram Wachob, and Duane F. Watson.

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In response to criticisms of the use of the Ideological Surround Model to analyze Tolerance of Ambiguity, emphasis is placed on how the methodologies of this model operate from Christian pacifist assumptions. This model seeks to promote social scientific methodologies that will allow competing perspectives to obtain increasing clarity on points of conflict.

In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion
Many theories and propositions have been advanced on the tacit assumption that international law encompasses the protection of human rights. Very few, if any, question the validity of this position. Here is a book that does.

Theory and Reality in the International Protection of Human Rights presents a defense of the traditional theory of international law-based on a decentralized nation-state system of international relation—as being more appropriate for the analysis of its subject than more recent variants that allow for supranational redress at an increasingly personal level. In particular, Professor Watson shows how the proponents of the international human rights regime persistently use a legislative mode of reasoning, and how international law cannot sustain this technique. He holds that violation of the right to life is best adjudicated within a customary system, and concludes that the validity of the norms of international human rights has yet to be demonstrated.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.