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The Bible, Justice and Public Theology
Edited by David J. Neville

Public theology is a developing field of discourse concerned to address matters of pressing public concern in theological perspective for the common good. Themes of ecology, poverty, human rights and especially justice feature prominently in its discourse. Although justice is also a prominent theme in the Bible, there is no single perspective on what constitutes justice in the Bible and no single view on how biblical perspectives on justice should contribute to contemporary discussion regarding the meaning and implementation of justice.

Informed and inspired by Christopher Marshall’s landmark work on Compassionate Justice (Cascade Books, 2012) in dialogue with Jesus’ parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, this collection of studies addresses various interrelations between the Bible, justice and public theology. Marshall himself proposes that certain parables of Jesus are paradigmatic for public theology, and some contributors respond to different dimensions of his treatment of the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son in terms of restorative justice.

Other contributors, by contrast, examine broader related concerns such as justice in biblical, theological and philosophical perspective, the hermeneutics of engagement for justice, the relation between feminist theology and restorative justice, biblical resources for public theology, and popular culture as both a conversation partner with and a medium for public theology.


David J. Neville is Associate Professor of Theology and Lecturer in Biblical Studies at St Mark’s National Theological Centre, the Canberra campus of Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 63
978-1-909697-47-8 hardback
Publication May 2014

Contents
THE BIBLE, JUSTICE AND PUBLIC THEOLOGY:
AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY
David J. Neville

PARABLES AS PARADIGMS FOR PUBLIC THEOLOGY
Christopher D. Marshall

LUKE’S GOSPEL ECONOMICS OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Merrill Kitchen

STOP, TAKE, CARE: READING LUKE 10.25-37 WITH ISLANDERS
IN PRISON
Jione Havea

MAKING PUBLIC THEOLOGY MORE BIBLICAL OR BIBLICAL
THEOLOGY MORE PUBLIC? CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL’S
INTERPRETATION OF THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON
IN LUKE 15
Geoff Broughton

‘BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT’? AN EXPLORATION OF
THE HERMENEUTICS OF ENGAGEMENT FOR JUSTICE
Helen-Ann Hartley

PROPHETS PERFORMING AS PUBLIC THEOLOGIANS
Jeanette Mathews

RESURRECTION AND JUSTICE
Thorwald Lorenzen

JUSTICE AND GENDER: ON FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Heather Thomson

PARABLE AS PARADIGM FOR PUBLIC THEOLOGY:
RELATING THEOLOGICAL VISION TO SOCIAL LIFE
David J. Neville

JUSTICE: THIN PRAGMATISM BETWEEN THICK PRACTICES
Philip J. Matthews

PUBLIC THEOLOGY THROUGH POPULAR CULTURE
Stephen Garner