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jwsheets | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jul 27 2015 2:52 PM

I am one semester into my ThM program and recently got a call from the Chancellor of my school. He informed me that the school was adding an additional option for their Masters and Doctorate programs. In the US many programs are course driven with a research paper tacked on to the end. However, in much of the rest of the world many degree programs are 100%, or close to it, research programs (can you say super-thesis?). Because he knows that I have several books that have been published, he thought that I might be a good candidate for the new research program for it might allow me to kill two birds with one stone - use the research program to acquire my ThM AND cull a lot of good material that would go a long ways toward a new book :-)

So, I jumped ship and am now committed to the research program - the theme will be the various views on the Kingdom of God, how they relate to the teachings in Scripture and how do they relate to the lifestyle and ministry of the 21st century follower of Jesus. Now my challenges:

1. Can someone point me to online theological repositories, databases, etc., of academic resources, theses, dissertations, etc?

2. Can someone point me to the best "academic" Logos resources available related to the Kingdom?

3. Can I get some help in building a comprehensive "Kingdom" collection

4. A search string(s) that I can use

5. I recently purchased Nota Bene to use as my academic catch all program (came highly recommended by N.T. Wright and D.A. Carson). Does anyone know of any good training resources for setting ND up and utilizing it more effectively? BTW if you join the Nota Bene User group over at Faithlife, you can get a substantial discount through the end of July :-)

I spoke with my sales rep and he suggested contacting support; support said my best bet was right here - that the forums housed the most knowledgeable power users, and academics that I would be able to find anywhere! :-)

Any help you can offer will be REALLY appreciated!

Thanks,

James

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 3:03 PM

For online resources. Start with passages relating to the kingdom of God and utilize this site. http://www.ntgateway.com/ 

Create a collection: subject:kingdom of God

From the home page:

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Run a search on your journals on each of the passages listed.

Not exactly what you are looking for but it is a start. 

Make sure publish the result of your work in Logos. With all the hyper-links, should be a treasure chest.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 3:04 PM

Additionally, run a topic search, passage search on the passages and see what comes up. The bibliography section of the commentaries and journals should really help.

Do have any of your published work in Logos?

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 3:06 PM

See if anything here strikes your fancy. https://www.logos.com/products/search?q=kingdom+of+god&start=0&sort=rel&pageSize=60 

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jwsheets | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 3:18 PM

Lynden,

Thanks for the suggestion!

As far as my books, Not in Logos, per se, but one of my books, The Love Language of God; Loving God, God's Way, is available over at Vryso, and if purchased there will be added to Logos.

James

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 4:09 PM

jwsheets:
1. Can someone point me to online theological repositories, databases, etc., of academic resources, theses, dissertations, etc?

Your library should provide links for you, but as a minimum you should be looking at ATLAS, JStor, Sage and ProQuest.

jwsheets:
Can someone point me to the best "academic" Logos resources available related to the Kingdom?

It really does depend on your perspective. I'd recommend looking at Ridderbos' The Coming of The Kingdom, Ladd's The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God, Chilton's Pure Kingdom: Jesus’ Vision of God, and perhaps Margaret Baker's The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God. The bibliographies in those works will give you plenty of others to chase.

If you want an older perspective, this classic collection will help you. Not in Logos are some vital works, such as Weiss' Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, Beasley-Murray's Jesus and the Kingdom of God, Chilton's The Kingdom of God, Dodd's The Parables of the Kingdom, Ladd's Jesus and the Kingdom, and Schweitzer's The Mystery of the Kingdom of God.

Of most importance to you, if you're looking at various views, would be Willis' The Kingdom of God in 20th Century Interpretation.

But I'd forget searching. Your topic is too broad at the moment. Start by using a Topic Guide on Kingdom of God to jump to the various academic dictionary articles. Add a Journals section to get good journal articles (if you own them). That will give you a good starting point, too.

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jwsheets | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 6:03 PM

Thank, Mark!

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jwsheets | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 6:03 PM

Thanks, Lynden!

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jwsheets | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 6:03 PM

In Vryso

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 6:55 PM

jwsheets:
1. Can someone point me to online theological repositories, databases, etc., of academic resources, theses, dissertations, etc?

Logos sells Religious and Theological Abstracts from http://rtabstracts.org/

Your college library should be able to put you in touch with databsaes such as EBSCO and journals such as Sage.

jwsheets:
2. Can someone point me to the best "academic" Logos resources available related to the Kingdom?

Most of these are in Logos:

  • Chilton, Bruce. Pure Kingdom: Jesus’ Vision of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996.
    Collins, Adela Yarbro and John J. Collins, King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature (Cambridge, U.K.: Eerdmans, 2008).
    Kanagaraj, Jey J. “Jesus the King, Merkabah Mysticism and the Gospel of John” in Tyndale Bulletin 37:2 (1996), 348–366.
    Wright, N T. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels. New York: HarperOne, 2012.
    Dempster, Stephen G. Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible. New Studies in Biblical Theology series (NSBT). IVP UK, 2003.
    Beskow, Per. Rex Gloriae: The Kingship of Christ in the Early Church. Wipf & Stock, 2014. (Originally published 1962). Translated by Eric J. Sharpe.
    Goldsworthy, Graeme. Gospel and Kingdom
    McKnight, Scot. Kingdom Conspiracy (Baker, 2014)

jwsheets:
3. Can I get some help in building a comprehensive "Kingdom" collection

Hmm. That sounds a little ambitious and very expensive, given that we are talking about 2000 years of study here. :-)

As Mark Barnes pointed out, it may be important to become aware of some of the major threads of kingdom-of-God studies, covering European thinking (such as Moltmann) as well as American, as well as older perspectives (e.g. Augustine's City of God). You will probably want to focus your kingdom research (and purchases) on one of these approaches (unless you are merely conducting a survey).

jwsheets:
4. A search string(s) that I can use

You'll want to create collections of your resources so you can search them. You can then search your journals or encyclopedias (Bible dictionaries) for articles where the Large Print or Head word contains the phrase "kingdom of God" (with the quotes).

Searching the Bible for kingdom is worthwhile too. In one of his blog posts, Scot McKnight listed the references he found for his kingdom books.

James, I'm on a similar journey to you, though perhaps a different tangent. I'm researching for what I hope will be a research degree in MTh. I have a question, related to how Jesus understood himself (Son of Man) and his vocation (kingdom of God). I don't yet understand Jesus in the terms he used to describe himself, and it seems to me important to do so.

I've come to realize that Jesus never defined "kingdom of God." He didn't need to: it was shared knowledge in his culture. They might differ in expectations of what it would ultimately look like or how or when it would reach culmination, but it was something that was already present and familiar and assumed. It's not familiar for me: in my twenty-first century Western democracy, I know very little about kingdom life. I realize that all my life as I've read the Bible I've filtered out the kingdom as arcane and irrelevant because I didn't recognize or understand it. That realization came by studying the 2nd temple literature to immerse myself in the worldview of Jesus and his hearers--some serious study of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls (non-Biblical), and Josephus (Antiquities). The kingdom of God is utterly ubiquitous, incorporating every area of their life. The entire Biblical narrative is the story of the kingdom (i.e. everything that's happened on God's watch). So now I've had to go back to read the Bible all over again, as the story of God's kingdom instead of filtering the kingdom out. It's going to take me years, but it's so worth it. The kingdom of God is the story.

All the best with your studies.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 7:44 PM

jwsheets:
So, I jumped ship and am now committed to the research program - the theme will be the various views on the Kingdom of God, how they relate to the teachings in Scripture and how do they relate to the lifestyle and ministry of the 21st century follower of Jesus.

You may also want to check out the FL resource "Audiences of John Paul II" (271 hits for "kingdom of God") as well as "Homilies of John Paul II" (137 hits), St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica (88 hits), St. Augustine's "Anti-Pelagian Writings" (NPNF 1.5) (85 hits), "Homilies of His Holiness Benedict XVI" (72 hits), Pope Benedict's General Audiences (42 hits), the Theology of the Body (41 hits), and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (46 hits). These resources will flesh out for you various non-Protestant approaches to the kingdom of God in biblical exegesis, systematic theology, evangelization, and pastoral practise. They date from roughly the fourth (Augustine), thirteenth (Aquinas), late twentieth, and early twenty first centuries AD.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 7:48 PM

I'm not sure about your school, but mine likes us to use a lot of journal articles as they are peer reviewed and represent scholarship that tends to be newer than what is contained in books.

I just purchased this: https://www.logos.com/product/46553/master-journal-bundle And suggest you might find it of benefit.

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jwsheets | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 8:23 PM

Allen, let me clarify, when I said build a collection, I mean a collection of my books on the Kingdom within Logos :-)

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 27 2015 10:13 PM

jwsheets:
Allen, let me clarify, when I said build a collection, I mean a collection of my books on the Kingdom within Logos :-)

Ah, you're asking for a rule or creating a collection?

This is what I'm using at present. It's actually rather manual: excluding things that showed up as irrelevant in my particular Logos library:

kingdom ANDNOT (series:Themelios,(type:commentary,encyclopedia),(title:Egypt,Armana,Hittite,Babylon,Assyria,prayer,"10 women",mentor,"quest for more","how to work","John Huss","The way to God",finances,losers,enough,greatness,"unlocking the mysteries","angels are  for real","real-life","gathering of believers","storm warrior","God told me","heaven answer book",Judas,Enoch,Apologetics,Mary,Sacraments,Shrewd,Evangelism,Ministry,"Christ and Creation","Strait Gate","Praying Backwards"))

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 28 2015 12:49 PM

In case this might help below is a list of all my resources that I have manually tagged with the tag "KingdomOfGod"


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