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Author(s): Morna D Hooker, Morna D. Hooker
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This book looks at the "last words" of some of our New Testament books, and considers their purpose and message. Looking especially at each of the narrative books - the Gospels and Acts, the author finds that the ending of each narrative is carefully crafted, in order to pick up some of the themes spelt out earlier in the book which it concludes. In particular, each ending appears to point backwards to the beginning of the book. Each of the narrative texts has a "suspended ending", which challenges the reader to continue the story for themselves. It demonstrates how literary structures were used by these early Christian writers to convey important theological beliefs.
Morna Dorothy Hooker is a British theologian and New Testament scholar. She was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity within the University of Cambridge from 1976 to 1998, becoming the first woman to hold the Cambridge degree of D.D., and as of 1998 is Professor Emerita. She remains a Fellow of Robinson College, having joined the fellowship as a founding Fellow in 1977, and is also a Fellow of King's College London and an honorary Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.
Morna Hooker is Professor Emerita, University of Cambridge and Emerita Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. She has published widely in the field of New Testament Studies, including Beginnings: Keys that Open the Gospels. Morna Hooker is also joint editor of The Journal of Theological Studies
"This little book is a gem (...). Here is New Testament scholarship truly serving the Church in its summons to its members to discipleship and witness and in its accompanying assurance of the ongoing presence of the risen Lord." Howard Marshall.