The Art of Reading Scripture

The Art of Reading Scripture

by Ellen F. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802812694

ISBN-13: 9780802812698

Pub. Date: 10/02/2003

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


The difficulty of interpreting the Bible is felt all over today. Is the Bible still authoritative for the faith and practice of the church? If so, in what way? What practices of reading offer the most appropriate approach to understanding Scripture? The church's lack of clarity about these issues has hindered its witness and mission, causing it to speak with…  See more details below

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The difficulty of interpreting the Bible is felt all over today. Is the Bible still authoritative for the faith and practice of the church? If so, in what way? What practices of reading offer the most appropriate approach to understanding Scripture? The church's lack of clarity about these issues has hindered its witness and mission, causing it to speak with an uncertain voice to the challenges of our time.

This important book is for a twenty-first-century church that seems to have lost the art of reading the Bible attentively and imaginatively. The Art of Reading Scripture is written by a group of eminent scholars and teachers seeking to recover the church's rich heritage of biblical interpretation in a dramatically changed cultural environment. Asking how best to read the Bible in a postmodern context, the contributors together affirm up front "Nine Theses" that provide substantial guidance for the church. The essays and sermons that follow both amplify and model the approach to Scripture outlined in the Nine Theses.

Lucidly conceived, carefully written, and shimmering with fresh insights, The Art of Reading Scripture proposes a far-reaching revolution in how the Bible is taught in theological seminaries and calls pastors and teachers in the church to rethink their practices of using the Bible.

Contributors:

Gary A. Anderson
Richard Bauckham
Brian E. Daley
Ellen F. Davis
Richard B. Hays
James C. Howell
Robert W. Jenson
William Stacy Johnson
L. Gregory Jones
Christine McSpadden
R. W. L. Moberly
David C. Steinmetz
Marianne Meye Thompson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802812698
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/02/2003
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,406,699
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction
Nine Theses on the Interpretation of Scripture1
Teaching the Bible Confessionally in the Church9
Scripture's Authority in the Church27
Reading Scripture as a Coherent Story38
Uncovering a Second Narrative: Detective Fiction and the Construction of Historical Method54
Is Patristic Exegesis Still Usable? Some Reflections on Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms69
Christ Was like St. Francis89
Reading the Scriptures Faithfully in a Postmodern Age109
Preaching Scripture Faithfully in a Post-Christendom Church125
Embodying Scripture in the Community of Faith143
Critical Traditioning: Seeking an Inner Biblical Hermeneutic163
Living Dangerously: Genesis 22 and the Quest for Good Biblical Interpretation181
Joseph and the Passion of Our Lord198
Reading Scripture in Light of the Resurrection216
How Can We Know the Truth? A Study of John 7:14-18239
"His Own Received Him Not": Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples258
Vulnerability, the Condition of Covenant277
Self-Inflicted Violence294
Prisoner of Hope300
Who Is the God That Will Deliver You?306
Netted311
Whether We Live or Die, We Are the Lord's317
Selected Bibliography326
Scripture Index329

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