The Art of Reading Scripture

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Overview

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 post-modern 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802812698
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/2/2003
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 703,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction
Nine Theses on the Interpretation of Scripture 1
Teaching the Bible Confessionally in the Church 9
Scripture's Authority in the Church 27
Reading Scripture as a Coherent Story 38
Uncovering a Second Narrative: Detective Fiction and the Construction of Historical Method 54
Is Patristic Exegesis Still Usable? Some Reflections on Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms 69
Christ Was like St. Francis 89
Reading the Scriptures Faithfully in a Postmodern Age 109
Preaching Scripture Faithfully in a Post-Christendom Church 125
Embodying Scripture in the Community of Faith 143
Critical Traditioning: Seeking an Inner Biblical Hermeneutic 163
Living Dangerously: Genesis 22 and the Quest for Good Biblical Interpretation 181
Joseph and the Passion of Our Lord 198
Reading Scripture in Light of the Resurrection 216
How Can We Know the Truth? A Study of John 7:14-18 239
"His Own Received Him Not": Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples 258
Vulnerability, the Condition of Covenant 277
Self-Inflicted Violence 294
Prisoner of Hope 300
Who Is the God That Will Deliver You? 306
Netted 311
Whether We Live or Die, We Are the Lord's 317
Selected Bibliography 326
Scripture Index 329
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