Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture

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Overview

This book challenges conventional accounts of early Christian exegesis of the bible by placing its interpretation in the context of the Graeco-Roman world. Professor Young describes how the Jewish scriptures were taken over, added to and reinterpreted as part of the process of forming the identity of the new Christian 'race' with its distinct culture. Young emphasises the importance of the way education was based on literature in the Roman Empire, and demonstrates how the methods and assumptions then taken for granted shaped Christian exegesis of scripture.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a deep and wise book that will interest and challenge any student of the history of exegesis." Thomas A. Smith, Religious Studies Review

"...this is an impressive and important book." John Behr, ST. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly

"Those who follow and admire the work of Frances Young will welcome this new work on patrisic exegesis. This book...offers a comprehensive analysis of the pervasive presence of the Bible in emerging Christian culture. ...worth reading..." John J. O'Keefe, Journal of Early Christian Studies

"Biblical Exegesis impresses the reader with its sheer breadth....It is Young's study of the Antiochene tradition and the breadth and richness of her work which makes Biblical Exegesis a truly important book." Michael Murrin, The Journal of Religion

"This demanding and rewarding book explicates the enormous impact of biblical exegesis on early Christian culture. One should not approach that exegesis without it." Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521045131
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances M. Young is Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, England.
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Reception and appropriation 9
2 The mind of scripture 29
3 Cultures and literatures 49
4 The advent of scholarship 76
5 Bible and culture 97
6 Reference and cross-reference 119
7 The sacrament of language 140
8 Allegoria and theoria 161
9 The question of method 186
10 The contexts of interpretation 217
11 The life of faith 248
12 The theologian as exegete 265
Conclusion and retrospect: towards an outline historical account 285
Bibliography 300
Index of biblical references 317
Index of modern scholars 321
Index of subjects 322
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