Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Cultureby Frances M. Young
Pub. Date: 04/28/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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Table of ContentsPreface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Exegesis and the Unity of the Scriptures: 1. Reception and appropriation; 2. The mind of scripture; Part II. The Bible as Classic: 3. Cultures and literatures; 4. The advent of scholarship; 5. Bible and culture; Part III. Language and Reference: 6. Reference and cross-reference; 7. The sacrament of language; 8 Allēgoria and theōria; 9. The question of method; Part IV. The Bible and the Life of Faith: 10. The contexts of interpretation; 11. The life of faith; 12. The theologian as exegete; Conclusion and retrospect: towards an outline historical account; Bibliography; Index of biblical references; Index of modern scholars; Index of subjects.
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