Engaging Biblical Authority

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Is the Bible infallible as some churches claim? Is it a historical document or a piece of literature, as scholars suggest? This helpful new book offers a brief introduction to the question of biblical authority, using essays by sixteen scholars who use the Bible as the word of God in their own religious tradition and scholarship. After William Brown introduces the basic issues of biblical authority, each scholar presents a different, but sympathetic, view from his or her own perspective. Included are traditional ...

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Overview

Is the Bible infallible as some churches claim? Is it a historical document or a piece of literature, as scholars suggest? This helpful new book offers a brief introduction to the question of biblical authority, using essays by sixteen scholars who use the Bible as the word of God in their own religious tradition and scholarship. After William Brown introduces the basic issues of biblical authority, each scholar presents a different, but sympathetic, view from his or her own perspective. Included are traditional Reformed, Lutheran, Wesleyan, Catholic, Jewish, and Orthodox views; recent conservative and evangelical positions; and critical African American, Asian American, Hispanic, feminist, and womanist perspectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664230579
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,106,459
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


William P. Brown is Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author a number of books including Character in Crisis: A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament and Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Abbreviations     viii
Introduction   William P. Brown     ix
Biblical Authority: A Jewish Pluralistic View   Marc Zvi Brettler     1
Hearing the Master's Voice   Michael Joseph Brown     10
The Biblical Mainstay of Liberation   Katie G. Cannon     18
"Lampara es a mis pies tu palabra": Biblical Authority at the Crossroads   Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi     27
The Soil That Is Scripture   Ellen F. Davis     36
The Authority of the Bible and the Imaging of God   Terence E. Fretheim     45
On the Authorities of Scripture   Robert W. Jenson     53
The Bible's Authority for and in the Church   Luke Timothy Johnson     62
Inhabiting Scripture, Dreaming Bible   Serene Jones     73
Authority and Narrative   Sarah Heaner Lancaster     81
Alternative Worlds: Reading the Bible as Scripture   Jacqueline E. Lapsley     90
Biblical Authority and the Scandal of the Incarnation   Frank J. Matera     98
The Charter of Christian Faith and Practice   S. Dean McBride Jr.     106
The Bible's Wounded Authority   Peter Ochs     113
Authority and the Practice of Reading Scripture   Allen Verhey     122
The Word of Creative Love, Peace, and Justice   Seung Ai Yang     132
Notes     141
Contributors     155
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