God Sense

Overview

Throughout the modern period, history has been the dominant lens through which preachers have viewed the biblical text. The historical-critical method--with its emphasis on the context of a scriptural text's origins--has been the principal, or sole, tool with which preachers have approached the question of the text's meaning. Preachers have been in danger of losing the Bible as revelation and with that losing the rich varieties of God-centered meanings that our ancient forebears understood were the purpose of ...

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Overview

Throughout the modern period, history has been the dominant lens through which preachers have viewed the biblical text. The historical-critical method--with its emphasis on the context of a scriptural text's origins--has been the principal, or sole, tool with which preachers have approached the question of the text's meaning. Preachers have been in danger of losing the Bible as revelation and with that losing the rich varieties of God-centered meanings that our ancient forebears understood were the purpose of Scripture. They devised multiple 'lenses' through which the preacher was enabled to study Scripture, seeking to find there the Spirit's word to the congregation.

Paul Wilson draws on the practice of patristic and medieval exegesis to inform the contemporary preacher's encounter with Scripture. He begins by examining what earlier exegetes meant by the 'literal' meaning, which, at its core, centered on the theological message that the text was intended to convey about the gospel. He then demonstrates how a critical and informed understanding of the 'spiritual' meanings of the text, rather than importing meaning into the text as is often claimed, opens new possibilities for a faithful proclamation of the biblical witness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687006328
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He is one of the most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics in North America. He is the author of a number of books, including The Practice of Preaching, Imagination of the Heart, God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching, and The Four Pages of the Sermon, all published by Abingdon Press. He is the General Editor of The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
1 Reading Scripture with Many Lenses 9
Pt. I Literal Readings: Historical and Theological Criticism
2 The Literal Sense and Historical-Critical Exegesis 23
3 A Brief History of the Literal Sense 40
4 The Literal Sense and God 57
5 Theological Exegesis and the Literal Sense 69
Pt. II Spiritual Readings: Homiletical Criticism
6 The Spiritual Senses: An Introduction 85
7 The Moral Sense 91
8 The Allegorical Sense in History 112
9 Allegory- Anagogy, and Preaching 137
App God's Medicine 165
Notes 170
Index 187
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