Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture

Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture

by David Lyle Jeffrey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0918954894

ISBN-13: 9780918954893

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Baylor University Press


In Houses of the Interpreter, David Lyle Jeffrey explores the terrain of the cultural history of biblical interpretation. But Jeffrey does not merely rest content to chart biblical scholarship and how it has both influenced and been influenced by culture. Instead, he chooses to focus upon the "art" of Biblical interpretation --how sculptors, musicians,

Overview


In Houses of the Interpreter, David Lyle Jeffrey explores the terrain of the cultural history of biblical interpretation. But Jeffrey does not merely rest content to chart biblical scholarship and how it has both influenced and been influenced by culture. Instead, he chooses to focus upon the "art" of Biblical interpretation --how sculptors, musicians, poets, novelists, and painters have "read" the Bible. By so doing, Jeffrey clearly demonstrates that such cultural interpretation has deepened the church's understanding of the Bible as Scripture and that, remarkably, this cultural reading has contributed to theology and the practice of faith. Jeffrey's chapters effectively root the theological issues central to any hermeneutical enterprise (e.g., Scriptural authority, narrative, the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, the role of the reader, gender, and postmodernism) in specific authors and artists (e.g., Chaucer, Bosch, Sir Orfeo, C. S. Lewis) --and he does this in constant conversation with literature, both eastern and western.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918954893
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
The Provost Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgement

PART ONE: Scripture in the House of Theology

1. How Firm a Foundation...?

2. Masterplot and Meaning in Biblical Narrative

3. Self-Examination and the Examination of Texts

4. Charity and Cupidity in Biblical Tradition

5. The Gospel according to Isaiah

PART TWO: Scripture in the Houses of Art

6. Authority and Interpretation in the House of Fame

7. Chaucer's Friar's (Unpaid) Rent

8. Conversion in the English Saints' Plays

9. Parody and Piety in Bosch's Haywain

10. Sir Orfeo's Harp: Music for the End of Time

PART THREE: Scripture in a House of Mirrors

11. Reading Wisely, Reading Well

12. Reading the Bible with C.S. Lewis

13. Scripture, Gender and Our Language of Worship

14. The Teaching Authority of Jesus and the Fatherhood of God

15. Postmodern Theology and Perennial Truth

Notes

Index

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