The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation

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This book provides the first complete guide for students to the present state of biblical studies. The twenty-one specially commissioned chapters are written by established scholars from North America and Britain, and represent both traditional and contemporary points of view. The chapters in Part One cover all the methods and approaches currently practised in the academic study of the Bible, while those in Part Two examine the major categories of books in the Bible from the perspective of recent scholarship - e.g. historical books of the Old Testament, Gospels, prophetic literature. Major issues raised are: the relation of modern 'critical' study of the Bible to 'pre-critical' and 'post-critical' approaches; the place of history in the study of the Bible; feminist, liberationist and new historicist concerns; the relation of Christian and Jewish scholarship; and recent interest in the Bible as literature.
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"These studies are very informative overviews of the particular subjects and their advocates, and they will be persuasive to those who share the assumptions with which the topics are addressed." E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"...a progress report on biblical interpretation in the 1990s...." New Testament Abstracts

"For an overview of recent Bible scholarship, one cannot do better than The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation....this is a lively, thorough, easy-to-read guide to the action." Tom D'Evelyn, The Providence Sunday Journal

"This is one of the best collections addressing methodological approaches and their application and is an important teaching tool in the face of the bewildering array of methodologies presently employed." Tammi J. Schneider, Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521485937
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 809,227
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; Glossary; 1. Introduction John Barton; Part I. Lines of Approach: 2. Historical-critical approaches John Barton; 3. Literary readings of the Bible David Jasper; 4. The social world of the Bible Keith W. Whitelam; 5. Poststructuralist approaches: new historicism and postmodernism Robert P. Carroll; 6. Political readings of scripture Tim Gorringe; 7. Feminist interpretation Ann Loades; 8. Biblical studies and theoretical hermeneutics Anthony Thiselton; 9. The Bible and Christian theology Robert Morgan; 10. Biblical study and linguistics William Johnstone; 11. Aspects of the Jewish contribution to biblical interpretation Stefan C. Reif; 12. The Bible in literature and art Stephen Prickett; Part II. Biblical Books in Modern Interpretation: 13. The Pentateuch Joseph Blenkinsopp; 14. The historical books of the Old Testament Iain Provan; 15. The prophetic books Robert R. Wilson; 16. The poetic and wisdom books Robert Alter; 17. The synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles: telling the Christian story Pheme Perkins; 18. John and the Johannine literature: the woman at the well John Ashton; 19. The Pauline letters James D. G. Dunn; 20. The non-Pauline letters Frances Young; 21. Apocalyptic literature James VanderKam; General Index; Index of biblical references.
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