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The Canonical Approach makes a detailed assessment of Brevard Childs' 'canonical approach' to biblical interpretation.
A careful analysis of Childs' work identifies a number of historical, hermeneutical, and theological issues that are central both to Childs' programme and to the wider methodological debate. These include the adequacy of the historical-critical tools, their relationship to the more recent, 'synchronic' approaches, the role of the interpreter's own presuppositions, the viability of working from a specific faith-commitment, and ways in which the ancient texts can 'speak' to the modern Church. After an incisive discussion of these questions it is suggested how Childs' programme can be set on a sounder methodological basis.
This book is particularly notable for its clarification of Childs' approach, and for its original solutions to a number of central methodological problems.
|2||Childs' Methodology: Some Fundamental Elements||9|
|3||From Canonical Introduction to Biblical Theology||38|
|4||Reference, Fact, and Interpretation||81|
|6||Traditions and the Final Form||145|
|7||Author, Reader, and Context||187|
|8||Philosophical and Canonical Hermeneutics||219|
|9||Hermeneutics and Objectivism||254|
|10||The Illumination by the Spirit||290|
|12||A Critical Reconstruction of Childs' Programme||328|
|Index of Authors||379|