The Canonical Approach: A Critical Reconstruction of the Hermeneutics of Brevard S. Childs

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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.

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'...the illuminating account of Childs makes this a useful contribution to the debate.'
Walter Moberly, The Expository times, 1996.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004101517
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Biblical Interpretation Series, #16
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Noble, Ph.D. (1992) in Old Testament Hermeneutics, University of Cambridge, is Part-Time Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Suffolk College, England. He has published several articles on biblical methodology and literary theory, and on the interpretation of Amos.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Childs' Methodology: Some Fundamental Elements 9
3 From Canonical Introduction to Biblical Theology 38
4 Reference, Fact, and Interpretation 81
5 Historical Methodology 108
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
11 Canonical Exegesis 302
12 A Critical Reconstruction of Childs' Programme 328
Bibliography 371
Index of Authors 379
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