A Hermeneutic of Wisdom : Recovering the Formative Agency of Scripture

A Hermeneutic of Wisdom : Recovering the Formative Agency of Scripture

by J. de Waal Dryden


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This book develops an integrated hermeneutic that connects the Bible to spiritual formation and the development of Christian virtues. The author shows how the whole Bible can be understood as a wisdom text that directs its readers morally, shapes them in their deepest affections and convictions, and impacts how they look at the world and live in it. Offering an innovative hermeneutical approach, it will serve as an ideal supplement to standard hermeneutics textbooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801097935
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

J. de Waal Dryden (PhD, Cambridge University) is professor of biblical studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He is the author of Theology and Ethics in 1 Peter: Paraenetic Strategies for Christian Character Formation and a forthcoming commentary on 2 Corinthians.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Tilling the Soil
1. Knowing and Reading
2. Theology and Ethics
3. Law and Gospel
Part 2: Planting the Seeds
4. Reading Gospels for Wisdom: Theory
5. Reading Gospels for Wisdom: Practice
6. Reading Epistles for Wisdom: Theory
7. Reading Epistles for Wisdom: Practice
Appendix: Wisdom and "Wisdom Literature"

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