History of Biblical Interpretation: A Reader

History of Biblical Interpretation: A Reader

by William Yarchin


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What questions do interpreters ask of Scripture and how have those questions changed over time? History of Biblical Interpretation starts at 150 BCE and moves to the present in exploring the major developments and principal approaches to interpreting the Bible. Thirty-four chapters survey the most significant methods and provide introductions to the prominent people who exemplify them. Each chapter also presents an original document that demonstrates this person's interpretational approach and includes a reference bibliography for further reading. Whether used as a textbook or in individual study, this excellent introduction to the history of biblical interpretation will open new doors for students of the Bible, theology, and church history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801039805
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 474
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

William Yarchin (PhD, Claremont Graduate School) is the Dean's Endowed Professor of Biblical Studies in the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The History of Biblical Interpretation
Part One: Prerabbinic Jewish Interpretation (150 B.C.E.-70 C.E.)
1. Ancient Greek Translation of Hebrew Scriptures: The Aristeas Legend
2. Biblical Commentary in the Dead Sea Scrolls
3. Philosophical Allegory: Philo of Alexandria
Part Two: Patristic Interpretation and Its Legacy (150-1500 C.E.)
4. Christian Fulfillment of Prophecy: Justin Martyr
5. Penetrating the Inner Meaning of Scripture: Origen
6. Principles for Typological Interpretation: Tyconius
7. Figurative, Literal, and Christian Meanings from Scripture: Augustine
8. Anchoring the Text in History: Early Syrian Biblical Interpretation: Theodore of Mopsuestia and Theodoret of Cyrus
9. Spiritual Application of the Bible: Gregory the Great
10. How Can a Text Bear Multiple Meanings? Thomas Aquinas
11. Medieval Recognition of the Literal Sense: Nicholas of Lyra and the Glossa ordinaria on Psalm 23
Part Three: Rabbinic Interpretation and Its Legacy (150-1500 C.E.)
12. An Overview of the Classical Jewish Interpretive Tradition
13. Halakic Interpretation of the Scriptures: Sabbath Law in Exodus 31:12-17; The Mekilta of Rabbi Ishmael; The Palestinian Talmud, Tractate Yoma 8.3-5; Rabbi Shlomo YitzHaqi (Rashi); Rabbi Moses ben Nahman (Ramban, Nahmanides)
14. Haggadic Interpretation of the Scriptures: Psalm 23 in the Yalqut Shim'oni
15. Systematically Philosophical Jewish Exegesis: Sa'adia ben Joseph
Part Four: Modern Interpretation (1500-Present)
16. Renaissance Scholarship: Psalm 23 in Critici sacri
17. Allegory, Authorial Intent, and Christian Doctrine: John Calvin
18. Enlightenment Rationality for Understanding Scripture: Baruch Spinoza
19. Renewing the Jewish Past to Engage with the Present: Moses Mendelssohn
20. Historical Criticism Rigorously Applied to the Gospels: David Friedrich Strauss
21. Recognizing Genres in Scripture: Hermann Gunkel
22. Searching for the Origins of the Jesus Tradition: Rudolph Bultmann
23. Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation: William F. Albright
24. Disconnection between Ancient and Modern Worldviews: Langdon Gilkey
25. Salvation History and Modern Historiography: Christian Hartlich
Part Five: Late Modern Interpretation (1970-Present)
26. Canonical Interpretation: Brevard Childs
27. The Wisdom of the Fathers: David C. Steinmetz
28. Jews, Christians, and Theological Interpretation of the Bible: Jon Levenson
29. The Illusion of Objective Biblical Interpretation: Walter Wink
30. Rhetorical Interpretation of the Bible's Literature: Phyllis Trible
31. Nonobjective Validity in Literary Biblical Interpretation: Edgar V. McKnight
32. Unmasking Ideologies in Biblical Interpretation: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
33. Biblical Rhetoric and Revelation: Dale Patrick
34. The Multiple Voices of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation: Fernando F. Segovia

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