How Scripture Interprets Scripture: What Biblical Writers Can Teach Us about Reading the Bible

How Scripture Interprets Scripture: What Biblical Writers Can Teach Us about Reading the Bible

by Michael Graves

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This book addresses a topic of vital concern to the church: How does the ancient biblical text speak to us today? Michael Graves, an expert in ancient exegesis, describes how Old Testament texts interpret earlier Old Testament traditions, explores New Testament reception, and explains how insights from this process translate into present-day biblical interpretation. Graves clearly explains and illustrates this approach with fulsome discussions of five themes that are addressed in various ways in the Bible: personal responsibility; sacrificial offerings; insiders and outsiders; marriage, polygamy, and divorce; and the afterlife. By attending to the way these topics are addressed throughout the entire biblical witness, we become better interpreters and teachers who are more adept at discerning the Bible's teaching on these topics and others for our modern world.

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ISBN-13: 9781493432332
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Graves (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church and The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Interpreting Scripture and Inner-Biblical Interpretation
2. Corporate and Individual Responsibility: Individual Responsibility within Community Obligations
3. Insiders and Outsiders: Outside and Inside Exist, but Invite the Outsider to Join
4. Marriage, Polygamy, and Divorce: Human Well-Being Now, Closeness to God as the Ultimate Goal
5. Sacrificial Offerings: Devoting Our Lives Fully to God, Receiving the Greater Gift
6. The Afterlife: Old Testament Hopes Become Reality in Jesus
7. Biblical Interpretation Then and Now

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