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The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation: The Center of Paul's Method of Scriptural Interpretation

The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation: The Center of Paul's Method of Scriptural Interpretation

by Matthew W. Bates


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Against the prevailing models for understanding the Apostle Paul's interpretation and use of scripture, Matthew Bates proposes a fresh approach toward developing a Pauline hermeneutic. He combines historical criticism with an intertextual strategy that takes seriously the work of the early church fathers, and in so doing fills a void in current scholarship. Bates applies his method to both oft-referenced and underutilized passages in the writings of Paul and suggests a new model for Pauline hermeneutics that is centered on the apostolic proclamation of Christ.

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ISBN-13: 9781481311441
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Pages: 415
Sales rank: 792,724
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew W. Bates is Assistant Professor of Theology at Quincy University. He lives in Quincy, Illinois.

Table of Contents


1. Toward the Center of Pauline Hermeneutics

2. Paul and the Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Kerygma

3. Figuration and the Divine Economy

4. Introducing Prosopological Exegesis

5. Prosopological exegesis in Paul's Letters

6. The Implications of Kerygmatic Hermeneutics


Index of Biblical References

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St. Mary's Seminary & University - Michael J. Gorman

Bates offers the novel thesis that Paul, like other ancient writers, had a prosopological method of exegesis—attributing various voices in the scriptural texts to specific characters, especially Christ or God the Father—that was rooted in a master narrative about Christ and the gospel. Both appreciative of and critical of previous studies of Paul's hermeneutics, The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation has significant implications not only for understanding Paul, but also for ecumenical relations, Christian theology, and contemporary hermeneutics.

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