Scripture and Its Interpretation

A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible

Author: Michael J. Gorman

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493406175

Category: Religion

Page: 464

View: 4880

Top-notch biblical scholars from around the world and from various Christian traditions offer a fulsome yet readable introduction to the Bible and its interpretation. The book concisely introduces the Old and New Testaments and related topics and examines a wide variety of historical and contemporary interpretive approaches, including African, African-American, Asian, and Latino streams. Contributors include N. T. Wright, M. Daniel Carroll R., Stephen Fowl, Joel Green, Michael Holmes, Edith Humphrey, Christopher Rowland, and K. K. Yeo, among others. Questions for reflection and discussion, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary are included.


An Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible and Its Interpretation

Author: Michael J. Gorman

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441241655

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 3540

Most Bible introductions are the product of a single person or present only one perspective. Written by and for people from a variety of faith traditions, this distinctive introduction represents the work of fifteen Protestant and Catholic scholars--all members of the same theological faculty, but representing a diversity of backgrounds and approaches. Part I introduces the Bible itself: its library-like character; its geography, history, and archaeology; the books of each Testament; important noncanonical books; the Bible's various Jewish and Christian forms; and its transmission and translation. Part II covers the interpretation of the Bible at various times, in various traditions, and for various reasons: in the premodern period and in the modern and postmodern eras, including recent critical, theological, and ideological approaches; in Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, and African-American churches; and for spiritual growth, social justice, and Christian unity. Offering helpful insight into how Christians (and others) have agreed and disagreed in their approaches to the Bible, it provides students with a clear, succinct introduction to Scripture as divine and human word.

Scripture in Tradition

The Bible and Its Interpretation in the Orthodox Church

Author: John Breck

Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press

ISBN: 9780881412260

Category: Religion

Page: 238

View: 2568

'Behind' the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation

Author: Craig Bartholomew,C. Stephen Evans,Mary Healy,Murray Rae,Robin Parry

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310860946

Category: Religion

Page: 576

View: 1312

Christianity believes in a God who acts in history. The Bible tells us the story of God’s actions in Israel, culminating in the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth and the spreading of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome. The issue of history is thus unavoidable when it comes to reading the Bible. Volume 4 of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Series looks at how history has dominated biblical studies under the guise of historical criticism. This book explores ways in which different views of history influence interpretation. It considers the implications of a theology of history for biblical exegesis, and in several case studies it relates these insights to particular texts. “Few topics are more central to the task of biblical interpretation than history, and few books open up the subject in so illuminating and thought-provoking a manner as this splendid collection of essays and responses.” Hugh Williamson, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford, England “. . . breaks new ground in its interdisciplinary examination of the methodology, presuppositions, practices and purposes of biblical hermeneutics, with a special emphasis on the relation of faith and history.” Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, United States “This volume holds great promise for the full-fledged academic recovery of the Bible as Scripture. It embodies an unusual combination of world-class scholarship, historic Christian orthodoxy, bold challenges to conventional wisdom, and the launching of fresh new ideas.” Al Wolters, Professor of Religion and Theology, Redeemer University College, Ontario, Canada “The essays presented here respect the need and fruitfulness of a critical historiography while beginning the much-needed process of correcting the philosophical tenets underlying much modern and postmodern biblical research. The result is a book that mediates a faith understanding, both theoretical and practical, of how to read the Bible authentically as a Christian today.” Francis Martin, Chair, Catholic-Jewish Theological Studies, John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C. Not only is history central to the biblical story, but from a Christian perspective history revolves around Jesus Christ. All roads of human activity before Christ lead up to him, and all roads after Christ connect with him. A concern with history and God’s action in it is a central characteristic of the Bible. The Bible furnishes us with an account of God's interactions with people and with the nation of Israel that stretches down the timeline from creation to the early church. It tells us of real men, women, and children, real circumstances and events, real cultures, places, languages, and worldviews. And it shows us God at work in human affairs, revealing his character and heart through his activities. “Behind” the Text examines the correlation between history and the Bible. For the scholar, student, and informed reader of the Bible, this volume highlights the importance of history for biblical interpretation, and looks at how history has and should influence interpretation.

Trinity, Revelation, and Reading

A Theological Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation

Author: Scott R. Swain

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567016250

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 1038

A theology of biblical interpretation, treating both topics in light of their relationship to the triune God and the economy of redemption.

A History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 1

The Ancient Period

Author: Alan J. Hauser,Duane F. Watson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802842732

Category: Religion

Page: 536

View: 420

At first glance, it may seem strange that after more than two thousand years of biblical interpretation there are still major disagreements among biblical scholars about what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures say and about how one is to read and understand them. Yet the range of interpretive approaches now available is the result both of the richness of the biblical texts themselves and of differences in the worldviews of the communities and individuals who have sought to make the Scriptures relevant to their own time and place. "A History of Biblical Interpretation" provides detailed and extensive studies of the interpretation of the Scriptures by Jewish and Christian writers throughout the ages. Written by internationally renowned scholars, this multivolume work comprehensively treats the many different methods of interpretation, the many important interpreters who have written in various eras, and the many key issues that have surfaced repeatedly over the long course of biblical interpretation. This first volume of "A History of Biblical Interpretation" explores interpreters and their methods in the ancient period, from the very earliest stages to the time when the canons of Judaism and Christianity gained general acceptance. The first part of the book concentrates on the use of the Scriptures within Judaism. Chapters examine inner-biblical exegesis in the Tanak, the development of the Septuagint, the exegetical approach of Philo of Alexandria, biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Targumim, the nature of rabbinic midrash, the stabilization of the Hebrew Bible, and the interpretation of the Bible in the Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. The secondpart of the book probes themes specific to Christian interpretation of the biblical texts. Chapters here discusses how Israel's Scriptures are used in the New Testament writings, the hermeneutical approaches of the Apostolic Fathers and the Apologists, Alexandrian and Antiochene exegesis, the contributions of Jerome and Augustine, the formation of the New Testament canon, and the interpretation of Scripture in the New Testament Apocrypha and Gnostic writings. In addition to these in-depth studies, the volume includes a substantial introduction by the editors that gives readers both a broad overview of the primary issues and features of ancient biblical interpretation as treated in this volume and a means of sampling the ways in which the key figures, schools of interpretation, and issues discussed interweave and contrast with each other. Up to date, balanced, and engagingly written, this superb work -- and those to follow -- will soon become a standard resource on the history of biblical interpretation. Contributors: Peder Borgen Dennis Brown James H. Charlesworth Philip R. Davies Craig A. Evans Harry Gamble Leonard Greenspoon Alan J. Hauser Donald H. Juel Martin McNamara Esther Menn Richard A. Norris Jr. Gary G. Porton James A. Sanders Joseph Trigg Duane F. Watson Frances Young

The Interpretation of Scripture

In Defense of the Historical-critical Method

Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809145041

Category: Religion

Page: 153

View: 554

"The Interpretation of Scripture is an outstanding collection of important essays on the historical-critical method of biblical interpretation, written by renowned biblical scholar Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., who has taught Scripture and biblical languages since 1958." "Pastors, preachers, students in biblical disciplines, and scholars will appreciate using the historical-critical method as the mode of ascertaining the sense of the written Word of God."--BOOK JACKET.

Biblical Interpretation in the Russian Orthodox Church

A Historical and Hermeneutical Perspective

Author: Alexander I. Negrov

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161483714

Category: Religion

Page: 348

View: 5539

In the majority of western pre-modern and modern handbooks and surveys of the history of biblical scholarship, Eastern Orthodoxy is mostly and habitually dismissed. A clear orientation towards the western branch of the Christian church is maintained throughout. However, as the Russian Orthodox church is an organic part of the universal church this book attempts to assist in the Orthodox-Protestant interactions and serves as an introduction to Russian Orthodox hermeneutics. Alexander Negrov surveys the development of biblical interpretation within the history of the Russian Orthodox church from the Kiev period of its history (tenth to thirteenth centuries) until the Synodal period (1721-1917). The purpose of his study is to present a coherent analysis of the essential elements of Orthodox biblical hermeneutics as it developed over a period of several centuries which were critical to the defining of the Orthodox church and to present a case study of hermeneutical approach to the New Testament of D. I. Bogdashevskii (1861-1933). The main hermeneutical features of the Russian Orthodox church show that the church and tradition are the indispensable guides to the understanding of Scripture. Christ is considered as the beginning, centre, and end of biblical interpretation and exegesis is based upon cooperation between the Holy Spirit and the human interpreter. The church demands reading of the Scriptures guided by church dogmatics as well as a multi-discipline approach to the text.

Reformed Theology

Identity and Ecumenicity II : Biblical Interpretation in the Reformed Tradition

Author: Wallace M. Alston,Michael Welker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802803865

Category: Religion

Page: 457

View: 832

This dynamic array of scholars inspect the role of the Reformed confessional tradition in the reading and interpretation of scripture Their essays recognize the influence of one's context in doing exegetical work, and the work draws contributors not only from the west, but also from Hungary, Romania, India, South Africa and China. Wide-ranging and lucid, Reformed Theology is an excellent resource for readers looking to examine current Biblical and theological trends in Reformed thought. Includes contributions from: Denise M. Ackermann, Peter Balla, Brian K. Blount, Hendrik Bosman, H. Russel Botman, William P. Brown, H. J. Bernard Combrink, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Zsolt Gereb, Theodore Hiebert, Jaqueline E. Lapsley, Bernard Lategan, James Luther Mays, J. Clinton McCann, Jr., Alexander J. McKelway, Patrick D. Miller, Elna Mouton, Piet J. Naudé, Ed Noort, E. A. Obeng, Douglas F. Ottati, Ronald A. Piper, Cynthia L. Rigby, D. R. Sadananda, Konrad Schmid, Dirk Smit, Iain Torrence, Hans Weder, Carver T. Yu.

Sacred Scripture

A Short History of Interpretation

Author: Richard N. Soulen

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664232469

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 1335

How did the Bible's sixty-six books become sacred Scripture? How have they been understood and interpreted over the last two thousand years? What was it that led to our acceptance of the Bible as the true word of God? For two millennia, Christians have accepted the importance of the Bible as sacred Scripture, and for as many years they have struggled to comprehend its meaning. Over the centuries the church has expressed the centrality of Scripture in numerous ways, and Christians have studied and interpreted the Bible in a wide variety of faithful approaches. Understanding that process is critical to our ability--and our willingness--to accept the Bible as sacred and true. To that end, Richard Soulen leads us through the history of how Christian understandings of the Bible have changed and developed throughout history.

Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture

A Study of the Pontifical Biblical Commission's The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church

Author: Peter Williamson

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 9788876536175

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 1766

What distinguishes catholic exegesis from other approaches to interpreting Scripture? This study examines the Pontifical Biblical Commission's document, The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, and derives from it twenty principles of Catholic interpretation. The meaning of each of these principles is explained and its significance is discussed in light of commentary on the Biblical Commission's document, magisterial documents on Scripture, and contemporary scholarly discussion. This volume includes a preface by Card. Albert Vanhoye, formerly Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, a bibliography of works about the Commission's document and of works cited, a general index, and a glossary.

The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning

Debates on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Author: Christopher Spinks

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567185397

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8718

Many of the most pressing issues in theology and the church today depend greatly on the understanding of the bible. Recent debates on the theological interpretation of scripture have emerged which consider whether the meaning of scripture should concern theologians and church leaders at all. The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning is an account of these debates in examining the concept of meaning in current proposals of theological interpretation. The concept of meaning is educed either from the supposed nature of the texts and their authors or from the function of the texts in religious communities. Thus, approaches to theological interpretation become debates between ontological and pragmatic strategists. Stephen Fowl and Kevin Vanhoozer have embraced the term "theological interpretation" for their separate projects, but their ideas of what this means and how "meaning" is a part of it, differ greatly. Christopher Spinks describes their respective concepts of meaning and argues for a more holistic concept that allows theological interpreters to understand their craft not so much as a discovery of intentions or the creation of interests but as a conversation in which truth is mediated.

Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of Its Interpretation

II: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Author: Magne Sæbø

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3647539821

Category: Religion

Page: 1248

View: 2810

Dieser Band setzt das große internationale Standardwerk zur Rezeption der Hebräischen Bibel/des Alten Testaments, das christliche und jüdische Fachleute aus der ganzen Welt vereint, fort. Es stellt die alttestamentliche Exegese von den Anfängen innerbiblischer Schriftdeutung bis zur gegenwärtigen Forschung umfassend dar. Dieser Band widmet sich der Zeitspanne zwischen Renaissance und Aufklärung (1300–1800).

Protestant Biblical Interpretation

A Textbook of Hermeneutics

Author: Bernard Ramm

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 144120508X

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 614

Since its publication in 1950, Protestant Biblical Interpretation has been a standard introduction to hermeneutics in evangelical colleges and seminaries. Twice revised, this textbook has sold well over 100,000 copies. Now this venerable resource is available in a paperback edition. "Hermeneutics," writes the author, "is the science and art of Biblical interpretation. . . . As such it forms one of the most important members of the theological sciences. This is especially true for conservative Protestantism, which looks on the Bible as . . . the only authoritative voice of God to man." After surveying the history of biblical interpretation, the author devotes seventy pages to explicating "the Protestant system of hermeneutics." He then discusses the doctrinal, devotional, and practical uses of the Bible. Following a chapter on the hermeneutical dimension of the problem of biblical inerrancy and secular science, he concludes with chapters on the interpretation of types, prophecy, and parables.

Feminist Interpretation of the Bible

Author: Letty M. Russell

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664246396

Category: Religion

Page: 166

View: 8462

Essays discuss women's role in the church, the interpretation of Scripture, the use of Biblical materials, women in the Bible, female sexuality, battered women, and Biblical authority

Hebrew Bible. Old Testament

The History of Its Interpretation

Author: Magne Saebo

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783525536360


Page: 3152

View: 914

Revelation, Scripture and Church

Theological Hermeneutic Thought of James Barr, Paul Ricoeur and Hans Frei

Author: Richard R. Topping

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754658023

Category: Religion

Page: 239

View: 460

How is God involved with the Bible? And how does God's involvement with the generation of Holy Scripture and its use in the life of the Christian church figure into the human work of Scripture interpretation? This is the central question that this book seeks to address. In critical conversation with the influential hermeneutic programs of James Barr, Paul Ricoeur and Hans Frei, Topping demonstrates how God's agency has been marginalized in the task of scripture interpretation. Divine involvement with the Bible is bracketed out (Barr), rendered in generic terms (Ricoeur) or left implicit (Frei) in these depictions of the hermeneutic field. The result is that each of these hermeneutic programs are less than 'realist' interpretative proposals. Talk of God is eclipsed by the terminal consideration of human realities. Topping argues for the centrality of doctrinal description in a lively theological understanding of Scripture interpretation for the life of the church.

Unlocking the Gospels

Five Keys for Biblical Interpretation

Author: Jeremy Corley

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814628973

Category: Religion

Page: 24

View: 8148

A guide for beginners in Biblical study -- whether churchgoers who hear the Gospels on Sundays, or students beginning a New Testament course. This booklet presents five keys or methods for understanding the riches of the Gospels and illustrates these methods by applying them to the story of the widow's mites. It concludes with pointers for further investigation of the Gospels, including websites.

Hermeneutica Sacra

Author: Johann Anselm Steiger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110236869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

View: 2825

Scholars of the history of theology and the humanities from North America, Scandinavia and Germany investigate Biblical hermeneutics from its foundations laid during the Reformation (Luther, Melanchthon) to its multifaceted effects during the 16th and 17th centuries. This book specifically focuses on the diversity of the art of exegesis as exemplified in theological textbooks, sermons and the divine service.

The Bible and the Believer

How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously

Author: Marc Zvi Brettler,Peter Enns,Daniel J. Harrington

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019997716X

Category: Bibles

Page: 224

View: 2902

Can the Bible be approached both as sacred scripture and as a historical and literary text? For many people, it must be one or the other. How can we read the Bible both ways? The Bible and the Believer brings together three distinguished biblical scholars--one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant--to illustrate how to read the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament critically and religiously. Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, and Daniel J. Harrington tackle a dilemma that not only haunts biblical scholarship today, but also disturbs students and others exposed to biblical criticism for the first time, either in university courses or through their own reading. Failure to resolve these conflicting interpretive strategies often results in rejection of either the critical approach or the religious approach--or both. But the authors demonstrate how biblical criticism--the process of establishing the original contextual meaning of biblical texts with the tools of literary and historical analysis--need not undermine religious interpretations of the Bible, but can in fact enhance them. They show how awareness of new archeological evidence, cultural context, literary form, and other tools of historical criticism can provide the necessary preparation for a sound religious reading. And they argue that the challenges such study raises for religious belief should be brought into conversation with religious tradition rather than deemed grounds for dismissing either that tradition or biblical criticism. Guiding readers through the history of biblical exegesis within the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faith traditions, The Bible and the Believer bridges an age-old gap between critical and religious approaches to the Old Testament.