The Art of Reading Scripture
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The difficulty of interpreting the Bible is felt all over today. Is the Bible still authoritative for the faith and practice of the church? If so, in what way? What practices of reading offer the most appropriate approach to understanding Scripture? The church's lack of clarity about these issues has hindered its witness and mission, causing it to speak with an uncertain voice to the challenges of our time.^This important book is for a twenty-first-century church that seems to have lost the art of reading the Bible attentively and imaginatively. "The Art of Reading Scripture" is written by a group of eminent scholars and teachers seeking to recover the church's rich heritage of biblical interpretation in a dramatically changed cultural environment. Asking how best to read the Bible in a postmodern context, the contributors together affirm up front Nine Theses that provide substantial guidance for the church. The essays and sermons that follow both amplify and model the approach to Scripture outlined in the Nine Theses.^Lucidly conceived, carefully written, and shimmering with fresh insights, "The Art of Reading Scripture" proposes a far-reaching revolution in how the Bible is taught in theological seminaries and calls pastors and teachers in the church to rethink their practices of using the Bible.^Contributors: Gary A. Anderson^Richard Bauckham^Brian E. Daley^Ellen F. Davis^Richard B. Hays^James C. Howell^Robert W. Jenson^William Stacy Johnson^L. Gregory Jones^Christine McSpadden^R. W. L. Moberly^David C. Steinmetz^Marianne Meye Thompson
"This important book is for a twenty-first-century church that seems to have lost the art of reading the Bible attentively and imaginatively. The Art of Reading Scripture is written by a group of eminent scholars and teachers seeking to recover the church's rich heritage of biblical interpretation in a dramatically changed cultural environment. Asking how best to read the Bible in a post-modern context, the contributors together affirm up front "Nine Theses" that provide substantial guidance for the church. The essays and sermons that follow both amplify and model the approach to Scripture outlined in the Nine Theses."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is the author of "Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text"; "Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs" and "Getting Involved with God"; and "Imagination Shaped".
Richard B. Hays (Ph.D., Emory University) is George Washington Ivey Professor ) at Duke University, previously he was a Professor at Yale. Professor Hays is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarly work explores the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israels Scripture. His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century.
His other books include The Faith of Jesus Christ, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, First Corinthians (Interpretation Commentaries), The Letter to the Galatians (New Interpreters Bible), and (with co-editor Ellen Davis) The Art of Reading Scripture andSeeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage. His work, widely published in scholarly journals, has been translatedinto several languages, and he has lectured internationally to academic audiences.