The Revelatory Body
:Scripture points to the human body and lived experience as the privileged arena of God's self-disclosure in the world, says Luke Timothy Johnson. Attention to both ordinary and extraordinary manifestations of the Holy Spirit in and through the body is...
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:Scripture points to the human body and lived experience as the privileged arena of God's self-disclosure in the world, says Luke Timothy Johnson. Attention to both ordinary and extraordinary manifestations of the Holy Spirit in and through the body is essential for theology to recover its nature as an inductive art rather than a deductive science and to serve as an expression and articulation of authentic faith in the living God.
Willingness to risk engaging actual human situations -- rather than abstract conceptualizations about those situations -- is required of the theologian, Johnson argues. In The Revelatory Body he celebrates human experiences of activity, pleasure, pain, weariness, and aging, showing how theology might be enlivened through careful attention to the ways in which these bodily experiences disclose the movements of the Holy Spirit.
Luke Timothy Johnson (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A Roman Catholic, Johnson was a Benedictine monk and priest before becoming a biblical scholar. He is the author of several scholarly books and has written for Commonwealth and Christian Century.
Some of his many books include Hebrews: A Commentary (New Testament Library); Brother of Jesus: Friend of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans); The First and Second Letters to Timothy (Anchor Bible: Yale Universtiy Press 2001); Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel (HarperOne 1999); Reading Romans: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Crossroads Press 1997); Letters to Paul's Delegates: A Commentary on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus (1996); The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels (HarperOne 1996); The Letter of James (Anchor Bible: The Doubleday Religious Press 1995);The Acts of the Apostles (Liturgical Press 1992) and Luke (Liturgical Press 1991).
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