The Virtuous Reader (Studies In Theological Interpretation Series)
This volume offers a rich and thought-provoking portrait, or series of portraits, of the virtues required to read the Old Testament well. Biblical scholar Richard Briggs provides an exegetical exploration of "interpretive virtue" by carefully reading five Old Testament passages...
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This volume offers a rich and thought-provoking portrait, or series of portraits, of the virtues required to read the Old Testament well. Biblical scholar Richard Briggs provides an exegetical exploration of "interpretive virtue" by carefully reading five Old Testament passages that reflect core virtues: humility, wisdom, trust, charity, and receptivity. The result is an example of theological interpretation that demonstrates the interplay between text and reader. Briggs approaches the biblical text with academic rigor and precision while maintaining an openness to the formative intentions of the biblical writers.
^^About the series: The Studies in Theological Interpretation series is dedicated to the pursuit of constructive theological interpretation of the church's inheritance of prophets and apostles in a manner that is open to reconnection with the long history of theological reading in the church. These brief, focused, and closely argued studies evaluate the hermeneutical, historical, and theological dimensions of scriptural reading and interpretation for our times.
"Extending the trajectory of his earlier work, here Richard Briggs inaugurates an important new quest: thick descriptions of interpretive virtues derived from concrete engagement with biblical texts. Disputes are likely to break out along his readers' way, but Briggs is a careful, well-informed, and thought-provoking guide for the journey. May this intriguing start lead others to explore exciting new territory even further!"--Daniel J. Treier, associate professor of theology, Wheaton College"This is a thorough-going, compendious critique of recent scholarship on readerly virtues as a condition of exegetical probity. Richard Briggs has given us ways to think coherently about achieving that trust in Scripture as Word of God that the text itself enjoins, yet without descending into a naivete that would undermine the 'tough-minded' critical virtues. A 'state of the question' study--and a contribution of great value."--David Lyle Jeffrey, distinguished professor of literature and the humanities, Baylor University"A terrific book! Briggs significantly advances the conversations about biblical interpretation and Christian character through his rich exegetical studies and his philosophical and theological insights. This book should be read by biblical scholars, theologians, ethicists, and pastors alike."--L. Gregory Jones, dean of the divinity school and professor of theology, Duke University"Richard Briggs combines sophisticated theological hermeneutics with close attention to the biblical text and a probing interaction with the literature of biblical commentary, both ancient and modern. The result is immensely readable--fresh discussions leading to readings of the Old Testament that are both memorable and persuasive."--Walter Moberly, professor of theology and biblical interpretation, Durham University"Richard Briggs addresses the important question of what it takes to be a virtuous reader of Scripture. Demonstrating himself the virtue of 'receptivity,' Briggs develops his answer through close attention to biblical texts and commends as well the virtues of humility, trust, and love. Here is a timely alternative to the dubious virtue of detached objectivity that undermines a true reading of Scripture."--Murray Rae, associate professor of theology and religious studies, University of Otago, New Zealand"Situated in the Old Testament, though embracing the entire Christian canon, The Virtuous Reader breathes life into essential questions older than the rabbis and the church's mothers and fathers. With sensitivity, the author invites us to consider those happy and healthy dispositions that Scripture itself elicits from those who would understand it. His learning is comprehensive, engaging not only 'the usual suspects' but also interpreters as varied as Wittgenstein and Mark Twain. Most important, by his gentle incisiveness Richard Briggs models the virtues of which he writes. A higher compliment than that I cannot render."--C. Clifton Black, Otto A. Piper of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary"This fascinating contribution focuses on the question, what kind of reader should we be in order to read the Bible well? Extremely well informed both about hermeneutics and philosophical conceptions of virtue, Briggs aims to show connections between the act of reading and the character of the reader. The Old Testament itself, he argues, not only implicitly projects an ideal virtuous character within its texts but also gives clues to the kinds of virtues expected of the reader. It is a most welcome addition to any scholarly and pastoral library on the Old Testament."--Gordon McConville, professor of Old Testament theology, University of Gloucestershire
Biblical interpretation expert Richard S. Briggs presents a rich and thought-provoking portrait, or series of portraits, of the kind of character most needed to be a good reader of the Old Testament. He highlights the moral character or virtues most appropriate to the varied tasks of reading the Old Testament, provides insight on theological interpretation, and examines five ways the Old Testament improves our ability to read Scripture well. Briggs also offers a defense of "interpretive virtue" and includes case studies of the Old Testament's shaping of the virtues of humility, wisdom, trust, love, and receptivity.
Dr Richard Briggs (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is Director of Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics at Cranmer Hall, Durham. He studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford, and then Theology at London Bible College, and the University of Nottingham, where he obtained a PhD for a thesis on "Speech Act Theory and Biblical Interpretation" (published as Words in Action in 2001).
He was involved in church planting ministry in Nottingham, preaches regularly, and has written widely on the subject of biblical interpretation. He is the author of Reading the Bible Wisely (SPCK, 2003); Light to Live By: How to Interpret the Bible (Scripture Union, 2005); Living for God (Piquant, 2008), and most recently The Virtuous Reader: Old Testament Narrative and Interpretive Virtue (Bakerbooks, 2010), as well as several other academic articles. Richard is married to Melody and they have three children
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- 1. In Pursuit Of The Virtues Of The Implied Reader Of The Old Testament<br>2. Neither Meek Nor Modest: The Puzzling Hermeneutics Of Humility<br><i>numbers 12 (moses)<br></i>3. Wisdom To Discern The Living Interpretation From The Dead<br><i>1 Kings 3 (solomon)<br></i>4. Like A Hermeneutic In A Cage: The Eclipse Of Biblical Trust<br><i>2 Kings 18 (hezekiah)<br></i>5. Love In The Time Of Monotheism: The Blessing Of Interpretive Charity<br><i>ruth 1 (ruth) And 2 Kings 5 (elisha)<br></i>6. Summoned: The Virtue Of Receptivity<br><i>isaiah 6 (isaiah)<br></i>7. The Virtuous Reader Of Old Testament Narrative: From The Implied Reader To The Real Reader<br>indexes