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The Virtuous Reader (Studies In Theological Interpretation Series)

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An expert in biblical interpretation explores "interpretive virtue" and examines five ways the Old Testament seeks to shape its readers.Biblical interpretation expert Richard S. Briggs presents a rich and thought-provoking portrait, or series of portraits, of the kind of character...


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An expert in biblical interpretation explores "interpretive virtue" and examines five ways the Old Testament seeks to shape its readers.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."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, Richard Briggs models the virtues of which he writes."--C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary

"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, Durham 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, Duke University

"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. A most welcome addition."--Gordon McConville, University of Gloucestershire

"Briggs addresses the important question of what it takes to be a virtuous reader of Scripture. Demonstrating 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, University of Otago, New Zealand

"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 naiveté that would undermine the 'tough-minded' critical virtues. A contribution of great value."--David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University

"Here 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."--Daniel J. Treier, Wheaton CollegeRichard S. Briggs (PhD, University of Nottingham) is director of biblical studies and hermeneutics at Cranmer Hall, St. John's College, Durham University. He is the author of Words in Action: Speech Act Theory and Biblical Interpretation and Reading the Bible Wisely.1. In Pursuit of the Virtues of the Implied Reader of the Old Testament
2. Neither Meek nor Modest: The Puzzling Hermeneutics of Humility
Numbers 12 (Moses)
3. Wisdom to Discern the Living Interpretation from the Dead
1 Kings 3 (Solomon)
4. Like a Hermeneutic in a Cage: The Eclipse of Biblical Trust
2 Kings 18 (Hezekiah)
5. Love in the Time of Monotheism: The Blessing of Interpretive Charity
Ruth 1 (Ruth) and 2 Kings 5 (Elisha)
6. Summoned: The Virtue of Receptivity
Isaiah 6 (Isaiah)
7. The Virtuous Reader of Old Testament Narrative: From the Implied Reader to the Real Reader
Indexes

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.
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Richard Briggs

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
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  • 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.

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