The Art of Reading Scripture

The Art of Reading Scripture


Edited by Ellen F. Davis, Edited by Richard B. Hays

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 20mm | 508g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802812694
  • ISBN 13: 9780802812698
  • Sales rank: 156,357

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Written by a group of eminent scholars and teachers, The Art of Reading Scripture clearly restates the proper approach to and goal of reading Scripture. Chapters range from theological principles for understanding the Bible to studies of ways the Bible has been interpreted in the past to examples of good exegesis. Also included are several model sermons on the subject. Above all, The Art of Reading Scripture shows that the Bible is neither a mere historical curiosity nor a therapeutic self-help manual but, first and foremost, the story of God's gracious rescue of our lost and broken world.

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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