The Bible in History

The Bible in History : How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

3.64 (14 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

No one can doubt that the Bible has exerted a tremendous influence on Western civilization since the dawn of Christianity. But few of us have considered the precise nature of that influence in particular historical contexts. In this book, David Kling traces the fascinating story of how specific biblical texts have at different times emerged to be the inspiration of movements that have changed the course of history. By examining eight such pivotal texts, Kling elucidates the ways in which sacred texts continue to shape our lives as well as our history. Among the passages he discusses are: * "Upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18), which inspired the formation of the papacy and has served as its foundation for centuries * "The righteous will live by faith" (Romans 1:17), which caught the imagination of Martin Luther and sparked the Protestant Reformation * "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord: Let my people go, so that they may worship me'" (Exodus 8:1), which has played an important and diverse role in African American history from early slave spirituals through the modern civil rights movement and beyond * "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28), which has been adopted by feminists as a rallying cry in the battle for women's ordination. Each of the historical episodes he explores-from the beginning of Christian monasticism to the emergence of Pentecostalism-is evidence of the dynamic interplay between Scripture and the social and cultural context in which it is interpreted. Kling's innovative study of this process shows how sacred texts can give life to social movements, and how powerful social forces can give new meaning to Scripture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 149.9 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0195310217
  • 9780195310214
  • 1,457,340

Review quote

"David Kling's book takes the Bible seriously as the church's book at the same time as it shows how the church has interpreted the Bible differently over time. Kling's book will help Christians and others understand how the church's understanding of the Bible has both shaped and been shaped by history."-Timothy Weber, President, Memphis Theological Seminary "David Kling has written a fascinating and accessible account of the way in which biblical texts left their mark in the history and culture of the past. The book focuses on crucial moments in Christian history from the origin of monasticism to the ordination of women and on key figures from Bernard of Clairvaux to Martin Luther. The result is a readable and informative introduction to the history of biblical interpretation, which both beginning students and advanced scholars can read with profit."-David C. Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity, The Divinity School, Duke University "David Kling has attempted a foolhardy thing-he has tried to illuminate the ubiquitous presence of the Bible in Western history by treating only eight specific texts as they have been understood across the centuries. Remarkably, the book succeeds and succeeds very well. By attending carefully to multiple, often contradictory interpretations of Holy Scripture, Kling explains a very great deal about those who have put the Bible to use. He may explain even more about the enduring attraction of Scripture itself." -Mark A. Noll, author of Americas God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln "...erudite but jargon-free, smoothly organized and accessible."-Christian Century "Always fascinating and entertaining, Kling's account of the Bible in history is sure to increase your appreciation and understanding of the Bible's impact in the world."-Singing News "[David W. Kling] has many good stories to tell, and he tells them very well. His informative and often entertaining survey illustrates a fascinating approach to biblical studies and to history in general."-Americashow more

About David W. Kling

David W. Kling is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. He is the author of A Field of Divine Wonders: The New Divinity and Village Revivals in Northwestern Connecticut, 1792-1822 (1993) and co-editor of Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons (2003).show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. "Follow me": Anthony and the Rise of Monasticism ; 2. "Upon this Rock": Peter and the Papacy ; 3. "Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth": Bernard and the Song of Songs ; 4. "The righteous will live by faith": Luther's Search for a Gracious God ; 5. "Love your enemies": Anabaptists and the Peace Tradition ; 6. "Let my People go": Exodus in the African American Experience ; 7. "Filled with the Holy Spirit": The Roots of Pentecostalism ; 8. "One in Christ Jesus": Women's Ministry and Ordination ; Conclusionshow more

Rating details

14 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 21% (3)
4 29% (4)
3 43% (6)
2 7% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X