Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts

Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts : A Festschrift in Honor of Wayne G. Rollins

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For centuries scholars have been developing ways of studying the bible, through exegesis, historical critique, literary critique, form criticism, and narrative analysis. During the last half century new theoretical approaches have come to the fore. Psychological Hermeneutics takes as its starting point the text itself, and its context - the dynamics of the human document created, the person(s) who authored the text, the original audience for which it was intended, the subsequent audiences to which it spoke, and the factors that were at play behind, in, and in front of the text.

The contributions to this volume examine the growth of Psychological Hermeneutics as a discipline within biblical studies. The book is structured in two parts. The first assesses the approach taken by Wayne G. Rollins, one of the pioneers of this field. The second provides applications of Rollins' approach. The result is a book which presents a state-of-the-art survey of the discipline and development of Psychological Hermeneutics over the last thirty years.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0567644332
  • 9780567644336
  • 1,257,947

About J. Harold Ellens

J. Harold Ellens is a highly published scholar on the interface of the disciplines of psychology and religion/spirituality. He is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan, a retired Presbyterian theologian and pastor, and a retired US army chaplain
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Table of contents

Foreword - D. Andrew Kille
1. Introduction - J. Harold Ellens
2. Redaction Criticism: The Gospels, Portraits of Christ (Rollins.1964) - David Barr
3. Analytical Psychology and Biblical Interpretation: Jung and the Bible (Rollins, 1983) - D. Andrew Kille
4. Psychology and Biblical Studies: Birth and Development of a New SBL Program Unit (1991-2010) - J. Harold Ellens
5. Psychological Biblical Criticism: Soul and Psyche, The Bible in Psychological Perspective (Rollins, 1999) - Don Capps
6. Psychology and the Bible, A New Way to Read the Scriptures (Rollins and Ellens, 2004) - F. Morgan Roberts
7. Psychological Insight into the Bible, Texts and Readings (Rollins and Kille, 2007) - Ralph Underwood
8. Psychology and Biblical Studies in Retrospect and Prospect - Hal Childs
9. Application Psychology, Biblical Interpretation, and the Future - Michael Newheart
10. Thinking Ecologically: Some Reflective Thoughts on Character Ethics and the Old Testament: Moral Dimensions of Scripture - Andre LaCocque
11. The Suffering Servant of Isaiah in Cognitive-Critical Perspective - Paul N. Anderson
12. The Compassion of God as the Basis for Other-directedness - Frederick H. Shively
13. Psychological Hermeneutics in Homilies for Worship Schuyler Brown/Psychology and the Hebrew Bible, Read Through the Lenses of Freud and Lacan - Ilona Rashkow
14. Pastoral Psychology and Chaplaincies: Applied Ministries in Psychology and Spirituality Raymond Lawrence/Conclusion - J. Harold Ellens
Biography of Wayne G. Rollins
Bibliography of the Publications of Wayne G. Rollins
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