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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 vThe 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...

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Number of Pages : 354 Pages
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  • Robert Tessmer
    2018-10-07 01:55

    This book was better than I had anticipated.I come from a fairly conservative background and was prepared to be underwhelmed by the authors of the different sections. I read one chapter a day and found myself engaged and challenged by the different interpretations.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 churchs 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 churchs 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.

  • Patrick
    2018-10-03 23:42

    The large number of contributors makes this an uneven book, but one I found worthwhile overall. Some of the more insightful chapters are the ones by Richard Hays, Richard Bauckham, David Steinmetz, L. Gregory Jones, and Gary Anderson. Ones I found less helpful (and not completely intelligible) were by Ellen Davis, James Howell, and William Johnson.The thing I appreciated most was all the authors' commitment to taking Scripture very seriously. I think their approach tended to be somewhat marred by modernist critical assumptions that dismiss the historicity of some texts and throw out traditional claims about authorship. But the nine main theses explicated in the introduction and which made up the core of the Scripture Project (from which this book came) were quite good, and establish a firm approach for hermeneutics and preaching.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-19 22:57

    I originally read part of this book in college, but finally was able to read it in its entirety. I was surprised with how much I struggled with the content; this book made me realized that most of the people I talk to about scripture share a fairly homogenous Baptist understanding, so I found acknolwedging the other perspectives mentioned challenging, even when the author of a particlar chapter presented a perspective he or she ultimately argued against. I especially liked the 4th section of the book (a collection of sermons) and I would like to learn to read scripture those ways.

  • Greg
    2018-09-26 01:45

    This is a collection of essays by members of The Scripture Project in Princeton. The essays deal with how to read scripture in the modern/postmodern world. Although the different authors come from different Christian denominations they share a common approach to reading scripture, including judicious use of ancient interpretations minus the anti-semitism. They discount the value of "higher criticism" and generally take synchronic approaches and assume that texts must be read in a confessional context according to dogma to be an authentic true reading.

  • Greg McKinzie
    2018-10-17 00:51

    A fascinating collage of approaches to biblical interpretation. I especially appreciated the essays in the first two sections. There is a great deal if insight to harvest from them, though as with most essay collections, such fruit is scattered. The nine theses that frame the book are probably as important as any contemporary proposal for an ecumenical engagement with Scripture. They represent first-rate scholarship that is fully committed to historical Christian faith dynamically engaged in present Christian life.

  • Shaun Brown
    2018-10-13 22:49

    An excellent work that constructively critiques the division within theological education between biblical, theological, historical, and practical studies. It includes essays and sermons by scholars like Ellen Davis, Richard Hays, Robert Jenson, Richard Bauckham, Brian Daley, SJ, L. Gregory Jones, Gary Anderson, and others. It shows how scholars should read the biblical text with the church, past and present, in order to help people grow in their faith and love of God. I highly recommend it.

  • Herman Hermans
    2018-10-09 20:51

    "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. Together they affirm up front "Nine theses" that provide substantial guidance for the church."

  • Neil White
    2018-09-26 21:46

    This is a deeply reflective book on the art of reading scripture and what it means to read scripture in our time. There are some profound articles that make up this book and even though it is a collection of articles by different authors and perspectives there are a number of unifying themes that come out of the labor of the Scripture Project that led to this volume.

  • Melisa Peebles
    2018-10-02 18:43

    SO good!

  • Lily
    2018-10-11 19:03

    I actually started this a while back; it is slow going, but interesting. I read a bit at a time when I feel in the mood. From my daughter :)

  • Jesse
    2018-09-30 19:56

    With Ellen Davis, recommended by Matt.

  • Richard Fitzgerald
    2018-09-30 20:00

    There were many important points made in this book. I do not, however, generally care for books that are a collection of essays and these seemed particularly disjoint.

  • Nate
    2018-09-25 23:46

    Brilliant entryway into various levels of theological interpretation, though with modern biblical scholarship still in view.

  • Ike
    2018-09-19 00:44

    I found some of the essays thought provoking and interesting, but some of the other essays/chapters I didn't like at all.