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Title:The Art of Reading Scripture
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Publisher:Eerdmans
ISBN:0802812694
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Number of Pages:354
Category:Theology, Scripture, Old testament

The Art of Reading Scripture by Ellen F. Davis, Richard B. Hays

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Art of Reading Scripture 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 i The Art of Reading Scripture i 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 i The Art of Reading Scripture i 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 .

b Contributors b .

Gary A Anderson Richard Bauckham .

ian 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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