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Reading Sacred Scripture: Voices from the History of Biblical Interpretation

Reading Sacred Scripture: Voices from the History of Biblical Interpretation (Paperback)

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Though well-known and oft-repeated, the advice to read the Bible "like any other book" is extremely unhelpful, say Stephen and Martin Westerholm, since the voice of Scripture calls us to hear and respond to its words uniquely as divine address. In Reading Sacred Scripture the authors (father and son) invite their readers to engage seriously with a dozen major Bible interpreters - ranging from the second century to the twentieth - who have been attentive to Scripture's voice.

After expertly setting forth pertinent background context in two initial chapters, the Westerholms devote a separate chapter to each interpreter, exploring how these key Christian thinkers each understood Scripture and how it should be read. Though differing widely in their approaches to the text and its interpretation these twelve select interpreters all insisted that the Bible is like no other book and should be read accordingly.

Subjects discussed include: Irenaeus, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, The Pietists and Wesley, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Barth and Bonhoeffer.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian theology Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co Publication Date: 08/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9780802872296  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Stephen Westerholm is professor of early Christianity at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Among his previous publications are Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme and Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics. Martin Westerholm is teaching fellow in systematic and historical theology at the University of St. Andrews. He is also the author of the forthcoming volume The Ordering of the Christian Mind: Karl Barth and Theological Rationality.

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