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Archive for October, 2007

Endorsement for Reading Paul

One of the first books I’ve edited in my time here at Wipf & Stock has received glowing endorsements. See the one below from Richard Hays and look for Reading Paul by Michael Gorman at AAR/SBL (booth #707), at a good theological bookshop, or online.

“This splendid introduction to the Apostle Paul is the best book of its kind: concise, wise, insightful, thoroughly conversant with the best recent scholarship yet thoroughly clear and readable. Against the numerous distorted preconceptions that occlude our reading of Paul, Gorman brilliantly sketches a picture of Paul’s gospel as a gracious, world-transforming message of peace and reconciliation. I will assign this as required reading for students in my introductory New Testament course and put it in the hands of as many pastors and laypeople as possible.”
—Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, The Divinity School, Duke University

More on Gooey Compounds

Rowan Williams on Richard Dawkins and his ilk.

See this past post to understand the title of this post.

Now playing: Maritime – Peril
via FoxyTunes

A Chippewa song

I go about pitying myself
While I am carried by
The wind
Across the sky.

Now playing: Moonbabies – Take Me To The Ballroom
via FoxyTunes


“The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.” – Source unknown

T & T Clark Blog

I am glad to see T & T Clark have started a blog. It thrills me to see publishers using the internet to market and stay connected to their authors and readers. It also thrills me to see my name listed in the sidebar under “Some Of Our Authors”. Of course I am not as big of a name as Mark Goodacre or April DeConick, and I do not blog as often. But, it thrills me nonetheless.

Other theology & biblical studies publishers with blogs: Eisenbrauns and IVP

Are there others?

UPDATE: Yes, there are others apparently.

Oxford University Press (Religion) [Added 9 Oct 2007]

Bibliography: Theological Interpretation

I had a conversation with someone at the North Park Symposium this past week. They are planning to teach a course with a colleague on the theological interpretation of Scripture. He asked if I had any bibliography recommendations. I send him the following email. I’d like to hear what those out in the blogosphere think about the list.

To my mind the most interesting things going on with theological interpretation are those projects that involve groups of people, especially groups of people of faith. Theological interpretation is communitarian and understands the bible to be sacred text, or so I argue in my book, The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning: Debates on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (T & T Clark, 2007). So, you will notice a good many sources listed below are articles compiled from colloquia, conferences, and other intentional gatherings.

1. Green, Joel and Max Turner, eds. Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology. Eerdmans, 2000. – I think this book would make a wonderful textbook. Don’t be put off by the focus on NT studies. It raises all of the important issues involved in thinking about interpreting scripture theologically. It was meant to be the ground-clearing exercise before the Two Horizons Commentary Series volumes started rolling out.

2. Davis, Ellen and Richard Hays, eds. The Art of Reading Scripture. Eerdmans, 2003. – from a group that met once a year (I think) at Princeton over several years (can’t remember name of working group); see especially Nine Theses (pp. 1-9)

3. Scripture and Hermeneutics Series. Zondervan, 2000-present. – Volume One, Renewing Biblical Interpretation, is probably the most helpful for general issues of interpretation of Scripture as Scripture.

4. Ford, David, and Graham Stanton, eds. Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom: Scripture and Theology. Eerdmans, 2003. – from a dialogue at Cambridge between the biblical studies and theology departments. I think they met periodically over the course of a few years. A participant in these conversations said at the end of the time there still seemed to be an impasse.

5. Ford, David, and C.C. Pecknold, eds. The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning. Blackwell, 2006. – from the Society of Scriptural Reasoning, a dialogue of interpreters from the three Abrahamic religions. For more see Ochs, Peter. “The Society of Scriptural Reasoning: The Rules of Scriptural Reasoning” The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning 2 (May 2002), online.

6. Bacote, Vincent, Laura C. Miguelez, and Dennis L. Ockholm, eds. Evangelicals and Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics. IVP, 2004. – Evangelicals trying to do what these other books are doing. Not very satisfying in my opinion. As good evangelicals, they are, as the subtitle indicates, hung up on authority.

7. The Journal of Religion 76:2, “The Bible and Christian Theology,” (April 1996) – collection of essays from a conference at U of Chicago Divinity School in 1995.

8. Vanhoozer, Kevin, ed. Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Baker Academic, 2005.

9. Francis Watson, ed. The Open Text: New Directions for Biblical Studies. SCM Press, 1993.

10. Lundin, Roger, ed. Disciplining Hermeneutics: Interpretation in a Christian Perspective. Eerdmans, 1997.

11 Fowl, Stephen, ed. The Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Blackwell, 1997.

12. Of course several volumes of Ex Auditu are good, especially the one dealing with methodology.

1. Stephen Fowl, Engaging Scripture.

2 & 3. Kevin Vanhoozer, Is There Meaning in This Text? and First Theology.

4 & 5. Francis Watson, Text, Church and World, and Text and Truth.

6. Stephen Fowl and Gregory Jones, Reading in Communion.

7. Werner Jeanrond, Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking.

8. Roger Lundin, Clarence Walhout and Anthony Thiselton, The Promise of Hermeneutics.

9. R. W. L. Moberly, The Bible, Theology, and Faith: A Study of Abraham and Jesus.

10. Sandra Schneiders, The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture, 2nd ed.

11. Markus Bockmuehl, Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study.

12. Anthony Thiselton, New Horizons.

SIX ARTICLES (most of the best articles/chapters are in the two group of books above):
1. Ayres, Lewis, and Stephen Fowl, “(Mis)Reading the Face of God: The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church,” Theological Studies 60:3 (Sept. 1999).

2. Childs, Brevard. “Toward Recovering Theological Exegesis,” Pro Ecclesia 6 (1997).

3. Green, Joel B. “Modernity, History and the Theological Interpretation of the Bible,” Scottish Journal of Theology 54:1 (2001).

4. Lim, J. T. K. “Theological Hermeneutics: A Reading Strategy,” Asia Journal of Theology 15:1 (2001).

5. Soulen, R. K. “The Believer and the Historian: Theological Interpretation and Historical Investigation,” Interpretation 57:2 (2003).

6. Wood, Charles M. “The Task of Theological Hermeneutics,” Perkins Journal 33 (1980).

Opinions? Additions? Subtractions?