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A Theology Of Reading: The Hermeneutics Of Love

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If the whole of the Christian life is to be governed by the “law of love”—the twofold love of God and one’s neighbor—what might it mean to read lovingly? That is the question that drives this unique book. Jacobs pursues this challenging task by alternating largely theoretical, theological chapters—drawing above all on Augustine and Mikhail Bakhtin—with interludes that inve ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published November 28th 2001 by Westview Press (first published 2001)
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Grace
Everything I read by Jacobs makes me more envious of his ability-- his thought, his talent at writing, his overwhelming knowledge. I probably should stop reading him to prevent more of the sin of covetousness on my part. But it's not going to happen right now. This book is going back on the pile for an immediate re-read...
Pilar Timpane
Jacobs' notion of reading is that we ought to "love" our books as friends and interpret them charitably. Heavy focus on Michael Bahktin and Simone Veil. I really enjoyed this book and have used it for my thesis on charitable interpretation of images.
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I grew up in Alabama, attended the University of Alabama, then got my PhD at the University of Virginia. Since 1984 I have been teaching at Wheaton College in Illinois. My dear wife Teri and I have been married for thirty years. Our son Wes begins college this fall, and to our shock, decided to go to Wheaton. I think he will avoid Dad, though.

My work is hard to describe, at least for me, because i
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