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The Art of Reading Scripture

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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 v ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Eerdmans (first published October 2003)
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Robert Tessmer
May 15, 2012 Robert Tessmer rated it really liked it
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 understand
Greg McKinzie
Jun 05, 2014 Greg McKinzie rated it really liked it
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 pre ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
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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 co ...more
Shaun Brown
Nov 29, 2012 Shaun Brown rated it it was amazing
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.
Richard Fitzgerald
Oct 16, 2012 Richard Fitzgerald rated it liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2016 Lily rated it it was ok
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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 :)
Jan 18, 2015 Nate rated it really liked it
Brilliant entryway into various levels of theological interpretation, though with modern biblical scholarship still in view.
Dec 06, 2012 Ike rated it liked it
I found some of the essays thought provoking and interesting, but some of the other essays/chapters I didn't like at all.
Jul 19, 2010 Jesse marked it as to-read
With Ellen Davis, recommended by Matt.
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“Scriptural interpretation is properly an ecclesial activity whose goal is to participate in the reality of which the text speaks by bending the knee to worship the God revealed in Jesus Christ. Through Scripture the church receives the good news of the inbreaking kingdom of God and, in turn, proclaims the message of reconciliation. Scripture is like a musical score that must be played or sung in order to be understood; therefore, the church interprets Scripture by forming communities of prayer, service, and faithful witness.” 3 likes
“Proclaiming resurrection turns the world upside down (cf. Acts 17:1-9) and holds out to the poor and lowly the hope of being vindicated while posing a worrisome prospect to those who have already received their consolation in the present life (cf. Luke 6:24).322” 1 likes
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