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Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics
Is the Bible just a book of ancient Israelite and Christian history and practices to be read? Or are we engaging in a more interactive practice when we study God's word? Jeannine K. Brown believes that communication is at the heart of what we do when we open the Bible, that we are actively engaging God in a conversation that can be life changing. By learning about how Scri ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Baker Academic
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Sep 04, 2017 Porter Sprigg rated it really liked it
This is a great approach to biblical interpretation. Exploring the biblical message in light of speech-act theory is very helpful. I feel like I’ve been using this approach a lot during my life but to see it articulated in a thoughtful and culturally engaging way is exciting and helps make sense of how different people approach God’s Word differently.
This is a beautiful understanding of how to read and interpret scripture which builds its understanding from scratch, beginning with definitions and building up from there. Some of my classmates found the structure of the text difficult to follow (which I thought was worth mentioning), but I loved it.
It was a great journey through strong interpretive theory in the first half, then the author shifted gears and focused on practical interpretive strategies in the latter half of the book. She really formed something of an eclectic viewpoint bringing out interpretive principles from an author and reader-centered perspectives, but she defines meaning in relation to the authorial intent of the original author without thinking that we can peer into the mental acts of the original author in composing ...more
At first glance, this book fills a void in the hermeneutics library because it utilizes Speech Act Theory as its organizing principle. That being said, it fails, ultimately, to deliver. Brown addresses many significant issues, but as an introductory hermeneutics text, she does not interact with literary genres at all (apart from the appendix). This could be used as a supplemental text, but definitely not as the primary text.
Read this for my hermeneutics class this semester. VERY complex - especially for people who haven't had previous exposure to communication theory. Fortunately, I had, and it made some areas of this book much more enjoyable than they otherwise might have been. Bordering on a must-read for modern interpreters of Scripture.
Scholarly exploration of biblical hermeneutics. I didn't agree with everything the author said, but she did a good job of supporting her views. This is not really a "How-To" manual, so if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere.