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The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel's Scripture

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The Conversion of the Imagination contains some of the best work on Paul by first-rate New Testament scholar Richard B. Hays. These essays probe Paul's approach to scriptural interpretation, showing how Paul's reading of the Hebrew Scriptures reshaped the theological vision of his churches.

Hays's analysis of intertextual echoes in Paul's letters has touched off exciting de
Paperback, 233 pages
Published July 13th 2005 by Eerdmans (first published February 1st 2004)
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Jacob Aitken

In this book Hays develops many of his thoughts from Echoes. He addresses criticisms and expands upon previously vague thoughts and points. This book is a collection of some of his more prominent essays.

Hays employs a key concept throughout his work: metalepsis. Metalepsis is when one text alludes to another text and evokes resonances beyond those explicitly cited (2). Hays then gives his criteria for employing and recognizing metalepsis, or “echoes.” The text must have availability—it must h
Tanner Lowe
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorite book on New Testament studies..
Richard George
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new hermeneutic? John McKay would have liked this.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book contains a nice thesis: Paul uses the Scripture in his writings intentionally. That is to say, when he quotes a passage, it is rarely as a context-less prooftext. Instead, Paul is often trying to remind the reader of the situation that was occurring in the original passage or reframing a confusing passage. That is helpful. Hays calls these reminders "echoes". That is nice too.

Unfortunately, this book suffers from overly technical language to the point of being abstruse (abstruse is the
Радостин Марчев
Това е първата книга на Р. Хейс, която чета и впечатленията ми са смесени. Без съмнение авторът е капацитет относно Павел, неговите текстове, богословие и особено херменевтика. От друга страна есетата са в по-голямата си част прекалено технически, за да ме грабнат истински. почти всяко от тях съдържа някоя истински ценна мисъл, но след като тя е казана (обикновено в самото начало) дочитането му докрай е на моменти мъчение. Напълно възможно е това да е въпрос на лично усещане.
Със сигурност ще се
Ben De Bono
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The Conversion of the Imagination is a fantastic and fascinating collection of essays exploring Paul's use and understanding of the Old Testament Scriptures. Hays goes far beyond just looking at Paul's direct quotes of Scripture and instead examines less obvious allusions (or, to use his term, echoes) and references. The results are very eye opening and revolutionary to how I'll read Paul from now on.

The book may be a bit dense for some, but for any serious student of Pauline theology, this is
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for exploring Paul's use of the OT. This is a collection of essays. Some stand alone while many refer to other essays in the collection. I would have liked to have read Hays earlier work on this subject, "Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul" prior to reading this book. There are many references to the earlier work, in fact an entire chapter (essay) is devoted to responding to criticisms of the earlier work.
Jacob McGill
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of Essays that Hays has put together, and so the value of the book ranges from chapter to chapter. I found this book to be helpful in thinking about Scripture, and really enjoyed the essay on Romans 4:1. There is a lot of good stuff, but you might have to go through some not so good to get to it. Worth the dig.
Fr. Ted
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
For me, a wonderful and interesting study of St. Paul through his use of the Scriptures of Israel, the Christian Old Testament. Written by a man who expresses his faith in Christianity. The book helps move us away from simply looking for OT quotes in Paul, to reading him with an understanding of the content of the OT that shapes Paul's thinking. Written for scholars and students of the Bible.
Seth Holler
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pastor Luke was right. This is a fantastic book.
Matt Pitts
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best chapters were the ones focused on 1 Corinthians, the Psalms, and Paul's ethics. Well worth the read.
Laura Robinson
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very helpful overview of use of the OT in Paul. Looking forward to reading the follow-up about the Gospels.
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This collection of essays gives an excellent treatment of Paul's use of the Old Testament. Hays is excellent as always. The first essay is particularly helpful.
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Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarship has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel's Scripture. His works include Echoes of Sc ...more
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