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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
Apr 19, 2012 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
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
The large number of contributors makes this an uneven book, but one I found worthwhile overall. Some of the more insightful chapters are the ones by Richard Hays, Richard Bauckham, David Steinmetz, L. Gregory Jones, and Gary Anderson. Ones I found less helpful (and not completely intelligible) were by Ellen Davis, James Howell, and William Johnson.

The thing I appreciated most was all the authors' commitment to taking Scripture very seriously. I think their approach tended to be somewhat marred b
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible
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
Greg McKinzie
Jun 05, 2014 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
Shaun Brown
Oct 17, 2012 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.
Herman Hermans
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Art of Reading Scripture is written by a group of eminent scholars and teachers seeking to recover the church's rich heritage of biblical interpretation in a dramatically changed cultural environment. Together they affirm up front "Nine theses" that provide substantial guidance for the church."
Neil White
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a deeply reflective book on the art of reading scripture and what it means to read scripture in our time. There are some profound articles that make up this book and even though it is a collection of articles by different authors and perspectives there are a number of unifying themes that come out of the labor of the Scripture Project that led to this volume.
Melisa Peebles
SO good!
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: donated, apologetics
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 :)
Jul 19, 2010 marked it as to-read
With Ellen Davis, recommended by Matt.
Richard Fitzgerald
Oct 12, 2012 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.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Brilliant entryway into various levels of theological interpretation, though with modern biblical scholarship still in view.
Aug 17, 2012 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.
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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
“Thus, while not all Scripture is generically narrative, it can reasonably be claimed that the story Scripture tells, from creation to new creation, is the unifying element that holds literature of other genres together with narrative in an intelligible whole.” 1 likes
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