In clear and lucid prose Evoking Scripture explores the literary and theological frameworks that lie behind the various quotations from and allusions to the Old Testament in the New. Steve Moyise takes a series of case studies from Mark, Romans, Galatians, 1 Peter and Revelation to raise key questions about the authors hermeneutical stance as well as the methods and assumptions of those who study them. Engaging in debate with scholars such as Christopher Stanley, Richard Hays and Francis Watson, Evoking Scripture draws on the insights of both author-centered and reader-centered approaches, while also offering a critique of them.
Each chapter focuses on a particular question. For example, is the opening quotation of Marks Gospel intended to evoke a prophetic framework for understanding the rest of the book? Does Paul quote Habakkuk in order to evoke its theodicy theme or as a summary of righteousness by faith? Does the prophecy theory of 1 Peter 1:10-12 (the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be made yours made careful search
) explain the authors actual uses of Scripture? The results are brought together in a final chapter which explores the literary and theological frameworks of the New Testament authors and of the scholars who study them.
2. Evoking a scriptural framework for understanding Jesus? Mk 1.2-3
3. Evoking a legal framework in order to undermine it? Mk 2.27; 7.15-19; 10.2-9; 12.33
4. Evoking an Isaiah framework for understanding Romans? Rom. 2:24
5. Evoking a hermeneutical principle for interpreting Romans? Rom. 1.16-17
6. Evoking a false legal framework? Gal. 3.10-14
7. Evoking a theory of prophecy? 1 Pet. 1.10-12
8. Evoking a powerful image in order to replace it? Rev. 5.5-6
9. Evoking the wrong texts? Rev. 15.3-4
10. Literary and theological reflections
Evoking Scripture HB by Steve Moyise was published by Continuum in May 2008. The ISBN for Evoking Scripture HB is 9780567033246.