Reading the Bible with the Dead Paperback

What You Can Learn from the History of Exegesis That You Can't Learn from Exegesis Alone

by John L. Thompson;


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Reading the Bible with the Dead

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Many Christians would describe themselves as serious and regular readers of the Bible. Yet, if we are honest, most of us have a tendency to stick with the parts of the Bible that we understand or are comforted by, leaving vast tracts of Scripture unexplored. Even when following a guide, we may never reach into the Bible's less-traveled regions -- passages marked by violence, tragedy, offense, or obscurity. What our modern minds shy away from, however, ancient, medieval, and Reformation commentators dove into. In fact, their writings often display strikingly contemporary interests and sensitivities to the meaning and moral implications of the Bible's difficult narratives. John Thompson here presents nine case studies in the history of exegesis -- including the stories of Hagar and Jephthah's daughter, the imprecatory psalms, and texts that address domestic relations, particularly divorce -- in order to demonstrate the valuable insights into Scripture that we can gain not only from what individual commentators say but from fifteen centuries' cumulative witness to the meaning of Scripture in the life of the church. Visit Dr. Thompson's companion website at: http: //purl.oclc.org/net/jlt/exegesis so access further features such as a list of commentary literature in English through the year 1700 and sample sermons that model a homiletic use of the history of interpretation.

Reading the Bible with the Dead by John L. Thompson was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in July 2007 and is our 44366th best seller. The ISBN for Reading the Bible with the Dead is 9780802807533.

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Page last updated 14th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (July 2007)
Weight449g
Number of Pages312
Thickness22 mm
Height227 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780802807533
ISBN-100802807534
Product Code1159154
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