Reading Backwards Paperback
Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
by Richard B. Hays;
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The author of the Fourth Gospel puts the claim succinctly: "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me" (John 5:46). Hays thus traces thereading strategies the Gospel writers employ to "read backwards" and to discover how the Old Testament figuratively discloses the astonishing paradoxical truth about Jesus' identity. Attention to Jewish and Old Testament roots of the Gospel narratives reveals that each of the four Evangelists, in their diverse portrayals, identify Jesus as the embodiment of the God of Israel. Hays also explores the hermeneutical challenges posed by attempting to follow the Evangelists as readers of Israel's Scripture--can the Evangelists teach us to read backwards along with them and to discern the same mystery they discovered in Israel's story? In Reading Backwards Hays demonstrates that it was Israel's Scripture itself that taught the Gospel writers how to understand Jesus as the embodied presence of God, that this conversion of imagination occurred early in the development of Christian theology, and that the Gospel writers' revisionary figural readings of their Bible stand at the very center of Christianity.
Reading Backwards by Richard B. Hays was published by Baylor University Press in September 2016. The ISBN for Reading Backwards is 9781481302333.
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|Page last updated||3rd December 2016|
|Author / Artist||Richard B. Hays|
|Publisher||Baylor University Press (September 2016)|
|Number of Pages||177|