Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture

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Baylor University Press, 2009 - Religion - 254 pages
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Seeking to train readers to "hear all that is being said" within a written text, Peter Leithart advocates a hermeneutics of the letter that is not rigidly literalist and looks to learn to read--not just the Bible, but everything--from Jesus and Paul. Thus Deep Exegesis explores the nature of reading itself--taking clues from Jesus and Paul on the meaning of meaning, the functions of language, and proper modes of interpretation. By looking (and listening) closely, and by including passages from the Bible and other literary sources, Leithart aims to do for the text what Jesus did for the blind man in John 9: to make new by opening eyes. The book is a powerful invitation to enter the depths of a text.

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User Review  - Spencer - Goodreads

Leithart argues that modern linguistics simply do not account for the meaningfulness of Scripture. He does so through two lines of arguments: (1) By general theories of literary or artistic meaning ... Read full review

Review: Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture

User Review  - Joel Griffis - Goodreads

A fascinating book in many ways, and also a little weird. You don't see many hermeneutics books talking about the musical features of a narrative passage (complete with illustrative sheet music in the ... Read full review


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Peter J. Leithart is Senior Fellow of Theology and Literature, New St. Andrews College. He is the author of twenty books, including, most recently Writer of Fancy: The Playful Piety of Jane Austen (forthcoming), The Baptized Body; and The Promise of His Appearing. He lives in Moscow, Idaho, where he serves as Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church.

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