Early Biblical Interpretation

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1986 - Religion - 214 pages
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This highly accessible book discusses how the early Jewish and Christian communities went about interpreting Scripture.

The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the New Testament developed.

 

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The initial volumes of this new series bring refreshing critical perspectives to the question of early Christian identity. Grant argues that the religious activity of the New Testament must be placed ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Wayne A Meeks
7
The Rise of Scripture
13
The Need for Interpretation
27
The Messiness of History
40
Interpreters of Scripture
52
A Look at Some Texts
73
Further Reading
103
The Rise of a Christian Bible
109
Christian Transformations of the Hebrew Scriptures
126
A Framework for Interpreting a Christian Bible
155
Applying the Framework
177
Epilogue
200
Index of Scriptural Citations
209
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About the author (1986)

James A. Kugel is Director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel

Rowan A. Greer is Professor Emeritus of Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. A highly recognized scholar with specializations in both the New Testament and the early church, he is the author of seven books and numerous articles.

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