Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics

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Baker Academic, 2007 - Religion - 315 pages
Is the Bible just a book of ancient Israelite and Christian history and practices to be read? Or are we engaging in a more interactive practice when we study God's word? Jeannine K. Brown believes that communication is at the heart of what happens when we open the Bible, that we are actively engaging God in a conversation that can be life changing. By learning about how Scripture communicates, modern readers can extract much more meaning out of the text than they could if simply reading the Bible as though it was a list of rules or a collection of stories. In Scripture as Communication, Brown offers professors, students, church leaders, and laity a basic guide to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation, helping them understand our engagement with Scriptures as primarily a communicative act.

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“Engaging in and interpreting communication is at the heart of what we are doing when we read the Bible” (13). That is the conviction that Jeannine Brown (assistant professor of New Testament at ... Read full review

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Brown's exploration of the task of hermeneutics is philosophically rich and practically beneficial. Those looking for a balanced understanding of the respective communicative roles of author, text ... Read full review


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Some Affirmations about Meaning from a Communication
Practical Guidance for Interpreting Scripture
The Language of the Bible
The Social world of the Bible
Literary Context Intertextuality and Canon
Conceptualizing Contextualization
Understanding Scripture
exegesis Guidelines
Historical Criticism
How to Go about Topical Studies
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and associate academic dean at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples and contributed to The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary.

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