Reading the Bible with the Dead: What You Can Learn from the History of Exegesis that You Can't Learn from Exegesis Alone

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 29 .. 2007 - 324 ˹
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.
 

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Author John Thompson, Presbyterian pastor and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, USA, has produced a high quality argument with copious examples for the historical ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

Hagar in SalvationHistory Victim or villain? Symbol or saint?
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Sacrificing Jephthahs Daughter The life and death of a fathers onlybegotten
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Psalms and Curses Anger management on earth as it is in heaven
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Patriarchs Behaving Badly How should we follow saints who lie cheat break promises commit insurrection endanger women and take extra wives?
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Gomer and Hosea Does God approve of wife abuse?
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Silent Prophetesses? Unraveling theory and practice in 1 Corinthians 11
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Divorce Moses Jesus and Paul on the proper end of marriage
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Wasnt Adam Deceived? Deciphering Pauls arguments about women in creation fall and redemption
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On Cultivating the Habit of History Reading the Bible in the presence of the past
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Abbreviations
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Endnotes
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Glossary of Biblical Commentators and Other Writers or Writings
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A Finding Guide to English Translations of Commentary Literature Written before 1600
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Bibliography
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Index of Subjects and Names
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Index of Scripture References
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Reading Sex and Violence Dinah Bathsheba Tamar and too many others
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