A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation

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Recent decades have witnessed a renaissance of theological interpretation. Craig Bartholomew and Heath Thomas bring together a team of specialists to articulate a multifaceted vision for returning rigorous biblical interpretation to the context of the church.

Developed by the internationally recognized Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar, this book is designed to bring clarity and unity to the enterprise of theological interpretation. It positively integrates multiple approaches to interpreting the Bible, combining academic rigor with pastoral sensitivity for professors, students, and church leaders.

Contents
Preface
Craig G. Bartholomew and Heath A. Thomas
A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation
1. The History and Reemergence of Theological Interpretation
Angus Paddison
2. Doctrine of Scripture and Theological Interpretation
Michael W. Goheen and Michael D. Williams
3. The Ecclesia as Primary Context for the Reception of the Bible
Robby Holt and Aubrey Spears
4. Theological Interpretation and Historical Criticism
Murray Rae
5. The Role of Hermeneutics and Philosophy in Theological Interpretation
William P. Olhausen
6. The Canon and Theological Interpretation
Stephen G. Dempster
7. Biblical Theology and Theological Interpretation
David J. H. Beldman and Jonathan Swales
8. Mission and Theological Interpretation
Michael W. Goheen and Christopher J. H. Wright
9. The Telos (Goal) of Theological Interpretation
Heath A. Thomas
10. A Framework for Theological Interpretation
Denis Farkasfalvy
11. Theological Commentary
Mark Gignilliat and Jonathan T. Pennington
12. Theological Interpretation for All of Life
Craig G. Bartholomew and Matthew Y. Emerson
Indexes


Endorsements

"Interest in theological interpretation of Scripture has occasioned several explanatory introductions, commentaries on both Testaments, a dictionary, a journal, and now a manifesto. Accompanying the twelve-point manifesto are an equal number of essays that exposit and further explore each article. This multiauthor work may now be the best starting place from which to understand the rise, nature, methods, and aims of this ancient-future proposal for reading the Bible in and for the church in order to hear God's address to his people."

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"This book marks an unexpected development--a significant advance--in the theological interpretation of Scripture. Here we find a wide range of scholars, from across the ecumenical spectrum, each demonstrating how Scripture can and should be read and understood in the context of the church, the canon, and the great tradition. Such a canonical and ecclesial approach exhibits considerable explanatory power. The authors present the book as a manifesto. May it soon become a movement."

Scott Hahn, William and Lois McEssy Distinguished Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Mundelein Seminary; founder and president, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology


The Authors

  1. Craig G. Bartholomew

    Craig G. Bartholomew

    Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. He founded the internationally recognized Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and is the author of several...

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  2. Heath A. Thomas

    Heath A. Thomas

    Heath A. Thomas (PhD, University of Gloucestershire) is dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry and professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He serves as the chair of the Scripture and Hermeneutics...

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Reviews

"Among contemporary theorists and practitioners of theological interpretation, those assembled in the volume under review are among the finest. As such, A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation is a significant work, and a logical entry point into the conversation regarding theological interpretation that is ongoing among biblical scholars. . . . There is much to love about this volume. It represents a mature move by biblical scholars toward the rapprochement of biblical and theological studies. It is both informative and insightful, identifying and illuminating key facets of theological interpretation. It poses important questions, and has the potential of sparking needed discussions. Moreover, while there is diversity in the material (and in the perspectives of the contributors) there yet seems to be a common desire among the authors to keep one foot in the academy and the other in the church, and to embody the synergy that comes from such a stance. . . . For those who are interesting in learning more about theological interpretation, especially from the perspective of those within the field of biblical studies, this volume would be a great place to start."

Tim Harmon,

Transformed blog (Western Seminary)


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