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History of biblical interpretation : a reader /

What questions do interpreters ask of Scripture and how have those questions changed over time? This book starts at 150 BCE and moves to the present in exploring the major developments and principal approaches to interpreting the Bible. Each chapter surveys the most significant methods and provides...

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Main Author: Yarchin, William.
Format: Book
Published: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, 2011.
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Table of Contents:
  • pt. 1: Prerabbinic Jewish interpretation (150 B.C.E.-70 C.E.): Ancient Greek translation of Hebrew scriptures: the Aristeas legend ; Biblical commentary in the Dead Sea Scrolls ; Philosophical allegory: Philo of Alexandria.
  • pt. 2: Patristic interpretation and its legacy (150-1500 C.E.): Christian fulfillment of prophecy: Justin Martyr ; Penetrating the inner meaning of scripture: Origen ; Principles for typological interpretation: Tyconius ; Figurative, literal, and Christian meanings from scripture: Augustine ; Anchoring the text in history: early Syrian biblical interpretation ; Spiritual application of the Bible: Gregory the Great ; How can a text bear multiple meanings? Thomas Aquinas ; Medieval recognition of the literal sense: Nicholas of Lyra and the Glossa ordinaria on Psalm 23.
  • pt. 3: Rabbinic interpretation and its legacy (150-1500 C.E.): An overview of the classical Jewish interpretive tradition ; Halakic interpretation of the scriptures: Sabbath law in Exodus 31:12-17 ; the Mekilta of Rabbi Ishmael ; the Palestinian Talmud, Tractate Yoma 8.3-5 ; Rabbi Shlomo Yitzḥaqi (Rashi) ; Rabbi Moses Ben Naḥman (Ramban, Naḥmanides) ; Haggadic interpretation of the scriptures: Psalm 23 in the Yalqut Shimʻoni ; Systematically philosophical Jewish exegesis: Saʻadia Ben Joseph.
  • pt. 4: Modern interpretation (1500-present): Renaissance scholarship: Psalm 23 in Critici Sacri ; Allegory, authorial intent, and Christian doctrine: John Calvin ; Enlightenment rationality for understanding scripture: Baruch Spinoza ; Renewing the Jewish past to engage with the present: Moses Mendelssohn ; Historical criticism rigorously applied to the Gospels: David Friedrich Strauss ; Recognizing genres in scripture: Hermann Gunkel ; Searching for the origins of the Jesus tradition: Rudolph Bultmann ; Biblical archaeology and biblical interpretation: William F. Albright ; Disconnection between ancient and modern worldviews: Langdon Gilkey ; Salvation history and modern historiography: Christian Hartlich.
  • pt. 5: Late modern interpretation (1970-present): Canonical interpretation: Brevard Childs ; The wisdom of the fathers: David C. Steinmetz ; Jews, Christians, and theological interpretation of the bible: Jon Levenson ; The illusion of objective biblical interpretation: Walter Wink ; Rhetorical interpretation of the Bible's literature: Phyllis Trible ; Nonobjective validity in literary biblical interpretation: Edgar V. McKnight ; Unmasking ideologies in biblical interpretation: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza ; Biblical rhetoric and revelation: Dale Patrick ; The multiple voices of postmodern biblical interpretation: Fernando F. Segovia.