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Psalm 19 Hymn of Unification

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T. A. Perry interacts with the Psalms in his newest book, Psalm
19: Hymn of Unification
. With his characteristically engaging
writing style, Perry couples a detailed exegesis of this psalm
with a philosophical meditation on its value and meaning.


Psalm 19 begins with The heavens declare the glory of God, and
the firmament proclaims the work of his hands. This psalm
which C. S. Lewis called the greatest poem in the Psalter and one
of the greatest lyrics in the world tells how all of creation speaks
in praise of God, and then meditates on the beauty and perfection
of the law of Yahweh, Israel s covenant lord.


T. A. Perry divides his book into two main parts, coupling a detailed
exegetical analysis of Psalm 19 with a philosophical meditation
(from a Jewish perspective) on nature, the law, and the relationship
between humanity and the rest of creation.


Perry advances the thesis that Psalm 19 presents a vision of
universal unification for the entire creation, one that is not
restricted to Jews but that embraces all people and, indeed, all
of nature. Like Genesis 1, Psalm 19 tells a story of the origins,
structures, and directions of the universe that God has made and
over which he rules thus providing a paradigmatic statement of
monotheism as a religious system. In addition, Psalm 19 invites us
to reflect on the tensions inherent in monotheism, especially the
struggle between love and justice that we see in Israel s God.

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READING THE BIBLE WITH GIANTS

READING THE BIBLE WITH GIANTS
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Many readers of the Bible think that interpreting Scripture well simply requires a twoway dialogue between themselves and the text. However, if we believe that God has been speaking through the Bible to devout believers for the past two thousand years it would seem that we should find a way to identify the insights they perceived in the text so that we could learn to read the text with them. Using reception theory, the goal of Reading the Bible with Giants is to bring our tradition of biblical interpretation into our dialogue with the text in order to engage the contemporary reader, the Bible, and the history of its interpretation in a threeway dialogue.
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Reading While Black African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

Reading While Black African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope
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  • 2021 Christian Book Award(R) program - Faith and Culture
  • 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist - Religion
  • 2021 Outreach Resources of the Year - Christian Living
  • 2021 Christianity Today Book Award - Beautiful Orthodoxy
  • 2020 The Gospel Coalition Book Award - Popular Theology - Honorable Mention
  • 2020 Emerging Public Intellectual Award
  • Growing up in the American South, Esau McCaulley knew firsthand the ongoing struggle between despair and hope that marks the lives of some in the African American context. A key element in the fight for hope, he discovered, has long been the practice of Bible reading and interpretation that comes out of traditional Black churches. This ecclesial tradition is often disregarded or viewed with suspicion by much of the wider church and academy, but it has something vital to say. Reading While Black is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation. At a time in which some within the African American community are questioning the place of the Christian faith in the struggle for justice, New Testament scholar McCaulley argues that reading Scripture from the perspective of Black church tradition is invaluable for connecting with a rich faith history and addressing the urgent issues of our times. He advocates for a model of interpretation that involves an ongoing conversation between the collective Black experience and the Bible, in which the particular questions coming out of Black communities are given pride of place and the Bible is given space to respond by affirming, challenging, and, at times, reshaping Black concerns. McCaulley demonstrates this model with studies on how Scripture speaks to topics often overlooked by white interpreters, such as ethnicity, political protest, policing, and slavery. Ultimately McCaulley calls the church to a dynamic theological engagement with Scripture, in which Christians of diverse backgrounds dialogue with their own social location as well as the cultures of others. Reading While Black moves the conversation forward.

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    SEARCHING FOR MEANING AN INTRO TO INTERP

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    In this clear, comprehensive, student-friendly textbook, biblical scholar and teacher Paula Gooder describes and illustrates the range of approaches to interpreting the New Testament, as taught in universities and seminaries throughout the English-speaking world. Top scholars give a short definition of a particular criticism, and then Gooder gives a practical example to demonstrate how that criticism can be applied to a biblical text. A very broad range of methods is introduced, from traditional criticisms such as source criticism and historical criticism to more modern methods such as feminist criticism and liberation criticism. Readers will understand how different meanings and emphases can be drawn from a text depending upon the method of interpretation chosen. They will also be given the skills to start analyzing and examining texts for themselves in a meaningful and insightful way.

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    Short Sentences Long Remembered a Guided Study of Proverbs & Other Wisdom Literature

    Short Sentences Long Remembered a Guided Study of Proverbs & Other Wisdom Literature
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    This is the last of a six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. In this series, the author not only explores the intersection of the Bible and literature, but he also shows pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible the beautiful craftsmanship of Proverbs and wisdom literature and how to interpret them correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre of Proverbs and wisdom literature by including exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.
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    SLAVES WOMEN & HOMOSEXUALS

    SLAVES WOMEN & HOMOSEXUALS
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    In Slaves, Women & Homosexuals William J. Webb tackles some of the most complex and controversial issues that have challenged the Christian church--and still do. He leads you through the maze of interpretation that has historically surrounded understanding of slaves, women and homosexuals, and he evaluates various approaches to these and other biblical-ethical teachings. Throughout, Webb attempts to work out the hermeneutics involved in distinguishing that which is merely cultural in Scripture from that which is timeless (Craig A. Evans). By the conclusion, Webb has introduced and developed a redemptive hermeneutic that can be applied to many issues that cause similar dilemmas. Darrel L. Bock writes in the foreword to Webb's work, His goal is not only to discuss how these groups are to be seen in light of Scriptures but to make a case for a specific hermeneutical approach to reading these texts. . . . This book not only advances a discussion of the topics, but it also takes a markedly new direction toward establishing common ground where possible, potentially breaking down certain walls of hostility within the evangelical community.

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    May 1, 2001

    SOCIAL SCIENCES & NT INTERPRETATION

    SOCIAL SCIENCES & NT INTERPRETATION
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    Methods and findings from the social sciences are increasingly important for New Testament scholars. Unfortunately, however, anthropology and related disciplines are still unfamiliar territory for many students of the Bible. This work acquaints readers with this territory by providing introductions and basic bibliographic orientations to the application of social-scientific categories to New Testament research.Although it is impossible to know fully how ancient people lived their daily lives, these essays come as close to realizing that goal as we moderns are likely to get. Required reading for anyone who respects Scripture enough to investigate the world in which it was written and to which its writers originally spoke . . . an invaluable resource for pastor, seminarian, and scholar alike.
    William R. Herzog II, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School
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    January 1, 1900

    Symbols & Reality a Guided Study of Prophecy Apocalypse & Visionary Literature

    Symbols & Reality a Guided Study of Prophecy Apocalypse & Visionary Literature
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    This is the fifth of a six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. In this volume, the author not only explores the intersection of the Bible and literature, but he also shows pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible how to appreciate the craftsmanship of visionary literature and prophetic oracles and how to interpret them correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre by including exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure. Speaking of the entire series, Ryken says, "The niche that these volumes are designed to fill is the literary approach to the Bible. This has been my scholarly passion for nearly half a century. It is my belief that a literary approach to the Bible is the common reader's friend, in contract to the more specialized types of scholarship on the Bible."
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    TAMARS TEARS

    TAMARS TEARS
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    Synopsis: Evangelical and feminist approaches to Old Testament interpretation often seem to be at odds with each other. The authors of this volume argue to the contrary: feminist and evangelical interpreters of the Old Testament can enter into a constructive dialogue that will be fruitful to both parties. They seek to illustrate this with reference to a number of texts and issues relevant to feminist Old Testament interpretation from an explicitly evangelical point of view. In so doing they raise issues that need to be addressed by both evangelical and feminist interpreters of the Old Testament, and present an invitation to faithful and fruitful reading of these portions of Scripture. Endorsements: "Anyone who thinks that an 'evangelical feminist' is an impossibility--and especially an evangelical feminist who affirms the importance of the Old Testament--will need to engage with these thoughtful essays. Taking seriously the twin challenges of biblical authority and contemporary feminism, these essays not only chart a way through contested texts with clarity, they also model a way ahead for evangelical feminism that is truly inclusive." -David G. Firth St. John's College, Nottingham "Tamar's Tears is a stimulating and engaging collection of essays, which hits all the hot-button OT passages for both feminist and evangelical hermeneutics. The commitment to engage rather than combat is not only refreshing but necessary at a time when many evangelicals are looking for more compelling paradigms for gender relations. This book moves the conversation forward." -Peter Enns Independent Scholar and Writer "Tamar's Tears provides excellent examples of interacting with, learning from, and critiquing differing positions. Readers will find consistently good scholarship, integrity, and a love for and trust in the Bible as God's Word. No reader, whatever their starting perspective, will agree, or for that matter disagree, with everything here, but all will be stimulated and challenged to look again and think again about what the Bible (and feminist theology) actually says." -Mary Evans London School of Theology Author Biography: Andrew Sloane is Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought at Morling College (affiliated with the Australian College of Theology). He is author of At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics and On Being a Christian in the Academy: Nicholas Wolterstorff and the Practice of Christian Scholarship.
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    Targums A Critical Introduction

    Targums A Critical Introduction
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    The value and significance of the targums--translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic, the language of Palestinian Jews for centuries following the Babylonian Exile--lie in their approach to translation: within a typically literal rendering of a text, they incorporate extensive exegetical material, additions, and paraphrases. These alterations reveal important information about Second Temple Judaism, its interpretation of its bible, and its beliefs.


    This remarkable survey introduces critical knowledge and insights that have emerged over the past forty years, including targum manuscripts discovered this century and targums known in Aramaic but only recently translated into English. Prolific scholars Flesher and Chilton guide readers in understanding the development of the targums, their relationship to the Hebrew Bible, their dates, their language, their place in the history of Christianity and Judaism, and their theologies and methods of interpretation.

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