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Reading Scripture with the Church: Toward a Hermeneutic for Theological Interpretation
Adam, A. K. M., Stephen Fowl, Kevin Vanhoozer and Francis Watson

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006 pp. 155. $17.99



Description: Reading Scripture with the Church is the result of years of debate and discussion among four leading scholars of biblical interpretation. In this volume, ideal as a supplementary hermeneutics textbook, each of the four contributors offers insights on his particular theory of theological interpretation of Scripture. A. K. M. Adam suggests that interpreters break free from the constraining effects of approaching interpretation as translation, embrace the abundance of meaning in Scripture, and envision biblical theology as "signifying practice." Stephen Fowl interacts with Thomas Aquinas's interpretive practice and advocates a model of "bounded plurality" of meaning in the "literal sense" of Scripture that should inform our hermeneutical judgments. Kevin Vanhoozer describes a method of theological interpretation based on viewing the Bible as God's communicative action, given with a certain intention and given to elicit a certain response from the reader. Francis Watson adopts the single identity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in the four Gospels, as a hermeneutical model describing the possibility and limits of plurality in interpretation. Each author also responds to the other three. Points of agreement are affirmed, and disagreement clarified. The goal is to lead students to embrace the task of theological interpretation with energy, caution, and precision.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology

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Review by Joel B. Green
Published 4/28/2007
Citation: Joel B. Green, review of A. K. M. Adam And Stephen Fowl And Kevin Vanhoozer And Francis Watson, Reading Scripture with the Church: Toward a Hermeneutic for Theological Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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