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Philosophical Interpretations of the Old Testament
Sekine, Seizo
Short, J. Randall and Judy Wakabayashi, translators

Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter, 2014 pp. xii + 255. Volume 458 $98.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Edited by John Barton/Reinhard G. Kratz/Markus Witte


Description: Western biblical studies have tended to follow either faith-based theological approaches or value-free historical-critical methods. This monograph challenges the two extremes by pursuing the middle path of philosophical hermeneutics. While drawing on Eastern and Western philosophical writings from ancient to modern times, the author proposes original interpretive solutions to a wide range of important biblical texts, including the Akedah, Second Isaiah, the Decalogue, Qohelet, Job, and Jeremiah. Yet, this is not a collection of antiquarian studies. Readers will also gain fresh and stimulating perspectives concerning monotheism, religious faith and identity, suffering and salvation, and modern and postmodern ethics. Finally, in a supplementary essay, the author introduces readers to the history of Old Testament studies in Japan, and he outlines prospects for the future.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Historical Books, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Jeremiah, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Pauline Epistles, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Ethics, History of Interpretation, Quran

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Review by Walter Moberly
Published 7/9/2015
Citation: Walter Moberly, review of Seizo Sekine, Philosophical Interpretations of the Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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