"Behind" the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series - Vol. 4)
"There are few topics more central to the task of biblical interpretation than history, and not many become so multi-faceted as soon as they are examined in depth. Equally, few books open up the topic in such an illuminating and thought-provoking manner as this splendid collection of essays and responses." - Hugh Williamson, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford, England. "This volume of excellent essays brings together eminent scholars from several disciplines, representing various theological positions, to focus on the subject of history and biblical interpretation. The book breaks new ground in its interdisciplinary examinations of the methodology, the presuppositions, the practices, and the purposes of the biblical hermeneutics, with a special emphasis on the relation of faith and history. It is requisite reading for anyone interested in the subject, from historical biblical critics and philosophical theologians to educate laity concerned to understand trends in the field." - Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle, Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, United States. "In my view, this volume represents the initial stages of which is long overdue, and which holds great promise for the full-fledged academic recovery of the Bible as Scripture. It embodies an unusual combination of world-class scholarship, historic Christian orthodoxy, bold challenges to conventional wisdom, and the launching of fresh new ideas." - Al Wolters, Professor of Religion and Theology, Redeemer University College, Ontario, Canada. "This volume well illustrates the Christian adage of faith pushes reason to achieve goals previously unsuspected but still proper to itself. The last few centuries have seen the development of an epistemology and an understanding of history that never leave the closed system thinking of both Modernism and Post-Modernism. In biblical studies their child is the Historical Critical Method. The essays presented here respect the need and fruitfulness of a critical historiography while beginning the much-needed process of correcting the philosophical tenets underlying much modern and postmodern biblical research. The result is a book that mediates a faith understanding, both theoretical and practical, of how to read the Bible authentically as a Christian today." - Francis Martin, Chair, Catholic-Jewish Theological Studies, John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.