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Living And Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation [Paperback]

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Pages   364
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   1.12 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802833454  
EAN  9780802833457  


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For all of the Bible's popularity both in the church and in Western culture, confusion reigns about what the Bible is, its relationship to God, its relationship to its human authors and readers, and its proper use. Living and Active answers these fundamental questions by looking anew at Scripture from the perspective of Christian doctrine. Rather than treating the Bible as a sourcebook for theology, Telford Work uses systematic theology to build a compelling new doctrine of Scripture: the doctrine of God establishes the Bible's triune character and purpose; the doctrine of salvation explains the mission of Scripture in ancient Israel, in the career of Jesus, and in the life of his followers; the doctrine of the church relates the Bible's qualities to those of its reading communities, describes the relation of Scripture and tradition, and appreciates the Bible's role in worship and in personal salvation. Drawing in this way on the full resources of Christian dogmatics allows us to see the Bible at work accomplishing God's purposes in the world. Throughout the book, Work incorporates insights from the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, and evangelical traditions in order to produce a truly ecumenical doctrine of Scripture. He also interacts with patristic theology and practice, historical-critical methods of interpretation, and postmodern thought, refusing to draw lines between biblical studies, ethics, history, philosophy, and theology. As a result, Living and Active is the most comprehensive, balanced, and relevant statement of Scripture now available. It clearly portrays the Bible as integral to the economy of salvation and the life of the church, it offers solutions to the current crisis of biblical authority and practice, and it prescribes fruitful ways to preach, teach, and live Scripture in today's world.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Telford Work (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of theology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and the author of several books, including "Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Living through the Lord's Prayer "and "Living and Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation." He serves as associate editor for "Pro Ecclesia "and has written articles for numerous publications, including "Christianity Today," "Books & Culture," and "Theology Today."

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Not near what I thought it would be  Jun 16, 2006
I was taken aback by how convoluted and overreaching this text was. I guess I expected more. I found myself having to read and reread certain paragraphs and sections of this book just to understand what Telford was attempting to say. I found his open hostility toward the traditional position of inerrancy troubling. One reviewer says that Work "shows how the paradigm of inerrancy is fatally flawed." He shows no such thing. He approaches the discussion and falls flat in his efforts. One way to make your point it to denigrate your opponent. This he did do. He seemed to imply that all who believe in inerrancy are lowbrow fundamentalists. Ultimately, Work's overhaul (i.e., paradigm shift) for viewing the Word of God was simply over the top and without warrant. I note that this book came out in November 2001, but I have yet to see Bible colleges and seminaries adopting Work's new paradigm and dialect, and with a sales ranking of 711,096, his book is likely not going to usher in his "new paradigm."
 
Recommended by N. T. Wright  Oct 1, 2004
Anglican Bishop Tom Wright mentions and recommends this book is a recent lecture, as a good resource for those who are trying to understand the role of the bible in the modern church and in Christianity. I take that as pretty high praise in itself!
 
a thoughtful and challenging "Work"  Mar 9, 2003
telford work's first book (originally his doctoral dissertation from his fellowship at duke) rightly challenges the paradigm and dialect used by Christians to speak of their Holy Scriptures. rather than a simple reaction to recent scholarship on the doctrine of the Scripture, work (who modestly insists that his undergraduate students call him by his first name, telford) narrates the Bible's conception, mission, canonization, and ongoing life within the Church through the lens of the history of the Triune God's chosen community. to do this properly, telford work interacts with each of the many stages involved in Scripture's formation, including the beginnings of the Tanakh through the Sepuagint, as well as in the life and formation of Jesus through the post-ascension Church. by locating the use of Scripture in the life of God's Community - what he terms "the gathering" - he shows how the paradigm of inerrancy is fatally flawed. thus, telford fittingly presents a new ontological paradigm for the discussion of Scripture. he works alongside the giants of doctrine, including (but certainly not limited to) athanasius, augustine, barth, and barr. this is a profound and substantial book that will soon become a staple in colleges and seminaries, written by a man who is shaped not simply by ivory towers reaching into the sky, but infinitely more importantly, by the God to Whom such towers unknowingly point.
 
a challenging and thoughtful "work" on Scripture  Mar 9, 2003
telford work's first book (originally his doctoral dissertation from his fellowship at duke) rightly challenges the paradigm and dialect used by Christians to speak of their Holy Scriptures. rather than a simple reaction to recent scholarship on the doctrine of the Scripture, work (who modestly insists that his undergraduate students call him by his first name, telford) narrates the Bible's conception, mission, canonization, and ongoing life within the Church through the lens of the history of the Triune God's chosen community. to do this properly, telford work interacts with each of the many stages involved in Scripture's formation, including the beginnings of the Tanakh through the Sepuagint, as well as in the life and formation of Jesus through the post-ascension Church. by locating the use of Scripture in the life of God's Community - what he terms "the gathering" - he shows how the paradigm of inerrancy is fatally flawed. thus, telford fittingly presents a new ontological paradigm for the discussion of Scripture. he works alongside the giants of doctrine, including (but certainly not limited to) athanasius, augustine, barth, and barr. this is a profound and substantial book that will soon become a staple in colleges and seminaries, written by a man who is shaped not simply by ivory towers reaching into the sky, but infinitely more importantly, by the God to Whom such towers unknowingly point.
 

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