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Reading the Bible with Giants: How 2000 Years of Biblical Interpretation Can Shed New Light on Old Texts [Paperback]

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   AUTHENTIC UK
ISBN  184227273X  
EAN  9781842272732  


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Many readers of the Bible think that interpreting Scripture well simply requires a two-way 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 three-way dialogue.

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Many readers of the Bible think that interpreting Scripture well simply requires a two-way 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 three-way dialogue.

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The Bible, Tradition and Me  Aug 22, 2007
Dr. Parris provides a wonderfully concise and easy to read book on biblical interpretation and more. Building on the metaphor that we are dwarves on the shoulders of giants, he sets out to show how all of our interpretations are based upon the giant theologians of the past. Therefore, it is impossible to read the bible simply between yourself and the text, for whether you realize it or not, you are bringing another's understandings to your studies.

Given this reality, readers should read widely in the Christian classics, which can help to illuminate where their pre-understandings and presuppositions come. Furthermore, Dr. Parris argues that reading texts that seem "less scientific" actually helps us to see the Bible in new and profoundly theological ways instead of as a dry and boring collections of facts.

The book is full of case studies; one of the most prominent is on the interpretation of the whale in Jonah from its Hebrew ancestry up through the reformation and beyond. The author shows how Jewish conceptions of the whale, influenced its Greek translation and subsequently all the early church to see the whale as symbolic of hell. With the reformation, commentators set out to identify the species of the animal and how that changed the reading from theological to scientific that still permeates our understanding of the text today.

Arguing for a fuller understanding, Dr. Parris, urges us to set aside our scientific mindset and read the text again to see the theological wonders that the church fathers found in the text and how we can reclaim those understandings in our world again.

I highly recommend the text as very readable and accessible and encourage us all to find anew our roots and how and why we have received the text as it is and the impacts that has had on our understanding of its meaning today. It was once said, "There's gold in them hills." Let's mine again the foundations of our faith and find the gold.
 

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