The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation

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John Barton
Cambridge University Press, Jul 28, 1998 - Religion
This book provides the first complete guide for students to the present state of biblical studies. The twenty-one specially commissioned chapters are written by established scholars from North America and Britain, and represent both traditional and contemporary points of view. The chapters in Part One cover all the methods and approaches currently practised in the academic study of the Bible, while those in Part Two examine the major categories of books in the Bible from the perspective of recent scholarship - e.g. historical books of the Old Testament, Gospels, prophetic literature. Major issues raised are: the relation of modern 'critical' study of the Bible to 'pre-critical' and 'post-critical' approaches; the place of history in the study of the Bible; feminist, liberationist and new historicist concerns; the relation of Christian and Jewish scholarship; and recent interest in the Bible as literature.


Notes on contributors
Literary readings of the Bible
3The socialworld of theBible
Political readingsof Scripture
Feminist interpretation ANN LOADES
The Pentateuch
The historical books oftheOld Testament
The prophetic books
The poetic and wisdom books
ROBERT ALTER 16 The Synoptic Gospels and Acts ofthe Apostles
John and the Johannine literature The woman at
The Pauline Letters
The nonPauline Letters

Biblical studies and theoretical hermeneutics
ANTHONY THISELTON 8 The BibleandChristian theology
Biblical studyand linguistics
Aspects of the Jewish contribution to biblical
Apocalyptic literature
General index
Index of biblical references

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