Reading the Good Book Well A Guide to Biblical Interpretation

ISBN-10: 0687642752

ISBN-13: 9780687642755

Edition: 2007

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The state of teaching biblical interpretation in colleges and seminaries is generally a mess, and many conventional approaches can be alarming for religious students. The sources of this difficulty are wide ranging, but a quick summary would include at least the following: jargon that is unnecessarily technical; competing and contradictory methodologies; and a failure on the part of Biblical scholarship to demonstrate the direct relevance of its methods to the pastoral life of the Church. As a consequence, biblical scholarship is often opaque at best and distressing at worst to the student and beginning theologian. And because pastors and lay people are trained within this cobweb of methods, they are often functionally unable to draw clear conclusions from most teaching resources. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt addresses this problem with several solutions: a return to a conscious affirmation of authorial intention as the beginning place for interpretation; a careful examination of the actual workings of communication; a concept of text to include the assumptions and cultural knowledge upon which the text depends for meaningful communication; an examination of the various academic disciplines with an eye toward correlating their conclusions with the necessary activities of reading; and easily accessible language that makes sense to the beginning student and the lay reader alike. Here is a single, accessible volume that explains the basic vocabulary and logic of biblical interpretation, shows how the various methodologies can be fitted together into a seamless interpretive model for exegesis, and then reflects carefully on the implications of that method for the various issues of reading, teaching, reflection, and preaching. Through common and practical examples Jerry Camery-Hoggatt teaches students a way of reading the Bible that replicates the activities the biblical authors expected their readers would perform, and he uses a model that is applicable across linguistic boundaries, genres, and various cultural contexts; that is, throughout the human experience of language there exists a common set of mental activities that can be identified and studied, and these are fundamental to reading and interpreting the Bible. The prose style is conversational, non-technical, and is intended to be inviting to the beginning student, and refreshing for advanced students and teachers.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
The Why of Exegesis: AKA Prolegomena (AKA Preliminary Stuff)
Reading the Bible and Aching for God
It Isn't Just about God; It's also about Garry: The Problem of Hermeneutics
The Bible Says It; I Believe It; That Settles It-Oh, Really?: Introducing Paradigms
Reconstructing the Original Wording: The Discipline of Textual Criticism
Your Version, My Version: Thinking about Translation Theory
The How of Exegesis
The Master Paradigm: An Introduction to Exegesis
How We Fill in Gaps: An Introduction to Schemas
How We Find Out about Schemas: The Discipline of Lexicography
How We Find Out about Cultural Knowledge and Practices: The Discipline of Backgrounds
How We Find Out about Cultural Norms: The Discipline of Social Science
How We Find Out about Genre: The Discipline of Form Criticism
How We Find Out about Historical Contexts: The Discipline of Introduction
How We Disambiguate: Getting to the Gist
How We Recognize Polyvalence: Dealing with Double Exposures
How We Deal with Intertextuality: Dialogues between Texts
How We Deal with Sequence and Pace: Aspects of Literary Criticism
Pulling It All Together
Looking Ahead, Looking Beyond: A Concluding Unacademic Postscript
Notes
Indexes
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