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Reading the Gospels Wisely A Narrative and Theological Introduction

ISBN-10: 0801039371
ISBN-13: 9780801039379
Edition: 2012
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Description: This textbook on how to read the Gospels well can stand on its own as a guide to reading this New Testament genre as Scripture. It is also ideally suited to serve as a supplemental text to more conventional textbooks that discuss each Gospel  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

This textbook on how to read the Gospels well can stand on its own as a guide to reading this New Testament genre as Scripture. It is also ideally suited to serve as a supplemental text to more conventional textbooks that discuss each Gospel systematically. Most textbooks tend to introduce students to historical-critical concerns but may be less adequate for showing how the Gospel narratives, read as Scripture within the canonical framework of the entire New Testament and the whole Bible, yield material for theological reflection and moral edification.Pennington neither dismisses nor duplicates the results of current historical-critical work on the Gospels as historical sources. Rather, he offers critically aware and hermeneutically intelligent instruction in reading the Gospels in order to hear their witness to Christ in a way that supports Christian application and proclamation.

Jonathan T. Pennington (PhD University of St. Andrews, Scotland) is assistant professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Foreword
Preface
Clearing Ground, Digging Deep, and Laying a Good Foundation
What Are the Gospels? Defining "Gospel"
What Are the Gospels? Understanding the "Gospel" Genre
Why Do We Need the Gospels? (Or Why Saint Paul Is Not Enough)
The Joy and Angst of Having Four Gospels
Texts and History: The Testimony of the Fourfold Witness
Reading Holy Scripture Well: Three Avenues
Reading Holy Scripture Well: Intent, Meaning, and. Posture
Foundations for Reading the Gospels Well
Building the House through Wise Reading
Reading the Gospels as Stories: The "Whatever Strikes Me" (WSM)Hermeneutic versus Narrative Analysis
Reading the Gospels as Stories: Circles of Contextual Meaning
Living in the Gospels House
Summing It All Up: Applying and Teaching the Gospels
The Gospels as the Archway of the Canon
Scripture Index
Author Index

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