Item description for Challenge of Discipleship: A Critical Study of the Sermon on the Mount as Scripture by Daniel Patte...
Overview This book invites readers to assume responsibility for their own interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount through a practice of "critical study of the Bible as scripture." Such a practice takes as a starting point the conclusions about "the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount for believers today," which Christian believers of all walks of life formulate for themselves, which non-Christian ordinary readers readily envision as they observe Christians, and which scholars imply in their sophisticated interpretations.
Publishers Description This book invites readers to assume responsibility for their own interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount through a practice of "critical study of the Bible as scripture." Such a practice takes as a starting point the conclusions about "the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount for believers today," which Christian believers of all walks of life formulate for themselves, which non-Christian ordinary readers readily envision as they observe Christians, and which scholars imply in their sophisticated interpretations. Assuming responsibility for one's interpretation involves becoming aware that it results from a series of choices among equally legitimate and plausible options, and self-consciously deciding whether or not one wants to claim "it is the best for believers today" - or, for Christian interpreters, "I believe (credo) it is Word of God for us today." Through a series of exercises, readers - whether simple believers or scholars are invited first to formulate their own conclusions about teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and then to recognize the choices implied in their interpretations by comparing them with five kinds of readings proposed by scholars. "Daniel Patte shows respect for every interpretation, be it those of 'ordinary people' or those of scholars, and clarifies underlying presuppositions of each option. In a fascinating and new way, he relates critical insights to matters of faith, ultimately to help Christians affirm their credo as truly theirs." Christina Grenholm, Uppsala University Daniel M. Patte is Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University and the author of Discipleship according to the Sermon on the Mount (Trinity 1996).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Trinity Press
ISBN 1563382865 ISBN13 9781563382864
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More About Daniel Patte
Gary A. Phillips is Professor of Religion at the University of the South. Nicole Wilkinson Duran is Adjunct Instructor at Rosemont College and Villanova University, USA.
Daniel Patte has an academic affiliation as follows - Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.
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Groundbreaking! Feb 20, 2000
Traditional critical studies of the Bible have been focused on studying the text. Patte, in "Challenge..." focuses on studying readings of the text. And he does this by offering a system (he calls them frames--contextual, hermeneutical, and analytical) that helps us analyze how, what, and why real, flesh and blood readers (ordinary and informed)read!
So much have been written on locating meaning behind and within the text. Feminists, womanists, Third World, and other cultural critics of the Euro-American androcentric readings have privileged the world in front of the text. But only a few have seriously addressed the need to come up with a paradigm that enables us to understand or make sense of how readers actually read. Patte offers a groundbreaking contribution. Christian believers read the text as Scripture. What does that mean? He suggests seven metaphors that represent how most believers understand Scripture's role or function. Believers engage the text from specific contexts/problems/needs. Patte offers categories that frame their situation. Believers focus on specific dimensions of the text and he suggests six metaphors to represent this framing, this wandering viewpoint. Many will find his book disconcerting. It definitely is. But for those who take the ethics of interpretation seriously, this is a must read!