Item description for Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics by Jeannine K. Brown...
Overview This basic guide to the theory and practice of biblical hermeneutics emphasizes the communicative nature of Scripture, proposing a communication model as an effective approach to interpreting the Bible.
Publishers Description Is the Bible just a book of ancient Israelite and Christian history and practices to be read? Or are we engaging in a more interactive practice when we study God's word? Jeannine K. Brown believes that communication is at the heart of what we do when we open the Bible, that we are actively engaging God in a conversation that can be life changing. By learning about how Scripture communicates, modern readers can extract much more meaning out of the text than they could if simply reading the Bible as though it was a list of rules or a collection of stories. In "Scripture as Communication, "Brown offers professors, students, church leaders, and laity a basic guide to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation, helping them understand our engagement with Scriptures as primarily a communicative act.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.96" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801027888 ISBN13 9780801027888
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More About Jeannine K. Brown
Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and associate academic dean at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples and contributed to The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary.
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Scripture As Communication Apr 3, 2010
I read this book for my Hermeneutics class in Seminary and I must say that I enjoyed it thoroughly. Brown does an amazing job at explaining things to her audience, though at times it is a little difficult to understand. Brown makes up for this, however, in that even though she may have explained something once way back at the beginning of the book, she will give another brief explanation when she refers to it later so you do not have to try and sift back through what you have already read. That said, she splits the book into two parts: theory and practical.
In part 1, she explains her view that Scripture is meant to be viewed as communication and uses Speech-Act theory to support her claim (She draws upon Kevin VanHoozer quite heavily). In part two, she draws upon the basics of reading Scripture...going through genre, contextualization, etc. She also has a few appendices, but they are very short and it would have been nice if they had been a bit expanded. It would be nice if she added a glossary as well in the back with her definitions throughout the book, because even though she does redefine them while she is writing, it would make it easier to refer back to certain definitions when discussing in class or with a friend.
Overall, I think this is an invaluable resource for Seminary students and professors alike. I wouldn't give it to an undergrad class, even though it does say that it is an introduction...it is just a bit too filled with technical language. If you are currently reading it or about to read it for class...make sure you have a highlighter ready. You'll need it.
Review of "Scripture as Communication" Dec 8, 2007
Excellent resource for seminary students, local pastors seeking a concise book on preaching preparation, and for seasoned ministers looking to review the basic guidelines for preparation of sermons based on Scripture. The book covers latest academic thought, with exellent summary of preaching basics in the Apendix(s).
Absolutely Wonderful Text! Nov 16, 2007
After teaching biblical hermentutics at Wheaton College (IL) for over a decade, using the same text with each successive generation of students, I switched to Brown's new book on the topic. What a delightful choice! Well and clearly written, challenging without shooting over students' heads, conversant with current debates in the field, and practical. She uses a communication model which ties together authors, texts, contexts and readers. If you're jumping into this field, Brown's tome is the place to start. Advanced students will indeed want more, but rooting hermeneutics in communication theory is a move which will benefit readers of every level.
It Communicated to Me Oct 2, 2007
As a beginning seminary student I took the required hermeneutics class which focused on the teaching of Duvall and Hays from their book "Grasping God's Word". Even as a novice to the topic I felt that this approach to hermeneutics was shallow and lacking. In contrast I was delighted and inspired by what I read in Dr. Brown's "Scripture as Communication" when I picked it up about a year later.
It wasn't until reading her book and digesting its contents that I gained confidence in my ability to navigate the deep waters of meaning, context, speech act theory and contextualization - concepts that my previous exposure to hermeneutics had lacked. By taking the time to read Brown's book carefully and openly, allowing my preconceptions to be challenged, I am now better able to look at a biblical text and see it more clearly in its original setting, appreciating it thematically and noting its place in the larger meta-narrative of which it is a part. Similarly, the contextualization that I attempt is fuller and more meaningful than the simple principlizing that I had previously been taught. So, in short, I am indebted to Dr. Brown for sharing her expertise in this area in her well written and engaging introduction to biblical hermeneutics.
Clear as crystal Oct 2, 2007
I think the previous reviewer and I must have read different books. I find Dr. Brown's "Scripture as Communication" to be the most approachable, concise, and clearly written introduction to hermeneutics that I have ever read (and I've read a few--not many, but a few). Does it read like a novel? No. Are there some concepts that are difficult. Yes. I found myself re-reading certain passages/sections to more fully understand. Is this the author's fault. No. The concepts themselves are difficult and I can't expect myself to just breeze through the text with no effort. I am not saying that the previous reader did--please no offense.
One thing I appreciate about Dr. Brown's writing is that she can write. Far too many scholars are actually poor writers. Dr. Brown writes for clarity, not for show. Her illustrations are to the point. I cannot find fault with her presentation or her sequencing of information.
Perhaps one of the most important books I've ever read was E.D. Hirsch's "Validity of Interpretation". Talk about a heady, difficult book. It was brutal. Yet, it was transformative. It opened up worlds for me. Dr. Brown's text has done the same. I understand things now after reading her text that I never understood prior. In some of the more confusing concepts, my understanding came after rereading and then spending time contemplating the meaning and implications of what I'd read.
Now, I have had the privilege of taking a class from Dr. Brown. You could argue that I am biased. I'm not. She is universally regarded as an excellent teacher and has a unique ability to make difficult things understandable. This book, which I will reread again, has a prominent place in my library, and is just the text I needed.
I recommend this text to everyone who wants to dig deeper into scripture and be better prepared to interpret God's loving communication.