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Overview Shows how we read the Bible and interpret Scripture in order to live in grace-filled relation to God's divine purpose Green contends that when we approach the Bible as Scripture, the Bible then becomes our book; these Scriptures become our Scripture. We are not reading someone else's mail - as though reading the Bible had to do foremost with recovering an ancient meaning intended for someone else and then translating its principles for use in our own lives. Argues that when we encounter the Bible, the fundamental transformation takes place, not through the metamorphosis of an ancient message into a contemporary meaning, but as our lives are radically changed by means of God's Word. Concludes that reading the Bible as Scripture has less to do with what tools readers bring to the task, than with their dispositions as they engage Scripture. Thus, readers come to the Bible, not so much to retrieve facts or to gain information, but to be formed and ultimately, transformed.
Publishers Description We read the Bible and interpret Scripture in order to live in grace-filled relation to God's divine purpose. When we approach the Bible as Scripture author, Joel Green, takes seriously the faith statement that the Bible is our Book; these scriptures are our Scripture. We are not reading someone else's mail--as though reading the Bible had to do foremost with recovering an ancient meaning intended for someone else and then translating its principles for use in our own lives. When we recall that we are the people of God to whom the Bible is addressed as Scripture, we realize that the fundamental transformation is not the transformation of an ancient message into a contemporary meaning, bur rather the transformation of our lives by means of God's Word. This means that reading the Bible as Scripture has less to do with what tools we bring to the task, however important these may be, and more to do with our own dispositions as we come to our engagement with Scripture. We come not so much to retrieve facts or to gain information, but to be formed and ultimately, transformed. Scripture does not present us with texts to be mastered but with a Word, God's Word, intent on mastering us, on shaping our lives.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687023556 ISBN13 9780687023554
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More About Joel B. Green
Joel B. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is dean of the School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and has authored or edited numerous books, including the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Story of Jesus in History and Faith, The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders). McDonald now lives in Mesa, Arizona.
Joel B. Green currently resides in Wilmore, in the state of Kentucky. Joel B. Green was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California Fuller Th.
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good read Dec 3, 2007
Joel Green is an incredible exegist. His heart for truth and communicating scripture is admirable and I recommend his book highly.
An introduction to the Bible as Scripture Nov 11, 2007
"Seized by Truth", as one could gather from the subtitle, is an introduction to reading the Bible as Christian Scripture. In Green's view, this means reading the Bible with the assumption that it should offer formative guidance to the ecclesial community and to the individuals that comprise that community. This happens when we take seriously that the Bible is the church's text by calling for "interpretive practices oriented toward shaping and nurturing the faith and life of God's people" (79). This is not to say that only those voices from within the church (historic and contemporary) are worthy of our hearing, but rather, "locating our reading of Scripture within the ecclesial community immediately reconfigures the range of voices we allow to shape us" (77). Without diminishing the need to bring critical tools to the study of Scripture, Green contends that the primary tool that we bring to the interpretive task is a willingness to be formed by the text.
Reading the Bible as Scripture also demands a strong focus on the primary text. Green is concerned that, in biblical studies, undue impetus has been given to interpretive methods that purport to go behind the text (e.g., historical criticism) or in front of the text (e.g., ideological methods). This has left many with the impression that the interpretive task begins with discerning what the text meant and only then deciding what it means today. Such a divide is problematic, Green claims, because it fails to take seriously unity of the church under the guidance of the Spirit. In the final chapter, Green offers a illuminating discussion of the authority of the Bible. Here he challenges us to rethink the categories of `inerrancy' and `infallibility' that have arisen in recent history and, he claims, constitute their own form of reductionism.
"Seized by Truth" is at once very easy to read and very challenging. It would be appropriate to use in an introductory course on hermeneutics but would also be accessible to laity without any theological education. I am loath to separate the `practical' from the `theoretical,' but I should mention that one of the features that many readers will find helpful (i.e., `practical') about this book is the step-by-step guide to the interpretive practices that Green is arguing for (124-140). I recommend it.