Item description for Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study by Barton...
Overview Reading the Old Testament is intended for students who have already learned some of the techniques of biblical study and who wish to explore the wider implications and aims of the various critical methods currently in use. It provides an independent assessment and comparison of the latest development against the old, with chapters on form criticism, redaction criticism, canonical criticism, structuralism, reader-response criticism, and postmodern approaches.
Publishers Description New biblical methods seem to appear each year, and it can be difficult for students to find a comprehensive survey to the wide range of interpretive options. Reading the Old Testament enables introductory students to understand the established methods of biblical study along with the emerging trends of recent years. This book is firmly grounded in the best available scholarship; at the same time, it speaks to students with no previous knowledge of biblical study.
Students will appreciate this book's clarity and precision as it compares traditional methods of exegesis with newer critical innovations in Old Testament study.
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Studio: Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1997
Publisher Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
ISBN 0664257240 ISBN13 9780664257248
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More About Barton
David Barton is Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University. His publications include "Beyond Communities of Practice "(co-edited with Karin Tusting, 2005), "Letter Writing as a Social Practice" (co-edited with Nigel Hall, 2000), and "Local Literacies: Reading and Writing in One Community" (with Mary Hamilton, 1998).
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A very fine introduction to methods of biblical interpretation Jun 11, 2008
This book is probably the best introduction to biblical interpretation out there. It's simple and straight forward as well as informative. It is definitely a book I would recommend from from which the reader will benefit.
The book covers the most common methods starting with literary competence and genre-recognition, on to literary, form and redaction criticism. Barton also covers the canonical approach, structuralism, historical-critical method, intentionalism, poetics. The 1997 edition of the book also addresses, albeit briefly, rhetorics and post-structuralist trends such deconstruction and postmodernism. It uses the book of Ecclesiastes as an example and a case study for the discussion of the methods presented in the book.
Additionally, I feel a need to respond to the objections presented by the previous reviewer. Judging by his first complaint about deconstruction, he is clearly speaking about the first edition of this book, the 1984 edition and not the current 1997 edition. As I've mentioned above, Barton addresses post-structuralist trends in this new edition. Hence the first complaint isn't applicable to the present volume. As for the second complaint, I disagree with the reviewer that Barton leaves a little hope for those who believe the Bible to be the Word of God. Barton simply presents the reader with a set of tools and methods for the study of the Bible. These only enhance ones understanding of the Bible, not hinder it. One can still seek and come to know God -- understanding of literary forms or genre for example, does not prevent him or her from doing so.
An excellent introduction to Biblical interpretation. Oct 12, 1995
Barton's book would serve as a fine introduction to any
student interested in practical application of source,
form, redaction, or structuralist criticism to the Bible.
Barton's prose is lucid, his examples extraordinary.
His discussion of structuralism is the clearest
demonstration that I have read. The book suffers from two
flaws. First, Barton's book was written prior to the time
when deconstruction became a trendy approach to scripture.
Thus, students should be aware the structuralism has
transformed into another approach more suited for the
nihilistic climate of our age. Second, for those of us who
believe that God is speaking to us through his word, Barton
leaves little hope. He concludes that future study should
focus on the act of reading rather than the mimetic
relationship between text and man. While perhaps an
intriguing scholarly study, it does little for those of us
seeking to know God more fully.