Item description for The Fifth Gospel: Isaiah in the History of Christianity by John F. a. Sawyer...
Overview This is a new type of commentary on some of the most familiar language and imagery in the Bible, showing how Isaiah has been used by Christians in all kinds of contexts up to the present. There is much interest in reader-response, the history of interpretation and the sociology of sacred texts--in what the text does as much as what it means. With full documentation and illustrations, Sawyer gives an insight into Isaiah's influence, from the cult of the Virgin Mary and anti-Semitism to Christian feminism and liberation theology.
Publishers Description There is much interest in reader-response, the history of interpretation and the sociology of sacred texts in what the text does as much as what it means. Isaiah provides an ideal case study, because of its profound influence on the language and imagery of Christianity. Jerome said that Isaiah should be called an evangelist rather than a prophet because he writes about Christ and the Church so that we think he is composing a history of what has already happened rather than prophesying about what is to come. Professor Sawyer shows how Isaiah has been used from the cult of the Virgin Mary and anti-semitism to Christian feminism and liberation theology. Fully documented and illustrated, this attempt at a critical study of a neglected area of biblical studies should provide a model for further research. Sawyer evidences his skill with exegetical, historical, theological and artisitic dimensions of the text. The reader of his book is invited into the interpretive practice of the church.
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.82" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1996
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521565960 ISBN13 9780521565967
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More About John F. a. Sawyer
John F. A. Sawyer is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Newcastle University and of Biblical and Jewish Studies at Lancaster. Among his many publications are Sacred Texts and Sacred Meanings (2011), A Concise Dictionary of the Bible and its Reception (2009), and The Fifth Gospel. Isaiah in the History of Christianity (1996). He is co-editor of the Concise Encyclopedia of Language and Religion (with J. M. Y. Simpson, 2001), and series editor (with Christopher Rowland, Judith Kovacs and David Gunn) of the reception-history-based Blackwell Bible Commentary Series.
John F. a. Sawyer has an academic affiliation as follows - Newcastle University, UK, University College of St Martin Formerly New.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Fifth Gospel: Isaiah in the History of Christianity?
Lay Reader's Point of View Feb 1, 2007
I am very interested in the book of Isaiah and bought the book because I wanted to know more about how Isaiah has been interpreted by both Jews and Christians. I was irritated by the author's tone which is pervasively critical of the church, avoids using the term "Old Testament," refers to the "common era", when talking about the time since Christ, etc., all standard practice for a certain type of biblical scholarship, but off-putting to the average Christian layperson who's interested in this topic.
Superb exploration of history of interpretation. Jun 25, 1998
The history of a text's interpretation (or its reception) is at long last being taken seriously as a vital aspect of interpreting it. Sawyer here delivers on his long-awaited promise to pursue such a line of enquiry with respect to the book of Isaiah. As he says, much that is of great interest to readers of Isaiah lies not in reconstructed philology or historical setting, but in its appropriation in music, art, and the general mythology of Christianity (e.g. the ox and the ass of the nativity scene; the suffering servant in the passion...). We can only hope that this might signal the beginning of the end of dry-as-dust and theologically thin commentaries on biblical books, and the beginning of a whole new approach to dialoging with ancient texts. Groundbreaking.