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First Theology: God, Scripture & Hermeneutics [Paperback]

By Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Author)
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In thirteen chapters, Kevin Vanhoozer explores the various dimensions of doing first theology and illuminates not only how we can talk about God but how we can begin with the Word of God and act on the basis of that Word. Blazing a pathway for recovering the unity of biblical studies and theological reflection, he addresses the challenges presented by the contemporary so-called postmodern situation, especially deconstructionism. Not only does a way of doing God-centered biblical interpretation come to light through Vanhoozer's explorations, but the triune identity of a God who is communicative, loving and sovereign also come into focus. This is a book for students, pastors and teachers who have an interest in the character of God, the nature of Scripture, Christian theology, our approach to hermeneutics and how they are all necessarily interrelated to the glory of God.

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"This is a book on theological hermeneutics. It is a plea for being hermeneutical about theology and for being theological about hermeneutics. It is an argument for treating the questions of God, Scripture and hermeneutics as one problem. This one problem defines what I call 'first theology.' " (from the Preface) In thirteen chapters, Kevin Vanhoozer explores various dimensions of doing first theology and illuminates not only how we can talk about God but how we can begin with the Word of God and act on the basis of that Word. Blazing a pathway for recovering the unity of biblical studies and theological reflection, he addresses the challenges presented by the contemporary so-called postmodern situation, especially deconstructionism. Not only does a way of doing God-centered biblical interpretation come to light through Vanhoozer's explorations, but the triune identity of a God who is communicative, loving and sovereign also comes into focus. This is a book for students, pastors and teachers who have an interest in the character of God, the nature of Scripture, Christian theology, our approach to hermeneutics and how they are all necessarily interrelated to the glory of God.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 10, 2002
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830826815  
ISBN13  9780830826810  


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More About Kevin J. Vanhoozer


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Is There a Meaning in This Text?

Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ontario. He is the coauthor of The Drama of Scripture.

Daniel J. Treier (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.

N. T. Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is bishop of Durham and author of over forty books, including Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God, and a popular series of guides to the New Testament.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has an academic affiliation as follows - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Teds).

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Cultural Exegesis
  3. Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture


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A very interesting collection of essays from a leading Evangelical scholar  May 20, 2009
An amazing collection of essays which examine the interaction between the doctrine of God and the doctrine of Scripture. Following the post-Liberal theologian David Kelsey, Vanhoozer argues that our idea of God and our idea of scripture are mutually determinative, and that every particular use of scripture already presupposes a doctrine of God. This is really an outstanding volume that both appreciates contemporary theological and philosophical issues of linguistics, but also has great insight into modern movements such as Open Theism.

Vanhoozer, drawing often on his earlier work Is There A Meaning in This Text? has the rare ability as well to pair incisive theology to biblical studies (as odd as it seems that the two should be so hard to fit together sometimes). Generally sympathetic to Speech-Act theories of Searle, Austin, Recanati, and their modified forms in Anthony Thistleton's recent work, Vanhoozer wants to picture God as a Divine Linguist who approaches us in His Word. While this does not necessarily sound off the bat as a profound addition to theology (after all, John's Gospel pictures the same idea in Jesus as the Logos) Vanhoozer deftly draws out the implications of this approach. It is very refreshing to see an Evangelical scholar who can, with such seriousness, take in, and take on, modern linguistic theory while nonetheless remaining (critically) loyal to the Evangelical heritage. This book would be an excellent compliment to anyone who is also interested in reading Vanhoozer's other excellent work on hermeneutics, already mentioned (Is there a Meaning?).

The only real downside to this book is that some of the essays run a little long for what they are trying to accomplish, and Vanhoozer's essays in some ways seem to repeat conclusions of other essays, just from various different points of view. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but on some essays you can see Vanhoozer's conclusion coming from a mile away and so occasionally some of the essays drag along as you await the inevitable conclusion. Overall a great work, one I highly recommend!
 

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