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Interpreting the Truth: Changing the Paradigm of Biblical Studies [Paperback]

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Using the model of "reading other people's mail," L. William Countryman proposes that we read the letters of the New Testament as an ongoing conversation between the text itself and the modern interpreter and the community.

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In order to refocus their work so that it can open out into a three-way conversation between themselves, the scriptural text, and the communities interested in the text, Countryman argues that biblical scholars must abandon the over-dependence on analytical method that they favor. Scholars need to find new ways to bring the complexities of the text and its environment more directly into conversation with the complexities of human communities here and now. Countryman strikes out in new directions by stressing that the conversation with Scripture always calls the interpreter and the community of faith to address realities beyond the text. This book offers a challenge both to biblical scholars and to churches, calling them to work together in reforming and renewing their ways of dealing with Scripture. L. William Countryman is Sherman E. Johnson Professor in Biblical Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

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Studio: Trinity Press International
Pages   245
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.93 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 21, 2003
Publisher   Trinity Press International
ISBN  1563384108  
ISBN13  9781563384103  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! L. William Countryman is Sherman E. Johnson Professor in Biblical Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. He is a popular speaker, and the author of many books including Gifted by Otherness, Living on the Border of the Holy, Forgiven and Forgiving, and Love Human and Divine, all available from Morehouse Publishing.

Louis William Countryman was born in 1941.

Louis William Countryman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Traditions of Christian Spirituality

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Modernism improving on modernism (which isn't an improvement)  Dec 25, 2006
Interpreting the Truth gives us an overview of many of the issues of modern biblical interpretation. In this sense it may be a necessary read for a believer who wants to be aware of the contemporary quasi-Christian mindset/s.

The New Testament is given a fuller treatment than the Old, with Jude, James and Romans given full (sample) chapters.


Let's start with the "Abbreviations" page at the start of the book. The RSV and NRSV will be used, we can see, as their names and abbreviations are provided for our convenience and recognition. Wait... can it be? The NIV doesn't get a mention in the abbreviations page at all! So, a book about "interpretation" isn't even going to mention or make use of the NIV once? It is one of the most popular translations of the Scriptures of our time. It was translated by a huge team from just about every denomination. Surely this is a lack! Or a bias of some kind?

Check out the index. There are 23 references to homosexuality and only 3 to Protestantism. Alarm bells are ringing.

Take a look at the bibliography. None of the great evangelical names are given even a cursory mention, like D.A. Carson, Blomberg or Bock. Instead we have the standard Yale and Harvard fare.

Do we approach the Bible with reverence and awe towards a holy God? Or are we in the business of interpretation? I'd rather keep my naivety and choose the former.

It's a shame that so much material by theologians and academics today is neither edifying nor God-glorifying. Instead we have justifications of depraved lustful desires.

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