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The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul As Interpreter of Israel's Scripture [Paperback]

By Richard B. Hays (Author)
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The Conversion of the Imagination contains some of the best work on Paul by first-rate New Testament scholar Richard B. Hays. These essays probe Paul's approach to scriptural interpretation, showing how Paul's reading of the Hebrew Scriptures reshaped the theological vision of his churches. Hays's analysis of intertextual echoes in Paul's letters has touched off exciting debate among Pauline scholars and made more recognizable the contours of Paul's thought. These studies contain some of the early work leading up to Hays's seminal Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul and also show how Hays has responded to critics and further developed his thought in the years since. Among the many subjects covered here are Paul's christological application of Psalms, Paul's revisionary interpretation of the Law, and the influence of the Old Testament on Paul's ethical teachings and ecclesiology.

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"The Conversion of the Imagination" contains some of the best work on Paul by first-rate New Testament scholar Richard B. Hays. These essays probe Paul's approach to scriptural interpretation, showing how Paul's reading of the Hebrew Scriptures reshaped the theological vision of his churches.Hays's analysis of intertextual echoes in Paul's letters has touched off exciting debate among Pauline scholars and made more recognizable the contours of Paul's thought. These studies contain some of the early work leading up to Hays's seminal "Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul" and also show how Hays has responded to critics and further developed his thought in the years since. Among the many subjects covered here are Paul's christological application of Psalms, Paul's revisionary interpretation of the Law, and the influence of the Old Testament on Paul's ethical teachings and ecclesiology.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   213
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802812627  
ISBN13  9780802812629  


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Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarship has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel s Scripture. His works include "Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul" (Yale University Press, 1989), "The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel s Scripture" (Eerdmans, 2005), and "Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness" (Baylor University Press, 2014)."

Richard B. Hays has published or released items in the following series...

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Hays is brilliant. I highly recommend this book.  Sep 28, 2007
This book is a compilation of ten essays written by Hays over the years. The essays are brilliant and might take reading over several times to fully digest. Hays considers Paul's hermeneutic of the Old Testament and cites several examples in I Corinthians that show how Paul considered the church to be the eschatological people of God. The arguments he presents are pursuasive and compelling. In another section of the book Hays expounds Paul's train of thought in the last few verses of Romans 3 and Romans 4. The insights he offers into this section of Romans is alone worth the price of the book. He shows how Paul mounts an argument from the law to show that the law always pointed to inclusion of the Gentiles, who were apart from the law, into Abraham's family. Like another reviewer here noted, Hays failure to translate certain German texts is frustrating and would have been helpful. Hays makes a couple of points that I didn't necessarily agree with. For example, he contends that Paul's argument in Galatians hinges on the understanding of the singular seed as an allusion to David's seed in II Sam. 7. I need to re-read this section but I believe that N.T. Wrights idea of the incorporative use of Christos in Galatians 3:16 sounds more reasonable to me, especially in light of Pauls conclusion in 3:29. It seems to me that Paul's quotation of the relevant Genesis texts would be dis-ingenuous knowing that the 'seed' there is a collective singular. Wright's incorporative idea of Christos might also have been helpful regarding Hay's interpretation of Habbakuk 2:4. Overall, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.
 
Understanding Paul Understanding Scripture  Oct 6, 2006
In order to understand Paul, one of the things that is of major importance is understanding how he understood the bible of the early Church (the Old Testament). Hays has spent over two decades learning how Paul handled the Old Testament, and this along with his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul will richly repay study. The last and briefest essay (originally appearing as an article in The Christian Century), "A Hermeneutic of Trust," should be read by everyone who wants to know why some scholars (and others) take such a loose view of the authority of Scripture, and who wants to be reassured that we stand under, not over, Scripture. Recommended.
 
Hays at his best!  Aug 21, 2005
In Conversion, Hayes shares with us some of his early research that led him to his excellent "Echoes of Scripture." His posit that we must read Paul as a preacher of the hope of Israel, while sounding simple, is profoundly important. Pau's claim that his gospel was nothing but the fulfillment and proclamation of that spoken by the prophets has incredible implications for the proper understanding of the N. T., and yet, in the amillennial and postmillennial worlds, this truth is greatly misunderstood, or ignored.
Hays' suggested rewording of Romans 4:1 is particularly provocative, and sets the stage for opening our eyes to a totally different interpretation of that text/context than has been the center of the faith-v-works polemic for so long.
I highly recommend Conversion of the Imagination. If you read this work carefully, it may be that you also, like Paul, have a conversion of the imagination!
 

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