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Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation (Paul M Blowers) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2019) 9780198718390
Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation (Paul M Blowers) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2019) 9780198718390
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Title: Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation

Author: Blowers, Paul M

Additional Authors or Contributors: Peter W Martens (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2019

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198718390

Volumes: 1; Pages: 784

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The Bible was the essence of virtually every aspect of the life of the early churches. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation explores a wide array of themes related to the reception, canonization, interpretation, uses, and legacies of the Bible in early Christianity. Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands understanding of the field. Part One examines the material text transmitted, translated, and invested with authority, and the very conceptualization of sacred Scripture as God's word for the church. Part Two looks at the culture and disciplines or science of interpretation in representative exegetical traditions. Part Three addresses the diverse literary and non-literary modes of interpretation, while Part Four canvasses the communal background and foreground of early Christian interpretation, where the Bible was paramount in shaping normative Christian identity. Part Five assesses the determinative role of the Bible in major developments and theological controversies in the life of the churches. Part Six returns to interpretation proper and samples how certain abiding motifs from within scriptural revelation were treated by major Christian expositors. The overall history of biblical interpretation has itself now become the subject of a growing scholarship and the final part skilfully examines how early Christian exegesis was retrieved and critically evaluated in later periods of church history. Taken together, the chapters provide nuanced paths of introduction for students and scholars from a wide spectrum of academic fields, including classics, biblical studies, the general history of interpretation, the social and cultural history of late ancient and early medieval Christianity, historical theology, and systematic and contextual theology. Readers will be oriented to the major resources for, and issues in, the critical study of early Christian biblical interpretation.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations

List of figures

List of contributors

Introduction, Paul M. Blowers and Peter W. Martens

Part I: Scripture

1. Scripture as Artefact, Lincoln H. Blumell

2. The Septuagint and Other Translations, Reinhart Ceulemans

3. Canons and Rules of Faith, Joseph Lienhard, SJ

4. Divine Discourse: Scripture in the Economy of Revelation, Frances Young

Part II: Interpreters and Interpretation

5. Greco-Roman Literary Criticism, Peter Struck

6. Early Christian Handbooks on Interpretation, Tarmo Toom

7. From Letter to Spirit: The Multiple Senses of Scripture, John C. Cavadini

8. The Ideal Interpreter, Peter W. Martens

Part III: Settings and Genres of Scriptural Interpretation

I Exegetical Genres

9. Commentaries, Josef Lossl

10. Scholia, Eric Scherbenske

11. Questions and Responses, Lorenzo Perrone

12. Paraphrase and Metaphrase, Andrew Faulkner

13. Catanae, Richard A. Layton

14. Sentences, Luke Dysinger, OSB

II Liturgical Interpretation

15. Catecheses and Homilies, Wendy Mayer

16. Poetry and Hymnody, Jeffrey Wickes

17. Liturgy as Performative Interpretation, L. Edward Phillips

III Narrative and Visual Interpretation

18. Christian Apocrypha, Stephen J. Shoemaker

19. Novels, F. Stanley Jones

20. Hagiography, Bronwen Neil

21. Visual Art, Robin M. Jensen

Part IV: Communities and Criteria

22. Christianity and Judaism, James Carleton Paget

23. Christians and Pagans, John Granger Cook

24. Marcion and His Critics, H. Clifton Ward

25. Gnostics and Their Critics, David Brakke

26. Manichaean Biblical Interpretation, Jason BeDuhn

Part V: Scripture in the Life of the Church

27. Scripture and Martyrdom, Johan Leemans and Anthony Dupont

28. Scripture in the Trinitarian Controversy, Lewis Ayres

29. Scripture in the Christological Controversies, Andrew Hofer, OP

30. Scripture and a Christian Empire, Michael Hollerich

31. Scripture and Asceticism, Elizabeth A. Clark

VI: Scriptural Figures and Motifs

32. Creation, Paul M. Blowers

33. Adam and Eve, Peter C. Bouteneff

34. Covenants, Everett Ferguson

35. Exodus, Michael Graves

36. Law, B. Lee Blackburn, Jr.

37. Psalms, Michael Cameron

38. Semon on the Mount, Mark W. Elliot

39. The Gospel of John, C. E. Hill

40. Paul the Apostle, Judith L. Kovacs

41. Cross, John Behr

42. Heaven and Hell, Jeffrey A. Trumbower

VII: Retrievals and Criticisms

43. Medieval Latin Reception, Franklin T. Harkins

44. Byzantine Reception, Mary B. Cunningham

45. Reception in the Renaissance and Reformation, Esther Chung-Kim

46. Modern Biblical Criticism and the Legacy of Pre-Modern Interpretation, Michael C. Legaspi

47. Retrievals in Contemporary Christian Theology, Matthew Levering

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