How we read and understand the Scriptures today is the result of two thousand years of interpretation.
Throughout history, communities with different worldviews sought to make the Scriptures relevant to their own time and place. The richness of this history gives us the range of interpretive approaches we now have today.
A Comprehensive New Release
A History of Biblical Interpretation is three volumes following the methods of interpretation throughout the history of the Bible, starting with the formation of the Hebrew Scriptures all the way to the dawn of the twentieth century.
Detailed and extensive, this set was written by internationally renowned scholars who are experts in their subject. Each volume comprehensively treats the many different methods of interpretation, the many important interpreters who have written in various eras, and the many key issues that have surfaced repeatedly over the long course of biblical interpretation.
In-depth, Yet Engaging and Accessible
Each chapter starts with an introduction by the editors giving a broad overview of the primary issues and features of ancient biblical interpretation and a means of sampling the ways in which the key figures, schools of interpretation, and issues discussed interweave and contrast with each other. In-depth, yet engaging and accessible studies of the time period’s interpretation follow.
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About the Editors
Alan J. Hauser is professor of biblical studies at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. He is also coeditor of Art and Meaning: Rhetoric in Biblical Literature and coauthor of From Carmel to Horeb: Elijah in Crisis and Rhetorical Criticism of the Bible: A Comprehensive Bibliography with Notes on History and Method.
Duane F. Watson is professor of New Testament studies at Malone University, Canton, Ohio. He is also the author of Invention, Arrangement, and Style: Rhetorical Criticism of Jude and 2 Peter, editor of Persuasive Artistry: Studies in New Testament Rhetoric, and coauthor of Rhetorical Criticism of the Bible: A Comprehensive Bibliography with Notes on History and Method.
If there has been a single critical period in biblical interpretation during which all paradigms and traditions were challenged and all conclusions shifted, it was surely the Enlightenment and its aftermath. In this history of biblical interpretation from the Enlightenment through the nineteenth century, Alan Hauser and Duane Watson, two veterans in biblical scholarship, have judiciously selected expert scholars to provide a volume that will become the standard text on the rise and enduring power of historical criticism—its methods, its scholars, its search for the historical Jesus, its revision of long-held assumptions about biblical authorship—all of which shook the Christian tradition at its foundations. Modern biblical scholarship, the reader will see, is but a development of the Enlightenment's fundamental conclusions.
The great value of this project lies in the combination of focused essays on key figures and issues, with an overarching introduction to the whole period by the editors. In this third volume, such a format furnishes a well-constructed review of the highly complex but crucial set of intellectual and cultural changes that defined not just modern biblical scholarship but modernity itself, while the essays illustrate the necessity of understanding key figures and themes in their own distinctiveness and integrity. This work will serve both the scholar and the student very well indeed.
The strengths of this book include the thematic range and the placement of readers in the hands of specialists who have already proved their mettle on their respective topics. . . . This fine collection is recommended for professional scholars and undergraduate students.