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Reading with the Grain of Scripture

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, 2020


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Richard Hays has been a giant in the field of New Testament studies since the 1989 publication of his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul. Now, his most significant essays of the past twenty-five years are collected here, representing the full fruition of major themes from his body of work:

  • the importance of narrative as the “glue” that holds the Bible together
  • the figural coherence between the Old and New Testaments
  • the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus
  • the hope for New Creation and God’s eschatological transformation of the world
  • the importance of standing in trusting humility before the text
  • the significance of reading Scripture within and for the community of faith

Readers will find themselves guided toward Hays’s “hermeneutic of trust” rather than the “hermeneutic of suspicion” that has loomed large in recent biblical studies.

  • Examines the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus
  • Focuses on the significance of reading Scripture within and for the community of faith
  • Explores the figural coherence between the Old and New Testaments

Part 1: Interpretation

  • Narrative Interpretation and the Quest for Theological Unity
  • Reading Scripture with Eyes of Faith
  • Reading Scripture in Light of the Resurrection
  • Figural Interpretation of Israel’s Story

Part 2: Historical Jesus

  • Re-branding Jesus and the Pitfalls of Entrepreneurial Criticism
  • Story, History, and the Quest for Jesus
  • Catholic Tradition and the Quest for Jesus
  • A Modest Sketch of Jesus of Nazareth

Part 3: Paul

  • Christology: Paul’s Story of God’s Son
  • Soteriology: Christ Died for the Ungodly
  • Apocalyptic: New Creation Poetics in Galatians
  • Pneumatology: The Spirit in Romans 8
  • Gospel: For Gentiles Only?
  • Israel: Hope for What We Do Not Yet See
  • Paul, Acts, and Early Christian Proclamation

Part 4: New Testament Theology

  • Christology: Jesus in the Apocalypse of John
  • Covenant: New Covenantalism in Hebrews
  • Humanity: Bultmann’s Misreading of Pauline Anthropology
  • Law: Whose World Is It, Anyway?
  • Confession: Romans and the Nicene Creed
  • Eschatology: “Why Do You Stand Looking Up into Heaven?”
  • Conclusion: A Hermeneutic of Trust

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Richard B. Hays is former dean and George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and New Testament ethics. His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century.


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