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Five Models of Scripture

, 2021
ISBN: 9780802876829



“To relish the feast that is Scripture, we need to use multiple models.”

A Christian never gains all that Scripture offers by reading it with just one approach. Yet too often this is attempted—whether through an academic obsession with the historical-critical method or through a consumerist approach that seeks only the motivation of the moment. Mark Reasoner broadens the options for scriptural engagement by describing five models of Scripture: documents, stories, prayers, laws, and oracles. To illustrate each, he uses examples from throughout the history of interpretation. While he concedes that certain books of the Bible will naturally lend themselves to particular models, Reasoner shows how an appreciation for all five will enrich one’s scriptural insights while also bridging divides between the various branches of the Christian family.

In addition to the five models, Reasoner surveys Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant constructions of the biblical canon and addresses specific issues relevant to their respective interpretations of Scripture, including scriptural metanarratives, the use of the Bible in Christian worship, and the principle of sola Scriptura. Through it all, Reasoner remains unequivocally focused on his goal: “to help readers grow in their love for Scripture in ways that will help them plant this love in those to whom they minister.”

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  • Surveys Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant constructions of the biblical canon
  • Addresses specific issues relevant to the respective interpretations of Scripture
  • Describes five models of Scripture: documents, stories, prayers, laws, and oracles
  • Introduction

Part One: How God Speaks in Scripture

  • Canons
  • Inspiration

Part Two: Five Models of Scripture

  • Documents
  • Stories
  • Prayers
  • Laws
  • Oracles

Part Three: Developments in Scripture Reading

  • Literal and Spiritual Senses
  • Sola Scriptura
  • Metanarratives

Part Four: Scripture in Real Life

  • Scripture in Worship
  • Devotional, Academic, and Professional Uses of Scripture
  • Conclusion
  • Title: Five Models of Scripture
  • Author: Mark Reasoner
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 303
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Hermeneutics; Bible › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBN: 9780802876829
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-07-12T16:47:46Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources 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 tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Mark Reasoner is associate professor of theology at Marion University, Indianapolis. He is the author of Romans in Full Circle: A History of Interpretation and The Strong and the Weak: Romans 14:1–15:13 in Context. He also cowrote Documents and Images for the Study of Paul with Neil Elliott.


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