Laced with brilliant insights, broad in its view of the interaction of culture and theology, this book gives new resonance to old and important questions about the meaning of the Bible.
Frei’s book deals with some difficult philosophical texts and is by no means a quick read, but it is a deeply instructive investigation of the history of ideas.
Robert Alter, Wall Street Journal (Five Best Biblical Books)
An impressively detailed survey of the ways in which biblical narrative has been read and understood from Luther to Strauss.
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Frei traces the change that took place in biblical hermeneutics during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, leading to a loss of the sense of realism in reading the biblical text. Focusing mainly on the creation story and the gospel accounts, Frei writes a very insightful account of the influence of general culture on the theological enterprise. His work will be of interest primarily to the specialist, who cannot afford to ignore Frei’s thesis even if he is unconvinced by all his suggestions.
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