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The Church’s Book: Theology of Scripture in Ecclesial Context

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What role do varied understandings of the church play in the doctrine and interpretation of Scripture?

In The Church’s Book, Brad East explores recent accounts of the Bible and its exegesis in modern theology and traces the differences made by divergent, and sometimes opposed, theological accounts of the church. Surveying first the work of Karl Barth, then that of John Webster, Robert Jenson, and John Howard Yoder (following an excursus on interpreting Yoder’s work in light of his abuse), East delineates the distinct understandings of Scripture embedded in the different traditions that these notable scholars represent. In doing so, he offers new insight into the current impasse between Christians in their understandings of Scripture—one determined far less by hermeneutical approaches than by ecclesiological disagreements.

East’s study is especially significant amid the current prominence of the theological interpretation of Scripture, which broadly assumes that the Bible ought to be read in a way that foregrounds confessional convictions and interests. As East discusses in the introduction to his book, that approach to Scripture cannot be separated from questions of ecclesiology—in other words, how we interpret the Bible theologically is dependent upon the context in which we interpret it.

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  • Offers new insight into the current impasse between Christians in their understandings of Scripture
  • Surveys the work of Karl Barth, then that of John Webster, Robert Jenson, and John Howard Yoder
  • Explores recent accounts of the Bible and its exegesis in modern theology

Part One: Whose Book? History, Academy, and Church

  • Fault Lines: Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the Place of Ecclesiology
  • Karl Barth: The Witness of Scripture in the Protestant Church

Part Two: Which Church? Division, Authority, and Catholicity

  • John Webster: The Holiness of Scripture in the Reformed Church
  • Robert Jenson: The Drama of Scripture in the Catholic Church

Excursus: Interpreting Yoder’s Work in Light of His Abuse

  • John Howard Yoder: The Politics of Scripture in the Believers Church

Part Three: Holy Scripture: The Church’s Book in Mission, Tradition, and Doctrine

  • The Word of God: Theology of Scripture in Ecclesial Context
  • The People of God: Dogmatics, Divisions, and Hermeneutics
  • Title: The Church’s Book: Theology of Scripture in Ecclesial Context
  • Author: Brad East
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Resource ID: LLS:CHRCHSBKCCCNTXT
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-07-21T17:14:36Z

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.

Brad East is assistant professor of theology at Abilene Christian University. He is the author of The Doctrine of Scripture and the editor of Robert Jenson's The Triune Story: Collected Essays on Scripture. His work has been published in Modern Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology, and Pro Ecclesia, as well as The Christian Century, Commonweal, First Things, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and more.
 

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    $30.99

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