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Theological Interpretation of Scripture

by Fowl, Stephen E.

Cascade 2009

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Overview

Christians have been interpreting Scripture with the aim of deepening their life with God and each other from the very beginning of the church. The past 20 years or so have witnessed an explosion of scholarly writing devoted to the theological interpretation of Scripture. Stephen Fowl, an active participant in and contributor to the burgeoning literature, has written an ideal companion for guests at the “large and somewhat chaotic party,” introducing them to important people, texts, and issues. The companion explores some of the connections between the long-running and essential Christian practice of theological interpretation and the more recent body of scholarly literature. Ultimately, the companion hopes to encourage readers to join the party in their own right.

In the Logos edition of Theological Interpretation of Scripture, you get easy access to Scripture texts and to a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with Logos’ advanced features you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “salvation” or “conviction.”

Key Features

  • Discussion of Scripture’s nature and role in salvation
  • Examination of commonly understood central components of theological interpretation
  • Study questions at the end of each chapter

Contents

  • Scripture: Its Nature and Place in God’s Drama of Salvation
  • Theological Interpretation and Its Relation to Various Other Concerns
  • Practices and Habits of Theological Interpretation
  • Prospects and Issues for the Future
  • Guests at a Party

Praise for the Print Edition

Steve Fowl has been both a pioneer and a leader in the return to theological interpretation. In this concise book, he offers us a truly theological and ecclesial account of theological interpretation. It is an inspiring, liberating, and practical work, encouraging all Christians to interpret Scripture so as to find our proper end in ever-deeper communion with God and one another in anticipation of the fullness of God’s reign.

Michael J. Gorman, dean, Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University

In this brief companion we find a focused, clear account of major themes in Steve Fowl’s approach as well as gracious interaction with the work of others and numerous illustrative appeals to Scripture itself. This is definitely a case in which less is more: attention to this little book will prove very fruitful for engagement in biblical interpretation as a theological practice.

Daniel J. Treier, professor of theology, Wheaton College

Fowl here plays the role not only of companion but guide and host in this clear and compelling introduction to the most important turn-of-the-twentieth-century development in biblical interpretation. He argues that Christian readers should interpret the Bible with an overriding interest in God’s interest in using the Bible to promote communion. He practices what he preaches: he is generous towards those with whom he disagrees and gives fair descriptions of other approaches to theological interpretation.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Stephen E. Fowl’s latest, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, displays gems in the treasure trove of the new-yet-venerable task: reading the Bible as Scripture of the church. Fowl helps us to think theologically about reading Christian Scripture as the living voice of God. Fowl invites us into a ‘cocktail party’ with his conversation partners in this renewal of reading sacra scriptura for the church’s life and witness. Entirely accessible, thoroughly convincing, with a sense of adventure and hope. May his tribe increase!

—Rev. Kathryn Greene-McCreight, associate priest, St. John’s Episcopal Church, New Haven, CT

Product Details

  • Title: Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  • Author: Stephen E. Fowl
  • Series: Cascade Companions
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 108

About Stephen E. Fowl

Stephen E. Fowl is the chair of the department of theology at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of several books, including Engaging Scripture: A Model for Theological Interpretation, Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life with L. Gregory Jones, and the Two Horizons commentary on Philippians.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition