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These T&T Clark Studies in Biblical Interpretation explore several hermeneutic philosophies, providing a solid basis for understanding the history and future of biblical interpretation. These volumes explore a range of interpretive frameworks, including historical, literary, reader-response, feminist, ideological, canonical, and post-colonial criticism. Also included are helpful examinations of the history of apocalyptic thought derived from the Bible, as well as scholarship on the role of the Holy Spirit, and the resurgent “renewal movement.”

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Key Features

  • Diverse perspectives on interpreting the Bible
  • Examinations of how visions of the apocalypse have come about through the years

Individual Titles

Spirit and Scripture: Exploring a Pneumatic Hermeneutic

  • Editor: Kevin L. Spawn and Archie T. Wright
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 248

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This book considers the academic treatment of biblical interpretation in the renewal movement, the fastest growing tradition in Christendom today.

After an initial chapter surveying the history of biblical interpretation, Part II outlines a proposal for the future of biblical hermeneutics in the tradition. Six renewal scholars address certain key questions. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in biblical interpretation? What are the distinctive presuppositions, methods and goals of renewal biblical hermeneutics? Three prominent biblical scholars (Craig G. Bartholomew, James D.G. Dunn, R. W. L. Moberly) respond to the proposals outlined above. These critical responses deepen the examination of renewal biblical hermeneutics as well as increase its appeal to biblical and theological scholars in general.

The final chapter offers a synthesis and evaluation of the discussions’s accomplishments, as well as an assessment of the state of the discipline with an eye toward the future.

I warmly commend these essays as what Moberly calls ‘a first step’ in this crucially important dialogue. Much is a forceful defence of Christian ‘confessional’ exegesis and hermeneutics. In contrast to one or two recent articles which disparage some authors as ‘not one of us’, this volume is eirenical and constructive, not least in providing three good balancing responsive essays

Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham and Chester

Kevin L. Spawn is associate professor of the old testament at the Regent University School of Divinity.

Archie T. Wright is associate professor of biblical studies at the Regent University School of Divinity.

Persepolis and Jerusalem: Iranian Influence on the Apocalyptic Hermeneutic

  • Author: Jason M. Silverman
  • Series: The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 320

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Persepolis and Jerusalem is a robust reconsideration of Iranian influence upon Jewish apocalyptic literature. After describing the history of scholarship on the question of Iranian influence and on Jewish apocalyptic literature, Jason M. Silverman reformulates the methodology for understanding apocalyptic literature and influence. Two chapters set the discussion firmly in the Achaemenid Empire, describing the sources for Iranian religion, the issues involved in attempting a historical reconstruction, the methodology by which one can date the various texts and ideas, and the potential loci for Iranian-Judaean interaction. The historical context is expanded through media-contextualization, particularly oral theory, and critiques the standard text-centric method of current biblical scholarship.

With this background, pericopes from Ezekiel, Daniel, and 1 Enoch are analyzed for Iranian influence. The study then brings together the contexts and analyses to argue for an ‘apocalyptic hermeneutic’ which relates the phenomena of apocalypticism, apocalypse, and millenarianism—seeing the hermeneutic as a dialectical thread holding them all together as well as apart—and posits this as the best way to understand Iranian influences.

This study proves useful to any scholar working in the field of Second Temple Judaism, and particularly in early Jewish apocalyptic. Silverman’s conclusion that the Iranian tradition had a great impact on the development of the Jewish Apocalyptic Hermeneutic is reasonable and well researched. This work represents a great step toward a better understanding of the origins of Jewish apocalypticism and its subsequent development.

—Amanda M. Davis Bedsoe, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich

Jason M. Silverman earned his PhD from Trinity College Dublin and is a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University.

Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed

  • Author: Eryl W. Davies
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 176

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This Guide for the Perplexed presents the dissatisfaction among biblical scholars with a one-sided historical-critical approach to biblical texts and argues that developments in secular literary theory should be applied in biblical studies. Whereas the historical-critical approach was concerned with the moment of a text’s production (authorship, date, place of writing etc), the literary approach is concerned with the moment of the text’s reception. Eryl W. Davies shows how and why approaches such as reader-response criticism, feminist criticism, ideological criticism, canonical criticism, and post-colonial criticism are now becoming more popular in many quarters. The volume explains to the uninitiated in a readable and accessible form how strategies originally derived from secular literary criticism have been adopted by biblical scholars in order to understand the text of Scripture and to appreciate its relevance.

Eryl W. Davies is a reader at the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Bangor University.

The Historical-Critical Method: A Guide for the Perplexed

  • Author: David R. Law
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 344

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Historical critical analysis is the main way in which the Bible has been examined and read by scholars in the last century. The term refers to a range of methodologies which examine the origins of biblical texts, in relation to other contemporaneous texts, to form critical approaches and to questions of authorship, audience, and authenticity. The aim is to get as close to the original text and its original meaning as possible. For many years the historical critical method has been the cornerstone upon which biblical scholarship is built. Even as modern studies examine other theoretical approaches to reading the text in history, tradition, and from different audience perspectives the historical critical method still presents the crucial starting point for students and scholars.

This is a book to be read at many levels. For the beginner, there is a clear guide to different methods under the broad umbrella of the historical-critical method. For the more advanced reader, there is also a treasure of material on the history of interpretation, and reflections on the value of historical-critical approaches. Readable but deeply informed, this is an excellent guide to the issues involved in seeking to read the Bible both critically and sympathetically.

—Christopher Tuckett

David R. Law is reader at the University of Manchester School of Arts, Histories, and Cultures.

Apocalyptic Interpretation of the Bible

  • Author: Gerbern S. Oegema
  • Series: Jewish and Christian Text
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 208

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This book presents a synthesis of Gerbern Oegema’s extensive research on apocalypticism and biblical interpretation. Oegema works with the hypothesis that apocalypticism was a major current and mindset from the beginning of the second temple period, through Enochic literature, the Qumran Scrolls, and the New Testament into late antiquity, shaping many inner-Jewish traditions and those emerging from early Judaism, namely the early church and rabbinic Judaism.


The topics and texts dealt with range from prophecy and apocalypticism in second temple Judaism, messianic expectations in the Qumran writings, the apocalyptic interpretation of the patriarchs in patriarchal blessings, the “Coming of the Righteous One” in 1 Enoch, Qumran, and the New Testament, to the historical Jesus between early Judaism and early Christianity.


Gerbern S. Oegema is professor of biblical studies and founder of the Center for Research on Religion at McGill University.

Product Details

  • Title: T&T Clark Studies in Biblical Interpretation
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,296