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History of Biblical Interpretation (4 vols.)
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History of Biblical Interpretation (4 vols.)

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Society of Biblical Literature 2009–2010

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Overview

Uncover the ways Christians have interpreted the Bible from the early church to the end of the twentieth century. Henning Graf Reventlow’s four-volume history traces the development of biblical hermeneutics by examining approaches taken by major figures across 2,000 years. Compare the interpretive methods of apostolic fathers such as Barnabas and Clement to those taken by Martin Luther, Karl Barth, and Rudolf Bultmann. See how major turning points in history—such as the invention of the printing press–changed how people approached the Bible. Consult this comprehensive, scholarly resource when studying a specific era or historical figure, or read straight through the entire series. By understanding how scholars, clergy, politicians, and lay people have interpreted Scripture, you’ll appreciate how the Bible has impacted history.

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Continue your study of the history of biblical interpretation with Biblical Interpretation Then and Now: Contemporary Hermeneutics in the Light of the Early Church.

Key Features

  • Examines the way major figures in Christian history interpreted the Bible
  • Demonstrates how historical turning points affected biblical interpretation
  • Covers 2,000 years of biblical interpretation

Product Details

Individual Titles

History of Biblical Interpretation, vol. 1: From the Old Testament to Origen

  • Author: Henning Graft Reventlow
  • Translator: Leo G. Perdue
  • Series: Resources for Biblical Study
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 256

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The interpretation of Scripture determined the development of both early Judaism and the first centuries of the Christian church. This first volume of History of Biblical Interpretation demonstrates how the earliest interpreters of the Bible made the Scriptures come alive for their times. Author Henning Graf Reventlow explores the contexts that influenced early biblical interpretation—Hellenism, Stoicism, and Platonism. He pays close attention to innerbiblical interpretation and the interpretive practices reflected in the translation of the The Septuagint and the writings of Philo, the early rabbis, the apostolic fathers, and early Christian leaders such as Justin Martyr, Marcion, Irenaeus, and Origen.

Leo G. Perdue is a biblical scholar known for his expertise in the genre of biblical wisdom literature. He is professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas and is the author of Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Proverbs and The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires.

History of Biblical Interpretation, vol. 2: From Late Antiquity to the End of the Middle Ages

  • Author: Henning Graft Reventlow
  • Translator: James O. Duke
  • Series: Resources for Biblical Study
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 324

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Volume two of History of Biblical Interpretation begins in Asia Minor in the late-fourth century with bishop Theodore of Mopsuestia, the founder of a school of interpretation that accentuated the literal meaning of the Bible and thereby stood out from the tradition of antiquity. It ends with another outsider, a thousand years later in England, who stood at the end of an era: John Wyclif. This volume presents the history of biblical interpretation between these two interpreters—from late antiquity until the end of the Middle Ages.

James O. Duke is the I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of History of Christianity and History of Christian Thought at the Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of How to Think Theologically in the Fortress Press Theology Collection, Sources of Christian Theology in America, and The Church for Disciples of Christ: Seeking to Be Truly Church.

History of Biblical Interpretation, vol. 3: Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism

  • Author: Henning Graft Reventlow
  • James O. Duke
  • Series: Resources for Biblical Study
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 288

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This volume of History of Biblical Interpretation explores the Reformation and Renaissance—an era characterized by major changes such as the rediscovery of ancient writings and the newly invented art of printing. These developments created the context for one of the most important periods in the history of biblical interpretation—one that combined philological insights with new theological impulses and movements. This volume examines the representative thinkers in this era, including of Johann Reuchlin, Erasmus, Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, John Calvin, Thomas Müntzer, Hugo Grotius, and a host of other influential exegetes.

James O. Duke is the I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of History of Christianity and History of Christian Thought at the Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of How to Think Theologically in the Fortress Press Theology Collection, Sources of Christian Theology in America, and The Church for Disciples of Christ: Seeking to Be Truly Church.

History of Biblical Interpretation, vol. 4: From the Enlightenment to the Twentieth Century

  • Author: Henning Graft Reventlow
  • Translator: Leo G. Perdue
  • Series: Resources for Biblical Study
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 482

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This volume in History of Biblical Interpretation surveys the lives and works of significant theologians, lay people, politicians, and philosophers who influenced biblical interpretation in their era. Largely concerning the development of biblical criticism, it begins with the controversy over the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament and extends into Enlightenment ethics, myth, and miracle stories.

Leo G. Perdue is a biblical scholar known for his expertise in the genre of biblical wisdom literature. He is professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas and is the author of Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Proverbs and The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires.

About Henning Graf Reventlow

Henning Graf Reventlow is professor emeritus of Old Testament exegesis and theology at University of the Ruhr in Bochum, Germany. He is the author or editor of numerous volumes, including Problems of Biblical Theology in the Twentieth Century Collection, Justice and Righteousness: Biblical Themes and their Influence, and Eschatology in the Bible and in Jewish and Christian Tradition.