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Reading Theologically


Fortress Press 2014

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Reading Theologically, edited by Eric D. Barreto, brings together eight seminary educators from a variety of backgrounds to explore what it means to be a reader in a seminary context—to read theologically. This involves a specific mindset and posture towards texts and ideas, people and communities alike. Reading theologically is not just about academic skill-building but about the formation of a ministerial leader who can engage scholarship critically, interpret Scripture and tradition faithfully, welcome different perspectives, and help lead others to do the same.

This concise volume emphasizes the vital skills, habits, practices, and values involved in reading theologically. Reading Theologically is a vital resource for students beginning the seminary process and professors of introductory-level seminary courses.

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Check out other works in the Foundations for Learning Series. See Exploring the Life and Calling and Thinking Theologically.

Key Features

  • Explores what reading means in a seminary context
  • Forms part of the Foundations for Learning series
  • Includes contributions from eight seminary educators


  • Introduction by Eric Barreto
  • Reading Basically by Melissa Browning
  • Reading Meaningfully by Miriam Y. Perkins
  • Reading Biblically by Amy L. B. Peeler
  • Reading Generously by Gerald C. Liu
  • Reading Critically by Jacob D. Myers
  • Reading Differently by James W. McCarty III
  • Reading Digitally by Sarah Morice Brubaker
  • Reading Spiritually by Shanell T. Smith

Praise for the Print Edition

Eric Barreto’s edited book, Reading Theologically, is a timely one for theological educators and theological school students. The task of reading theologically is both difficult to teach and learn—and perhaps even more complicated to practice well. This volume offers perspectives about how to engage reading as theologically reflective, intensely dialogic, capable of generative meaning-making, able to push epistemic boundaries, communally engaged, open to inspiration and spiritual growth, intensely self-reflective and formative, a forum for asking theological questions without swift solutions, and an environment for embracing reading as a lively, living, and engaging space where the activity of God might be discerned.

—Paul O. Myhre, associate director, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Reading Theologically comes as a great gift to students at seminaries and divinity schools. The thoughtful essays in this collection will help students develop deeply rooted practices of reading—gracefully, mindfully, attentively—that will position them to be more engaged interpreters of religious texts and traditions and more effective guides for the people they will serve. Written in a very accessible style, this book will be a first read for many theological students.

Gail R. O’Day, dean, Wake Forest University School of Divinity

This book is an excellent resource for persons thinking of preparing for seminary, seminarians, or for lifelong learners. Each chapter incrementally teaches us to delve deeper into reading for personal growth, understanding, thinking critically, and for appreciation of others. It is reading for formation, reading to meet God in our lives. I have never before read a book so beautifully written on how to enter the ambiguities and polarities of thoughts and theories so that we can hold the tensions with the purpose of holding those who think differently with grace so as to cultivate not only our minds but our relationships with persons, for creating community and for deepening our spirituality. As one who has been in theological education for over 20 years, I knew I had found a treasured resource in this reading even for myself and for my students.

Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, dean, Esperanza College, Eastern University

Reading Theologically reframes reading as a Christian practice through which we cultivate a faithful way of being in an increasingly complex world. It encourages theological students to take seriously the role of reading in their formation as Christian leaders, thinkers, and citizens. Designed as a dialogue among diverse theological educators, this book also calls us to revisit the nature and purpose of the peculiar enterprise we call theological education. This is a book I wish I had when I started seminary. The serious seminarian should not begin without it.

—Matthew Wesley Williams, vice president of strategic initiatives, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)

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About Eric D. Barreto

Eric D. Barreto is associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained by Peachtree Baptist Church (CBF) in 2006. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 and coauthor of New Proclamation, Series C, Easter through Christ the King, 2013. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post,, and

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