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Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture: Reading the Bible Critically in Faith
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Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture: Reading the Bible Critically in Faith


Eerdmans 2013

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Personal, experiential faith is seldom given a seat at the table of academic theology and biblical studies. David Crump, however, with the assistance of Soren Kierkegaard’s religious philosophy, claims that “authentic understanding, and thus authentic Christian commitment, can only arise from the personal commitment that is faith.”

Examining the various biblical, historical, cultural, theological, and academic hurdles which demand a Kierkegaardian leap of faith before one can meet the resurrected Jesus, Crump’s Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture provides an insightful discussion of key New Testament texts and issues, revealing how truth is discovered only through the subjectivity of faith.

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Key Features

  • Provides an insightful discussion of key New Testament texts and issues
  • Discusses how truth is discovered only thorugh the subjectivity of faith


  • Recognizing the Messiah When You See Him
  • Offended by Uncertainty
  • The Apostle Paul, from Encounter to Belief
  • Believing the Blasphemous Word
  • Education, Experience, and Transformation

Praise for the Print Edition

Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture is part bombshell, part pastoral epistle. . . . Both Kierkegaard and Crump have a way of chopping a path through all the brush of hermeneutical debates and academic wrangling about historical criticism to remind us of a simple but still disconcerting truth—that the point of Scripture is to encounter Jesus. . . . Students and other interpreters need to read this book to be reminded that what’s at stake in biblical studies is an encounter with the lover of our souls.

James K. A. Smith, associate professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies, Calvin College

It is not surprising that David Crump’s Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture exhibits a deep understanding of the issues raised by historical-critical biblical scholarship. But Crump’s book is far more than a learned piece of New Testament scholarship. He shows how it is possible for a person who knows about the critical issues to read the Bible as God’s word for today, addressed to existing human beings. Crump carries on a continual conversation with Kierkegaard that I found illuminating and that the great Danish thinker would have found gratifying.

C. Stephen Evans, distinguished university professor of philosophy and humanities, Baylor University

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About Robert W. Wall

Robert W. Wall is professor of religion at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of Jesus the Intercessor: Prayer and Christology in Luke-Acts and Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer.