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Select Works of Stephen E. Fowl (2 vols.)
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Select Works of Stephen E. Fowl (2 vols.)

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Bridging the gap between the message and commands of the Bible and twenty-first century life is a complex task. In these two volumes, theologian Stephen E. Fowl explains how to develop theological and moral judgment for discerning Scripture’s claims on our contemporary lives. These works redress the recent dominance of historical-criticism in biblical scholarship, and help Christians in the complicated mission of living out Scripture in contemporary contexts.

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For more from Stephen Fowl on reading Scripture theologically, check out Theological Interpretation of Scripture.

Key Features

  • Reasserts the importance of the theological and moral interpretation of Scripture
  • Develops a framework for discerning how to live out Scripture in contemporary contexts
  • Includes a case study of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a performer of Scripture

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Engaging Scripture: A Model for Theological Interpretation

  • Author: Stephen E. Fowl
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 228

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Engaging Scripture proposes that Christians must read Scripture theologically, redressing the recent domination of professional scholarship in this area by historical-criticism. Drawing on the best interpretive traditions of the past, Stephen E. Fowl develops, argues for, and displays a new model for the theological interpretation of Scripture. This interpretive framework should enable Christians, and particularly Christian theologians, to interpret Scripture in a way that helps them to live and worship faithfully.

Theological and theoretical questions are illustrated by reference to particular Christian convictions, practices, and concerns in the United States and Britain, and by engaging scriptural passages. These serve as examples of the sort of interpretation Fowl is advocating. Engaging Scripture looks toward bridging the chasm that arose between biblical studies and theological study following the rise of modernity.

Some books give new answers to old questions. Here is the book that changes the questions themselves. . . . Fowl’s reading of Ephesians on stealing is worth the price of the book in itself.

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life

  • Authors: Stephen E. Fowl and L. Gregory Jones
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 177

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Sometimes called “people of the book,” Christians have long held up the Bible as the center of their faith. In this volume, Stephen E. Fowl and L. Gregory Jones argue that, while Scripture is central to Christian life, the real mission of the Christian is to live the Bible out in the various contexts they find themselves. This is a complex task.

Scripture’s directives are rarely easily translated to twenty-first century life. Fowl and Jones help bridge the giant temporal gap between the Bible and us by explaining how to develop moral and theological judgment that enables faithful discernment of Scripture’s claims on ourlives. Their work includes a fascinating concluding chapter that analyzes the life of one of the last century’s greatest performers of Scripture—Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Fowl and Jones have written, quite simply, the best book we have on Scripture and ethics. . . . Their discussion of Jeremiah and Bonhoeffer is worth the price of the book.

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

L. Gregory Jones is dean of the Divinity School and professor of theology at Duke University. Jones is the author of several books and over 80 articles. He is the coeditor, with Stanley Hauerwas, of Why Narrative? Readings in Narrative Theology.

About Stephen E. Fowl

Stephen E. Fowl is the chair of the department of theology at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Reading Scripture with the Church: Toward a Hermeneutic for Theological Interpretation, and the Two Horizons commentary on Philippians.