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Reading the Sacred Text: An Introduction in Biblical Studies
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Reading the Sacred Text: An Introduction in Biblical Studies


T&T Clark 2002

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Reading the Sacred Text is a comprehensive manual for anyone wishing to become competent in reading and understanding the Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The chapters of this book introduce the reader to all aspects of biblical studies. They guide the reader through the maze, from 'Venturing In' to 'Negotiated Reading'. For example, there are sections on considering the self-consciousness of the reader/interpreter, the interaction of the tradition with the text of Scripture through the ages, the various literary genres together with the principal forms within the larger Biblical documents, ways of reading the text in the modern and post-modern periods, how the academic reading of Scripture and the church reading interact, the relation between competent reading of the sacred text and the preparation and delivery of the sermon, and the place of dialogue in the interpretive process. The conclusion sums up the discussion throughout the book and focuses the issues for a competent reading of the Bible and related writings.

Student-friendly features include, at the end of each chapter: an Objective, summarizing the content and objective of the chapter; 12-14 Lead Questions which act as in-depth study exercises; full bibliography, and suggestions for further reading.

Product Details

  • Title: Reading the Sacred Text: An Introduction in Biblical Studies
  • Author: V. George Shillington
  • Publisher: Continuum International
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 352

About V. George Shillington

V. George Shillington is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Canada.

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