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The Virtuous Reader: Old Testament Narrative and Interpretive Virtue

The Virtuous Reader: Old Testament Narrative and Interpretive Virtue

Richard S. Briggs

| Baker Academic | 2010

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This volume offers a rich and thought-provoking portrait, or series of portraits, of the virtues required to read the Old Testament well. Biblical scholar Richard Briggs provides an exegetical exploration of “interpretive virtue” by carefully reading five Old Testament passages that reflect core virtues: humility, wisdom, trust, charity, and receptivity. The result is an example of theological interpretation that demonstrates the interplay between text and reader. Briggs approaches the biblical text with academic rigor and precision while maintaining an openness to the formative intentions of the biblical writers.