A History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 1: The Ancient Period

By Alan J. Hauser, Duane F. Watson

Firstly look, it could actually look unusual that once greater than thousand years of biblical interpretation, there are nonetheless significant disagreements between biblical students approximately what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures say and approximately how one is to learn and comprehend them. but the variety of interpretive methods now on hand is the outcome either one of the richness of the biblical texts themselves and of alterations within the worldviews of the groups and people who have sought to make the Scriptures suitable to their very own time and position. A historical past of Biblical Interpretation offers designated and vast reports of the translation of the Scriptures by way of Jewish and Christian writers during the a long time. Written through across the world well known students, this multivolume paintings comprehensively treats the numerous varied tools of interpretation, the numerous very important interpreters who've written in numerous eras, and the numerous key matters that experience surfaced again and again over the lengthy process biblical interpretation. this primary quantity of A historical past of Biblical Interpretation explores interpreters and their tools within the historic interval, from the very earliest levels to the time whilst the canons of Judaism and Christianity received common popularity. the 1st a part of the e-book concentrates at the use of the Scriptures inside of Judaism. Chapters learn inner-biblical exegesis within the Tanak, the improvement of the Septuagint, the exegetical process of Philo of Alexandria, biblical interpretation within the useless Sea Scrolls and the Targumim, the character of rabbinic midrash, the stabilization of the Hebrew Bible, and the translation of the Bible within the Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.

The moment a part of the ebook probes topics particular to Christian interpretation of the biblical texts. Chapters right here speak about how Israel's Scriptures are utilized in the hot testomony writings, the hermeneutical methods of the Apostolic Fathers and the Apologists, Alexandrian and Antiochene exegesis, the contributions of Jerome and Augustine, the formation of the hot testomony canon, and the translation of Scripture within the New testomony Apocrypha and Gnostic writings. as well as those in-depth stories, the quantity incorporates a significant creation by means of the editors that provides readers either a wide assessment of the first concerns and contours of old biblical interpretation as handled during this quantity and a way of sampling the ways that the foremost figures, faculties of interpretation, and concerns mentioned interweave and distinction with one another. brand new, balanced, and engagingly written, this magnificent quantity -- and people to keep on with -- will quickly develop into a regular source at the historical past of biblical interpretation.

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The traditional interval. ISBN 0-8028-4273-9 (hardcover: alk. paper) 1. Bible — feedback, interpretation, and so on. - background. I. Hauser, Alan J. II. Watson, Duane Frederick. BS500. H575 2003 220. 6'09 — dc21 2002035406 Contents Preface vii Abbreviations 1. advent and evaluate xi 1 Alan J. Hauser and Duane F. Watson 2. Inner-Biblical Exegesis within the Tanak fifty five Esther Menn three. Hebrew Into Greek: Interpretation In, through, and Of the Septuagint eighty Leonard Greenspoon four. Philo of Alexandria as Exegete 114 Peder Borgen five. Biblical Interpretation within the lifeless Sea Scrolls a hundred and forty four Philip R. Davies 6. Interpretation of Scripture within the Targumim Martin 167 McNamara 7. Rabbinic Midrash Gary G. Porton 198 8. The Stabilization of the Tanak 225 James A. Sanders nine. the translation of the Tanak within the lewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha 253 James H. Charlesworth 10. analyzing Israel's Scriptures within the New testomony 283 Donald H. Juel eleven. The Apostolic Fathers and the Apologists 304 Joseph Trigg 12. Alexandrian and Antiochene Exegesis 334 Frances younger thirteen. lerome and the Vulgate 355 Dennis Brown 14. Augustine and the shut of the traditional interval of Interpretation 380 Richard A. Norris, Jr. 15. The Formation of the recent testomony Canon and Its importance for the background of Biblical Interpretation Harry 409 Gamble sixteen. the translation of Scripture within the New testomony Apocrypha and Gnostic Writings 430 Craig A. Evans members 457 Index of historic and smooth Authors 458 Index of matters 466 Index of fundamental assets 518 Preface at the beginning look, it will possibly look an anomaly that once greater than thousand years of biblical interpretation, there are nonetheless significant disagreements this day between biblical students approximately what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures say, and approximately how one is to interpret and comprehend their content material. certainly, the past due 20th century has been witnessing the dissolution of what have been for good over 100 years no less than a considerable consensus between students approximately find out how to interpret the Bible, and the way to appreciate and clarify what it says. To the outsider this can appear remarkable, for the reason that either the Jewish and Christian Scriptures are a restricted corpus of writings, and feature been exhaustively studied by way of Jews and Christians for hundreds of years — certainly, millennia. Why, then, is it priceless for interpretation to proceed within the vast method that's in facts at the present time, with a rapidly-growing number of ways being hired? And, extra on to the purpose of this multi-volume paintings on interpretation, why is it essential to research broadly the numerous interpreters and strategies of interpretation which have been used because the overdue historic global? do we no longer reduce via all this and parent the genuine message of those Scriptures, discarding all different ways and teachings as fallacious and hence pointless? the reply to the final query is obviously "no. " the explanations for this destructive resolution are twofold: the multi-layered richness and open-endedness of the biblical textual content itself; and the interaction of this varied richness with the large style within the worldviews of many of the groups and contributors, residing in lots of diversified a long time, who've needed to interpret the Scriptures as a way to offer a right away and very important message for every of those groups and members.

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