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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Why read the Bible? Gerd Theissen uses the wisdom gained from decades of teaching Bible instruction at a state university to address questions of the Bible's relevance in a postmodern, pluralistic society.
He describes the core themes and enduring value of the biblical legacy for anyone seeking to be a well-informed, self-aware, and responsible citizen, and he commends the Why read the Bible? He describes the core themes and enduring value of the biblical legacy for anyone seeking to be a well-informed, self-aware, and responsible citizen, and he commends the contributions the Bible can make to interreligious and secular conversation.
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The Use of the Bible in Contemporary Culture
Log In Sign Up. By Gerd Theissen. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, David Gowler. What commends this study is the has commanded an uncritical loyalty and Fortress Press, A quote from the contingency— that provides "secure second novel "Every spinster should be For over thirty-five years, Gerd The- refuge from In recent the relationship between interpretation tural norms and reinforce his particular works, Theissen has expanded his insights and vested interest, the nature of truth and interpretation of Paul over against that of into a theory of religion.
His A Theory of subjectivity.
One example will suffice. In opponents within the community. Primitive Christian Religion London: discussing the question of the authorship Beattie's discussion of the Nag Ham- SCM Press, , upon which this book of the Pastorals, Beattie predictably es- madi Texts will interest scholarly col- builds, envisions "religion" as a cultural pouses pseudonymity. However, she then leagues.
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Focusing on the Gospel of Philip sign language with a semiotic, systemic, cites Stanley Fish who observes that evi- and Exegesis on the Soul, she interrogates and cultural character: a "semiotic cathe- dence "is always a function of what it is to what she calls the caricature of the "gnos- dral" constructed with texts, metaphors, be evidence for" and "disagreements are tics'' as lewd libertines or austere ascetics. She these respective portrayals, she questions tempts to answer such questions as why concludes, "when agreement or consensus the nature of orthodoxy and heresy and educated people should study the Bible, is achieved and this is never final , it is in turn the essence of canonicity.
In reha- even if biblical faith means nothing in due not to the stability of facts, but to the bilitating texts judged to be heretical, she their personal lives ix.
quirunsicylcia.tk Theissen argues power of what Fish calls 'interpretive com- seeks to raise questions about the interpre- that biblical literacy and "an open, public munities' that is to say groups of readers tation of canonical documents and to rein- study and appreciation of the Bible" are who share interpretative strategies. In addition to the contributions the repetition continues to be important.
Par- worthy of serious consideration" 3.
Bible has made to the humanities and so- ticularly so for those leaders who, in Bible A quote from Richard Rorty Phi- cial sciences, for example, the Bible helps Study groups and in adult education pro- losophy and Social Hope sums up Be- us to "understand reality. More importantly, to the fact that the learners must discover what have you and seeing what happens" the Bible provides an important ethical such truths for themselves.
For these read- In short, her focus on the impor- voice that protests "against the principle ers Beattie's creative use of the novels of tance of context and the vital role played of natural selection" that eliminates the Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean by the presuppositions and interests of "weak and unfit" 5.
Theissen also notes Brodie and The Mandelbaum Gate to il- individuals and communities in both the that "our survival" may actually depend lustrate her interpretive goals is helpful. First-century readers, and are elemental for life and learning, are readers in the present day, are promised The Bible and Contemporary Culture. By exemplary of the whole, and bring us into salvation and victory over death. This Gerd Theissen. Minneapolis, MN: dialogue with other people These discourses Cambridge University Press, or in order to worship God" The imbue a deeper understanding of religion the more popular-level Religious Literacy: Christian faith, for example, has two fun- in general and generate deeper apprecia- What Every American Needs to Know— damental convictions: monotheism and tion of the insights and limitations of one's And Doesn't by Stephen Prothero New belief in a Redeemer.
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