Interpretation

Interpretation is a journal covering essays on the Bible and theology. Since it was founded in 1947, it is produced quarterly. The journal is published by Union-PSCE.Subjects for Interpretation include religious publications. The editors are Samuel E. Balentine and James A. Brashler.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, January

Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate: Five Hermeneutical Rules
Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate: Five Hermeneutical Rules by Charles H. Cosgrove Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2002. 240 pp. $22.00. ISBN 0-8028-4942-3.COSGROVE INTENDS TO CLARIFY central hermeneutical assumptions shared by modern biblical scholars...
Augustine and the Psalms
To understand what the Psalms "made of" Augustine is to grasp the central issues of faith and ecclesiology as Augustine understood them. To read the Psalms is to make our own voice the voice of the Body of Christ in worship.The very first sentence of...
Augustine's Hermeneutics Ana Postmodern Criticism
Did Augustine anticipate postmodern criticism, particularly in his theory of signs? While there are superficial similarities, Augustine's position is fundamentally invested in issues of truth and reference that postmodernism brackets out.The case has...
Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday
Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday by Alan E. Lewis Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2001. 477 pp. $30.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-8028-4702-1.THIS BOOK PRESENTS AN ENTIRE THEOLOGICAL system elaborated as if from a point of view available only...
Between Text & Sermon
REDESCRIBING THE WORLD OF THIS PSALM encourages me to think about both text and method. The passage is part of the poem-prayer of a gray-haired, aging musician (vv. 9, 18, 22) who sings lament and praise with harp and lyre (v. 22). This trust-filled...
Between Text & Sermon: Ephesians 3:1-12
Anticipating Christmas, some who "watched out" and "didn't cry" or "pout" will invariably relapse into their former bad habits after the big day. Most adults are not tempted regularly to pouting and other such naughty behavior, but the sad fact remains...
Between Text & Sermon: Jeremiah 17:5-11
JEREMIAH 17:5-11 STANDS OUT FROM THE prophet's larger corpus. Its features are distinct from the prophetic utterances and historical narratives that typify the book. In this passage, particularly vv. 5-8, the reader encounters a principle that is essential...
Between Text & Sermon: Luke 5:1-11
IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, JESUS' disciples first appear only after Jesus has been involved in ministry for some time. This passage begins as a story of Jesus' teaching. He is standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Two boats are nearby. Jesus chooses...
Christian Hope and Christian Life: Raids on the Inarticulate
Christian Hope and Christian Life: Raids on the Inarticulate by Rowan A. Greer Crossroad, New York, 2001. 282 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-8245-1916-7.THIS VOLUME BRINGS TOGETHER an introductory essay on the New Testament with studies of Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine,...
Dancing with the Sacred: Ecology, Evolution, and God
Dancing with the Sacred: Ecology, Evolution, and God by Karl E. Peters Trinity Press International, Harrisburg, 2002. 171 pp. $15.00. ISBN 1-56338-393-4.CONVINCED BY MODERN SCIENCE that the idea of a personal God is no longer tenable, Peters seeks a...
Deuteronomy 1:1-21:9/deuteronomy 21:10-34:12
Deuteronomy 1:1-21:9 by Duane L. Christensen Word Biblical Commentary 6a. Revised and expanded. Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2001. 592 pp. $39.99 (cloth). ISBN 0-7852-4220-1. by Duane L. Christensen Word Biblical Commentary 6b. Thomas Nelson, Nashville,...
Eastern Orthodoxy through Western Eyes
Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes by Donald Fairbairn Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2002. 209 pp. $19.95. ISBN 0-664-22497-0.THIS WORK IS ONE OF many sources available for those seeking to understand the differences between Eastern and Western...
Editorial
WHY DO THE WRITINGS of Augustine, the fourth-century Bishop of Hippo, merit the time and attention of biblical interpreters in the twenty-first century? For one reason, despite his reputation as a bishop, saint, and church father, Augustine was neither...
For the Beauty of the Earth. A Christian Vision for Creation Care
For the Beauty of the Earth. A Christian Vision for Creation Care by Steven Bouma-Prediger Baker, Grand Rapids, 2001. 234 pp. $21.99. SBN 0-8010-2298-3.BOUMA-PREDIGER HAS succeeded in directing onto his topic useful information drawn from scientific...
Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God
Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God by Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda Fortress, Minneapolis, 2002. 236 pp. $20.00. ISBN 0-8006-3250-8.AMONG THE GLUT OF BOOKS on globalization, few take the phenomenon seriously as a theological problem. This book does...
Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women's Work, and the Betrayal of "Family Values"
Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women's Work, and the Betrayal of "Family Values" by Gloria H. Albrecht Continuum, New York, 2002. 176 pp. $22.95. 0-8264-1442-7.GLORIA ALBRECHT SHARES WITH religious and social conservatives a sense that the family is...
Inspiration
Inspiration by David R. Law Continuum, London, 2001. 240 pp. $22.95. ISBN 0-8264-5183-7.LAW SETS HIS DISCUSSION in the context of biblical authority. He first analyzes the concept of authority itself, stressing that the Bible's authority is epistemic...
Listening Ministry: Rethinking Pastoral Leadership
Listening Ministry: Rethinking Pastoral Leadershipby Susan K. HedahlFortress, Minneapolis, 2001. 123 pp. $14.00. ISBN 08006-3174-9.ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL-albeit often overlooked-tasks of pastoral ministry is listening. Pastors listen to the hopes and fears...
Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority
Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority by Ann Graham Brock Harvard Theological Studies, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2003. 235 pp. $25.00. ISBN 0-674-00966-5.IN THIS ENGAGING STUDY, Brock sets out to reclaim for Mary Magdalene...
Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences
Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences by Gregory R. Peterson Fortress, Minneapolis, 2003. 252 pp. $19.00. ISBN 0-8006-3498-5THIS BOOK ARGUES THAT theology's mandate to shape the way we inhabit this world requires that it engage the findings...
Moses as a Character in the Fourth Gospel: A Study of Ancient Reading Techniques
Moses as a Character in the Fourth Gospel: A Study of Ancient Reading Techniques by Stan Harstine Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, 2002. 200 pp. $95.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-8264-6026-7.AS THE TITLE OF THE BOOK suggests, this study is primarily concerned...
Pastor: A Reader for Ordained Ministry/The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching Augustine to the Present
Pastor: A Reader for Ordained Ministryedited by William H. WillimonAbingdon, Nashville, 2002. 326 pp. $25.00. ISBN 0-68709788-6.The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching Augustine to the Presentedited by Richard LischerEerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2002....
Preaching Mark in Two Voices
Preaching Mark in Two Voices by Brian K. Blount and Gary W. Charles Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2002. 273 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-664-22393-1.WHEN I WAS A SEMINARY PROFESSOR, my students often, and justifiably, complained that assigned commentaries...
Reading the Signs: Guidance for the Pilgrim Community
To interpret scripture, we must first recognize the "thing" of which it speaks: the incarnation understood through the commandments of love for God and neighbor. Scripture consists of "signs" that disclose that message. Interpreting the signs and communicating...
Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes
Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes by Walter Brueggemann Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2002. 256 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-664-22231-5.THIS TREATMENT OF ONE HUNDRED Old Testament themes (the actual number is one hundred...
"Take Up and Read": Basics of Augustine's Biblical Interpretation
Augustine was convinced that the Bible is meant to promote one thing: the love of God and neighbor. Although the human language of the inspired scriptures constitutes a formidable challenge, studying the Bible may be the best use of our limited life...
The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples
The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples by Jeannine K. Brown Society of Biblical Literature Academia Biblica. Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 2002. 171 pp. $29.95. ISBN 1-58983-048-2.THE DISCIPLES...
The Future of Catholic Biblical Scholarship: A Constructive Conversation
The Future of Catholic Biblical Scholarship: A Constructive Conversation by Luke Timothy Johnson and William S. Kurz Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2002. 299 pages. $24.00. ISBN 0-8028-4545-2.TWO LEADING ROMAN CATHOLIC scholars attempt to describe what is distinctive...
The Genesis of Perfection: Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Imagination
The Genesis of Perfection: Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Imagination by Gary A. Anderson Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2001. 257 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-664-22403-2.THIS BOOK'S CENTRAL ARGUMENT is that the biblical story of Adam and Eve, ostensibly...
The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday's Texts
The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday's Texts edited by Roger E. Van Harn Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2001. $120.00. (cloth). 3 vols. 1,905 pp. ISBN 0-8028-4751-X (Vol. I); ISBN 0-8028-4752 (Vol. II); ISBN 0-8028-4753 (Vol. III).IN THIS...
Theologies in the Old Testament
Theologies in the Old Testament by Erhard S. Gerstenberger Translated by John Bowden. Fortress, Minneapolis, 2002. 358 pp. $30.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-8006-3465-9.DOES THE OLD TESTAMENT HAVE A CENTER, an overarching theme or concept that binds together its...
The Quest for the Plausible Jesus: The Question of Criteria
The Quest for the Plausible Jesus: The Question of Criteria by Gerd Theissen and Dagmar Winter Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2002. 344 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-664-22537-3.HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT Jesus really said and did? This book is a comprehensive history...
The Resurrection of the Son of God
The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright Fortress, Minneapolis, 2003. 817 pp. $39.00. ISBN 0-8006-2681-8.N. T. WRIGHT HAS WRITTEN WHAT WILL probably be viewed for many years as the definitive work on resurrection (and particularly the resurrection...
The Spirit of Adoption: At Home in God's Family
The Spirit of Adoption: At Home in God's Family by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2003. 134 pp. $14.95. ISBN 0-664-22534-9.IN HIS FOREWORD TO THIS BOOK, Martin Marty calls it "that practical kind of 'how-to' book on this...
Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels
Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels by Scot McKnight Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 2002. 214 pp. $18.95. ISBN 0-664-22514-4.EFFECTIVELY INTEGRATING biblical and sociological studies with classical and contemporary biographies,...
Walk On: Life, Loss, Trust and Other Realities
Walk On: Life, Loss, Trust and Other Realities by John Goldingay Baker, Grand Rapids, 2002. 200 pp. $16.99. ISBN 0-8010-2465-X.WRITTEN BY AN EMINENT Old Testament scholar, this book offers an opportunity to "hear" the interior conversations of the author...