A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible

A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible

A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible

A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible

Synopsis

"The book represents the kind of collaboration that one wishes could go on all the time. Here, in other words, the interdependence of two specializations (biblical and philsophical theology) is made explicit in both theory and in reflection on scriptures."? Commonweal"This book was originally published about twenty years ago and then unfortunately went out of print. It was such a remarkable helpful little book that many people clamored for its reappearance. Finally, Fortress Press has responded by bringing out Grant's original study on the history of biblical exegesis in the church from the first century to the present with a theoretical afterword written by the Roman Catholic theologian David Tracy. The result is an immensely useful and readable study of both the history and hermeneutics of Bible interpretation."? The Spire, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University

Excerpt

Fifteen years ago, when this book appeared as The Bible in the Church, American concern for the history of interpretation was not so widespread as it has come to be since then. Perhaps for this reason, among others, it now seems advisable to make some changes as the book goes forth again. The basic historical information remains much the same. My own views, influenced by further study, chiefly of the New Testament and of the early church, have been modified; and I have tried at several points to set them forth more systematically. The principal changes, therefore, occur at the beginning and the end of the book. At the end I have decided to refrain from prophecy, and, instead, to set forth what I regard as the basic principles of historical and theological interpretation. The quotations from the Greek New Testament are in my own translation.

It would be impossible to express my thanks to everyone who by criticism, debate, or discussion has helped me to move a little toward clarity; it would be equally impossible not to mention my colleagues and students in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

1963 R.M.G.

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