Uncertain about integrating history and theology?

It can be a challenge to read Scripture as a both a historical text and one that continues to address communities of faith.

Explorations in Interdisciplinary Reading contains 10 essays to help you address this challenge. Among these essays is mine on "Rewriting Torah Obedience in Romans for the Church."

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    A “collection of essays that chart the way forward to the promised land of theological interpretation of the Bible.”

    Kevin Vanhoozer

    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

    About Explorations in Interdisciplinary Reading

    The tension between reading Scripture as primarily a historically situated text on one hand and binding canon addressed to a community of faith on the other constitutes a crucial issue for biblical interpretation.

    To this end, this volume's essays especially explore exegetical, reception-historical, and theological-practical reading strategies.

    And the volume as a whole offers valuable insights into the integration of biblical studies and theology as subdisciplines within the academy.

    Inside the volume

    Inside Explorations in Interdisciplinary Reading, you'll find 10 essays that address the relationship between Scripture's historical and theological witness.

    Among these, you'll find my essay how Paul's gospel isn't "Torah-free." And you'll see how Paul's letter to the Romans interprets fulfillment of the Torah and argues that it's something still expected of Jesus's followers.

    You'll get suggestions from Susan Bubbers about a promising question-based method for integrating theology and practice.

    You'll also find essays from

    • Andrew J. Schmutzer, “The Suffering of God: Love in Willing Vulnerability”
    • J. Richard Middleton, “A Psalm against David? A Canonical Reading of Psalm 51 as a Critique of David’s Inadequate Repentance in 2 Samuel 12”
    • Darian Lockett, “‘Necessary but not Suffcient’: The Role of History in the Interpretation of James as Christian Scripture”
    • D. Jeffrey Bingham, “Against Historicism: The Rule of Faith, Scripture, and Baptismal Historiography in Second-Century Lyons”
    • Stephen O. Presley, “From Catechesis to Exegesis: The Hermeneutical Shaping of Catechetical Formation in Irenaeus of Lyons”
    • Lissa M. Wray Beal, “Land Entry and Possession in Origen’s Homilies on Joshua: Deep Reading for the Christian Life”
    • Craig Blaising, “Integrating Systematic and Biblical Theology: Creation as a Test Case”
    • Gregory S. MaGee, “Biblical Theology in the Service of Ecumenism: Eschatology as a Case Study”