Baker Academic Spring 2023 Catalog


Listening to Scripture An Introduction to Interpreting the Bible Craig G. Bartholomew

Looking for a guide to interpreting the Bible that is accessible, up- to-date, and theologically grounded? Old Testament scholar Craig Bartholomew introduces us to reading the Bible with an ear toward hearing God’s address. “When we read the Bible, we need to take off our shoes, as it were, because we are on holy ground,” says Bar- tholomew. “We take up the Bible to read it, only to find that through it God speaks to us. This is the awesome potential of Bible reading and interpretation.” Bartholomew begins with a theological orientation, including topics such as the relationship between prayer, analysis, and reading Scripture; the Bible as the true story of the whole world; and reading the text in light of its literary, historical, and kerygmatic (proclamation) dimensions. He then explores the history of inter- pretation before discussing how we receive the Bible liturgically, ethically, and missionally. Throughout the book, exercises in lectio divina invite readers to engage both the head and the heart as they learn to interpret the Bible. Professors and students of the Bible will value this work. It will also appeal to church leaders and other serious students of the Bible.


AUGUST 2023 • 224 pp. • paper • $24.99 • 9780801099038

Running the Way of God’s Instruction

2. The Bible as a Whole 3. How We Got the Bible

Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is director of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology. His most recent books include The Doctrine of Creation (coauthored with Bruce R. Ashford) and The God Who Acts in History . Bartholomew is also the coauthor (with Michael W. Goheen) of The Drama of Scripture , Living at the Crossroads , and Christian Philosophy .

4. A Triadic Approach 5. Literature and Genre 6. Narrative and History 7. Kerygma 8. Listening to and Preaching the Bible Today

9. A Liturgical Hermeneutic 10. An Ethical Hermeneutic 11. A Missional Hermeneutic Indexes



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