BIBLE and INTERPRETATION
HOW SCRIPTURE INTERPRETS SCRIPTURE What Biblical Writers Can Teach Us about Reading the Bible Michael Graves
This book addresses a topic of vital concern to the church: How does the ancient biblical text speak to us today? Michael Graves, an expert in ancient exegesis, describes how Old Testament texts interpret earlier Old Testament traditions, ex- plores New Testament reception, and explains how insights from this process translate into present-day biblical interpretation. Graves clearly explains and illustrates this approach with fulsome discussions of five themes that are addressed in various ways in the Bible: personal responsibility; insiders and outsiders; marriage, polygamy, and divorce; sacrificial offerings; and the afterlife. By attending to the way these topics are addressed throughout the entire biblical witness, we become better interpreters and teach- ers who are more adept at discerning the Bible’s teaching on these topics and others for our modern world. How Scripture Interprets Scripture will be a valuable resource for professors and students in Bible, exegesis, and hermeneutics courses. It will also appeal to pastors and other leaders who teach the Bible.
NOVEMBER 2021 • 240 pp. • paper • $24.99 • 9781540962003
MICHAEL GRAVES (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of several books, including Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church and The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture .
“Graves joins a new wave of scholarship that challenges the adequacy of the historical-critical method, takes comprehensive theological exegesis seriously, and finds in the Scriptures themselves nothing less than Scripture interpreting Scripture in an unfolding drama that leads us into the wisdom of God.” —SCOT M c KNIGHT, Northern Seminary “This book puts deep learning at the service of faithful listening and offers timely contributions to biblical theology and Christian practice.” —JENNIFER GRILLO, University of Notre Dame
CONTENTS 1. Introduction: Interpreting Scripture and Inner-Biblical Interpretation 2. Corporate and Individual Responsibility: Individual Respon- sibility within Community Obligations 3. Insiders and Outsiders: Outside and Inside Exist, but Invite the Outsider to Join 4. Marriage, Polygamy, and Divorce: Human Well-Being Now, Closeness to God as the Ultimate Goal 5. Sacrificial Offerings: Devoting Our Lives Fully to God, Receiv- ing the Greater Gift 6. The Afterlife: Old Testament Hopes Become Reality in Jesus 7. Biblical Interpretation Then and Now Indexes
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