Searching for Meaning: an introduction to interpreting the New Testament

The Bible
Questioning Church
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Author
Paula Gooder

This is a concise and accessible introduction by Paula Gooder, with short essays by over 20 specialists in their fields, to the interpretation of the New Testament.

Each chapter follows the same outline:

  • What is this method?
  • History and development
  • Landmark publications
  • A worked example
  • Conclusion and evaluation

The 'methods' are gathered into three areas:

  1. From event to text (behind the text) - how did we get the text of scripture that we have?
  2. Text (within the text) - how do we understand the actual words of the text
  3. From text to reader (in front of the text) - criticism and interpretation from a number of varying 'standpoints'; these are not so much methods as ways of viewing the text using a variety of the methods set out in the first two sections.

In this book you can learn about - or refresh your understanding of - everything from form and source criticism through narrative and structural criticism to reader-response, feminist, liberation, black and ecological criticism.

Publisher
SPCK
Edition / Date Published
2008
ISBN 10
0281058350
ISBN 13
978-0281058358
Resource Type
Books and book reviews