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“Miroslav Volf is one of the most exciting and well-respected theological voices on the American scene today. In the long run, however, the only work that lasts is by those theologians whose reflections arise from a deep attentiveness to and engagement with Holy Scripture. This volume shows that Volf is in that worthy company. Captive to the Word of God will enrich and nourish readers for many years to come.”
— Timothy Larsen
Wheaton College

“Full of insight and wisdom for those who wrestle with the challenges of living out Christian faith with the Bible in one hand and today’s newspaper in the other.”
— John R. Franke
Biblical Seminary

“Volf has written a book of wisdom and clarity that connects the Bible, theology, and the meaning of Jesus Christ in a world hungry for love and truth. A book of sound biblical theology in dialogue with the culture of pluralism, this is a superb read!”
— Timothy George
Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

About the Author

Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the author of Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802865909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802865908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. He has published and edited nine books and over 60 scholarly articles, including his book Exclusion and Embrace, which won the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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Captive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection is a collection of six of Volf's essays written over the last sixteen years that show this systematic theologian's understanding of the role of the Bible for Christians in the twenty-first century. The only essay written for this text is the first: "Reading the Bible Theologically," which explains how Volf engages Scripture in the other essays and in general. He describes the essays as "theological readings of biblical texts" (p.4) that are not dependent on a single method, but rather build upon the "return of biblical scholars to the theological reading of the Scriptures, and the return of systematic theologians to sustained engagement with the scriptural texts" (p.14) with "hermeneutic of respect" (p.34) that balances its "historicality" (p.16) with an understanding that the text speaks today (p.18).

Rather than crafting a new method or defending an existing method of engaging Scripture, readers from many theological perspectives will be enriched through an encounter with a non-methodological dependent exploration of multiple texts. Thoughtful and thought provoking, this theologically moderate and modern text is an invitation to experience Volf's work while also using it to refine one's own way of engaging the biblical text.
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While it is an excellent work in its own category it is not exactly written for the average laymen. One needs a substantial philosophical background to grasp what the author aim is.
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