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Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World Paperback – October 1, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-0800637873 ISBN-10: 0800637879 Edition: 1st

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A K M Adam is Professor of New Testament at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and priest at St Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, USA. He is author of numerous books including What Is Postmodern Biblical Criticism?


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800637879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800637873
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,392,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A K M Adam is Tutor in New Testament at the University of Oxford, based at St Stephen's House, tutoring also for Oriel College. Most recently Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Glasgow, he is a theologian, author, priest, technologist and blogger. Previous academic posts include appointments as Professor of New Testament at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Visiting Prof. of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School, Assistant Prof. of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College; he has served at the Cathedral Church of St Mary in Glasgow, Scotland; St Luke's Church, Evanston IL; Trinity Church, Princeton; St James Church, Tampa; and Christ Church, New Haven, and has assisted in numerous other parishes and ministries. He is a writer, speaker, and provocateur who simultaneously engages the worlds of theology and technology on topics including biblical theology and ethics, postmodern philosophy, hermeneutics, education, and the semiotics of meaning and truth.

He has given invited presentations on technology at Digital Identity World, the Freedom To Connect conference, Ars Electronica Festival, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

He supports Duke University's basketball team, Bowdoin College hockey, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Boston Celtics, but is studiously non-partisan when it comes to the Rangers and Celtic.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Weinberger on October 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is not an easy book because it asks hard questions, but it's quite wonderful. AKMA is a terrific writer, and this book wrestles with the hardest problems in interpreting a text -- most of it applies to all texts, not just to the Bible -- without falling for Postmodernism's self-hypnotic tendencies.

Does text have a meaning? Nope, AKMA answers. Meaning is not contained in the text itself. But once the easy linkage between text and meaning (with intention bundled in) is severed, then are we left without any way to prefer one interpretation over another? Nope, AKMA answers (because any other answer leads us to trivialization and/or madness). But interpretation becomes an ethical issue, not merely a cognitive one.

The above is, of course, a simplification that does real violence to the book, which is careful and notably respectful of those who disagree with its point of view. In that, the book models the "differential hermeneutics" for which it argues, an understanding of interpretation that allows for differences.

This book is written within and for the Christian tradition, but you don't have to be Christian to appreciate the care with which AKMA approaches his topic. While the book assumes some familiarity with issues in biblical hermeneutics, its main ideas are accessible to those comfortable reading contemporary philosophical essays.
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