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Slavery, Sabbath, War, and Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation (Conrad Grebel Lectures) Paperback – March 1, 1983

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Pr (March 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836133307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836133301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Clint Akins on December 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book as a requirement for my doctoral studies, and had no previous interest in it. Swartley's studies helped me understand that the personal and social decisions we make for our lives which we base on Scripture depend on the place where we start in Scripture. For instance, if we are discussing the place of women in ministry, our conclusion will be very different if we start with the idea of authority than if we start with the idea of the image of God (Gen. 5:1,2). Swartley's analysis of how antebellum Bible expositors used the Bible to support slavery is very telling in how we use the Bible in regard to the place of women in church and society. His method of graphically analyzing the sabbath from traditional Catholic, Protestant, and Anabaptist (radical) perspectives is particularly helpful. Rev. Clint Akins, D.Min. Director of Cross-cultural Research Evangelical Leadership Training Center Antananarivo, Madagascar
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2003
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The book is now dated, but it has aged gracefully. There is nothing else like it. The beauty of the book, which makes it enduringly useful, is its presentation of arguments actually made on both sides of the questions: whether holding slaves is biblical, whether Christian worship should be on Saturday or Sunday, whether Christians may or should not participate in war, and whether women may or should not be ordained to Christian ministry. For most readers, these questions will have been long since settled. By presenting arguments, in their own wards, on both sides, Swartley shows how delicate and tenuous have been those settlements, as they claim biblical warrant for themselves.
Anyone concerned with the interpretation of scripture in relation to contested issues, moral and theological, should read this book. It is excellent.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "reading_mommi" on July 18, 2000
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One of the aspects of Mr. Swartley's book that I found most interesting was his treatment of hermenuetics. He outlines 22 principles which every evangelical student of Scripture should utilize in attempting to interpret scripture. He begins with "Quoting the Bible does not in itself guarantee correctness of position" and moves through increasingly pragmatic suggestions for interpretation designed to minimize the development of embarrassing proof-texts. A must read for anyone concerned that the words spoken in the pulpit today may have to be dined upon tomorrow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Surh on April 5, 2014
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I don't know if I'm the only one, but my Kindle copy was riddled with errors. They obviously used a very cheap scanner to digitize the text into ebook format. Punctuation was off, missing spaces, random capitals and hyphens. It was just a MESS.

It's really too bad because the book itself was good and had many salient things to say about these subjects. When you read lines like "A fire BUMS within our bones", it really sets your teeth on edge. Anyone else's copy as messed up as mine?

Don't waste your money on the Kindle edition! Get it in paperback.
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The premise of this book is interesting. By looking at these four case studies perhaps one can synthesize interpretive guidelines to assist in our understanding and application of the Bible. For the most part, the text is coherent and logical. If the reader is interested in any of these topics and is just beginning to examine the literature, then this would be helpful in understanding the basic arguments for or against a certain position. In addition, the bibliographical annotations would be helpful for further research. I did not find that valuable his twenty-two guidelines that biblical scholars should hold to when approaching the biblical text.
My interest in this book rests primarily with his analysis of the Sabbath/Lord’s Day issue. From the outset, he identified his position on the relationship of the testaments as being one of a promise/fulfillment framework (p. 237), yet he stated that many Mennonites hold to some extent the Sabbath-Sunday position (p. 66). As he makes personal comments about the Sabbath, he evidences the confusion and tension between these positions.
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