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How do we as Christians today obtain reliable information and perspective from the witness and experience of the Christ Whose name we bear? How do we test our lives and words against the life and witness of our Predecessor and Lord? And how do we comprehend authentically the larger context of God's action in history within which we are to engage in our mission as God's contemporary representatives?

About the Author

Willard M. Swartley (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor emeritus of New Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He formerly served as its dean and acting president and is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church. Swartley has published several books and numerous academic articles and reviews.
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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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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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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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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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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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As with every other commentary, there are biases that come into play, but I found the discussions of all the topics enlightening and engaging. I think that Willard Swartley is an excellent writer and presents a well-grounded commentary that is also quite readable. I especially appreciated the way in which he connects the various issues at the end of the book and found his discussion on hermeneutics to be very helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to consider that his/her position on these issues may not be the only or most valid one.
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