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The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture, Second Edition (Michael Glazier Books) Paperback – July 1, 1999

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  • Series: Michael Glazier Books
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Glazier; Second Edition,New Edition edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814659438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814659434
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . remains one of the most significant books in English on the interpretation of Scripture . . . . The Liturgical Press are to be thanked for making this hope-filled and faith-filled book available to another generation of readers.
The Furrow

A lucid and compelling argument that recent theories of interpretation combine to offer a new way of understanding the Bible as spiritually revelatory. Students of theology, spirituality, and feminist studies will profit immensely from the critical insights of this provocative synthesis.
Anne Carr, Professor of Theology, Divinity School, University of Chicago

By drawing on the resources of the best contemporary hermeneutical theory, Schneiders breathes new life into familiar notions such as inspiration, revelation and the Bible as 'the Word of God,' while her proposal for a 'hermeutics of transformation' breaks new ground for a creative dialogue between scholarly study of the Bible and its use in the Church. Carefully thought-out and elegantly written, this work will be a standard for theologians and biblical scholars for years to come.
John R. Donahue, S.J., Professor of New Testament, University of Notre Dame

Once again Sandra Schneiders leads the way through the difficulties of biblical interpretation, this time with a major study of contemporary hermeneutics and the New Testament. Her claim that 'contemporary New Testament scholarship actually lacks a developed hermeneutical theory,' that New Testament scholarship knows what to do but lacks the critical consciousness of the effectiveness of what it is doing, is an amazing but well-founded claim. She sets out to construct such a theory, using some of the best tools of philosophy, theology, spirituality, and tradition for the task. The result is a lucid exposition that will help many steer their way between the sharp rocks of scientific and literary methods which presently divide the scholarly community and will no doubt be a major resource and springboard for further development for years to come.
Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J., Professor, Department of Biblical Literature and Languages, Catholic Theological

A major theoretical defense of hermeneutics as transformation in the tradition of Ricoeur and Gadamer, this book should be required reading for all exegetes working within a Christian tradition. The author advocates a wholistic model of interpretation which incorporates the broad range of strategies of reading found in the academy today. Her model treats the Bible as the founding text of Christian spirituality and insists that a Christian imagination plays a crucial role in our encounter with and understanding of the text.
Pheme Perkins, Professor, Theology Department, Boston College

Just as the New Testament is a classic, Dr. Schneiders' contribution to our understanding of its interpretation will undoubtedly become a classic in its own right. Schneiders engages some of the most pressing questions which have haunted biblical interpreters - academics, ministers, diverse kinds of believers - since the Enlightenment. As usual, Dr. Schneiders' exposition is coherent, carefully organized and, because of its brilliant clarity, accessible to scholars and non-scholars alike.
Alice Laffey, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Once again Sandra Schneiders has brought her creative and critical insights to bear on the hermeneutical question and has produced a text of great clarity. Her book challenges its readers not only intellectually but as Christian believers. It will not only advance the current dialogue on biblical interpretation but will be a sourcebook for the study of spirituality as well.
Mary Milligan, R.S.H.M., Professor of Spirituality, Loyola Marymount University

. . . the major value . . . is how it weds the academic and religious, doing justice to each.
Edgar V. McKnight, Research Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Religion, Furman University

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This major contribution to the study of the Bible shows that interpretation of the New Testament as religious literature is vital to understanding the authentic nature of the texts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Linda Orlin on February 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
It is so good to see The Revelatory Text back in print! It is one of the most important primary reference tools for the study of scripture available. The writing style is rich in language and challenging in the application of exegetical principles. Schnieders also provides the standard by which most theology schools and seminaries structure their understanding of sacred scripture within a historical context. Her language has now become the common form of expression in theological conversations today. The only difference between this re-printed version of The Revelatory Text and Schnieders' first edition is the second preface. Since Schneiders wrote a classic the first time, she now only needs to comment briefly on it.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod Ryder on October 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Sandra Schneiders has in this work provided students and theologians alike with an invaluable resource on hermeneutical study, and post-modern Biblical scholarship. Her attempt to work with the text from an existentialist experience is refreshing considering the complete secularisation of Scripture by other authors. However, when engaging her example hermeneutic of suspiscion, I asked myself, "Is this Christian existentialism or is it Feminist existentialism." Once again, infant Christianity appears as the butt of a scholastic enterprise that projects current ideology onto ancient text, and what makes this all the more difficult is that it involves at times imaginative reconstruction. Despite its reflection of popular white middle class ethic, this book is a handy resource, if only for its dealings with 'scientific methodology', and Schneiders' immense notions of spirituality refreshingly engage Sacred text, filling a vacuum in modern academic theology.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douwe Kamstra on March 31, 2008
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This book does give a good overview of hermeneutics. Although I found the book difficult to read, it is still worthwhile to use.
The reason for difficulty is the fact that Schneiders uses a lot of repetition of words. What would have been handy in the book is to use schemes to prove or to justify statements as opposed to only text.
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