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The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture Paperback – January 15, 2010
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Kevin Vanhoozer, Wheaton College Graduate School
"Simply marvelous. . . . A major book, The Word of God for the People of God covers a wide range of themes and covers all of them well."
Matthew J. Levering, University of Dayton
"In The Word of God for the People of God Todd Billings gets to the core of the issues and states them with great clarity and firmness of line."
John Webster, Kings College, Aberdeen
"This is good work! I found myself saying 'Amen!' repeatedly as I read through the text. This wise and timely book will guide preachers and worship leaders in the service of the Word for the life and mission of the church."
Michael Pasquarello III, Asbury Theological Seminary
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The primary premises advocated in "The Word of God for the People of God," is that there is a proper way to approach Holy Scripture that moves beyond (though it includes) the greasy mechanic work of other methods. To begin with, the Bible reader needs to come with humility. He is not a technician who manufactures meanings out of Scripture, or manipulates and controls the outcome of this Word of God, but that through Scripture "God "reads" us, reshaping us into Christ's image by the Spirit's power" (80). Instead of Christians owning the truth, we are owned by the One who is the truth (82), which means that as the Word of God comes to inhabit us and our cultural context, it will often critique and challenge us and our cultural context (108). Therefore, coming to Scripture in this expectant humility, there is renunciation and transformation, for "reading Scripture is about being mastered by Jesus Christ through a biblical text that functionally stands over us as the word of God, not under us as a word we can control, rearrange, and use for our own purposes" (203).
A second, and extremely important, aspect of properly approaching Scripture is reading the Bible through the lens of the rule of faith.Read more ›
The task of "feeding God's sheep" remains among the primary responsibilities of those in pastoral ministry today, and the food that God has given for the task is his word, as contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In The Word of God for the People of God: an entryway to the theological interpretation of scripture, J. Todd Billings provides those who would teach and preach God's word with an understanding of their own particular entry-point as they open their Bible and he gives them some things to be mindful of as they study, so that they can bring the fullest possible understanding to those in their care.
(Disclaimer: I studied systematic theology with Prof. Billings, where he taught several of the concepts he writes of in this book.)
Billings is well aware of the many different ways people approach the Bible, recognizing that the point of entry often shapes what is found and how it is used. The goal of his book is "to introduce readers to the practice of interpreting Scripture in the context of the triune activity of God, the God who uses Scripture to reshape the church into Christ's image by the Spirit's power.Read more ›
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I have been doing a lot of reading on the theological interpretation of Scripture. Honestly, most of the books on this topic are incredibly boring. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod
If I asked you to define the "Theological interpretation of Scripture" do you think you could do it? I don't know that I would fare any better. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Jacob Sweeney